Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2000

Homer resort honored

Land's End Resort and its Chart Room restaurant have been selected as one of Alaska's best hotels and restaurants in the recent publication of Best Places -- Alaska.

Land's End Resort also was honored to host a seafood dinner for six chefs from Seoul, South Korea's best hotels. The group was in Alaska to sample Alaskan seafood. The tour was sponsored by the Alaska Division of Trade and Development and the Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel.

New transcription service offers home-based jobs

Jeanne Potter has opened RTO-stat in Soldotna, a digital transcription service for doctors, police departments, lawyers and others. Potter said she records material to be transcribed through six phone lines, then transfers the recordings to a computer. Her transcriptionists download them over the Internet from her secure server, type them and send them back. Potter, who has 24 years experience in medical transcription, edits them.

Potter said she uses trained medical transcriptionists, including some from Central Peninsula General Hospital, some from Anchorage hospitals and some trained at Kasilof Medical Transcription School, which has since been sold to Global Transcription in Hawaii.

She has four transcriptionists, who work in their own homes, and a half-dozen waiting to work. Her employees can transcribe most material within 24 hours, she said. They can transcribe priority items sooner. Reach her at 262-5195.

Borough visits foreign trade zone conference

Bonnie Golden, assistant to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, is attending the Foreign Trade Zones Conference in Kodiak this week.

Foreign trade zones allow communities to import materials, add value and export them with no U.S. duties. The Kenai borough has been exploring creation of a foreign trade zone to aid businesses such as the yard Alaska Petroleum Contractors opened in Nikiski to build oil field production equipment. A foreign trade zone could make APC products more competitive overseas.

John J. Da Ponte Jr., former executive secretary of the U.S. FTZ Board, is facilitator for the conference, titled "Alaska's Role in International Trade and How Foreign Trade Zones Fit In."

Fishery development foundation gains director

Marc S. Jones will be the new executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. He starts work June 1.

Jones grew up in Ketchikan working on salmon trollers and cutting bait for halibut fishers. More recently, he has run a consulting company in Seattle, advising clients in the fishing and marine transportation industries. He also has served as a U.S. naval officer, adjunct professor for the Western Washington University School of Business and Economics and as world sales manager for Marco Pollution Control.

Halibut fishers make slow start

Gulf of Alaska commercial fishers landed nearly 2.7 million pounds of halibut through April 14 from their total quota of 18.3 million pounds. The Southeast Alaska catch was 1.5 million pounds from a quota of 8.4 million. The Alaska Peninsula area catch was 638,000 pounds from a quota of 15 million.

The Alaska total was nearly 4.9 million pounds, or 9 percent of the 56-million-pound year 2000 quota. From March 15 to April 13 last year, Alaska fishers landed 11 percent of the 1999 quota.

Visitor industry plans charity walk

Visitor industry leaders plan the Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk May 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Park Strip in Anchorage.

Proceeds will benefit Abused Women in Crisis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Anchorage, Challenge Alaska, Campfire Boys and Girls, Beans Cafe and Agencies Serving Young Children through Success by 6.

For information, call Vicki Malone at CIRI Tourism at 263-5558 or visit www.alaskacharitywalk.org on the Internet.

Homer chamber plans Friday mixer

The Homer Chamber of Commerce holds its next mixer Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Homer airport terminal. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

State Farm plans rate hike

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. plans to raise its Alaska rates 1.4 percent beginning May 15, its first overall Alaska rate hike since July 1996. During the last three years, State Farm rates have declined 16.1 percent, the company said.

It also plans to offer 5 percent discounts for eligible new customers in Alaska and for qualifying customers who have held State Farm policies for less than three years.

Gottschalks mum on plans for Lamonts' stores

Fresno, Calif.-based Gottschalks Inc. won't say whether it plans to keep open all seven of the Lamonts stores it plans to purchase in Alaska. Lamonts announced Monday that it's selling its entire chain of 38 department stores to Gottschalks for $19 million, subject to approval of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Mike Geele, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Gottschalks, declined to say whether he'll maintain the seven stores if the sale is approved.

''We're not commenting specifically on our plans until we get approval from the Bankruptcy Court,'' said Geele.

A hearing on the pending sale is scheduled for May 15 in Seattle.

Kirkland, Wash.-based Lamonts has three stores in Anchorage and one each in Wasilla, Soldotna, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Safeway sells CarrsTix

California-based Safeway Co. announced Tuesday that it has agreed to sell CarrsTix for an undisclosed amount to the California company Tickets.com.

Safeway acquired CarrsTix last April as part of its $330 million purchase of Carr Gottstein Foods Co. Richard Near, Safeway's Alaska manager, said Safeway didn't have experience running a ticket vendor but wanted to continue the service.

Under the deal, Tickets.com will keep the CarrsTix name in Alaska and continue selling tickets at some 20 Carrs stores throughout the state, Near said. It also would run the CarrsTix office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Founded in 1996, California-based Tickets.com is an online seller of entertainment, sports and travel tickets. It also sells tickets through retail outlets and call centers.

Safeway and Tickets.com hope to close their deal within a month, Near said.

--Staff and wire reports



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