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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 19:00

New bear resolution proposed

Anchorage Assemblyman Bill Starr, of Eagle River, proposed hiring a wildlife safety specialist to help address the threat of aggressive bears. The new position would work on a contract basis and report to the city manager.

“People need to understand that this is not a kill the bears resolution,” Starr told the Star. “Instead, it is a way to ensure the public can safely use public spaces without the threat of being attacked.”

Starr said he believes a controlled system of hazing — using items such as rubber bullets, pepper spray and air horns — can control the bears.


Report: Guard provides inadequate care

A veterans advocacy group released a report saying the Alaska Army National Guard does not adequately care for soldiers who return from deployment. The report states, “It would be unwise for the United States to continue to deploy the Alaska National Guard in large numbers until this situation facing Alaska National Guard members and their families is adequately understood and remedied.”

Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell, said the report is unsubstantiated.

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