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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alaska's small air carriers face mixed prospects for 2010
Facing a downturn in passengers in 2009, small Alaska air carriers project a mixed forecast in their outlook for the industry this year, attributing much of the gloom that hangs over the industry to high fuel prices.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Wal-Mart sets date for Grand Opening
The new manager of the Kenai Wal-Mart store, Ferdinand Dominnique, addressed both Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce last week to announce that the new Super Center will have its grand opening March 31st. "We'll take possession of the building February 5th and you'll start to see our associates at the store from then on. And then on Wednesday, the 31st of March, we'll have the grand opening. From then on the store will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas day and re-opening the next morning at 6:00am," said Dominnique. According to the new store manager, everything has gone on schedule. "Roger Hickel has done a great job for us in constructing the building, and while it still may appear a bit incomplete on the exterior, the interior is just about complete and looking good," added Dominnique. "I really want to express the City's appreciation to Wal-Mart for the extra landscaping they did to beautify the appearance of the building. They went beyond what was called for and it's going to be an asset to our beautiful City," commented Kenai City Mayor Pat Porter.

Salamatof Native Association opens new headquarters
The new offices of the Salamatof Native Association hosted the first Kenai Chamber of Commerce Afterhours event last week. The Salamatof Native Assoc. has been located on Willow Street for many years, and now has moved to the end of the block across from the Kenai Fire Station after remodeling the vacant building that was a former bank location. "We'd like to thank Dan Green of G&S construction for doing such a wonderful make-over of this building. Many folks think it's a brand new building and don't even remember it ever being a bank," said Penny Carty, president and C.E.O of the Salamatof Native Assoc. (SNA, Inc.) is a Native Corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. The majority of the 138 shareholders of the corporation reside on the Kenai Peninsula. The mission of the SNA is to preserve and protect its culture and heritage, and promote pride by enriching and educating its youth for the future, according to Carty, who has been with the SNA since 1986. "We are involved with property management and resale, and have subdivisions along the Kenai River, Moose Range Meadows, Grand View Subdivision and our newest development is Cook Inlet Shores," she said.

Glenese Pettey opens new Edward Jones office in Kenai
While last year came in on the heels of one of the worst years economically since the great depression, 2010 seems to be on the mend according to Edward Jones financial advisor Glenese Pettey. "Since March of '09, it's been a blessing to see the increases made in the market. Actually there's been a 60% increase in the market ending in December of '09," said Pettey who in the fall of last year opened her new office in Kenai. "I'm very proud to be here in my new office and welcome all my clients and future clients to come by and visit us right here on Main Street across from the old court house and catty corner from the Kenai library in the Dcor building," she added.

40 Under 40 Award recipients honored by Kenai Mayor
Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 is a program created by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Journal of Commerce to recognize the state's top professionals younger than age 40, who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community. At last week's Kenai chamber of commerce meeting, Kenai city Mayor Pat Porter congratulated fire fighter John Harris of the Kenai Fire Department, and Brendyn Shiflea, Kenai branch manger of First National Bank of Alaska, and presented them with a certificate of accomplishment from the City. "Who are the business stars of tomorrow?," asked Porter, "In it's eleventh year of recognizing the state's top professionals, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce join together to answer that question. The Forty Under Forty Award recipients capture the entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism of their community. The Forty Under 40 Awards recognizes business people under the age of 40 who balance bottom line results with a desire to participate in charitable and community activities. The City of Kenai and the residents of our community are proud that Mr. John Harris and Mr. Brendyn Shiflea have been selected to receive this award. We will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's top young leaders during this annual awards celebration held at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage on January 14th," read Porter from the official certificate.

Lurking under the ice ...: Hungry pike can feed hungry anglers this winter
Hungry predators lurking in area lakes are fair game for ice fishermen this time of year.

Photo feature
Bob Flanders christened in his new river boat with this 65-pound king he caught.

Photo feature
Kele Bottineau called catching this king salmon "an experience of a life time!"

America shows love with pies
Share a pie with a hero in your life

Assembly opts not to reconsider ordinance excusing Chumley
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly opted on Tuesday evening not to reconsider an ordinance that would have authorized the sole source purchase of vehicle maintenance equipment from Chumley's Inc. in addition to waiving the requirement to file a "Notice of Intent to do Business" form.

Curriculum audit on tap: External reviewers will look for KPBSD shortcomings
Administrators at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District want to know if they actually teach what they preach.

Railbelt utilities inching near consensus on power building plan
Alaska's six Railbelt utilities are inching toward final agreement on forming a jointly owned entity to finance and operate new generation and transmission facilities, but several thorny issues need to be resolved before state officials, and ultimately the Legislature, sign off on the plan.

Francis Daniel 'Danny' Prior
Longtime Kenai resident, Mr. Francis Daniel "Danny" Prior, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side.

Simeon Chunak
Seward resident Simeon Chunak, 47, died, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Seward Mountain Haven.

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