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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania FUN FOR KIDS WITH SHORTCUTS: GETTING "BEHIND MASKS PAGE D3 Steelers silence Sapp, biles Jaffa bound 'L-bhestar to "a'wi'd' 'labels' page 01 Aitomra Copyright 2001 MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2001 newsstand COUNTY RECYCLING Mirror pliolo by Jason Sipes Jim Fouse (left) and Bob Vaughn of Hergmeier's Recycling unload corrugated paper as a pile of plastic waits to be com- pacted and banded. Blair County's recycling rate dropped from 18.1 percent ill 1991) to 14.7 percent in 1999. RECYC1E RATES WHAT A WASTE 1 Blair County lagging behind state average recycling rate while producing more tons of garbage, statistics show. A look at recycling figures lor area counties (or 1999: j Blair Bedford Cambria Centre Cleailield Huntingdon 14.7 percent percent 23.4 percent 57.8 percent 27.7 percent 13 percent .Pennsylvania 32.6 percent Source: Pa. Ocpl. of Environmental Protection Act IOI Annual Recycling Report BY KAY STKI-HKNS Staff Writer Anyone who thought Blair County's 1998 recy- cling rate of 1B.1 percent was less than respectable needs to take a deep breath. For 1999, Blair's recycling rate dropped to 14.7 percent. At a time when the state is pushing to yield an average 35 percent rate for recycling, Blair County appears headed in the opposite direction. put a closer look at Blair's 1999 figures reveals a minimal drop in the weight of items that were recycled and an exceptional increase in trash pro- duction. State statistics show Blah1 had tons of municipal solid waste in 1999. That was more tons than the tons reported in 1998. Of the trash produced, county residents recy- cled tons in 1999, a minimal decline from the tons recycled in 1998. Blair County's solid waste leaders seemed stumped when asked why the county had so much trash in 1999 and why the amount of recy- cled materials failed to increase in a correspond- ing proportion. "There's probably a lot of parts to that answer." said consul tan t Richard C. Su tter of Hollidaysburg, who is updating the county's solid waste plan for the next 10 years. Sutter, along with Blair County Solid Waste Department staffers and the Blair County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, can come up a few factors that may be responsible. Please see A5 State hopes hunters curb doe number BY JOHN HAUTSOCK Staff Writer For the first time, Pennsylvania hunters holding the appropriate tags will be able to bag a doe and a buck in concurrent seasons. The 2001 rifle-hunting season for hunters of all ages who wish to harvest a buck or a doe will begin Nov. 26 and end Dec. 8. Hunters using flintlock or muz- zleloader guns could harvest does last week. A special doe season for junior (ages 12-15) and senior (ages 65 and up) hunters went from Thursday to Saturday. In previous years, buck season for all rifle hunters kicked off on the first Monday after Thanksgiv- ing and lasted two weeks. After it ended, a throe day doe season for all rifle hunters was put into place. Last year, on the final Saturday of buck season, hunters with appro- priate buck and doe tags were per- mitted to hunt for buck and doe. The extended doe season this year is being implemented by Deer Management Section supervisor Gary Alt-to bring into alignment the disproportionate ratio of does to buck. The Pennsylvania Game Comm- ission estimates the state's deer population at about 1.5 million before archers entered the woods this fall; a significant majority of those were does. The growth of the state's deer population is dwindling available habitat, a situation that All hopes is resolved by the extended doe season. Last season's buck and doe hunt: ing harvest in Pennsylvania was Thousands more must be killed this year to resolve habitat problems. "We're looking to balance the statewide deer population with its Alt said. Alt said for the state to stay on course, hunters must.take more than deer this year. "We must remain committed to taking antlerless deer out of the population if we ever hope to bal- ance the buck-to-floe ratio and bal- ance the herd with its available ho said. Prospects for state deer hunters this year are excellent, Alt said. "Field reports have been sup- porting our preseason population he said, adding that some Wildlife Conservation offi- cers, foresters and hunters are reporting that there are more deer now in their areas than last year. Please see A9 Police retarget youth drinking HY MAIIK LEDKKFINGER Staff Writer Another elTort is under way by state police to keep those under 21 from drinking alcohol. An enforcement initiative has continued since 1998 to address "the pervasive problem of under- age drinking." The initiative addresses furnishing and con- sumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, said Sgt. David J. Copley of the Bedford station. "We'i-e very committed to add- ress the Copley said. "We have a zero-tolerance State police also want to educate minors and adults about the alco- hol problem. "We want to get involved before something Copley said. "If we get information beforehand that there's going to be a parly at Mrs. Smith's house, rather than be sneaky and stake this out, we'll go Please see A4 The badly walkway steps to the Eighth Bridge remain closed pedestrians. Altoona officials are hoping that funding will be available for bridge repairs if the city can get the spans on the state's 12-year transportation plan list. SEEKING REPAIRS Altoona looks to have 31 projects added to Pa. transportation plan Mirror pholo by Jason Sipes BY WILLIAM Km LEU Staff Writer The city of Altoona has asked Blair County's transportation planning group to consider 31 city projects when updat- ing the local portion of the state's 12-year transportation plan. Twenty one of the projects already are set for the first trimester of the 12-year- plan, which means they're also on the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Blair County's Transportation Improve- ment Plan and probably are destined to be completed. Of the rest, five projects are on the MPO's long-range plan and four are on a waiting list. The TIP and the 12-year plan are updat- ed every two years. The long-range plan, which includes goals as well as projects, is updated every three to five years, said Wcs Burket, who works with the Blair County planning office and the MPO. Of the 31 city projects, 10 are major cap- ital jobs mainly road realignments, reconstructions or widenings. Four are on the TIP. Of the nonmajor capital projects, eight are safety and mobility jobs, including Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: (800) 287-4400 Mostly cloudy, 67" Forecast, A2 f Comics________D5 Comrnunity rjews_ D2 PuzzlW ____ D4 Television D4 U.S. warplanes bombard-, ed Taliban positions Sunday near a Iront line north of the Kabul PAGE Cl