Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2001

Tesoro gives $200,000 to University of Alaska

Tesoro Alaska Co. recently donated $200,000 to the University of Alaska.

Bruce A. Smith, president and chief executive of Tesoro Petroleum Corp., presented the check on Jan. 17. He said the contribution reflects Tesoro's continued commitment to the education of Alaska's youth. Tesoro Alaska also has given away 150,000 gallons of gasoline since 1996 through its Gallons for Grades program.

Tesoro Alaska runs a refinery in Nikiski and 30 retail gas stations statewide. It also markets Tesoro-brand gasoline through 115 independently owned stations. Tesoro Alaska employs more than 500 Alaskans and has an annual payroll of more than $20 million.

ACS forms new subsidiary

Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has formed ACS Infosource Inc. to manage its directory publications and yellow-page advertising.

The new subsidiary includes ACS InfoNet, an Internet telephone directory service at There, visitors can tap the yellow pages and nationwide residential and business listings, and advertisers can reach the Web. Since its Oct. 1 debut, InfoNet has drawn more than 89,000 visitors.

This year, ACS Infosource will release the Mobile Mini, a reduced version of the yellow pages with 300 headings geared for cellular phone users, and the Alaska Regional Yellow Page Directory, which will allow advertisers to reach more than 80 percent of the Alaska market.

Florida agency rates Alaska's strongest banks

Weiss Ratings Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., gave First National Bank of Anchorage an A+ safety rating in September. It gave Mount McKinley MSB in Fairbanks an A rating, and National Bank of Alaska, purchased in July by Wells Fargo & Co., a B+ rating, down from an A- rating in 1999. Weiss named FNBA, Mount McKinley and NBA as Alaska's strongest banks.

State inspects area restaurants

The Department of Environmental Conservation last month inspected several central Kenai Peninsula food service establishments. A score of 100 reflects adherence to minimum levels of sanitation. A score of 100-90 is good, 89-85 is acceptable, 84-70 is marginal and less than 70 is unacceptable. Scores for the recent inspections were:

Coal Bay Sandwich Co., Homer, 98

Homer Head Start kitchen, 98

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kenai, 98

Little Caesar's #3623, Kenai, 99

Louie's Uptown Restaurant, Kenai, 92

McDonalds's of Kenai, 97

Pizza Boys II, Kenai, 72

Subway of Kenai/TCBY Treats, 97

Women's Resource & Crisis Center, Kenai, 100

Golden Dragon, Soldotna, 85

Pizza Pete's, Soldotna, 85

Magpye's Pizzeria, Sterling, 95

Soldotna woman learns insurance skills

Ruth Lewis of Soldotna recently attended a seminar at the Appleton, Wis., office of the Aid Association for Lutherans to learn skills for helping members with insurance and investment needs. AAL is a fraternal benefit society offering insurance, education and volunteer opportunities to more than 1.8 million members. AAL affiliates offer investment products. Lewis is a representative with the Wallace Peterson Agency of AAL in Vancouver, Wash.

Seminar participants worked on underwriting procedures, communication skills, time management techniques, product updates, computer skills and electronic data management.

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