Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

City smoking discussion canceled

JUNEAU - A Juneau Assembly discussion about a proposal to ban smoking in public places was canceled Monday because a quorum was not present.

Only four of the nine Assembly members showed up for Monday's work session. Mayor Sally Smith was sick and Assembly members Dale Anderson, Don Etheridge, Frankie Pillifant and Ken Koelsch were either out of town or unable to attend, according to Deputy Clerk Beth McEwen.

John MacKinnon, chairman of the Assembly Committee of the Whole, said he is leaving town Friday and wasn't sure if the meeting will be rescheduled.

The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in restaurants, offices, stores and other public places, and would fine businesses and people violating the new law. It would not apply to enclosed bars.

The smoking ordinance was introduced at the Assembly's last meeting. A public hearing is scheduled Sept. 10, MacKinnon said.

Preparation helps in marine rescue

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard cutter Naushon's crew rescued a Canadian fisherman after his vessel grounded and broke up early today near Snail Rock, about 35 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

The Coast Guard received a distress call at 3 a.m. from Kenneth Seymour, 47, of British Columbia aboard the fishing vessel Westener II, reporting his vessel aground. The Ketchikan-based Naushon, anchored nearby, responded.

Seymour did well in his distress by properly notifying the Coast Guard of his situation and donning adequate survival gear according to Naushon's commanding officer, Lt. Anthony Stobbe.

"He called out Mayday three times, identified himself and gave his exact position " said Stobbe. "He also had a survival suit on, flares, a flashlight, and a 406 EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) with him as well."

Seymour used flares and a flashlight to direct rescuers to his position. The Naushon crew transported Seymour to Ketchikan in good condition. Officials are assessing the possibility of cleaning up about 300 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from the boat.

The Coast Guard said Seymour's preparedness made the rescue easier.

"He was well prepared, which potentially saved his life," said Cmdr. Mike Neussl of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue office.

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