Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

Fire destroys roadside trailer

JUNEAU - No one was hurt when a fire demolished a travel trailer parked on the side of Glacier Highway this morning near a point overlooking Sunshine Cove.

Capital City Fire and Rescue workers responded to a fire reported by the driver of a passing car at 4:37 a.m. today near 34 1/2 Mile Glacier Highway.

The fire had already eaten away at the wooden frame of the trailer, reached its propane tank, and was melting the tires of the 45-foot Fifth Wheel trailer when firefighters arrived on the scene at about 5 a.m. said Auke Bay/Lynn Canal District Assistant Fire Chief George Reifenstein. He said firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes.

The owner of the trailer was not at the scene and no one else was in the vicinity of the trailer, fire officials said. But judging by the appliances inside and a car parked near the trailer earlier this week, Reifenstein said it didn't appear to be abandoned. The cause is unknown and the fire marshal is investigating.

Gas pipeline hearing today

JUNEAU - A public hearing on a possible natural gas pipeline from the North Slope will be held from 4-6 p.m. today at the Baranof Hotel.

The hearing is being conducted by the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles. Knowles has endorsed a pipeline route paralleling the Alaska Highway and has signed legislation banning an "over-the-top" route through the Beaufort Sea to the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

But the three major North Slope producers are in the middle of a year-long $75 million study of options for commercializing North Slope natural gas and have not expressed support for a pipeline route. There are also companies pushing an all-Alaska pipeline to Valdez, where natural gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia.

In Canada, some supporters of the northern route have threatened to retaliate against Alaska with legislation banning a pipeline along the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway.

Internet problems not due to virus

JUNEAU - Slowdowns in access to state Web sites are being investigated, said David Morris, GCI spokesman.

"We do not believe it has anything to do with the Code Red worm, but there had been a significant increase in bandwidth utilization over the past two weeks," Morris said.

A state Web technician said the problem was with GCI, not the state.

Bandwidth is the term used by software technicians to describe the amount of capacity a computer user has for Internet service. A home personal computer might have a bandwidth of 28,000 bits per second, while a business computer might have a capacity of 10 million bits, Morris said.

When the Internet receives a periodic peak of requests, home connections might be slowed down in receiving information. "All we can say at this point is that we are working on it," Morris said.

Local clowns plan events

JUNEAU - Big feet, squirting flowers and red noses will make frequent appearances on the streets of Juneau during National Clown Week.

The week, sponsored by The Juneau Joeys, runs through Aug. 7. The Joeys kicked off the celebration Wednesday by plastering posters around town. The Joeys will also deliver meals on wheels Thursday, perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the weekly concert in Marine Park, greet tourists from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday on the downtown tram, and entertain at the Coast Guard picnic Sunday at Sandy Beach.

For more information on clowning events call 364-2431 or 789-5662.

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