Chena Hot Springs Resort sentenced to 2-year probation, $1 fine

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A legal battle between the state and Chena Hot Springs Resort has ended.

The resort was convicted on one misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain chlorine levels in its spas and was sentenced Monday to two years probation. The resort also was ordered to pay for costly quarterly chemical testing and $1 of a suspended $10,000 fine.

On Monday, the second day of a sentencing hearing, District Court Judge Raymond Funk halted the proceedings and gave attorneys a 15-minute recess to reach an agreement.

That's how long it took defense attorney Bill Satterburg and Assistant Attorney General Kevin Burke to come up with the sentence.

As part of the sentencing agreement, the misdemeanor conviction against the resort for a failure to maintain spa chlorine residual levels will remain on record. Seven charges were dismissed; they were five misdemeanor charges of violating pool regulations and two felony charges of falsifying chlorine level charts in an indoor spa in December 1999 and February 2000.

The charges against resort general manager David Dominquez also were dropped.

The charges against former employee Carol Douglas were dropped in November in exchange for her testimony that Dominquez told her to falsify the records. Dominquez has denied that claim.

The two felony charges against the resort were dropped in an August plea agreement made days before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

Connie Parks-Karl bought the resort from a state agency in 1998. Since then, the resort has undergone various improvements.

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