Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2000

State inspects peninsula food establishments

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:

A Piece of Cake, Homer, 100

Eagle Quality Center 32 meat market, Homer, 98

Eagle Quality Center 32 deli, Homer, 98

Subway of Homer, 98

Redoubt Elementary School kitchen, Soldotna, 99

Skyview High School kitchen, Soldotna, 97

VFW Post 10046 bar, Soldotna, 98

VFW Post 10046 kitchen, Soldotna, 98

Comments due on Chugach plan

Comments are due today on the proposed management plan for Chugach National Forest. Those can be faxed to Forest Plan Revision - ATTN Gary Lehnhausen at 271-3992, e-mailed to r10_chugach_revision@fs.fed.us or delivered to Lehnhausen at the Chugach National Forest office at 3301 C St., Suite 300 in Anchorage.

BP aims new technology at ballast hitchhikers

BP will bubble ozone though ballast water on the tanker Tonsina this winter to see if that kills hitchhikers from other areas -- larvae of exotic crabs, shrimp and other creatures -- that might otherwise be introduced to Prince William Sound when the tanker discharges ballast.

So far, the main technique to avoid importing harmful species in ballast water has been exchanging ballast water at sea. Water from the open ocean contains less plankton than water from the ports tankers leave, according to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council. In addition, species from the high seas are considered less likely to survive in coastal waters such as Prince William Sound.

Roger Gale, who came up with the ozone idea before his recent retirement as vice president of BP Oil Sipping Co., thinks ozone would be safer and cheaper than ballast exchange. The $2.4 million system installed on the Tonsina will test whether ozone will work in a ballast tank at sea, whether it will damage the ship's equipment, and whether the ballast water will be safe to discharge into Prince William Sound.

Ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule that contains three atoms, is a powerful oxidizer. It has long been used to purify public water systems. However, it attacks rubber and could harm seals and gaskets in plumbing and hatches. Because it quickly reverts to harmless two-atom oxygen molecules, though, BP does not expect it to harm rubber seals in the ship or sea life after the ballast is released to Prince William Sound.

Soldotna grad takes Rhode Island job

The Providence, R.I., firm of Duffy & Shanley Inc. has hired 1994 Soldotna High School graduate Kyra D. Ala as an assistant advertising account executive. Ala earned a bachelor's degree in advertising and communications in 1998 from Johnson & Wales University in Providence. Before joining Duffy & Shanley, she worked in the university admissions office, where she was responsible for recruiting and for awarding more than $3.5 million in scholarships. She lives in Riverside, R.I.

CIRCAC announces volunteer awards

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has given its Volunteer of the Year award to Capt. Hubert "Glen" Glenzer, who has been the Anchorage representative to the board for 10 years and board president for two years.

The Board Member of the Year award went jointly to James Hornaday, who represents Homer, and John Douglas, who represents Kenai.

The Prevention, Operations and Safety Committee Volunteer of the Year award went to Ken Castner of Homer, who has represented commercial fishing interests on the board and served until recently on the PROPS Committee.

The Environmental Monitoring Committee Volunteer of the Year award went to Kenai resident Vince O'Reilly. During his tenure on the committee, O'Reilly was an outspoken proponent of public involvement in overseeing the Cook Inlet industry. He recently resigned from the committee. CIRCAC also recognized Glenzer and Karen Williams, office manager, for 10 years of service.

Fishers to pay 1.8 percent for IFQ enforcement

Holders of Alaska halibut and sablefish individual fishing quotas will pay a fee of 1.8 percent of the value of their 2000 landings to cover National Marine Fisheries Service management enforcement costs.

Federal law requires NMFS to collect fees from IFQ holders to cover IFQ management and enforcement costs. Those may be up to 3 percent of the value of IFQ fishery landings. The total value of the halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries during 2000 approached $200 million, while the corresponding costs of management and enforcement were less than $3.5 million. So, a 1.8 percent fee will cover all fiscal year 2000 halibut and sablefish IFQ program costs.

Up to a quarter of the revenues collected will be deposited in the U.S. Treasury. Congress may appropriate those funds to support loans to help finance the purchase of IFQs for beginning and small-boat fishers.

For more information, contact Kristie Balovich, fee coordinator, at 907-586-7344.

Contractors elect president

Bert Bell of GHEMM Co. in Fairbanks was recently elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Other officers are Marie Wilson of Anchorage, vice president; Phil Anderson of Fairbanks, secretary; Roxanna Horschel of Anchorage, treasurer; Terry Fike of Anchorage, contractor at large; Stan Smith of Anchorage, associate and Mike Miller of Anchorage, immediate past president.

The association has more than 600 members statewide.

Job fair targets college students home for Christmas

Many of Alaska's major tour companies will try to fill the bulk of their 2001 summer job openings during the Holiday Break Job Fair Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Egan Center in Anchorage.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association estimates that the visitor industry fills 18,900 jobs annually. Many jobs are seasonal and suited for college students, the industry's largest pool of seasonal employees. However, reaching students has been challenging. The job fair is an attempt to reach those who are home for Christmas vacation. Most employers prefer to interview applicants in person rather than by telephone. Six major operators at the fair -- Denali Park Resorts, Grayline of Alaska, Princess Tours, CIRI Alaska Tourism, Major Marine Tours and Alaska Sightseeing -- expect to hire 2,225 people next summer.

"We like to have the bulk of our hiring completed by mid-March," said Tom Tougas, vice president of operations of CIRI Alaska Tourism. "To accomplish this, we begin seriously looking for employees in December."

For information, call Kelly Bender at 276-6249.

Aviation convention planned in Anchorage

The Alaska Air Carriers Association plans its 35th annual conference and trade show Feb. 28 to March 3 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

The convention includes educational events such as the annual alliance for safety, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

There also will be the U.S. Postal Service semi-annual air carrier meeting, a big selection of aviation breakout sessions, one-on-one professional consultations, the annual AACA membership meeting and elections and more than 40 industry booths representing airframe manufacturers, suppliers and financial and insurance services. For information, call 277-0071.



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