Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003

Lemon Creek ready to organize

JUNEAU - The Lemon Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its first meeting at 7:30 tonight at the Bill Ray Center.

The association's boundaries are from Coogan Drive to Switzer Village Mobile Home Park, an area that includes about 3,780 residents, the city has estimated.

The meeting is in Room 154 at the center, which is near 10th Street and Glacier Avenue.

Troopers, police step up Halloween enforcement

JUNEAU - Juneau police and Alaska State Troopers are working extra hours this holiday weekend.

Juneau Police Department Capt. Tom Porter said a grant administered by the Alaska Department of Transportation will provide money for officers to work overtime.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said officers would put in overtime across the state, looking for people they suspect are driving under the influence of alcohol.

He noted that on Halloween in 2001 more than 80 people were killed nationally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost twice the number killed on an average day on the nation's highways, and more than the totals for Super Bowl Sunday and New Year's Eve, occasions of heavy celebration often involving alcohol.

He said troopers are encouraging Halloween party-goers to have designated drivers or bring cab fare to ride home safely. He also advised party-throwers to offer alcohol-free beverages.

Police also urged drivers to be especially alert for children on the streets and who may run out from between cars.

Police recommended that adults accompany young children and take a flashlight. Costumes should be light-colored with reflective tape on the sides, front and back. Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping the children. Adults should make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces.

Children should stay within their neighborhoods and visit only the homes of people they know, police said. People should hand out and children should accept only packaged candy.

Committee OKs money for small communities

JUNEAU - About 130 small Alaska communities will be getting a little extra cash from the state as a result of legislative action Wednesday.

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee approved a request by Gov. Frank Murkowski to steer $2.9 million to communities that had received less than Murkowski wanted to give them earlier this year.

The money is part of $25 million the state received this month from the U.S. government as part of the federal tax relief bill passed earlier this year.

IRS looking for Alaskans

SEATTLE - The Internal Revenue Service has more than $473,000 in checks returned as undeliverable to Alaska addresses. The agency is looking for the 777 taxpayers in the state who have those tax refunds and advance child tax credits coming to them.

Among the addresses the IRS listed for returned checks were 31 from Juneau, including Douglas and Auke Bay, one from Gustavus and one from Hoonah. The average returned check was worth $588.

Before the IRS can reissue a check, it must have an updated address for the person who didn't receive it.

People who have not yet received expected IRS checks can track refunds and advance child tax credits at the Web site. The home page has links under "Where's my Refund?" and "Where's my Advance Child Tax Credit?"

Or call the IRS toll-free assistance line at 1-800-829-1040.

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