Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Kip Knudson with Tesero will speak. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host Andrew Carmichael with the city of Soldotna Parks and Recreation at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

The chamber will begin its annual membership drive Friday.

· The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn.

Era Aviation wins safety award

The Era Aviation Safety Department presented the Kenai Station with the 2006 Most Improved Station Award.

The award is given annually to the station with the best safety record, embodies the safety culture, including identification of hazards in the workplace and proactive in the involvement of finding solutions and corrective actions to make the workplace safer for customers and employees.

Youth cooking classes

Pint Size Workshop cooking classes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Petersen Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. Admission is two cans of food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. A parent must remain in the store during the 30 minute workshops.

Crimestoppers seek support

The Central Peninsula Crimestoppers board is seeking community support for its annual poster drive. With sponsorship from local businesses, the group each year publishes posters featuring the phone number of the local Crimestoppers tip-line. The posters are displayed in businesses and public locations around the peninsula. Each poster also features replication of a business card representing each of 15 sponsors.

Businesses, groups, or individuals wishing to sponsor posters can do so for a donation of $50 or more. The $50 fee will get their name on 15 posters. A $100 donation would sponsor 30 posters. Donations beyond the cost of publishing the posters will be used for payment of rewards for information which helps to solve crimes on the peninsula.

Crimestoppers has been active on the peninsula for more than 20 years, and during that time has been instrumental in solving nearly 250 crimes ranging from murder and theft to narcotics. Thanks to Crimestoppers tips, more than $200,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered locally, and more than 1.6 million dollars in illegal drugs have been confiscated. Central Peninsula Crimestoppers has paid out more than $16,000 in rewards for information.

To help sponsor a poster or for more information, call Susan Savley at 252-8890. Donations are tax deductible and can also be sent to Crimestoppers, P.O. Box 1341, Kenai, AK 99611.

If you have information the police might need in order to solve a crime, you can call the Crimestoppers toll free tip-line at (800) 478- 4258 or locally at 283-8477. You may remain anonymous, and if the information helps to solve a crime you can receive a reward.

Food bank fundraiser set to build

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank invites businesses, organizations and families to enter the 2007 Canstruction event at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center slated Monday through 21.

April Sculptures made out of nonperishable food items are eligible for awards such as the CAN-Do-Award or Ton-O-Tin-Award. Food collected will be distributed to needy Kenai Peninsula residents. Entry forms are available at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive, Soldotna. For more information, call 262-3111.

Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought

Experience Works, a training and employment organization for mature workers, is searching for Alaska’s outstanding older worker. Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of Experience Works’ national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers.

Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., and in their home states for their contributions to the work force and local communities.

Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Alaska, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay.

The honoree also must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., in October for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony. Family, friends or colleagues may send in a nomination, or older workers can self nominate.

An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at The deadline for nominations is May 1.

Kapp moves Edward Jones office

Ryan Kapp of the financial-services firm Edward Jones has relocated to 44661 Sterling Highway, Suite C. Kapp has been in business since 2003.

For more information, call 262-6336.

Business owners receive dividends

The following peninsula business owners received dividends from the workers compensation dividend program overseen by Conrad Houston Insurance of Alaska and Republic of Indemnity Company: Anchor River Inn, Connelly House, Don Jose’s. Down East Saloon, Mykel’s Restaurant, Ray’s Waterfront, Salty Dawg, The Grog Shop and Vagabond Bar and Liquor.

Bones for Life seminar offered

A free Bones for Life seminar will be held April 29-30 at the Alaska Sprucewood Lodge. The program uses natural organic movement to try to stimulate and strengthen bones, improve posture and help users to move freely, efficiently and pain-free.

Workshop will be led by student teachers and overseen by Gail French, Feldenkrais practitioner, physical therapist and certified Bones for Life instructor.

For more information, call Gail at (907) 344-6261.

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