No injuries reported in Juneau trailer fire
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JUNEAU - A fire broke out at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at a trailer home in the 5800 block of Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek neighborhood.
No injuries were reported.
Three adults and two children were witnessed running out of the trailer after smoke detectors and nearby construction workers alerted them to the fire.
Prior to the arrival of the Capital City Fire and Rescue, the construction workers put out some of fire using a garden hose.
According to Deputy Fire Marshall Dan Jager, the fire was possibly caused by an extension cord in a crawl space under the trailer. The cord was overloaded, it overheated and caused the fire when it melted, he said.
"(The cord) created enough heat to eventually burn the wood trusses and PVC pipe," said Jager. "There was smoke damage throughout inside, from vents where smoke went through."
Damage was estimated at least $10,000. The trailer was insured, said Jager.
Woman shoots self at Auke Village
JUNEAU - A 29-year-old Juneau woman committed suicide Tuesday evening at Auke Village Recreation Area, shooting herself as police arrived on the scene, according to Juneau Police Sgt. David Campbell.
The woman, whose identity is being withheld, was found dead in the woods off a path, police said.
Police rushed to Auke Rec after one of the woman's friends received indications that something was not right, Campbell said.
As police arrived at 6:47 p.m., the shot rang out.
Governor approves trust for housing
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin signed an order on Tuesday creating and developing the Alaska Housing Trust, according to Communications Director Meghan Stapleton.
The order directs the Governor's Council on Homelessness to help develop the Alaska Housing Trust as a fund within the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., the state's housing authority.
"By signing the order, the governor is making it clear that she will not ignore the needs of low-income Alaskans who are struggling to stay in their homes or those who are already homeless," said Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Mental Health Trust. "This is a huge step for Alaska."
The fund is designed to address the problems of homelessness by offering funding not already provided by federal and state sources. The trust will develop new housing to meet the ongoing needs of low-income Alaskans in a skyrocketing real estate market, through models such as a community land trust.
Ice game brings in 22 correct guesses
ANCHORAGE - There were 22 correct wagers on the exact time the Tanana River ice would break this year in Alaska's annual guessing game, organizers said Tuesday.
Winning tickets for the Nenana Ice Classic were purchased from people throughout Alaska as well as Westbury, N.Y.; Richmond, Va.; Grand Haven, Mich.; and Reading, Pa., said Cherrie Forness, manager of the 90-year-old contest.
This year's jackpot is $303,272, so each winning ticket is worth $13,785.09.
The Ice Classic ended Friday when a clock tripped at 3:47 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.
This year's jackpot is the largest payout in the past five years, Forness said.
Nenana is a river and rail town of 359 about 55 road miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway.
The Nenana Ice Classic began in 1917 when Alaska Railroad workers bet on the exact date and time the ice on the Tanana River would break up.
Each year, thousands of Alaskans pay $2.50 per shot to guess the exact minute the Tanana River ice will go out.
Breakup of the river is detected with the use of a wooden tripod.
New regent to come from Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A new regent for the University of Alaska will be selected Thursday and will come from Fairbanks, according to a spokeswoman for Gov. Sarah Palin.
Palin will announce the replacement for Jim Hayes during a Thursday luncheon in Fairbanks, said her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton.
Hayes, a former Fairbanks mayor, resigned Friday under pressure from the governor and lawmakers and following a federal indictment on charges of fraud unrelated to his service on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.
Local lawmakers, worried about a lack of a Fairbanks presence on the statewide board, encouraged Palin to pick someone from Fairbanks to replace Hayes.
Stapleton did not say who was chosen. Hayes' term expires in 2011. The Legislature must confirm the replacement, and the session ends May 16.