Americans are eating more seafood, and Johns Hopkins says it's good for them

welchlanieLR.jpg Americans ate more seafood again last year, with consumption reaching 15.6 pounds per person. That’s an increase of 2.3 percent from the year before, and ties the record set in 1989.

Wasilla's Animal Food Warehouse opens 2nd store in Anchorage

A Wasilla-based pet food supplier has opened a store in South Anchorage to serve customers outside the Matanuska-Susitna area.

The one-story Animal Food Warehouse on Brayton Drive between Dimond Boulevard and Dowling Road totals 10,000 square feet and opened earlier this summer.

"We’re a pet specialty store selling pet and livestock feed and supplies," said Tim Sonnentag, who owns the store with Larry Tallman.

Native corporation to do Greely work

construction.jpg FAIRBANKS -- The Department of Defense awarded a contract worth nearly $5 million on Aug. 17 to a Point Hope Native corporation to prepare Fort Greely to become a national missile defense test site.

The award is the most concrete step so far in the proposal to transform the shuttered base outside Delta Junction into the eventual core of the Pentagon’s desired missile shield.

Army again seeks bids for Wainwright hospital

construction.jpg FAIRBANKS -- The U.S. Army is going into a second round of bids to build a new hospital at Fort Wainwright at a cost that could total more than $200 million dollars.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will solicit bids in October to begin construction. The new hospital would replace the 50-year-old Bassett Army Community Hospital.

The Army put the project out for bids last fall. But the bids came in far above the $133 million allocated for the project.

Judge backs highway widening near Wasilla

transportation.jpg ANCHORAGE -- A Superior Court judge has backed the state in its effort to widen the Parks Highway to four lanes near Wasilla. An Anchorage civil engineer had argued that the expansion would hurt local businesses and decrease the value of land he owns adjacent to the highway.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Rene Gonzalez ruled earlier this month that Bill Tucker didn’t prove the state’s decision to expand the highway was arbitrary.

BP to test $6.5 million fuel cell at Nikiski gas-to-liquids plant

oilgas.jpg KENAI -- BP has announced plans to test more than its process for converting natural gas to synthetic crude oil at the experimental plant under construction in Nikiski.

With help from the federal government and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, BP is buying a $6.5 million, 250 kilowatt fuel cell to power the plant’s administration building and warehouse, spokesperson Paul Laird said during a meeting at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai on Aug. 16.

Judge finds Mat-Su borough meeting was illegal

tourism.jpg WASILLA -- Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials illegally went behind closed doors and withheld important information from the public in deciding to buy a land lease to develop a ski area at Hatcher Pass, a state judge ruled Aug. 17.

Palmer Superior Court Judge Eric Smith said the borough violated the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

Positioning key to company's success

Positioning is probably the single most difficult concept for an entrepreneur to grasp. Positioning is the battle for the customer’s mind. It’s all about what your customer thinks, how your customer views you.

Many entrepreneurs think that positioning is something best left for the medium- to large-size organizations. Nothing could be further from the truth. Positioning provides the leverage an entrepreneur needs to optimize scarce marketing resources.

Bristol Bay red king crab quota half of 1998's

commercialfishing.jpg ANCHORAGE The state Department of Fish and Game has set a 7.2-million pound quota for this years Bristol Bay red king crab fishery, the states largest commercial king crab fishery. Thats about half the amount caught in 1998, but the fishery was closed altogether in 1994 and 1995 because of a dip in the crab population.

Summer seemed busy, but initial count of Kenai visitors is down

tourism.jpg KENAI -- Despite mile-long traffic jams into Soldotna on some days, giving the impression that there were more tourists than ever, visitor counts have been down there and in Kenai.

The trend began in May, when 6,870 people visited the Soldotna Visitor Center, 410 less than in 2000. It was still, however, 1,511 more than in 1999.

Ovarian cancer coalition sponsors fund-raising dinner, show

health.jpg The Alaska Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will sponsor a fund-raising dinner and fashion show Sept. 5 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per person.

Guest speaker Shelly Rozenberg from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will discuss how the organization was founded and detail its accomplishments.

FAA to bring Capstone technology to Southeast Alaska next year

transportation.jpg JUNEAU -- Seven years ago commercial pilot Jimmy Wright was flying near Angoon when he apparently lost control of his plane in a snow squall and crashed on a beach.

Wright lost a leg that day and learned a tough lesson about flying in Southeast, an area notorious for bad weather and unforgiving mountains.

"Where I work we’re quite conservative, but it’s still risky," said Wright, a pilot for Alaska Seaplane Service. "You have to be careful as the pilot."

Streamlined gas line permits concern Stevens

oilgas.jpg FAIRBANKS -- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is concerned about federal legislation proposed by the oil industry to streamline permits for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

The legislation could give the companies an expedited permit review if they choose to bypass Alaska by crossing the Beaufort Sea and then heading south through Canada, a route Stevens opposes.

Around the World August 26, 2001


Calista to get lion’s share of land deal payout

ANCHORAGE -- Calista and three Native village corporations will receive $39.4 million in a land trade with the federal government.

Matanuska-Susitna construction

PALMER -- Economic indicators in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continue to point toward positive growth at a rapid pace. The most tangible sign is new home construction, which is keeping pace with its big neighbor to the south, Anchorage.

More than 1,000 housing starts are projected this building season by the borough. New subdivisions are popping up in both Palmer and Wasilla. According to area builders, many new home buyers are coming from Anchorage.

Around the World August 19, 2001


Fall chum season on the Yukon looks good

FAIRBANKS -- The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon River is shaping up to be the best in half a decade.

Fisheries managers have reopened subsistence fishing for chum along much of the Yukon River, though those who depend on the fish in the Tanana River drainage will have to wait for the autumn staple to arrive.

Business Profile: Mise En Place

Name of the company: Mise En Place

Established: June 2000

Address: P.O. Box 1908, Palmer, AK 99645

Telephone: 907-232-7355

Major focus of services: Mise En Place provides personalized chef services specializing in home meal preparation. Executive chef Kirsten Pedersen also can cater dinner parties or ready a special birthday cake.

Feds buy canned pink salmon

commercialfishing.jpg JUNEAU -- The federal government will buy $16 million worth of canned pink salmon from Alaska for the nation’s food assistance programs, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Aug. 10, up from $5 million last year.

"Government purchases of Alaska salmon help strengthen prices paid to fishermen and provide federal food assistance programs such as food banks and charitable institutions with a healthy and tasty source of protein," Knowles said in a statement.

Native corporation's hotel going up next door to Dimond Center

construction.jpg A new hotel is taking shape in the heart of a retail center in South Anchorage. Builders are laying the concrete foundation this month for the Dimond Center Hotel near the southwest corner of the Dimond Center parking lot adjacent to Wal-Mart.

The 109-room, three-story hotel is owned by the Seldovia Native Association.

Airline's DC-3 ready to haul cargo to villages where others can't

In an airplane that once dropped paratroopers over the battlefields of Europe during World War II, Dennis Gladwin is now dropping in on small village runways carrying big bulky items in his venerable Douglas DC-3.

Gladwin, owner of DesertAir Alaska, says there are more king-size beds, large freezers and other cumbersome cargo in villages throughout Alaska since he started the Anchorage-based company this spring.


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