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MONDAY

SOCCER Channel 7 a.m. Liverpool vs. Olympiacos* FS1 41 6 p.m. MLS: L.A. Galaxy at Seattle Sounders ESP2 35 6 p.m. MLS: Portland Timbers at Montreal* Root 36 BASEBALL Channel 8 a.m. San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves MLB 149 3 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox ESPN 34 11 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox* ESPN 34 AUTO RACING Channel 1 p.m. World Rally Championship: Portugal* Root 36 8 p.m. Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix* NBCS 39 RODEO Channel 2 p.m. Bull Riding Championship* Root 36 TENNIS Channel 3 p.m. PowerShares Series: Salt Lake City* Root 36

TUESDAY

SOCCER Channel 3 p.m. Manchester United vs. Inter Milan NBCS 39 BASEBALL Channel 3 p.m. Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians Root 36 4 p.m. Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs WGN-A 8 4 p.m. New York Yankees at Texas Rangers FS1 41 6 p.m. Braves at Dodgers, or Pirates at Giants MLB 149 WNBA Channel 4 p.m. Chicago Sky at San Antonio Stars ESP2 35 6 p.m. L.A. Sparks at Phoenix Mercury ESP2 35

MONDAY

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium: Losers bracket games, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE : Kenai Peninsula Oilers at Chugiak Chinooks, Loretta French Park, 6 p.m.; Fairbanks Goldpanners at Anchorage Bucs, Mulcahy Stadium, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium: Losers bracket game, 10 a.m.; winners bracket game, 1 p.m.

Recalling his general election loss to Sen. Lisa Murkowski four years ago, tea party favorite Joe Miller will tell you he was undermined by establishment Republicans, misrepresented by a costly smear campaign and betrayed by a rogue security-guard “plant” who took it upon himself to handcuff a reporter.

But the Fairbanks conservative will also tell you any blame for the loss -- and his campaign’s missteps -- rests squarely on his shoulders.

“That’s one thing you learn as a West Pointer, that’s one of the things you learn as someone who served in combat,” said Miller, who graduated from the military academy in 1989 and led a tank platoon in the first Iraq War in 1991. “Ultimately, you’re the guy who makes the decisions and if you take advice and you follow it and it’s wrong, then it’s on you.”

The Yale Law School graduate with a Bronze Star and a Fairbanks law practice came from nowhere to knock off Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary in 2010, only to implode months later as Murkowski clawed back to win a long-shot, independent write-in campaign...

Alex DeMarban

NEWHALEN -- Things are quiet on the north shores of Iliamna Lake.

Gone are the early mornings when dozens of trucks and four-wheelers would commute from the communities of Newhalen and Iliamna to the Pebble Partnership offices, located about 5 miles north of Newhalen, to prepare for exploration work at the site of the proposed Pebble mine. Also gone are the numerous helicopters, which each day would zoom from the Iliamna airport, a mere 18 miles from the proposed mine site.

The Pebble office is quiet, too, with just a few employees watching over the two-story building. Rooms are filled with bright orange hard hats and vests, and a large map showing off the Pebble Prospect hangs in the living room. Desks sit unoccupied. Signs warning workers to stay hydrated in the field line the walls...

Suzanna Caldwell

NEWHALEN -- Things are quiet on the north shores of Iliamna Lake.

Gone are the early mornings when dozens of trucks and four-wheelers would commute from the communities of Newhalen and Iliamna to the Pebble Partnership offices, located about 5 miles north of Newhalen, to prepare for exploration work at the site of the proposed Pebble mine. Also gone are the numerous helicopters, which each day would zoom from the Iliamna airport, a mere 18 miles from the proposed mine site.

The Pebble office is quiet, too, with just a few employees watching over the two-story building. Rooms are filled with bright orange hard hats and vests, and a large map showing off the Pebble Prospect hangs in the living room. Desks sit unoccupied. Signs warning workers to stay hydrated in the field line the walls...

Tara Young

South Post 4 and Dimond Post 21 earned shutout victories Sunday in the American Legion state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium and will meet each other in a semifinal Tuesday.

Dimond invoked the mercy rule in its 10-0 win over Juneau Post 25 while South earned a 4-0 victory over Kenai Post 20.

On Monday, Kenai faces Chugiak Post 33 in one of two elimination games — the other features Juneau against Wasilla Post 35.

Nick Jensen didn’t walk a batter and scattered five hits through seven innings to earn the win for South.

Kenai’s Klayton Justice took the loss — he allowed five hits, four runs, all of them earned, and walked nine batters in six innings of work.

South scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. Sage Dudick went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for South, which got two RBIs from Jake Crapps.

Josh Darrow led Kenai with a pair of hits.

Dimond’s Jordan Clevenger allowed four hits and struck out five in a complete-game, five-inning effort. Clevenger helped his cause with one hit and two RBIs...

Alaska Dispatch News

The boat yards in Bristol Bay are filling up quickly as much of the fleet heads off to wintering grounds in the Lower 48.

The price for pinks, posted at about 28 cents per pound, seems too low to generate much of a post-sockeye fishing effort by many.

“I’ve got the gear on the boat and I’m ready to go,” said Fritz Johnson, who fishes the F/V Jazz out of Dillingham but hadn’t fished since the sockeye run slowed over the weekend. “I haven’t made up my mind yet about pinks, but I’ll tell you, if it was a buck a pound, you bet I’d be out there.”

Another Nushagak drifter returned Monday with 3,300 pounds of humpies, but wasn’t too encouraged by the profit margin from that decent harvest.

Greg Marxmiller, a Nushagak setnetter, said he was intending to fish humpies later in the week, and hopefully transition to the more profitable silvers when they show up in numbers, and if there’s a market.

Pinks arrive in numbers on the even years, and entice a few area processors to stay open for an extended season. That can mean more market for silvers, too, which often do fetch close to a dollar per pound...

Dave Bendinger

Alaska entrepreneurs, crafts people, artists, inventors and tinkerers are getting help turning their ideas into money-making realities this week.

Now in its second year, Alaska Entrepreneurship Week connects people trying to start new businesses with each other and seasoned professionals. The events range from workshops with the founder of Indiegogo -- one of the largest crowd funding resources available on the Internet -- to seminars on business startups and even a "Shark Tank" -style contest for hopeful entrepreneurs...

Sean Doogan

Anchorage's Mini-Maker Faire boasted sunny skies and warm temperatures at the Loussac Library as part of the Alaska Entrepreneurship Week on Saturday. The faire included live music as well as the many booths featuring a diverse group of makers.

Anne Raup

The trans-Alaska pipeline system has now moved a staggering 17 billion barrels of North Slope crude oil.

It might move billions more, provided operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. can overcome serious technical challenges.

Alyeska is conducting vital tests at an Oklahoma university to help TAPS deal with problems associated with declining throughput. The company also is trying robots to combat corrosion, a constant threat to the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Alyeska is close to finishing what has been a lengthy, expensive and somewhat troubled effort to modernize pipeline pump stations.

TAPS has been moving oil from Prudhoe Bay and other North Slope fields for 37 years, since 1977.

The 17 billionth barrel started down the 800-mile pipeline on July 19, Alyeska said.

“This is an operational milestone and legacy that we are all proud of,” said Tom Barrett, company president.

Since the beginning, some 21,300 tankers have loaded oil at Valdez, the pipeline’s southern terminus.

The last major milestone for TAPS was in October 2009, when throughput reached 16 billion barrels...

Wesley Loy

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