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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, bucs page BlAltonna Mirror © Copyright 2001 MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2001 BBDHBHHBBBDDDflBDBDflDI COUNTY RECYCLING SOC newsstand State hopes hunters curb doe number kl Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Jim Fouse (left) and Bob Vaughn of Bergmeier’s Recycling unload corrugated paper as a pile of plastic waits to be compacted and banded. Blair County’s recycling rate dropped from 18.1 percent in 1998 to 14.7 percent in 1999. RECYCLE MIES A look at recycling figures for area counties for 1999: Blair Bedford Cambria Centre Clearfield Huntingdon 14.7 percent 12.2 percent 23.4 percent 57.8 percent 27.7 percent 18 percent Pennsylvania 32.6 percent Source: Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection Act 101 Annual Recycling Report WHAT A WASTE Blair County lagging behind state average recycling rate while producing more tons of garbage, statistics show. By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Anyone who thought Blair County’s 1998 recycling rate of 18.1 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. But 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 production. State statistics show Blair had 110,842 tons of municipal solid waste in 1999. That was 19,110 more tons than the 91,732 tons reported in 19%. Of the trash produced, county residents recycled 16,257 tons in 1999, a minimal decline from the 16,559 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 recycled materials failed to increase in a corresponding proportion. “There’s probably a lot of parts to that answer,” said consultant Richard C. Sutter of Hollidaysburg, who is updating the county’s solid waste plan for the next IO 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 Waste/Page A5 By John Haktsock 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 Thanksgiving and lasted two weeks. After it ended, a three-day doe season for all rifle hunters was put into place. Last year, on the final Saturday of buck season, hunters with appropriate buck and doe tags were permitted 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 Commission 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 Alt hopes is resolved by the extended doe season. Last season’s buck and doe hunting harvest in Pennsylvania was 504,600. Thousands more must be killed this year to resolve habitat problems. "We’re looking to balance the statewide deer population with its habitat,’’ Alt said. Alt said for the state to stay on course, hunters must take more than 500,000 deer this year. “We must remain committed to taking antlerless deer out of the population if we ever hope to balance the buck-to-doe ratio and balance the herd with its available habitat,” he said. Prospects for state deer hunters this year are excellent, Alt said. “Field reports have been supporting our preseason population projection,” he said, adding that some Wildlife Conservation officers, foresters and hunters are reporting that there are more deer now in their areas than last year. Please see Doe/Page A9 Police retarget youth drinking By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer Another effort 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 underage drinking.” The initiative addresses furnishing and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, said Sgt. David J. Copley of the Bedford station. “We’re very committed to address the problem,” Copley said. "We have a zero-tolerance policy." State police also want to educate minors and adults about the alcohol problem. “We want to get involved before something happens,” Copley said. “If we get information beforehand that there’s going to be a party at Mrs. Smith’s house, rather than be sneaky and stake this out, we’ll go Please see Drlnklng/Page A4 The badly deteriorated walkway steps to the Eighth Street Bridge remain closed to 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. DESPERATE!? SEEKING REPAIRS Altoona looks to have 31 projects added to Pa. transportation plan Mirror photo by Jason Sipes By William Kibler Staff Writer The city of Altoona has asked Blair County’s transportation planning group to consider 31 city projects when updating 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 Improvement 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 updated every two years. The long-range plan, which includes goals as well as projects, is updated every three to five years, said Wes Burket, who works with the Blair County planning office and the MPO. Of the 31 city projects, IO are major capital 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 Projects/Page A9 QLOCAL I Business A7 Movies A4 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 Q SPORTS " ''M-" NFL B2 Scoreboard B5 * G NATION Classifieds CJura C3-10 Comics    D5 Community news D2 Puzzles    D4 Television    D4 INSIDE M IN WORLD U.S. warplanes bombarded Taliban positions Sunday near a front line north of the capital, Kabul. PAGE Cl ;

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