Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

FNBA earnings rise

First National Bank of Anchorage reported first quarter earnings of $8.8 million, up from $6.5 million in the first quarter last year.

Outstanding loans grew to $788 million at the end of the first quarter 2001, up from $746 million at the end of the first quarter last year.

Total deposits were $962 million, up from $936 million at the end of the first quarter last year. Total assets at the end of the first quarter 2001 were $1.66 billion.

D.H. Cuddy, president and chairman, said the demand for banking services reflects continued strength in the Alaska economy.

Unocal donates to community cleanup

Unocal has donated $12,000 to the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce to help with the annual spring cleanup, slated this year for May 19.

Zirul opens new office

James V. Zirul, D.O., has moved Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic to 220 Spur View Drive in Kenai. Zirul hosts a Kenai Chamber of Commerce After Hours and open house today at 6 p.m.

Seward chamber announces April activities

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton is the speaker at the Mayor's Luncheon Friday at noon at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Sponsors are the Seward Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seward.

The cost is $8 per person. For information or to RSVP, call 224-8051.

The Seward chamber holds a membership meeting April 20 at noon at the Harbor Dinner Club, 220 Fifth Ave. Guest speaker will be Larry Smith, Spring Creek Correctional Facility employee of the year.

The chamber hosts the Highway Neighbors Convention April 26-27 at various locations in Seward. The convention begins April 26 at 1 p.m. at the Seward Military Resort, 2305 Diamond Blvd.

It ends with a closing dinner sponsored by the Resurrection Roadhouse, Mile .7 Exit Glacier Road, April 27 at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Tina Lindgren, director of the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

For information, call 224-8051.

Tesoro promotes pair

Tesoro Petroleum Corp. has named Jerry H. Mouser its executive vice president and chief operating officer, commercial marketing, for Tesoro Refining, Marketing & Supply Co. Mouser will report to Bill Van Kleef, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Tesoro.

Tesoro also has promoted Robert Mills to vice president, commercial marketing, reporting to Mouser.

Mouser previously was Tesoro senior vice president of new business ventures.

Mills previously was responsible for light product supply and wholesale marketing.

Retail workshop offered today

The Small Business Development Center offers a workshop titled "Retail Essentials" today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Diamond Center, suite 16. Cost is $15. Topics will include determining clever retailing, analyzing signs and store layout, establishing customer data collection and monitoring systems, developing valuable pricing strategies and methods, and customer service essentials. For information and reservations, call the SBDC at 262-7497.

GCI links Southwest schools to the Internet

Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. will use its satellites to provide broad bandwidth Internet access to 22 rural New Mexico and Arizona schools with more than 10,500 students.

Through its SchoolAccess program, GCI also will provide e-mail, Web hosting, security, network optimization, network management and contents filtering services.

GCI said the SchoolAccess program reduces the need for schools to train and maintain a technology staff. More than 155 rural and 85 urban Alaska schools already use the program.

Phillips declares dividend

Phillips Petroleum Co. has declared a dividend of 34 cents per share, payable June 1 to stockholders of record on April 30.

Phillips denies Russian talks, Iraq activities

Phillips Petroleum Co. said it is not in discussions with Russian company Tatneft and is not pursuing activities in Iraq, as reported in the April 5 Oil Daily.

"We are not now, nor have we ever been in discussions with Tatneft," said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive. "What's more, we are not pursuing any activities in Iraq.

"We remain focused on growing our exploration and production business in the United States and in a number of international locations, such as Australia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait."

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