Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2001

Women's fitness center opens in Soldotna

Curves for Women has opened next to Dairy Queen on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, offering aerobic exercise and strength training. It promises no men, no mirrors, no drugs and no passive exercise. It is open to women at all levels of fitness, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. For information, call 260-7775.

State inspects local eating establishments

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently inspected several 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:

The Blue Bus, Anchor Point, 98

Glacier Drive-In, Homer 98

Otter Room Restaurant, Homer, 96

Boardwalk Fish & Chips, Homer 98

McDonald's of Homer No. 7548, Homer, 99

Homer Junior High School kitchen 97

Otter Room Bar, Homer, 96

Fritz Creek General Store FS, Homer 95

Starvin Marvin's, Homer, 88

Happy Face Fast Food, Homer, 95

Community Mental Health Center Annex, Homer, 100

Village Barabara FS, Homer, 100

Burger King, Homer, 98

Moose Pass Elementary kitchen, 99

Moose Pass Inn 97

Crown Point Restaurant 96

Nikiski Day Care Center 100

Happy Valley Cafe 98

The Whaler Drive Inn Espresso, Ninilchik, 98

Thorn's Showcase Lounge FS, Seward, 98

Thorn's Showcase Lounge, Seward, 99

AVTEC, Seward, 89

Apollo 2, Seward, 96

Eagle Quality Center No. 1831 deli, Seward, 95

Eagle Quality Center No. 1831 salad, Seward, 100

The Moose Is Loose FS, Soldotna, 99

The Grind, Soldotna, 97

Coffees and Creams, Soldotna, 100

GCI buys Mat-Su cable company

General Communications Inc. has agreed to buy all stock of Rogers American Cablesystems Inc., which offers 55 channels to roughly 7,300 subscribers in Palmer and Wasilla. Rogers Cable Inc. will receive $19 million cash. The transaction is contingent on approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Communications Commission.

"With this acquisition, GCI will be able to provide a full suite of competitive telecommunications services to the residents of one of Alaska's fastest growing regions," said Ron Duncan, GCI president. "The proximity of these communities to GCI's existing Anchorage system will provide significant synergies and allow the rapid deployment of new services."

GCI expects to spend $3 million in the next two years to merge the Rogers American system with its own cable television system.

Rogers cable will focus on serving its primary markets in Ontario and eastern Canada, said John H. Tory, company president.

Newspaper plans Internet yellow pages

The Anchorage Daily News has purchased the ALASKA.COM domain name from General Communications Inc. GCI operated the site as a director of its business customers. The Daily News and GCI plan to develop it as a statewide business directory where visitors can identify vendors, find maps and access e-mail, fax and hypertext links to businesses with information about current sales and special offers.

ALASKA.COM will offer information organized by region, including community calendars and general information and a searchable database of more than 200,000 newspaper stories. The official launch is slated for Aug. 15. Alaska Airlines, Juneau radio station KINY and Tanana Valley TV, owner of the CBS and Fox television affiliates in Fairbanks, are expected to participate.

Clitheroe receives top accreditation

The Salvation Army Clitheroe Center in Anchorage has received the highest level of accreditation follow a recent review by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The accreditation is valid for three years.

Clitheroe offers comprehensive treatment for substance abuse and related problems. It operates a detox unit, long-term and intermediate care units, dual-diagnosis programs, women's residential program, programs in local correctional facilities, outpatient, family support services and aftercare programs.

Coast Guard investigates cruise ship discharge

The Coast Guard investigated a graywater discharge in the Juneau harbor by the cruise ship Rhapsody of the Sea on Monday and plans to pursue civil penalty action against the ship.

Inspectors were conducting a safety and environmental check on the ship when the vessel's master told them 200 gallons of wastewater from the ship's laundry had been pumped overboard.

Under a new law pushed by U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, cruise ships can be fined up to $25,000 if they discharge graywater within a mile of shore.

Last month, discharges were reported from the Westerdam, owned by Holland America, and the Norwegian Sky, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.

The Coast Guard is pursuing civil penalties in both those cases.

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