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Assembly to consider bear statute changes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will consider amendments to the city's bear ordinance tonight.
The Assembly approved the ordinance last month in an effort to keep garbage away from bears. Under the changes, a property owner would be given notice before a misdemeanor charge is issued. The Juneau Police Department would be able to hang citations on doorknobs, so as not to wake up people who have left garbage out overnight.
The changes are scheduled for introduction at tonight's meeting. City Attorney John Corso has asked the police department to avoid charging misdemeanors under the new ordinance until the changes are adopted.
Officers still will be able to issue citations for the improper storage of garbage, which is an infraction, starting Wednesday. That section of the ordinance requires that people keep garbage off the street until 4 a.m. on pick-up day unless it is in a bear-resistant container, Corso said. Garbage cans also need to be labeled with the owner's address.
In other action, the Assembly will consider an increase in sewer rates, a budget transfer to study track resurfacing at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park and contract awards to replace roofs at Auke Bay Elementary School and the Marie Drake building. An ordinance that would limit the use of barbed wire and a proposed land purchase at North Tee Harbor also are on the agenda.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Assembly chambers.
Anchorage man dies in highway accident
SEWARD - A man died after the car he was driving collided head-on with a truck, Alaska State Troopers said.
The accident occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday at mile 74 of the Seward Highway when a pickup traveling north attempted to pass in a no-passing zone. The driver of the car, Paul McLaughlin, 80, of Anchorage, saw the truck enter his lane and moved into the slow lane, but the truck also entered the same lane and the two vehicles collided.
McLaughlin, the sole occupant of the car, died at the scene.
The driver of the truck, Troy Morehead, 28, of Elmendorf Air Force Base, and his wife Jennifer Morehead, 24, and their 7-year-old daughter Katie, were all taken to Elmendorf Hospital. Their injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
The accident closed the highway for about three hours.