Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Mary Ann Pease, vice president of corporate communications for Alaska Communications Systems, will speak. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Jim Posey, general manager of Anchorage Municipal Light and Power will speak about energizing the rail belt at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $11. For more information, call 283-7989.

The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce has adjourned until September, when weekly chamber luncheons with speakers will resume Thursdays at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

City of Kenai hosts mine project developers

The city of Kenai hosted a reception June 14 for representatives of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the company which is developing the Pebble Mine project in the Illiamna area.

The reception allowed company representatives to explain the project and allowed city and borough representatives to address how the Kenai area might fulfill the potential work force, training, transportation, infrastructure and other needs of the project, which is projected to cost $1 billion to develop and which could recover $28 billion in minerals including gold, copper and molybdenum.

Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and the newly crowned Miss Alaska, Christina Reasner of Sterling, attended the event.

Leadership forum scheduled

Business leaders, elected officials, international development experts and indigenous leaders from around the world will discuss new approaches to fighting rural poverty at a leadership forum Monday and Tuesday at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Indigenous people from Greenland, the Philippines, Peru, Hawaii and other American Indian tribes are expected to attend via video conference and in person. Other participants include representatives from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The event is cosponsored by the Denali Commission, Harvard University's Center for International Development and the Alaska Federation of Natives.

For more information, go to or call John Tetpon with the Alaska Federation of Natives at (907) 229-1967 or (907) 263-9950.

Guide service to donate proceeds to land trust

Kachemak Guide Bureau has offered to donate proceeds from guided trips around Kachemak Bay to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust. The day trips may include either fly-fishing on Humpy Creek, mountain biking on Red Mountain, kayaking across the bay from Homer or a combination of two of the three. Certificates for the trip are $150 per person for up to four and must be purchased by July 31 and used this year. For more information, call Marla McPherson at (907) 235-5263.

Postal service seeks phone card donations

The Alaska District of the Postal Service is sponsoring a campaign called "Let Freedom Ring" that allows customers to purchase a $10 USPS Global International phone card and donate it to Alaska military personnel serving overseas. Cards may be purchased and donated at the post office in Soldotna. The campaign will run through July 9.

Vendors and parade entries sought

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries in the Fourth of July Parade and accepting applications for vendor booths. The theme will be "Celebrating 50 years." Applications can be picked up at the chamber cabin at 402 Overland St. For more information, call 283-7989.

Financing workshop scheduled

The Small Business Development Center will sponsor the workshop, "Finding the Money: Strategies and Sources of Capital," from 1 to 3 p.m. today in Suite 16 at the Red Diamond Center. Topics will include lender qualifications, applicant qualifications and the application process for new financing programs. The cost is $15. To help with planning, please register for the seminar no later than one day prior by calling Bunny Kishaba at 714-2331.

Clarion reporter honored at fellowship

Peninsula Clarion reporter Jenni Dillon was awarded second place and a $250 cash award in recognition of an in-depth reporting project she completed as a requirement of a year-long journalist fellowship program she participated in.

The program was hosted by the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle. Fellowship participants investigated and reported on either an educational issue or a difference that should be made in the way journalists provide information on key public policy issues such as education. Though many apply, only 18 journalists are selected for the program.

The focus of Dillon's report was the state of education and educational opportunities in small and remote villages in the Cook Inlet region, including Voznesenka, Tyonek and Port Graham, and the potential difficulties of complying with the new federal No Child Left Behind mandates in such rural areas.

Journalists were encouraged to integrate this project with their daily work and were required to present it to a local focus group for discussion and critique after it was published. It was then presented to fellowship participants and a panel of three judges in Seattle during the last weekend-long session of the program.

Dillon is an education and general assignment reporter at the Clarion.

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