Palmer, AK

Wasilla woman sets house on fire before being arrested, troopers say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A woman in Wasilla is facing multiple charges, including arson, after troopers said she set a house on fire before being arrested Thursday night. Alaska State Troopers were assisting Palmer pre-trial enforcement officers with a warrant arrest just after 11 p.m. when the woman said she had a “bomb” and was going to set the house she was in on fire, according to a dispatch posted Friday morning.
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Larson Elementary remembers beloved custodian and Valley superhero

WASILLA — Larson Elementary School recently announced the sudden and tragic loss of their longtime day custodian, August Naranjo, who was cherished for his unwavering positivity and commitment to going above and beyond for the students, staff, and everyone else that he knew. “I think his legacy will be here...
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Nothing suspicious found after bomb threat at Wasilla OCS, police say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Wasilla Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the Office of Children’s Services in the Carrs shopping complex Thursday morning, which resulted in building evacuations and nearby drivers being redirected. A police spokesperson said the situation was cleared as of noon Thursday, and noted...

Wasilla Woman wielding Rifle Charges Troopers

On September 15 at approximately 5:15 a.m., the Alaska State Troopers in the Mat-Su Valley were notified of a disturbance at a residence on West Wren Street in Wasilla. When Troopers arrived at the residence 40-year-old Wasilla resident Kathryn Stanley confronted the responding Troopers from a second-story window, Stanley then came outside armed with what appeared to be a rifle and charged Troopers.

Thunder Mountain Spikers Topple Wasilla

Falcons senior Molly Brocious (10) sets a ball during a match against Juneau-Douglas earlier this season. Both teams are playing at the West Anchorage Spiketacular this weekend. (Klas Stolpe) Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons volleyball team stopped the tall timber at the Wasilla Warriors gym...

Michael J. Easley

On the night of September 11, 2021, Michael J. Easley of Wasilla, AK, died at the age of 74. The son of Jack & Harriet Easley, Mike was born in 1947 in Robinson, IL. He moved to Alaska in 1961 and graduated from East High school in 1965. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the navy for four years and then spent his career at Municipal Light and Power until his retirement in 1997. He married Cheryl in December, 1970 and together they raised three children Kevin, Dan, and Tabatha in Anchorage.

School Board member recognized for nearly two decades of service

PALMER — At a joint meeting of the Mat-Su Borough Assembly and Mat-Su Borough School District School Board, Dr. Sarah Welton was honored for her 18 years of service on the School Board and her lifetime of dedication to education in the Valley. “This is a wonderful person folks,” said...
Anchorage Press

Valley election officials confident in Dominion voting equipment

Early voting for the cities of Palmer, Houston and Wasilla begin Sept. 20. Without an acting city clerk, Palmer has hired veteran clerk Kristie Smithers to run the elections this year. “I was the city clerk of Wasilla for 18 years and then before that, I worked for the Mat-Su...

Battle of the Businesses

WASILLA — Local business owners, joined by their friends and family members, exchanged cushioned blow after blow inside an inflatable jousting arena during the first Battle of the Businesses event Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Snider Park. This annual fundraising event is designed to support Kids Kupboard, a local nonprofit organization...

Superintendent presents survey results to joint meeting of Assembly and School Board

PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly held a joint meeting with the Mat-Su Borough School District at the MSBSD district office on Tuesday. While no schools are currently closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, 26 out of 47 schools have entered the medium risk category that requires students and staff to wear masks. There were 24 new cases announced among students and staff on Wednesday with 180 over the last week. There have been over 1,000 cases of student and staff thus far in the 2021 fall semester.

Palmer to conduct two separate open meetings act violation investigations

PALMER — The Palmer City Council will conduct two investigations on whether the Open Meetings Act was violated by members of the council following two separate incidences. The Council met on Tuesday and passed Informational Memorandum 21-005 to hire Keene & Currall, P.P.C., of Ketchikan to investigate allegations made by Mike Coons that were moved by Councilman Richard Best at the council’s August 24 meeting. Best did not participate in Tuesday’s meeting that ran nearly three hours and was excused as absent.

Hunter rescued from Knik River Valley

PALMER — The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center performed a rescue of a sheep hunter in the Knik River Valley near Friday Creek on Wednesday. Alaska State Troopers report that at 1:25 p.m. on September 15, a stranded hunter sent an SOS signal from a satellite communications device. The adult male was stuck in snow on a steep and unstable slope, and the Rescue Coordination Center deployed a helicopter rescue team to transport the hunter to the Palmer Airport, where he declined medical treatment or evaluation.
Anchorage Daily News

Fun things coming up: Bach, a free movie night and a walk through the ‘Bootanical’ Garden

Free movie night in Town Square — Pack a thermos of cocoa, snacks and a blanket and head to Town Square Park for a free movie night. There will be a meet and greet with Molly of Denali at 5 p.m.; a showing of “Moana” at 6 p.m.; and a screening of “Wonder Woman” at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. (See Facebook for details.)

Nuvision Alaska Credit Union Breaks Ground on First Standalone Location in Wasilla

Located in The Shoppes at Sun Mountain, Nuvision Alaska’s Wasilla branch will open in 2022. Nuvision Alaska Credit Union broke ground this month on its first standalone retail store in Wasilla. Located in a growing commercial district that includes Sonic, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Krispy Kreme, Nuvision will provide area residents, shoppers and visitors convenient access to financial services. The location will be open in 2022 and available to all Nuvision members.

Wasilla man dies after injury during moose hunting trip

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An SOS was sent to troopers via satellite communication Saturday Evening that a man was shot near the census area of Chicken, a community in interior Alaska. The notification of the SOS came to state troopers at about 9:19 p.m. Saturday via a satellite communication device...