Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2000

CIRI holds annual meeting in Soldotna

Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act regional corporation, holds is annual shareholder meeting Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Shareholders will hear a report on the company's 1999 operations, elect five directors to the CIRI board and conduct corporation business.

Candidates for the CIRI board are:

John N. Colberg, 68, of Seldovia, a retired business owner and a current member of the CIRI board;

William D. English, 77, of Anchorage, a retired commercial airline pilot and a current member of the CIRI board;

Patrick M. Marrs, 53, of Seward, president and owner of Communications North LLC and a current member of the CIRI board;

William C. Prosser, 55, of Anchorage, president and chief executive of Prosser Corp., former president and chief executive of Ninilchik Native Association, and a current member of the CIRI board;

Clare Swan, 68, of Kenai, a retired business owner, former chairwoman of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and a current member of the CIRI board;

Jimmie D. Hartley, 44, of Anchorage, who has worked as a maintenance technician at CIRI's Talkeetna Alaska Lodge;

Thomas P. Hundorf, 42, of Valdez, an electrician for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., owner of Hundorf Electric and vice chair of Salamatof Native Association;

Clarence McConkey Jr., 48, of the village of Kluti-Kaah on the Old Richardson Highway, program coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of the Native village of Kluti-Kaah and owner of C&K Business Center;

John G. Phelps, 57, of Anchorage, senior materials representative for Federal Express.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Voting shareholders must register by 1 p.m. in order to vote in person at the meeting. Only holders of voting stock are entitled to vote, but their immediate family members and holders of nonvoting stock also are welcome to attend.

The CIRI board recently declared a second quarter dividend of $6.28 per share to be mailed June 30.

Heritage Place expands

The Heritage Place nursing facility in Soldotna recently broke ground for a 12-bed addition. The $725,000 project should be done by the end of September, said Dennis Murray, administrator.

Heritage Place has been nearly full for a couple of years, he said. Its parent company, Banner Health Systems, agreed to the addition. When it is done, Heritage Place, which offers short- and long-term care for elderly patients, will have 60 beds.

Olson is employee of the month

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce honored Pam Olson, office assistant and bookkeeper for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, as its employee of the month. According to the food bank staff, Olson is self-motivated, dedicated, professional, efficient, compassionate, encouraging and helpful to clients and coworkers.

Fishing pole parts available in Soldotna

Lamiglas Inc. of Woodland, Wash., which makes fishing rods and blanks, has opened service centers at the Fishing Hole, 139 Warehouse St. in Soldotna, and at the Tackle Repair Center, 5011 Arctic Blvd. Suite E. in Anchorage.

The centers offer replacement rod tips for most models. One-piece rods and those needing warranty service still must be mailed to Lamiglas in Washington.

Central peninsula lot and road maps compiled

Delta Junction-based Peninsula Mapping Services has produced a 460-page lot-by-lot atlas of central Kenai Peninsula properties, driveways and roads. A CD-ROM version should be out within a week, said company owner Bob Johnson.

His other company, Interior Mapping Services, produced similar maps of the Fairbanks area.

"In Fairbanks, our customer base is everyone from the Department of Transportation to police, fire and the average plumber -- anyone who needs to go anywhere that has an address or a legal description," he said. "You pull down an address, print the page and hand it to your driver. That's the way these things are designed."

Johnson said he acquired much of the information from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, which hired a contractor to map every constructed road with a Global Positioning System receiver. His atlas shows all existing roads, driveways and culverts, he said. It shows gates and locked roads.

It includes street addresses, range and township coordinates and designates which parcels include buildings. The electronic version will include U.S. Geological Survey maps. Johnson said he hopes to include aerial photos in future updates.

The new atlas covers the area from Nikiski to Clam Gulch and Sterling. Johnson plans to publish another volume next year that includes the areas from Ninilchik to Homer and from Cooper Landing to Seward. For information, call 283-1072.

Ninilchik daughter recognized

Linda Encelewski Henrikson, daughter of Fedora Encelewski of Ninilchik, was an honoree in the 1999 BP/YWCA Women of Achievement Program for her demonstrated leadership in excellence in professional and personal life.

According to Cook Inlet Region Inc., Henrikson is founder and owner of Linder Construction Inc. She and her business have received awards including the U.S. Coast Guard 1994 outstanding contractor of the year award for Women Business Enterprise, the Society of American Military Engineers 1995 Outstanding Sustaining Contractor award, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District 1996 Outstanding Contractor award, and commendation by the Associated General Contractors for Safety Excellence for Zero Incidence Rate three years in a row.

Since 1995, Henrikson has been chairwoman and organizer of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Masque Ball. She has volunteered for the Alaska Native Youth Leadership Council and is a board member of the Associated General Contractors.

Business, petroleum newspapers split

Alaska Business and Industry Newspapers LLC has sold its monthly newspapers, Petroleum News Alaska and Business News Alaska, to its two shareholders, Raylene Combs and Dan Wilcox.

Combs said each owner retained a minor interest in the publication bought by the other.

Combs formed Business News Alaska LLC to acquire the business newspaper. She formerly was advertising director for both newspapers. She will continue to sell advertising for Business News and its special publications. Former Managing Editor Josie Hartwell is Business News' new editor-in-chief. Kristin Southerland is its new circulation manager.

Wilcox formed Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska LLC to acquire the petroleum newspaper. He said all the editors and writers associated with Petroleum News have agreed to contracts with his new company. Kay Cashman, former editor-in-chief of both newspapers, stayed with Petroleum News Alaska. Julie Bourbeau is handling advertising sales. Wilcox remains circulation director.

Nikolaevsk receives federal water and sewer money

The Kenai Peninsula community of Nikolaevsk is among the beneficiaries of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $20 million to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The grant pays to upgrade rural sewer and water systems. Nikolaevsk is to receive $1.274 million in USDA funds and $425,000 in state matching money.

North peninsula chamber speakers announced

June speakers at the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce are Rick Mataya of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Correspondence School on June 1, Kathryn Thomas of ArcTech on June 8, Rep. Hal Smalley, D-Kenai, on June 15, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson on June 22 and Daniela Martian of the Challenger Learning Center on June 29.

Chamber luncheons are Thursdays at noon at the Lighthouse.

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