Bush foresees 'a lot of selling' to open ANWR to oil drilling

WASHINGTON -- To win the centerpiece of his energy plan, President Bush will have to change some minds among seven Republican senators who staunchly oppose oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

That’s in addition to penetrating an almost solid wall of Democratic opposition, plus counteracting intense lobbying from environmentalists who have made protection of the refuge their top priority, people on both sides of the issue agree.

"We’ve got a lot of selling to do," the president acknowledged recently.

O'Malley's remodels its dining room

Alyeska Resort, owner of O’Malley’s on the Green, has completed renovations of the banquet facility at the Anchorage Golf Course.

Most of the work called for remodeling the 3,100-square-foot dining room, which will allow more flexibility for meetings, said Alyeska Resort spokeswoman Cella Baker. The remodeling removed multilevel areas and increased diners’ view of Mount McKinley, she said.

Other renovations included new carpeting and paint for other banquet rooms.

Calendar February 18, 2001

Confabs

The Association of Information Technology Professionals is sponsoring a Basic Java Programming class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19-23 at the University of Alaska Anchorage Diplomacy Building, Room 420. The cost is $1,200. Registration is required. For more information, contact Debi Smith at 907-248-3580.

GCI wins battle to offer local service in 2 cities

JUNEAU -- In another reversal in a see-saw telecommunications battle that has lasted nearly four years, a Superior Court judge has refused to stay an interconnection order calling for local phone competition in Juneau and Fairbanks.

Chefs show Alaskans they have heart

Chefs from two popular Anchorage restaurants are showing their hearts for Alaskans whose health requires careful nutrition habits.

health.jpg Glacier BrewHouse and Ristorante Orso, run by the same operator, plan to host a cooking demonstration this month along with Alaska Regional Hospital dietitians for people with heart conditions.

On Feb. 21 Glacier BrewHouse chef Scott Hoskinson will lead a free demonstration from 6-7:30 p.m.

Providence adds dining, activity space to extended care center

Work has been completed on an addition and renovation to Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage. The seven-month construction project added space for resident dining and resident activities.

Warm weather, maintenance knock down Slope's January output

Alaska North Slope petroleum production, hampered by warmer-than-average weather and cutbacks for maintenance, fell an average of 17,000 barrels per day in January.

Alaska Regional, Providence increasing security for newborns

This year the state’s two largest hospitals, both in Anchorage, are boosting their security systems monitoring newborns.

health.jpg Alaska Regional Hospital will be operating an electronic infant security system called Hugs by summer. The system is manufactured by Instantel Inc. of Ontario, Canada.

Providence Alaska Medical Center began operating its system in mid-February.

529 Plan great education savings tool

sackerson.jpg Alaskans have a new and extremely flexible estate-planning tool available. The 529 Plan allows parents, grandparents or any other interested custodian the ability to set up an account for education with the advantage of tax-deferred growth.

Providence chief of staff sees future, hurdles in telemedicine

Alaskans’ work developing telemedicine technology and practices is creating opportunities across borders, but telemedicine faces some hurdles, according to an Alaska expert.

Endangered species concerns likely to delay Unalaska project

In addition to jeopardizing Alaska’s big pollock and cod fisheries, lawsuits by environmental groups under the federal Endangered Species Act are also creating problems with public works projects in coastal communities.

Former Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty, now a natural resources analyst on the city’s staff, told state legislators in Juneau on Jan. 30 that his city may have to do a formal environmental impact statement on a much-needed small boat harbor project because of lawsuits by environmental groups over Steller ducks, a threatened species.

This Week in Alaska business History February 18, 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

Feb. 18, 1981

Share-the-wealth plan aired

By Dave Carpenter

Times Juneau Bureau

FAA grant funds study of Anchorage's general aviation needs

A $450,000 grant by the Federal Aviation Administration to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to study the patterns and use of general aviation facilities in the greater Anchorage area is under way.

Oregon dealership buys Johnson Chrysler/Jeep for $2.8 million

Lithia Motors Inc. of Medford, Ore., in late January completed the acquisition of its first Alaska dealership, Johnson Chrysler/Jeep dealership in Anchorage. Lithia officials said the company’s net investment in the dealership, which totaled $2.8 million, was paid in cash.

The new operators told investors in the public company they expect revenue from the Anchorage dealership could add $35 million annually to Lithia operations.

Pipeline competitors face off

Competing pipeline builders Alaska-based Yukon Pacific Corp. and Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, squared off in Juneau earlier this month.

Yukon Pacific has permits and rights of way for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez and for a liquefied natural gas plant near Valdez.

Foothills holds rights of way and permits for a gas pipeline from the North Slope through Interior Alaska and Yukon Territory along the Alaska Highway.

Family makes beauty salon a place of beauty

Operating a family owned business has its risks, both to the family and to the business. Many people have tried to run a family business; some have succeeded, while many have failed.

The owners of Marie’s Beauty Salon & Supply seem to have found a formula for success in a family run operation. Since 1988 this business has been on a track for growth, and the company is healthier than ever.

KAKM makes leap to digital TV early, to broadcast four channels

Anchorage’s public television station, KAKM, is gearing up to quadruple its programming, bringing Anchorage fans four separate channels at once.

The change, designed to coincide with the advent of high definition television, comes as part of a federally mandated conversion of television broadcasting to digital technology.

Commercial stations nationwide must switch to digital broadcasting by May 2002, while public stations are required to convert by May 2003.

Movers & Shakers February 18, 2001

Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Walter Majoros director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. The governor also appointed David Maltman administrator of the Developmental Disability Program within the state Department of Health and Social Services. Majoros has been involved in various aspects of mental health treatment for more than 20 years. Majoros has been executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Board since 1996. Maltman has served as executive director of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education since 1991.

Phillips sure of Inlet gas

Phillips Alaska Inc. says it is confident more natural gas can be discovered in Cook Inlet and that problems in meeting winter peaks in local heating and electrical demand can be met through gas storage.

Around the World February 18, 2001

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Anti-salmon ad pulled

ANCHORAGE -- Quaker Oats has pulled a national television commercial in which a little girl declares she doesn’t like Alaska food and Alaska salmon.

The girl instead says she likes a company product called Pasta Roni.

Alaska elected officials didn’t find the commercial humorous and called the company.

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