Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2000

Clam Shell Lodge has new owner

Clara Whitney and her family are the new owners of the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch, said lodge bartender Joanne Gallagher. Whitney takes the business over on April 1.

The business, formerly owned by Rose Moorefield, includes a lodge, motel, restaurant and bar. Gallagher plans to leave the bar to help Whitney run the restaurant. She said there has been extensive remodeling.

Land trust names regional director

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has named Claire LeClair the new director of its Kenai River regional office at the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.

LeClair said the trust's goal is to work with willing owners to conserve their land through conservation easements or other means. LeClair also seeks to expand the trust's central Kenai Peninsula membership and to serve as a land conservation resource.

She was an Alaska State Parks ranger for 17 years, and worked most recently as the Kodiak district ranger. She received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1982.

The land trust office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Its phone is 260-1999. Its e-mail address is

RDC supports permit fee reforms

The Resource Development Council Inc. says it supports state House Bill 361 as a way to reform state permit fees.

The bill would require resource agencies to establish schedules of fixed fees for simple and repetitive regulatory activities. Those fees would be based on the estimated cost of service, and could not include additional charges such as program overhead.

The bill would require resource agencies to negotiate fees for more complex permits. If negotiations failed, it would require them to bill strictly for time and expenses and to provide invoices that could be audited.

Peninsula jobs up, work force down

Unemployment in the Kenai Peninsula Borough fell from 16.3 percent in February last year to 13.8 percent in February this year. Through the year, the number of employed workers rose, but the size of the work force fell.

The number employed on the peninsula rose almost 1 percent, from 17,726 in February last year to 17,879 in February this year. The labor force declined by 2 percent, from 21,171 workers in February last year to 20,735 in February this year.

That contrasts with the statewide trend. Alaska's statewide labor force rose from 311,469 in February 1999 to 314,002 in February this year, an increase of almost 1 percent. Statewide employment rose from 284,675 in February last year to 290,465 in February this year, an increase of 2 percent. Statewide unemployment declined from 8.6 percent in February last year to 7.5 percent in February this year.

Colorado company offers small-dish TV

EchoStar Communications of Littleton, Colo., plans to offer high-power small-dish satellite television service in Alaska and Hawaii beginning April 1. The basic package includes 70 channels. Movie channels are available for an extra charge. Spokeswoman Becca Horowitz said local programming is not immediately available, but EchoStar hopes eventually to add that. For information, call (800) 333-3474.

Check flood insurance, agencies advise

Emergency workers advise Alaska property owners to make sure, before spring breakup, that their insurance policies cover flood damage.

Standard homeowner policies do not cover damage from tsunamis, floods and mud slides. However, insurance against damage from such events is available through the National Flood Insurance Program, the Alaska Division of Emergency Services said.

For information, contact your insurance agent or call the National Flood Insurance Program at (800) 427-4661.

Disadvantaged businesses have bidding advantages

The federal Small Business Administration holds a briefing April 6 in Anchorage to teach small businesses the requirements and benefits for certification as a disadvantaged small business.

The government allows bidding advantages for disadvantaged small businesses who compete for federal contracts. It also offers contract evaluation adjustments and monetary incentives for prime contractors who subcontract with disadvantaged small businesses.

The briefing runs April 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center. To register, call the Small Business Administration at 271-4022 or (800) 755-7034.

Homer chamber offers scholarships

The Homer Chamber of Commerce offers two $750 scholarships to graduating Homer-area students. Those must be used to fund college, university or vocational-trade school costs. The application deadline is April 14. Applications are available from the Homer chamber or from local schools.

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