Security expert makes point by breaking in

Imagine someone breaking into your company’s computer network and gaining complete access to every file on the system -- including lists of passwords.

That’s exactly what Todd Clark did the other day to an agency he declined to name. It took him about one hour.

"I didn’t even need a password to get in," he said. "I had ’back door’ access."

Ketchikan veneer plant to make another AIDEA pitch in August

timber.jpg Gateway Forest Products, a new Ketchikan-based company operating a wood veneer manufacturing plant, will be back before the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s board in August with a new request for financial assistance, says its president, Jim Erickson.

At its June meeting AIDEA’s board declined to act on an application from Gateway and Wells Fargo Bank for the authority’s participation in a $14 million operating loan to the Ketchikan company, which experienced financial

State registers digital signature firm

Alaska is one step closer to making digital signatures a reality with the approval in late June of Digital Signature Trust as a "trusted third party" to verify that people and companies are who they say they are.

"Digital Signature Trust is the first company to do business here and we’ve just registered them," said Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer. "It’s the next step in a multistep process."

Slow season for Juneau builders, remodelers

construction.jpg JUNEAU -- The 2001 building season is turning out to be slower than usual for some local contractors.

Juneau issued 354 building permits through June 21, fewer than the 386 issued during the same period last year, according to figures from city building official Chris Roust.

'Captain Carl' pushes, pulls the commerce at Anchorage's port

Carl Anderson doesn’t get overly technical when he describes his occupation.

"I’ve spent years bumping ships ... pushing them in and pushing them out.’’

Nor does he get caught up in lengthy job titles like those that cramp the business cards of some.

Around the Port of Anchorage, he’s simply known as "Captain Carl.’’

Anderson, 45, is the owner of Cook Inlet Tug and Barge, the only tug service operating at the port.

It’s a family business that can trace its roots back more than 60 years in Alaska.

State, vendor open talks to provide $26 million in phone service annually

telecommunications.jpg State officials are beginning negotiations with a vendor for a $26 million annual contract to provide state government telecommunications services. Jim Duncan, administration department commissioner, said he hopes to award the contract by Oct. 1 -- 14 months after the contract went out for bid.

Duncan said the state received three proposals for the new bid, which was first issued in August 2000.

Around the World July 8, 2001


Closed Marketplaces available to nongrocers

ANCHORAGE -- The state has cleared the way for nongrocers to move into two former Alaska Marketplace locations in the Dimond Center and at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive now that certain conditions have been met.

Knowles signs bill to fund treatment for women with breast, cervical cancer

health.jpg Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law June 25 a bill that aims to provide medical treatment for Alaska women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.

"By signing this bill into law, Alaska will take advantage of a new federal law giving states the option to help women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer who, until now, have earned too much for regular Medicaid but not enough to buy their own health insurance," Knowles said in a statement.

Visits will build up South Korean ties

Representatives from South Korea and Alaska hope to nurture economic ties between the two regions through visits this summer.

"As Alaska’s second largest export market, Korea offers huge market potential and opportunities for Alaskans," said Consul General Byung-rok Moon, who leads the consulate general office for his country in Seattle.

He spoke June 28 during a Alaska World Affairs Council luncheon at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage.

Small-claims miners prepare for federal rule changes while debate rages on

mining.jpg WASHINGTON -- Small-claims miners on federal claims in Alaska have until September to obtain bonds to cover any potential costs of restoring the land should their mines close, but debate over that rule and other new mining regulations continues.

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced June 15 that it would uphold a Clinton administration rule that requires all miners to obtain bonds.

Court puts off Native Wireless launch

telecommunications.jpg A U.S. appeals court decision in mid-June has stalled the entry into the national wireless market by an Alaska business and its partner AT&T Wireless.

Alaska Native Wireless LLC was the successful bidder on wireless licenses including major markets in Los Angeles and New York during a January spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission.

After 20 years, Sand Point finishes road with BIA partnership

construction.jpg Alvin Osterback is only half joking when he says managers selected for village road-building projects need to be young, because by the time construction is finished, they’re near retirement age.

Osterback, of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point, was 20 years younger when the Federal Aviation Administration required the village to move its landfill away from the airport runway because birds feasting at the dump where often vying for the same airspace as airplanes.

New campaign plugs Seward as year-round business opportunity

workplace.jpg Tens of thousands of tourists each year view Seward as a hot destination, and now the city is hoping that year-round businesses will do the same.

With a $26,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the U.S. Forest Service, Seward recently launched a multimedia campaign to attract year-round industry to the area.

This Week in Alaska Business History July 08, 2001

Editor’s note: "This Week in Alaska Business History" revisits events that shaped our past.

"Those who cannot

remember the past are

condemned to repeat it."

-- George Santayana, 1863-1952

20 years ago this week

Anchorage Times

July 8, 1981

State tourism officials plan outside media blitz

by Bill White

Times Writer

A doubling of the budget for the state’s tourism industry/state campaign to entice travelers to Alaska is awaiting approval by Gov. Jay Hammond.

University, Gillette researchers develop field test to detect shellfish poisoning

welchlanieLR.jpg A new testing procedure could soon turn the tide against incidents of paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

Career flier parks F-15 to pilot Gwin's Lodge

After a 22-year career as an F-15 jet pilot, Bob Siter, owner of Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing, now seeks counsel from octogenarian Helen Gwin, who opened the roadhouse nearly 50 years ago with her husband, the late Pat Gwin.

Many of the challenges of running a roadside business are still the same, Helen Gwin tells Siter from her home on the lodge property. However, unlike the original owners in 1952, today Siter uses the Internet to market the lodge and recruit workers.

Census hunts Southeast logging camps, finds them going, gone

timber.jpg JUNEAU -- Hobart Bay has almost disappeared and other Southeast towns are shrinking.

When census takers visited Southeast 10 years ago, it was full of bustling logging camps. At the time, 187 people lived and worked at Hobart Bay, 60 miles southeast of Juneau. When the census takers returned a year ago they could find only three residents.

Anchorage's Signature ranks No. 1 among cargo plane pit stops

When Chuck Gielow says his company "moves some fuel,’’ he means it.

Signature Flight Support pumped more than 715 million gallons of jet fuel last year at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, leading the nation in the amount of fuel pumped into cargo planes.

The airport also ranks in the top five for passenger aircraft fueled, according to company officials.

Orlando, Fla.-based Signature Flight Support is the contractor that operates Anchorage Fueling and Service Co., a consortium of 21 airlines formed in 1981 to provide fueling services at the airport.

Owner makes King Mountain Lodge more than just burger joint

Half a decade ago, registered nurse Judy Nix was helping people die with dignity at the Hospice of Anchorage, a job that carries with it a certain amount of stress.

On the weekends, she would get away by spending time at what she called her "hiding place," King Mountain Lodge at Mile 76 on the Glenn Highway.

She never dreamed she’d end up buying the place, but at the urging of friends, that’s exactly what she did in August 1995.

Nix soon learned that she couldn’t run a lodge and be a nurse at the same time.

Rubber tire traffic

Roadhouses historically provided refuge for travelers along Alaska trails -- and business for those long-ago lodge operators. Modern day outposts on the highway system rely on business from Alaskans and out-of-state travelers alike.

Statistics show July typically is the busiest month for passenger vehicles to cross the Alaska-Canada border. Likewise, business operators agree that this month usually is vital to the visitor season.


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