Business briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2000

Spring cleanup is May 1 through 6

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Peninsula Sanitation have planned the annual spring cleanup for the first week of May. Trash bags will be available from both chamber offices. Senior centers will hand them out at the Peninsula Center Mall beginning May 1. Bags also will be available at Mom & Dad's Grocery in Sterling.

Peninsula Sanitation will collect bagged trash May 1 along Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof; May 2 in the greater Soldotna area, including the Kenai Spur Highway to Strawberry Road; May 3 along the Spur Highway to Neighbors Drive, and from Beaver Loop to Strawberry Road and along K-Beach Road from Cannery Road to Bridge Access; May 4 in the greater Kenai area; and May 5 on the Sterling Highway from Sterling to Kasilof.

Alaska Gift and Gallery reopens

Alaska Gift and Gallery has reopened on the corner of Willow Street and Attla Way, next to the Kenai Merit Inn.

Radio 93.3 plays oldies

Peninsula Communications Inc. opened K-BAY radio March 1 at FM 93.3 on the central Kenai Peninsula. The station broadcasts "oldies" music aimed at a baby-boomer audience aged 35 to 54. It broadcasts 1950s, 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll, with core selections from 1964-69.

Bed and breakfast association opens Web site

The Bed and Breakfast Association of the Kenai Soldotna Area has opened a Web site at

Soldotna sports show is May 5 through 7

The 15th Annual Sports Rec. and Trade Show is May 5 through 7 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The show includes vendor booths, boats, recreational vehicles and all kinds of sports-related displays, said organizer Terry Coval of Peninsula Marketing.

Coval said he is trying to expand the show beyond its sport-fishing core. He plans ATV demonstration rides and a short ATV safety class. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides. He is trying to attract groups such as equestrians and white-water rafters.

Anchorage sports show coming

The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is April 13 through 16 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Chamber to visit Fairbanks Outdoors Show

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will have a booth at the Fairbanks Outdoors Show April 21-23. To represent your business there, bring 50 cards or brochures to the chamber office by April 18.

Bill would allow crop insurance for salmon fishers

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is sponsoring a measure in Congress that could make federal crop insurance available to Alaska salmon fishers.

State managers try to maintain healthy salmon runs, Stevens said.

"However, occasionally fish do not return," he said. "This is exactly the type of crisis that could be alleviated by making crop insurance available to salmon fishermen. Fishermen are farmers of the sea, and they deserve the same protections we afford to farmers in the inland states."

The measure is an amendment to the Risk Management for the 21st Century Act, which now heads to a House-Senate conference committee.

Acupuncture association formed

The Acupuncture Association of Alaska formed in September. Its main goal this year is winning changes in state law that would require insurance companies to cover acupuncture even without prior referral from physicians.

Officers are president Pam Price of Homer, vice president Dan Young of Eagle River, secretary Kelly Sandberg of Anchorage, treasurer Rosemary Cody of Anchorage and legislative liaison Valerie DeLaune in Juneau.

Changes proposed to contractor rules

State officials propose several changes to the regulations governing residential endorsements for construction contractors.

The proposed changes alter the continuing competency activities accepted for renewal of residential endorsements, alter the number of contact hours awarded for specific activities, state requirements for an application for a residential endorsement examination and more.

The comment period ends May 12. For information, call the Department of Community and Economic Development at 465-2537.

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