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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2000

State will appeal management rights issue

JUNEAU - Attorney General Bruce Botelho announced Wednesday the state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Katie John subsistence lawsuit, arguing Congress did not intend federal agencies to usurp state sovereignty to manage state navigable waters.

The ruling in the case, named for an Athabascan elder denied a subsistence fish camp on the Copper River, established the federal government had reserved water rights on most state waters in Alaska for purposes of ensuring subsistence rights for rural residents.

The ruling greatly expanded the geographic scope of the federal government's authority in Alaska.

Botelho made clear the appeal will be over state's rights. He said Gov. Tony Knowles believes John has a right to a subsistence lifestyle and that the administration will continue to push for a constitutional amendment allowing rural Alaskans a subsistence preference.

``Simply put, this case is only about the state's authority to manage its own waters,'' Botelho said.

State issues bean-dip warning

ANCHORAGE - A Senor Felix five-layer fiesta dip has been recalled, and state officials are warning the contaminated food may be on store shelves in Alaska.

The recall came after shigella, a bacteria that can cause intestinal illness, was recalled nationwide last Friday.

More than 30 cases of shigellosis have been reported recently in Western Washington, and 16 of the victims said they had recently consumed the five-layer bean dip, Washington officials said Tuesday. Cases have also been reported in Oregon and California.

The dips were sold under the names Senor Felix 5 Layer Fiesta Dip, Trader Joe's 5 Layer Fiesta Dip and Delicioso 5 Layer Fiesta Dip. They were made by Senor Felix of Baldwin Park, Calif., and were distributed nationwide, primarily through Costco and Trader Joe's.

The dips contain layers of black beans, salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese and sour cream, health officials said.

Man drowns after boat grounds

ANCHORAGE - One man drowned and another was taken into custody after a fishing boat ran aground off the Homer Spit, Alaska State Troopers said.

The incident occurred about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when the fishing boat ``Vigor'' ran up on shore near the Lands End Resort, troopers said. Search parties found one person unconscious on the beach. Rescuers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until medical teams could arrive. Rudolph Carlson, 57, of Homer was pronounced dead at a Homer hospital.

Aaron Ellison, 26, of Homer was arrested for driving while intoxicated and operating a watercraft, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer and misconduct involving a weapon, troopers said.

Police say man died of alcohol poisoning

ANCHORAGE - A man found dead Tuesday at a home in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood apparently died of alcohol poisoning, police said Wednesday.

Investigators initially said they were investigating the death of Daryl Kramer, 36, as a homicide. An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed Kramer probably died of complications from intoxication.

Kramer's roommates told investigators he had spent much of Monday drinking vodka. Kramer eventually got into a fight and was punched several times. When his roommates awoke the next day, the found him lying face down with blood around his face.

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