Task force soon to review options to phase in low-sulfur diesel

oilgas.jpg A working group assembled by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will meet again in Anchorage July 18 to go over options on phasing in new requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use of ultra-low sulfur highway diesel fuel in Alaska.

Requirements that diesel trucks, buses and other highway vehicles use fuel with no greater than 15 parts per million sulfur will be in effect nationally in 2006 under an EPA rule that went into effect earlier this year.

Supporters try again with Young-sponsored conservation bill

WASHINGTON -- A bill to spend more than $3 billion a year on land conservation and recreation nearly cleared Congress last year, and now its supporters are trying again.

The Conservation and Reinvestment Act, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, had its first hearing of the year on June 20.

It would send $175 million to Alaska for coastal conservation, wildlife management and city parks, among other uses. The share for other states would range from Vermont’s $9.2 million to California’s $349 million.

Processors again short on employees

commercialfishing.jpg KENAI -- The salmon are massing in the Inlet; the fishermen are geared up to put their nets in the water and, for the second year, processors are worried they won’t be able to handle the season for lack of labor.

In mid-June the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development sent out an alert that the state’s seafood industry needs workers immediately. It listed about 700 vacancies, about half of which were on the Kenai Peninsula.

This Week in Alaska Business History July 1, 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 2, 1981

Alaskans praise coal tax ruling
State oil levy may be legal

Associated Press and Times Staff

In contracts, a signature's valid even if it's signed electronically

gorskijimLR.jpg The law of contract is an integral part of our everyday business world. Agreements are made on a daily basis, performance rendered and payment usually follows.

Historically, and even through today, the simplest form of contract was an oral contract. An oral contract can be enforced with the same level of judicial support as a written agreement.

With repaired Columbia a month overdue, ferry manager changes July schedule

transportation.jpg JUNEAU -- Tension is mounting between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard hired to fix the ferry Columbia, damaged in a fire last year.

Frustrated by what he called a series of missed deadlines by Alaska Ship and Drydock, the marine highway system’s George Capacci revamped the July ferry schedule anticipating the ship will not be delivered July 2 as promised by the company. Delivery already is a month behind schedule.

Norton taps Pearce for D.C. job, Toohey as special aide in Alaska

oilbarrel.jpg During her second visit in three months to Alaska, Interior Secretary Gale Norton came, saw and tapped some of the state’s finest oil public policy talent.

Norton, who visited Alaska June 16-20, announced the appointments of former state Sen. Drue Pearce, R-Alaska, and Arctic Power director Cam Toohey as her senior adviser on Alaska and her special assistant in Alaska, respectively.

Korean chefs visit

Hotel Captain Cook Executive Chef Luke Gilligan, center, displays a creation of Alaska salmon, halibut and scallops June 14 to Greg Wolf, left, director of the state’s Division of International Trade and Market Development, and Hee Yeol Kwon, Chef de Cuisine at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

The division sponsored a visit to Alaska by six top Korean chefs, hoping to encourage them to serve Alaska seafood in their restaurants.

PenAir wins bid to offer Adak flights

transportation.jpg Peninsula Airways has been chosen over four competitors to provide regular air service from Anchorage to Adak -- at least for now. Meanwhile, state officials are questioning if the federally subsidized route is money well spent.

PenAir was to begin direct passenger service June 26 from Anchorage to Adak, with four flights a week running Tuesdays through Fridays. Cost of a round-trip ticket: $1,100.

Providence wins OK for new scanner

health.jpg Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage has received approval from the state Department of Health and Social Services to purchase the first Positron Emission Tomography scanner in Alaska.

Commissioner Karen Perdue approved the certificate of need June 1, authorizing hospital officials to purchase the new equipment and remodel a 1,200-square-foot space for the PET scanner.

The project is expected to cost about $3 million and could be completed by first quarter 2002.

Census statistics tell a cautionary tale for today's advertisers

As the weeks go by, the Census Bureau continues the time release of tantalizing tidbits about its 2000 count. The macro statistics are worth noting:
* The U.S. population now stands at 281.4 million.

Shippers say port needs $140 million expansion

Whether it’s a Barbie Doll, a bag of chips or a Buick, chances are it came across the dock at the Port of Anchorage.

Trouble is, according to Bill Sheffield, not many folks realize the importance of the city-owned dock or its need for expansion.

Alaska’s former governor and new port director is out to publicize and seek funding for a proposed $140 million port expansion and renovation project.

"We need to get the port ready for the new century,’’ Sheffield said.

Business Profile: CareNet Inc.

Name of the company: CareNet Inc.

Established: 1996

Location: 4450 Cordova St., Suite 110, Anchorage

Telephone: 907-274-5620

Major focus of services: CareNet Inc. provides in-home care primarily for older Alaskans. The company’s staff of nurses, nurse aides and homemakers help with personal care and bathing, household chores and errands.

Around the World July 1, 2001

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Paper recycling pickups to resume in Juneau

JUNEAU -- Juneau offices that have been stockpiling paper for recycling will see relief soon.

Alaska cleared for D.C.

transportation.jpg Alaska Airlines has won landing rights at Ronald Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C., allowing the airline to operate one round-trip flight daily from the nation’s capital to Seattle and continuing on to Anchorage.

The service will begin in mid-September, according to airline officials.

Is that glass in your canned salmon? No, but Kodiak scientists want it anyway

welchlanieLR.jpg If you’ve ever opened a can of salmon and found what appears to be a small piece of glass, it’s most likely a substance called struvite.

And if you do find some, scientists want it.

Forest Oil's Redoubt Shoal field doubles Cook Inlet oil reserves

oilbarrel.jpg KENAI -- Forest Oil Corp. estimates it can recover more than 50 million barrels of oil from its Redoubt Shoal prospect in Cook Inlet after completion of a second exploratory well from its Osprey Platform.

Gary Carlson, senior vice president for Alaska operations, said the recoverable total could be even higher. Forest Oil plans to start a third well within 30 days to further delineate the field.

Verify adviser's fees and commissions

Whether you use a brokerage firm or the trust department of a bank or other financial institution, it is natural to rely on the advice of your individual financial adviser. We tend to trust people we like and respect. We tend to hear what we want to hear, and see what we want to see.

We would like to believe that the financial advice we receive is offered solely in our best interests, but the reality may be quite different when we scrutinize the relationship.

GCI purchases Rogers American Cablesystems

telecommunications.jpg ANCHORAGE -- General Communication Inc. has signed a $19 million agreement to buy Rogers American Cablesystems Inc., a cable television company with about 7,300 subscribers in the Palmer and Wasilla areas.

The cash deal, signed June 15, will thrust the Anchorage-based telecom company into the fastest growing area in Alaska, where it will try to expand by bundling long-distance phone, Internet and other services with its cable product.

AEDC to promote Anchorage as potential military logistics center

military.jpg In July the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. will kick off a marketing effort to sell Anchorage as a warehouse and distribution center for critical military parts and equipment.

A study commissioned by AEDC and completed this spring by Price Waterhouse has identified 100 major defense contractors that supply or maintain equipment for the armed services, according to Micheal Kean, transportation director for AEDC.

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