Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2000

CIRI names officers

Cook Inlet Region Inc. shareholders elected newcomer Harold F. Rudolph and incumbents John N. Colberg, William D. English, William C. Prosser and Clare Swan to the corporation board during a meeting June 3 in Soldotna.

The board elected Robert N. Woodhead chairman, Charles G. Anderson vice chairman, Sharon L. Issak secretary, English treasurer, A. Debbie Fullenwider assistant secretary and Michael R. Boling assistant treasurer.

Other directors are B. Agnes Brown, Gosta E. Dagg, Ronald G. Perry, Robert W. Rude and Terry L. Simpson.

Supply company plans June 22 grand opening

Puget Sound Pipe & Supply at Mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway holds its grand opening June 22 at 11 a.m. It also hosts the Chamber After Hours of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce the same day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a barbecue, door prizes and an opportunity to network. Meet Scott English and his staff.

Bank's Buy Alaska contributions recognized

First National Bank of Anchorage recently received the first Buy Alaska Advocate of the Year award.

Bridget McLeod, program director for the Buy Alaska program, said the bank used Alaska contractors to build its new $14 million headquarters, invested $2.5 million in technology that allows it to provide services in-state for competitors who might otherwise buy services Outside, and contributed $25,000 to the Buy Alaska campaign.

School kitchens, restaurants inspected

The Department of Environmental Conservation last month inspected several central Kenai Peninsula food service establishments. A score of 100 reflects adherence to minimum levels of sanitation. A score of 100-90 is good, 89-85 is acceptable, 84-70 is marginal and less than 70 is unacceptable. Scores for the recent inspections were:

Cooper Landing Grocery food service 99;

Kenai High School kitchen 95;

Kenai Junior High School kitchen 98;

The Hitching Post Cafe in Kenai 86;

Jersey Subs, Ninilchik 94;

Soldotna Middle School kitchen 99.

SBS offers free deck construction clinics

Spenard Builders Supply will host free clinics on deck design and construction June 24 at 10 a.m. at the Kenai store, 30022 Kalifornsky Beach Road, and June 24 at 1 p.m. at the Soldotna store, 44785 Funny River Road.

Milt Farvour of Manke Lumber Co. will discuss design and material options, site preparation, construction and sealing. No advance registration is required.

State Farm returns $1.5 million

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. will return $1.5 million in premiums paid by its Alaska auto insurance policy holders under a dividend program announced Monday. Policy holders will receive dividends by check or by credit to current accounts.

State Farm pays dividends to customers when financial results are better than expected and business conditions permit. The Alaska dividends are part of more than $1 billion in dividends the company plans to return to customers in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Tesoro names new ventures head

Tesoro Petroleum Corp. has named Jerry H. Mouser as senior vice president of new business ventures for Tesoro Petroleum Companies Inc.

Mouser has more than 30 years experience in the energy industry.

RDC celebrates 25 years

The Resource Development Council celebrated its 25th anniversary this month in Anchorage.

The council has its origins in the Organization for the Management of Alaska's Resources, formed in 1975 by a group led by Anchorage businessman Bob Penney and broadcaster Robert Fleming.

The group's original mission was to advocate construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez. Within three years, it grew into the Resource Development Council, a pro-development group active in a wide range of public policy and resource issues.

Chugach forest included in roadless proposal

President Bill Clinton has included Chugach National Forest and excluded Tongass National Forest from a proposed ban on new roads in roadless areas of U.S. national forests.

"There's a lot of people that would like a lot of the Kenai Peninsula to be made roadless or wilderness," Doug Stockdale, spokesperson for the Forest Service, said last winter. "People have said they'd like to see brown bears protected. One way to do that is to protect huge areas that would be roadless or wilderness. Others say that if you do that, there will be no development, no community growth, no mining."

The Resource Development Council, the Alaska Forest Association, the Alaska Miners Association and Gov. Tony Knowles have opposed including Chugach National Forest in the proposed road ban.

The U.S. Forest Service recently released a draft environmental impact statement that includes it. The 5.3-million-acre Chugach forest is 98 percent roadless. In a letter to employees last year, Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck said the service receives only about 20 percent of the money it needs to maintain its existing 380,000-mile road system. The backlog of construction and maintenance needs exceeds $8 billion.

"Roads can leave indelible marks on the land. Poorly maintained roads can contribute to erosion, landslides and slope failure," he wrote. "... Building new roads into presently roadless areas makes little sense if we cannot afford to take care of the ones we already have."

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