Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2005

Area chambers set schedules

Tim Dillon and Kathy Moore with the Arctic Winter Games will speak at noon today at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Ohana's Family Restaurant. Next week's speaker will be Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

Jane Stein with the Kenai Peninsula Foundation and Karen Ruebsamen with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be the fetured speakers at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

Kenai Peninsula mayoral candidates John Torgerson and John Williams will speak at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Paradisos. For more information, call Natalia at 283-7989.

Suitcases for kids continues

The National Association of Relators is looking for donated new or like new suitcases for Suitcases for Kids.

It is an international nonprofit organization that collects and distributes new and gently used suitcases, duffel bags and backpacks for foster children. Area board members are collecting for the peninsula's Division of Family and Youth Services. To make a donation or arrange pick-ups or drop-offs, call Val Lewis at 262-1851.

Chamber rec guide seeks entries

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is working on its 2006 Recreation and Visitors Guide. Members can include a business in the guide by calling Robyn at 262-9814 or e-mail her at

Alliance re-elects officers

The Kenai Chapter of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance recently re-elected the following officers for the 2005-06 term:

President: Dan Grove, branch manager for Air Liquide America.

Vice president: Todd Pizzuto, project manager for Udelhoven Oilfield System Services.

Treasurer: Milt Allen, project manager for Udelhoven.

Business workshop scheduled

A workshop for Alaskans interested in becoming business owners will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers in Soldotna. For more information, call Val Ischi at 283-2999.

Wildland Adventures recognized

Conde Nast Magazine recently named Girdwood-based Alaska Wildland Adventures as the world's top ecotourism operator in the magazine's annual Green List awards.

"To be recognized among the many thousands of ecotourism businesses across the globe is a huge honor," said AWA President Kirk Hoessle in a press release.

AWA operates two lodges and a variety of tours in Alaska, primarily on the Kenai Peninsula and in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to the press release. Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a boat-in lodge in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, is run without generators through a custom-designed hydropower system.

Fitness fiesta to be held

A mind, body fitness fiesta and farewell gathering for Ann Marina will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. She will lead stress redction classes in areas affected by recent hurricanes.

Ti chi, yoga, a pep talk by Ray Zagotski, professor of business at Kenai Peninsula College, and a discussion on massage and acupressure for reliving stress, led by Heather Rashe, are planned. Potluck is optional. For more information, call 394-2812.

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