Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

Chugach Electric studies wind power

Chugach Electric Association and Cook Inlet Region Inc. have joined to fund a $50,000 study of the feasibility of using the wind on Fire Island in northern Cook Inlet to generate electricity.

Chugach will erect two 40-meter towers and one 10-meter mast to gather wind and weather information for up to 18 months. Instruments will measure wind speed, wind direction and temperature 24 hours per day and transmit the information to Chugach daily by cell phone.

The study expands work Chugach began with a single 10-meter mast on Fire Island in 2000. Chugach also has collected wind and weather information in other areas around Anchorage. It has not yet decided whether to install any wind turbines.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, and CIRI owns most of Fire Island.

Chugach assigns year 2000 capital credits

Chugach Electric Association has mailed capital allocation statements to last year's members of record. The statements list members' shares of nearly $9.7 million in margins -- similar to profits in a for-profit business -- that Chugach earned last year.

But the allocation statements are not checks. Consumers receive no cash until the Chugach board of directors votes to "retire" specific capital credits.

Retail consumers shared nearly $7.9 million in year 2000 margin allocations, while wholesale customers shared more than $1.8 million. Homer Electric Association's share was $722,813.

The board previously has authorized retirement of all capital credits earned through 1984 and also a portion of 1985 capital credits. It normally considers retiring capital credits later in the year.

Tesoro completes refinery purchases

Tesoro Petroleum Corp. has completed its purchase from BP of refineries and marketing assets in Salt Lake City and Mandan, N.D. Tesoro financed the purchase with debt.

Tesoro's purchase of a related North Dakota crude gathering system will be handled separately, pending federal regulatory approval. That is expected to close about Nov. 1.

Kenai chamber seeks donations

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has scheduled The Festival of Bacchus, its annual wine and beer tasting auction, for Oct. 27. Volunteers will solicit donations from local businesses.

Hotel and Motel Association seeks nominations

The Alaska Hotel and Motel Association invites industry employees to vote for Star Performers for the 2001 Stars of the Industry awards program. Winners will be announced at an awards banquet Jan. 19 at the Downtown Marriott in Anchorage.

The Stars of the Industry awards recognize lodging employees and members that best symbolize the highest quality of service to the industry. There will be employee of the year awards for employees of hotels with less than 150 rooms and for employees of hotels with more than 150 rooms in categories ranging from accounting and bellman to restaurant and sales. There also will be managerial, member and legislator awards.

Winners will compete in the American Hotel and Lodging Association's annual Stars of the Industry awards program.

For a complete list of categories, or to make nominations, call 272-1229.

State inspects restaurants

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:

Hamilton's Place restaurant, Cooper Landing, 90

Nettles, Homer, 88

Creative Play, Kenai, 91

Dairy Queen, Soldotna, 96

Cactus Cafe, Homer, 98

Cece's, Homer, 99

Glacier View Restaurant, Homer, 92

Otter Cove Resort bar, Homer, 100

Otter Cove Resort food service, Homer, 100

Summit Lake Lodge bar, Moose Pass, 97

Summit Lake Lodge ice cream, Moose Pass, 100

American Legion Post No. 18 bar, Ninilchik, 98

Ninilchik Fair Association, Ninilchik, 93

Straight Inn restaurant, Ninilchik, 100

American Legion food service, Seward, 96

Chinooks, Seward, 87

Legends of the Mountain restaurant, Seward, 93

Renown Charters and Tours, Seward, 99

Resurrection Bay Seafoods, Seward, 99

Baker and the Harbor food service, Seward, 98

Crab Pot restaurant, Seward, 93

King Salmon Platform, Cook Inlet, 95

Monopod Platform, Cook Inlet, 92

Peking Restaurant, Seward, 90

Providence Seward Medical Center, Seward, 100

Railway Cantina, Seward, 94

Subway of Seward 90

Terry's Fish and Chowder House, Seward, 93

Alaskan Explorer M/V, Seward, 99

Anna Platform, Cook Inlet, 90

Bruce Platform, Cook Inlet, 92

Burger King, Seward 97

Coastal Explorer, Seward, 100

Fox Island Salmon Bake, Seward, 98

Glacier Explorer, Seward, 99

Granite Point Platform, Cook Inlet, 91

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Seward, 97

Seward Senior Citizens Center 100

Agrium Construction Camp, Nikiski, 100

Baker Platform, Cook Inlet, 100

Dolly Varden Platform, Cook Inlet, 96

Grayling Platform, Cook Inlet, 93

Trading Bay Platform, Cook Inlet, 87

Steelhead Platform, Cook Inlet, 93

Captain Patties Fish House 99

El Pescador bar, Homer, 98

El Pescador grill, Homer, 97

The Boat Yard Cafe, Homer, 99

Finn's LLC , Homer, 95

Fishwife's Galley, Homer, 94

The Saltry restaurant, Halibut Cove, 95

Whales Cove, Homer, 95

Community development grants available

A state program offers grants of up to $30,000 each for economic development projects benefiting communities with populations of 10,000 or less. The grants also may be used to fund economic development strategies, business plans, feasibility studies, designs and engineering plans.

Cities, Native councils and nonprofit organizations may apply. Borough and regional nonprofits may apply, but only on behalf of one or more communities with populations of 10,000 or less. Applications are due Oct. 12. For information, visit mra/GRT/MRAD_rda.htm on the Internet.

The Denali Commission and the U.S. Forest Service have designated about $645,000 to fund the program, which is administered by the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development.

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