Area chambers set schedule
Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:
Lori Manion and Mark Norgrin will speak on Nikiski Elementary School consolidation at the North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon today at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. A representative of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will speak. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.
U.S. Congressman Don Young will speak on the congressional agenda and give an update of the transportation bill at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.
The North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon Feb. 19 at North Kenai Baptist Church will feature Merrill Sikorski speaking on Caring for the Kenai. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.
Credit union to host chamber event
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will host the Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at its new branch, at 135 Sterling Highway. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given away. For more information, call the chamber at (907) 235-7740.
Expert to lecture on fishing cooperatives
A lecture on how to set up a fishing cooperative and the benefits to sales and marketing will be given by Joe Sullivan at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cook Inlet Auqaculture Building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai. The lecture is sponsored by Kenai Wild Brand and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Sylvia Beaudoin at 262-6355.
Small business workshop offered
Kenai Peninsula College will host a workshop regarding issues facing small business owners from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in room 201. Mark Gregory, director of the Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center, and Ray Zagorski, associate professor of business at KPC, will conduct the workshop and be available to answer related questions. There is no charge. For more information, call Zagorski at 262-0348.
GCI to hold investor conference call
Senior management of GCI will discuss operating results and 2003 fourth quarter earnings via conference call from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 19. To access the briefing, call (800) 475-0212 from 9:50 to 10 a.m. and identify your call as "GCI." After the briefing, callers may ask questions via the conference operator. The conference also may be accessed on line at www.gci.com.
Nominations for health care excellence sought
Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care improvement organization, seeks nominations for its 2003 Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Quality. The awards are given for achieving "innovative, measurable improvements in care." Awards will be given to nominees in four categories: hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics, long-term care providers, managed care and community agencies and others. The deadline for nomination is May 31. Forms are available at www.qualishealth.org. or call Jennifer Monie at (800) 878-7170.
CPGH gives awards
Ruth Kataiva of Sterling was named 2003 Volunteer of the Year for the Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary during an annual awards ceremony held in January. Kataiva has participated in the auxiliary for several years and her efforts making holiday stocking for December newborns and stuffed cats for children seen in the emergency department were noted.
James Flynn, CPGH security coordinator, was named CPGH's 2003 Employee of the Year also at the January awards banquet. Flynn was recognized for his upbeat attitude, dedication and professionalism.
Era Aviation adds electronic ticketing
Era Aviation, in conjunction with partner Alaska Airlines, has added interline electronic ticketing capabilities. Passengers now can get "paperless" tickets for connecting and through-fare flights for both carriers. Era flights also can be booked online at alaskaair.com for pas-
sengers connecting to communities Alaska Airlines serves. Era's Web site, flyera.com, still is available for customers looking to book travel between Era communities.
Customers asked to clear snow and ice
Enstar Natural Gas Company is asking customers to avoid piling snow and ice on gas meters when clearing sidewalks, driveways and roofs. Snow and ice buildup on meters and pipes can cause stress that may lead to gas leaks and can hinder quick access to a shut-off valve in case of an emergency.
Past CPGH board of directors President Diana Zirul passes the gavel to president-elect Loretta Flanders. Steve Hoogland, back row left, was re-elected vice president and Tom Boedeker was elected secretary-treasurer.
CPGH board elects new officers
Executive officers for the Central Peninsula General Hospital's board of directors were elected at a Jan. 29 board meeting. Loretta Flanders, Ph.D., former secretary-treasurer and board member since 1999, was elected president. Steve Hoogland, member since 2000, was re-elected as vice president and Tom Boedeker, a member since 2000, was elected secretary-treasurer. Officials were elected to two-year terms.
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