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Posted: Friday, January 28, 2000

Police spot smoke, rescue man

JUNEAU - A police officer with good hearing may have saved a man's life early today.

While patrolling at about 2:15 a.m., Officer Paul Comolli heard a smoke alarm from an apartment on Northwood Drive, said police Lt. Ron Forneris.

Comolli, seeing smoke but unable to rouse any residents, forced open the door and dragged out a sleeping man.

Medics examined the man for smoke inhalation but he didn't need to go to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment. The smoke was from a pan smoldering on a stove, firefighters said, and it could have led to a fire. There was no fire damage.

Crash backs up traffic on Egan

JUNEAU - Three people were injured and traffic was backed up for about an hour due to a vehicle accident about 4 p.m. Thursday on Egan Drive, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Police said a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old man was turning left into Fred Meyer when it was struck by a vehicle traveling outbound on Egan driven by a 64-year-old man.

The driver of the first vehicle was cited for negligent driving.

One passenger in the first vehicle and two in the second vehicle were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be relatively minor injuries, according to police. Information on their condition was not immediately available.

Traffic was stopped completely for about 15 minutes and backed up for up to an hour after the accident.

Lawmakers oppose merger panel decision

JUNEAU - Disappointed was an understatement.

Democratic members of the Joint Special Committee on Mergers said they were ``extremely disappointed'' that the committee that delved deep into the proposed merger between BP Amoco and Atlantic Richfield Co. had not made a recommendation to the Legislature.

They sent a letter of complaint to Sen. Rick Halford on Thursday, urging the Chugiak Republican to hold another meeting in an effort to get committee members to take a position on the merger.

According to committee announcements posted today, two meetings of the merger committee have been scheduled for Monday and Wednesday at 3 p.m.

``The committee has worked too hard on this issue to now just walk away from it,'' wrote Sen. Johnny Ellis of Anchorage and Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula. ``We think that the committee has a responsibility to act now.''

Earlier in the week, the committee submitted its final report to the Legislature. That report contained the opinion of experts hired by the Legislature that the merger of Alaska's top two oil producers was bad for the state.

However, the committee made no recommendation because the Federal Trade Commission has yet to act.

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