June speakers at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce are Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, and Rep. Gary Davis, R-Soldotna, on June 13; Martin Morell, manager of oil and gas for Unocal, on June 20; and Brett Huber, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, on June 27. Chamber luncheons are Tuesdays at noon at Riverside House.
Pop Drop is coming
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Father's Day Pop Drop June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Peninsula Center Mall.
Businesses can buy 25 ping pong balls for the drop for $25. Those will fall from the sky to a crowd of waiting children, who can catch them to win prizes and discounts for their fathers. Call the chamber by Friday to donate prizes, which will be awarded with specially marked balls.
Microsoft certification classes offered
New Frontier Vo-Tech Center in Soldotna will offer the first three classes this summer from a list of six required to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
The three classes -- on networking, administering Windows NT 4.0 and supporting Windows NT 4.0 core technologies -- run consecutively from July 31 to Aug. 25. Passing the requisite tests yields a Microsoft Certified Professional rating. Dan Inabnit, the school's technical director, said he plans to offer the remaining classes required for the Systems Engineer certification later.
New Frontier also offers a July 10 to 21 class in computer repair. Network Business Systems in Anchorage will provide trainers to teach the New Frontier courses.
Sterling Senior Center plans Friday markets
The Sterling Senior Center plans weekly Friday markets beginning with one June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center will rent spaces to sellers of crafts, vegetables and other wares.
Soldotna Senior Center plans sale
The Soldotna Senior Center holds a Trash and Treasure Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 17. Tables rent for $10 each. There will be food and a large assortment of items for sale.
Phillips names Alaska executives
Kevin Meyers, Phillips Alaska Inc. president, has named six members of his former Arco Alaska executive team to help manage the new Phillips subsidiary.
BP Amoco sold Arco Alaska Inc. to Phillips this year to satisfy Federal Trade Commission concerns about its purchase of Atlantic Richfield Co. BP Amoco also agreed with Phillips and ExxonMobil that BP Amoco would become the sole operator of the Prudhoe Bay field.
Meyers said Joe Leone will continue as vice president of the Greater Kuparuk Area and Cook Inlet, including the North Cook Inlet platform, the Beluga River Unit and the liquefied natural gas plant Phillips owns with Marathon Oil Co. in Nikiski.
Henry McGee will continue as senior vice president of the Prudhoe Bay Unit until transition to a single operator is completed. He also will lead the Alaska North Slope natural gas commercialization effort until that position is filled. The gas commercialization group will report directly to Meyers.
Mike Yaege will continue as vice president of pipelines and assume oversight of Phillips' interest in the Prudhoe Bay Unit after completion of the transition to a single operator.
Tim Clossey, formerly president of Arco Marine, will be interim president of Polar Tankers Inc. until a permanent president is named.
Ryan Lance will continue as vice president of Western North Slope operations. Phillips' Western North Slope holdings include the Alpine oil field and any future National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska discoveries.
Mike Richter will continue as vice president of exploration and land.
Steve Butterworth will become vice president of finance and tax management. He was controller for Arco Alaska.
Dave Marquez will continue as Phillips Alaska vice president and chief counsel.
Bob McManus will continue as vice president of tax and external affairs.
Progress Days are July 21 to 23
The Soldotna Progress Days celebration will be July 21 to 23 at the Peninsula Center Mall. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce plans a parade, booths, remote-control car races and entertainment from the Air Force Band, local bands and Don the Magician.
North Slope, missile defense are chamber topics
Karen Brand, vice president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, invites members of local chambers to a reception June 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.
She also invites all to a seminar on the potential for developing North Slope natural gas and on the Alaska missile defense program June 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. For information, call 586-2323 or 278-2722.
Technology program benefits residents
Jeremy Smith of Kenai, Jamin Morris of Anchor Point and Bobby Antilla of Soldotna have received two-year $12,000 scholarships to Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks through the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium.
APICC is a partnership between industry, education, communities and government to meet the need for skilled workers in industries such as oil production and refining, mining, power generation and seafood processing.
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has awarded $120,000 in scholarships to 10 Alaskans enrolled in the APICC training program and plans to award 10 more scholarships each year.
Meanwhile, Soldotna's Farrar Trimmingham is among 12 Alaskans working as interns under the APICC program. She now works at a BP oil processing facility at Prudhoe Bay.
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