Northwest Digest

Wire reports

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Man sent to hospital after fight outside bar

JUNEAU -A 33-year-old Anchorage man was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for head injuries, and eventually sent to Anchorage for further treatment, after a fight just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday outside a Mendenhall Mall Road tavern.

Police were notified at 1:43 a.m. that a subject was lying unconscious on the ground and bleeding.

When they arrived, witnesses said the man fought another man, who had since left the area in a taxi. Officers found that man, Byron Paul, 48, and after am interview, they arrested him for a probation violation near Stephen Richards Memorial Drive. He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Alcohol was a factor, but the cause of the fight is still unclear. Officers are seeking witnesses, and anyone with information is urged to call Juneau Police at 586-0600.

$60B needed to keep oil production level

ANCHORAGE - The state needs investments of $60 billion over the next 10 years to keep North Slope oil production from falling as much as 80 percent, according to the president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.

Chuck Pierce, who heads Unocal Corp.'s Alaska operations, said that amount includes $30 billion in new exploration and up to $30 billion in current operations on the North Slope.

That investment would keep North Slope production between 850,000 and 1 million barrels until a new natural gas pipeline can come online, he said.

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