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■ Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso’s Restaurant. A presentation by Soldotna City Manager Mark Dixson on the state of the city is planned. Please RSVP to 262-9814.


■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. A presentation by Lynda Giguere, Director of Public Outreach for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is planned. RSVP to 283-1991.

■ On Oct. 23, the Kenai and Soldotna chambers will host a joint luncheon. Rick Mystrom will share his inspirational story, “My Wonderful Life with Diabetes,” at noon at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-1991.

The Peninsula Job Center will be offering the following free workshops offered for the week of Oct. 14:

Monday — 9 a.m., Job club – ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop

Tuesday — 9 a.m., Job Club – Topic, Career Exploration; 10:30 a.m., Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop; 10:30 a.m., Job Prep

Wednesday — 9 a.m., Job Club – Topic, Career Exploration; 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab; 1:30 p.m.. Workkeys Testing; 1:30 p.m,, Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop

Oct. 17 — 9 a.m., Job Club – Topic, Career Exploration; 10:30 a.m.; Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop

Oct. 18 — The Job Center will be closed for Alaska Day.

All workshops are free of charge to the public. Those interested in attending any of the workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 907-335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy. Suite No. 2. You can also reserve space in any of the workshops by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account (

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska Native regional corporation on Tuesday said it will build an office tower on a midtown Anchorage property formerly occupied by a movie theater.

Cook Inlet Region, Inc. said it will build the first tower in what will become the Fireweed Business Center, located at Fireweed Lane and the Seward Highway.

CIRI Land Development Co., a subsidiary company, is working with RIM Architects and Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc. to build a 110,000-square-foot, eight-story building.

Site preparation began this week and construction will begin next spring, Minich said. The structure is scheduled to be completed in winter 2014.

The corporation’s subsidiary is working with potential tenants to collect suggestions for the design.

The land development company has holdings in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Texas. Among its recent projects was the Tikathnu Commons shopping center in East Anchorage.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority says it will evaluate support for a mining mill on Gravina Island in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

The Juneau Empire reports a mill and tailings facility on the island would serve the proposed Niblack Mine. The copper, gold, silver and zinc prospect 30 miles southwest of Ketchikan is owned by Heatherdale Resources Ltd.

The Alaska Legislature created AIDEA to provide financing for businesses that can expand the state economy.

AIDEA spokesman Karsten Rodvik says a memorandum of understanding with a Heatherdale subsidiary, Niblack Project LLC, will allow the mine to move forward with environmental and baseline work.

Rodvik said AIDEA afterward could determine financing options it can provide.

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we. Send us your information at, fax it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. Questions? Call 907-335-1251.

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