Local fisherman dies
JUNEAU - A Douglas fisherman was pronounced dead at SEARHC/Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka at about 11 a.m. today, about two hours after the Coast Guard pulled him from the water near Elfin Cove, the Coast Guard said.
The man, 39, apparently fell overboard while retrieving gear on his boat, the Coast Guard said. Officials have not released the man's name pending notification of next of kin.
A Coast Guard helicopter retrieved the man, who was clad only in sweatclothes, from waters about 80 miles west of Juneau at 9 a.m. and transported him to Sitka, where an ambulance took him to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital, said Petty Officer Roger Wetherell.
The helicopter crew performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation throughout the flight, Wetherell said.
The man was fishing along with another man, who was in a separate boat, Wetherell said. About 7 a.m., the friend noticed that the man's boat seemed to be adrift or aground, and he did not see him aboard. The friend called the Coast Guard for assistance at 7:35 a.m.
Both captains work for a Juneau charter boat company, the Coast Guard said.
City wraps up tourism planning
JUNEAU - Juneau's draft tourism plan should be out for public review by Monday, with the last in a series of tourism Web polls starting April 8, according to the city.
The draft plan will be available at www.cbjtourism.com and www.juneau.org. Copies will be available at local libraries and the city manager's office.
"The Web poll questions refer back to the plan. All will go online at the same time," said Bob Harvey, of Egret Communications, who is heading work on the project.
The final Web poll will start at 7 a.m. April 8 and run through 7 a.m. April 15. Those who have lost or forgotten their personal identification numbers to access the poll can contact the city, said Maria Gladziszewski, director of the city's tourism office.
"It's the same number we mailed last fall," she said. "We'd be more than happy to look it up and give it to them."
To ask for your personal identification number, call the city at 586-5240 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and daytime phone number.
The city started working on a long-range tourism plan about a year ago. Comments on the draft plan will be accepted through April 19. The final proposal will be presented to the Juneau Assembly for public comment and adoption April 29, according to the city.