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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

Ketchikan truck fire kills man

ANCHORAGE -- A man died after the truck camper he was sleeping in caught fire Saturday in Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

Aaron B. Gentry, 41, died at Air Marine Harbor.

Troopers said Gentry was staying in a 1976 Chevrolet truck with an attached camper. Spokesman Greg Wilkinson said it appears that Gentry used the camper stove as a heat source and it ignited the vehicle.

Judge allows extradition in Alaska pipeline bomb plot case

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A man can be extradited to the United States to face charges that he plotted to make money through oil and gas futures by blowing up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, a judge has ruled.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Paul Williamson ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence to support extradition of Alfred Heinz Reumayr, 52, of New Westminster, charged with possessing explosives and explosive materials with intent to detonate.

Williamson rejected inclusion of a charge of attempted arson in the extradition order, saying Reumayr was not in the area where investigators say he planned to detonate a series of bombs along the pipeline starting on Jan. 1, 2000.

The arson charge was the most serious of eight faced by Reumayr, who was arrested at a Vancouver-area hotel on Aug. 18, 1999, after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Albuquerque, N.M., defense lawyer Mark Jette said outside the court

Canadian Justice Minister Anne McLellan has 90 days to decide when and whether to turn over Reumayr to U.S. authorities, Jette said.

Reumayr is accused of planning to buy oil stock, bomb the pipeline at the height of Y2K fears and then sell the stock at a huge profit. He was initially charged in Canada. Those charges were stayed but could be refiled.

CSX announces new leader of the Yukon Pacific Corporation

ANCHORAGE -- The parent company of Yukon Pacific Corp. has announced a new director for the corporation.

John Snow, CSX Corp. chairman and chief executive officer, said Ward Whitmore will be director of project development and will direct day-to-day operation for Yukon Pacific.

Yukon Pacific holds the major state and federal permits and authorizations for an 800-mile natural gas pipeline and liquefaction facility. Under the company's Trans-Alaska Gas System project, natural gas would move via pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska to Valdez, where it would be refrigerated to produce liquefied natural gas for shipment to Asia.

Whitmore has worked on the project for 12 years. An Anchorage resident since 1989, Whitmore joined Yukon Pacific after holding several engineering-related positions with Union Pacific Resources and Phillips Petroleum. He replaces Jeff Lowenfels.

CSX is based in Richmond, Va., and operates the largest rail network in the eastern half of the United States.

Free bus service targets pollution

FAIRBANKS -- Free public bus service will begin today in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough accepted a federal grant allowing it to waive the $1.50 fee to ride the bus.

The free service will last through the winter in an attempt to keep carbon monoxide levels down.

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