Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2000

Injury prevention programs meet OSHA standards

Frontier Physical Therapy offers new injury prevention programs to Kenai Peninsula businesses. Those are designed to prevent back injuries and cumulative trauma disorders.

The Frontier programs comply with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration ergonomics standards and can reduce workers compensation costs. According to Frontier, similar programs at United Airlines cut injury rates by 63 percent.

For information, call 260-5893 or 283-9016.

Phillips declares quarterly dividend

Phillips Petroleum Co. recently declared a quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share, payable Sept. 1 to stockholders of record at the close of business July 31.

AAA Soldotna holds open house

AAA Alaska hosts an open house today from 1 to 5 p.m. at its Soldotna office at 44758 Sterling Highway, Suite C.

The office opened in December to provide insurance services. It recently expanded to include membership and travel services including cruises, tours, car rentals, hotel reservations and airline tickets.

There will be no enrollment fee for those who join AAA during the open house. AAA invites members and nonmembers to attend. AAA Alaska is part of AAA MountainWest Club Inc., which has more than 18,000 Alaska members.

Women's Roundtable meets today

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and the Small Business Development Center hold their monthly Women's Roundtable meeting today from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Mykel's in Soldotna.

Participants receive practical support and guidance from seasoned business owners. The roundtable offers the chance to build business connections.

Council considers cod fishery effects on sea lions

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets Sept. 6 through 12 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to review an analysis of measures to address Steller sea lion interactions with Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands cod fisheries. The council also is to take final action on a Cook Inlet bottom trawl ban.

The sea lion measures stem from public meetings National Marine Fisheries Service held in Kodiak and Seattle last month to develop proposals to alleviate competition between sea lions and cod fishers. The North Pacific council will hear the NMFS analysis at the September meeting and expects to take final action on sea lion-cod measures in October.

Consortium reaches out to rural Alaskans

The Alaska Works Partnership, a consortium of federally registered, jointly administered apprenticeship and training programs, is trying to help rural Alaskans compete for apprenticeship openings.

The new initiative includes activities from expanding and coordinating recruitment efforts to providing travel, room and board for rural Alaskans. It is funded by the Denali Commission and supported by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Often, information about apprenticeship opportunities fails to reach rural Alaskans, said Royce Rock, president of the Alaska Works Partnership. The initiative will connect apprenticeship schools with rural Alaskans.

"Our ultimate goal is to help train a rural workforce in the construction trades that wants to remain in rural Alaska," he said. "We plan to deliver project and site-specific training to rural residents and assist them in entering our apprenticeship programs."

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