Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. The luncheon will focus on networking with other businesses. Lunch will be $15. The chamber is requesting those planning to attend to RSVP at 283-7989.


The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation from Shanon Hamrick, executive director, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.

Talent promoted to advertising director
Leslie Talent has been promoted to the position of advertising director at the Peninsula Clarion. In that position, she will oversee the Clarion's marketing and advertising department.

Talent started at the Clarion in 1996 as a receptionist. She took on other responsibilities, including advertising assistant, and became a sales representative in 2001. She later was promoted to sales manager. During her time with the Clarion, she has won the Morris Communications Company President's Award in recognition of her excellence as a sales executive.

"Starting as a receptionist and working her way up to advertising director is quite an accomplishment," said Clarion Publisher Stan Pitlo. "We're thrilled to give her this opportunity and look forward to her continued personal growth."

Farmer's Market to open in Soldotna
The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer's Market will open June 16 and will be open each Saturday until Sept. 15. The original Soldotna's Log Cabin Post Office museum is open for visitors each Saturday during the Market hours.

Held on the corner of Corral Street and the Spur Highway, the market is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday. The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer's Market has featured only Alaska grown and Alaska made products for over 20 years. To join the group of vendors, please call Carolyn Chapman at 262-7502 for more details.

CPR instruction available
Meggean L. Bos, MA recently became certified by the American Red Cross to instruct First Aid, CPR, and AED classes.  Please email if you would like to train or re-certify your employees.

Aquatic farm application period is now open
The Division of Mining, Land, and Water is now accepting aquatic farm lease applications for shellfish operations in state waters. The application period opened on Jan. 1 and ends on April 30. During the application period, existing farmers may apply for lease amendments.

An aquatic farm lease enables the recipient to use state waters to commercially farm Pacific oysters, mussels, littleneck clams, geoduck clams or other shellfish.

Applications and information can be viewed and/or downloaded from the division's website at: For additional information or to set up a pre-application meeting, contact John Thiede, Aquatic Farm program manager, at 269-8543 or via email at

High Tunnels for gardening cost-shared by USDA
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue to fund high tunnel garden structures through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program through fiscal year 2013. Applications must be completed by June 15.

Land and producer eligibility criteria must be met and a NRCS cost-shared high tunnel will be part of a comprehensive conservation plan. For more information or an application package call the NRCS Kenai Field Office at 283-8732 or visit

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