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This website is a service for the community of Willow, Alaska. Find WACO meeting minutes and agendas as well as information about committees, the community center and, local groups. Committee and group news or announcements are also posted as received. View the calendar for the schedule of local activities/events.

WACO meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Willow Community Center.

WACO Meetings

WACO Community Meeting

The first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM

Willow Community Center

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Our hearts broke this morning on learning that Audrey, the life partner of our newly elected WACO Board secretary Jake Warden, lost her life in an auto accident on her way to work today. Jake and Audrey had recently built and were operating Toasted Joe’s Coffee on the Parks. They have both enthusiastically engaged in our community and together were a wonderful addition to Willow.

I noticed last Wednesday at our WACO meeting, as Audrey departed ahead of Jake, what a sweet devoted couple they seemed to be.

I know I echo the thoughts of the WACO board and our many active volunteers that we have been fortunate to have known Audrey. To Jake we can only say we’re here for you in this impossibly difficult time. You and Audrey are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tryg Erickson
Board Chair, WACO
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My heart was heavy this morning before I ever got on facebook and I didn't know why. I just prayed that God would take care of whatever was going on, and later I discovered why. Jake, you are now and will continue to be in our prayers, but rest assured, when we hurt, Jesus cares, as do we.

They had just had their biggest days in sales… I’m hoping to try to get some type of help as far as keeping toasted joes open and running and as much support as they can get. She was living her dream, and I know Jake would love to continue that on but it is a huge load on his shoulders now. Grateful for the community they are a part of and hoping we can figure it out and keep it moving for Toasted Joes

Praying for Jake and all the family. I was so heart broken to hear about this today. I loved going and enjoying our conversations every other morning! She was the sweetest lady and always put a smile on my face. She will be truly missed.

So sorry for your loss Jake and for her families loss. Audrey was such an amazing person and she was very nice and pleasant to be around. She is missed and it's a loss to everyone who knew her and to the community of Willow. Sending prayers for you.

So very sorry to hear this. Heartfelt prayers to the family

Praying for all that knew her.

So sad 😭 prayers to Jake & family in this time 💔

We are praying for you, Jake. God is close to the broken hearted.

A loss for sure to our community

prayers continue for family

Prayers rip Audrey

Thank you for sharing! Prayers. So sorry for your loss and the loss for the community.

Audrey was an amazing person. I am so sorry for your community's loss.


Such sad news. So very sorry.

Rip ❤ I will miss u so much girl 😭

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All encouraged to help clean up our beautiful community!
Part time residents- please plan to come out and join the efforts!
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All encouraged to help clean up our beautiful community!
Part time residents- please plan to come out and join the efforts!

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I’ve been picking trash and found a key mile 75. Long shot on finding the owner I’m sure..

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Curious about land use regulations near you? Check out the new tool our Planning & GIS teams have been working on!


The Planning and Land Use Viewer allows the public to view MSB planning and land use regulations in one easy-to-use location, showing Special Use Districts, Lake Management Plans, and other Borough regulated areas. It provides a web link directly to relevant information or Borough code and will be especially beneficial for anyone developing or purchasing land in the Borough.

*The map is designed for informational purposes only, and it is the user's responsibility to identify and adhere to all appropriate regulations.
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Mat-Su Borough Budget Hearing on Thursday, April 28 at 6pm
Willow Community Center
Free supper at 5pm provided by WACO.
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Willow EBreeze April 2022 - https://mailchi.mp/6be130685d53/willow-ebreeze-april-2022

Good Afternoon Northern Mat-Su Borough Community Councils, City of Houston, and Libraries,

The Mat-Su Borough Planning Department is happy to announce our new Northern office at the Willow Library.

Beginning April 5, 2022 this office will be open to assist you with your questions, permit applications, outreach, and education.

Tuesday 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Thursday 12:00pm to 4:00pm

If these hours do not work with your schedule, please call the office at (907) 861-8526 to make an appointment.

Please keep in mind this office is staffed by one employee and when they are not available due to training, vacation, dr. appointments, or illness this office will not be open.

If you have any questions please feel free to call (907) 861-8526 or (907) 861-7822.

Taunnie L. Boothby, CFM, Planner II
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Planning Department – Northern Office/Willow Library
(907) 861-8526
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And how many tax dollars is this costing us?

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1. Board Officers' Reports – Attached
a. Chair, Linda Oxley
b. Vice-Chair, Chris Stitt
c. Secretary, Debbie Cook
d. Treasurer, Al Felt
e. At-Large Representative 1, Tryge Erickson
f. At-Large Representative 2, LeeAnn Reicks
g. At-Large Representative 3, Barbara Ensley
h. At-Large Representative 4, Maura Shea

2.. Committee Reports – Attached
a. Carnival
b. Trails
c. Youth Forum (40-acre park)
e. Recycling
f. Lions Club
g. Pickle Ball

1. adopting the Carnival theme for 2023
2. hosting borough annual budget hearing at WCC, 4/28/22
3. dates for community clean up
4. bylaws change proposed by WHWF
5. Willow 300 SDR Association and Willow Jr 100
6. CERT requesting to use WACO gaming permit
1. Board elections results
2. CBM proposed exploratory drilling leases update
3. Scholarship criteria & process

J. Community Groups/Clubs
Fire Service Area, Library, WDMA, Lion’s Club, PTA, WHO, WHWF, Garden Club, Willow Ice, Pickle Ball
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Please keep watch & call the troopers if you see anyone vandalizing the structures in Newman Memorial Park. In last 24 hours a porta-potty was badly damaged there. If you have any information about the vandalism incident please call Rent-A-Can directly: 907-694-9202.'
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Please keep watch & call the troopers if you see anyone vandalizing the structures in Newman Memorial Park. In last 24 hours a porta-potty was badly damaged there. If you have any information about the vandalism incident please call Rent-A-Can directly: 907-694-9202.

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why are they locked up?

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WACO Annual Scholarship program:
WACO has a scholarship program for our teens and other young adults advancing their education or to develop technical skills for life time work. Deadline is April 15, 2022, coming up in just about 3 weeks. Please consider if this funding might be helpful to your teen's or young adult's career. Must be postmarked by April 15. Mail completed applications and ALL required documents to WACO, PO Box 1027, Willow, 99688. Incomplete applications are not considered for funding. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]
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WACO Community Assistance Program Grant applications:
WACO will be accepting Community Assistance Program (CAP) Grant applications within the next few months. We do NOT yet have dates/deadlines nor total amounts of money that will be available from the borough CAP coordinator. Nonetheless, we recognize that these applications can take some time to complete and want to give a 'heads up' that we expect the process to unfold as in previous years. Please review the guidelines and evaluation sheet attached to help you decide if your funding need is able to be considered. These guidelines & evaluation sheet were adopted in late 2021 by WACO to help with decision making. Once we do receive information from the CAP coordinator, we will send an update via FB pages. Thank you for considering this grant program for your organizations needs in FY23.
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