Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2001

Open-air market seeks vendors

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce seeks growers and providers of fresh herbs, vegetables, flowers, honeys, jams, baked goods and other unique vendors to participate in Market in the Park.

The market, entering its third season, will operate Tuesdays at 3 p.m., rain or shine, from May 15 through Sept. 25. It operates at Chief Alex Park at the corner of Monte Drive and the Old Glenn Highway, at the entrance to the Eagle River business district. For information, call the chamber at 694-4702 or e-mail to

Beluga Realty has new office

The Soldotna branch of Beluga Realty has moved to 35186 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 6, in Soldotna, just south and across the highway from Gottschalks. Its phone is 260-3575. Its fax is 260-2625.

Visitors bureau plans sportsman show booth

The Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau will be an exhibitor at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show April 5-8 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The bureau will promote Kenai tourism businesses, the city and the bureau's May 1-Sept. 3 art show, "2001: A Fish Odyssey," featuring 115 top Alaska artists. The bureau invites member tourism businesses to display brochures at its booth at the sportsman show. For information, call Maggie Tappana at 283-1991.

Internet auction, grant-writing workshops offered

A workshop titled "Intro to Internet Auctions" will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Entrepreneurs Corner at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Cost is $20. The presenter is Marty Fougler.

The Entrepreneurs Corner also is the site for a workshop Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. titled "Grantwriting Basics" on finding grants and writing grant proposals. Cost is $40. The instructor is Stan Steadman of Sego Consultants.

Register for either by calling 260-2663.

Phillips makes management changes

Phillips Petroleum Co. has named Michael Panatier executive vice president of its refining, marketing and transportation division, effective April 1.

Panatier, 52, replaces John Lowe, interim head of RM&T since March 1. Lowe will continue as senior vice president of corporate strategy and development and a director of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Duke Energy Field Services. Panatier will replace Jim Mulva, Phillips' chairman and chief executive, on the boards of DEFS and CPC.

PenAir ends service to Bethel

ANCHORAGE -- PenAir has canceled its Bush service out of Bethel.

Service to the 17 largest communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region around Bethel was only marginally profitable, PenAir President Orin Seybert said

The company needed the planes and staff for its increased business in the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, he said.

PenAir's passenger service in the region has more than doubled since Reeve Aleutian Airways went bankrupt in December, Seybert said. And for the first time, PenAir is flying to Adak.

PenAir serves 80 communities around Alaska with 35 airplanes.

Hull named to head Employment Security Division

JUNEAU -- Ron Hull has been named to head the state's Employment Security Division.

He succeeds Rebecca Nance Gamez, who was promoted to deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Hull moves up after serving as the division's deputy director for the past three years.

In that capacity, he supervised the agency's Veterans' Affairs, Unemployment Insurance, Job Training, Employment and Adult Basic Education programs.

Hull will be paid $81,000 a year.

--Clarion staff and Associated Press reports

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