State Briefs

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

Anti-terrorism bill passes state House

JUNEAU - A bill aimed at getting tough on potential acts of terrorism passed the state House on Thursday.

House Bill 350, sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, would make intentionally damaging a pipeline, utility or emergency response equipment a Class A felony that could be punished by up to a 20-year prison sentence. Currently, the maximum sentence for such crimes is 10 years.

"After Sept. 11th, it's a recognition that there are certain things that make Alaska especially vulnerable," McGuire said, referring to the pipeline provisions.

The bill also would spell out that tampering with water supplies or putting dangerous substances in the air are crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Fire damages trailer home

JUNEAU - Firefighters extinguished a fire early Thursday morning in a fifth-wheel trailer near Mendenhall Loop Road.

Capital City Fire and Rescue workers were called to the scene around 4:42 a.m. by the trailer's owner who said his home was on fire. They arrived at 4:45 a.m. and by 4:54 a.m. firefighters had the blaze under control. The owner and his dogs were able to escape the burning home and were uninjured.

Firefighters said the fire appeared to start in a mattress pillow in the front bedroom area of the home. It quickly climbed the wall but was extinguished before spreading.

Firefighters estimated the damage to the trailer at $3,500. The cause is still under investigation.

Harbor fees on board agenda

JUNEAU - Juneau's Docks and Harbors Board will consider fee changes at a meeting next week.

Under a proposed department fee schedule, liveaboard, launch ramp, lightering and transient electricity fees would change. The liveaboard surcharge, for example, would increase from $19.14 to $36.74 a month, excluding tax. The proposal drew objections from some liveaboards last year.

The Docks and Harbors Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Assembly Chambers. Public comment on the rate changes will be accepted. If approved, the changes could take effect July 1, city Port Director Joe Graham said.

Docks and Harbors Board members also are exploring a change in space rental rates, although more evaluation and public comment are needed, Graham said.

Calendar helps fund mountain rescue team

JUNEAU - The Hangar on the Wharf will host a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today to release the "Girls of the Hangar Calendar." The calendar depicts most of the female Hangar employees in group photos with various themes. Proceeds will be donated to Juneau Mountain Rescue as a tribute to a former Hangar employee.

According to Reecia Wilson of the Hangar, the calendar is dedicated to "the original Hangar beauty" Katrina "Kat" Winchell, who was killed with fellow skier and friend Matt Brakel in an avalanche three years ago April 27 on Mount McGinnis.

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