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Two hurt in three vehicle collision: Two Valley residents were injured Tuesday evening and two were cited in a three vehicle collision on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and Double B Street.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 2/26
Alaska State Trooper highlights 2/25
Wasilla man gets seven years for heroin: It was announced by the Department of Justice on Monday that James Gwaltney, 38, Wasilla, was sentenced to seven years in prison for heroin trafficking. In a plea agreement, Gwaltney admitted to conspiring to distribute more than 1.6 kilos of heroin throughout the Anchorage area in late 2013.
Palmer police blotter
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
Wasilla homeowner threatened with own gun: A Wasilla homeowner's life was threatened with his own firearm Tuesday afternoon when he walked in on a 26-year-old busy robbing his home. The Begich Drive resident was able to contact Alaska State Troopers at about 2:21 p.m. February 24 to report the burglary in progress, and responding troopers arrived quickly and took the suspect into custody before anyone was hurt.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 2/24
Alaska State Trooper highlights 2/23
Updated 6 p.m. 2/24 SOS beacon picked up on Red Salmon Lake: Alaska State Troopers launched Helo 3 Monday afternoon after an SOS alarm from a personal locator beacon on Red Salmon Lake near Talkeetna was picked up and reported by satellite, but bad weather forced the rescue helicopter to return to station before the source of the signal could be located.
Aspiring pilot faces losing sight: A Valley woman with dreams of flying may not only lose her dream of flight after the car she was driving car hit a moose Thursday evening, she may lose her vision as well. And it's not  the first time her family's life has been changed by tragedy. As her family comes to grips with this tragic accident, friends are working to help, and hoping that others in the community pitch in as well.
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Letters & Opinions
John Suter: Alaska needs to create its own oil company like Norway has. If we compare the Norwegian oil field development model to the Alaskan oil field development model, we can reasonably see that in the next two years the Norwegians will put billions of more dollars into their saving accounts while Alaska will have with draw billions of dollars from its savings accounts.
David Nees: Jay Hammond must be rolling in his grave at the current shenanigans in Juneau. In his first term as Senator, the young Jay Hammond sought a way to protect Education and Fish and Game commissioners from political cleansing by the then new Republican administration. Hammond devised and passed a clever way to balance the system: An appointed board for fish management, another appointed board for game management, and an appointed Board of Education.
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Sports & Outdoors
Warriors defeat Colony: The Wasilla High School Warrior girls won a big game last night at Colony, 51-45, to secure the number one seed and a first round bye entering the Region Tournament next week. Next up are home games Friday and Saturday against Kodiak. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday night and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Help guide the future of Valley trails and parks: The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation and the Mat-Su Borough are partnering to hold a trails workshop at the Chalet at Government Peak on Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trails enthusiasts are invited to attend to help guide the foundation’s plans and priorities in the coming years.
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Obituaries
Betty Lou White, 85, passed away at home on February 21, 2015. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 28. A separate memorial service will be held at Primrose Retirement Community at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1.
Donald Ray Hall, November 14, 1971 ~ February 19, 2015
John Thomas Hammond, 81, Palmer, was born June 24, 1934, in Chatsworth, Illinois, to Helen and Russel Hammond. After a long illness with cancer, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2015. He died at home surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the First Covenant Church, 1145 C Street, Anchorage.
Shane William Warren, 24, was born on December 20, 1990, went peacefully to be with The Lord February 16, 2015. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at Northgate Alaska, N2991 Tait Drive, Wasilla.
Anita Jane Holmes, 84, of Wasilla and formerly of Crystal Falls, Michigan, died peacefully at Northern Living Center in Wasilla on February 12, 2015, surrounded by family. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla.
Mary Hall passed away on February 7, 2015, at the age of 97. Come celebrate her life and legacy with us at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at the Wasilla Area Seniors Center, S1301 Century Circle, Wasilla. All are welcome.
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Social News
Wasilla teens to be honored in Anchorage: Kyra Hoenack and Nadia Makitrina of Wasilla are being honored at the 2015 Spirit of Youth Awards March 28. Hoenack, 18, received a Spirit of Youth Award in the category of Business and Government for her design, implementation and management of a teen-run secondhand shop called Steamdriven.
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Events
Monday, March 2
Talkeetna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Talkeetna Elementary library.
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Tuesday, March 3
Borough Assembly meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers. For the agenda, click here.
Thursday, March 5
Susitna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Upper Susitna Seniors Center.
Wasilla and Palmer Soil & Water Conservation Districts Winter Conservation Series; Gardening with Moose with Rosa Meehan, 7 p.m., Mat-Su College, 8295 College Drive, Palmer. Class is free, but space is limited! To preregister, call (907) 357-4511 or email distmgr@wasillawcd.org.
Saturday, March 7
Palmer Lions Club 48th Annual Gun Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Alaska State Fairgrounds Raven Hall. Adult tickets $7, kids 12 and under admitted free with an adult.
Sunday, March 8
Palmer Lions Club 48th Annual Gun Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alaska State Fairgrounds Raven Hall. Adult tickets $7, kids 12 and under admitted free with an adult.
Monday, March 9
Free Cooking Class, Irish potatoes Colcannon! 1 to 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 Bogard Road, Wasilla. Sponsored by the church, Mat-Su Food Bank and the UAF Extension Service.
Tuesday, March 10
Joint Borough Assembly/School Board meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Big Lake Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Big Lake Lions Recreational Center.
Wednesday, March 11
Butte Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Butte Community Center.
Chickaloon Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Chickaloon Community Center.
Meadow Lakes Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., West Lakes Public Safety Building Station 7-1.
Thursday, March 12
Wasilla and Palmer Soil & Water Conservation Districts Winter Conservation Series; ATV Salmon Stream Crossings with Chuck Kaucic, 7 p.m., Mat-Su College, 8295 College Drive, Palmer. Class is free, but space is limited! To preregister, call (907) 357-4511 or email distmgr@wasillawcd.org.
Saturday, March 14
Friends of the NRA Banquet and Auction, 5 p.m., Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer. Tickets are $65 and available online by clicking here. To find out more, visit Alaska Friends of the NRA on Facebook, call Steve Skinner, (907) 315-6456, or email matsufnra@gmail.com.
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