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.

Alaska Command chief sees new units in state's military future

Alaska has a key role to play in support of national defense, and recent developments may enhance that, Lt. Gen. Norton Schwartz, commander of the Alaska Command, told state legislators in Juneau on Jan. 29.

Schwartz also urged lawmakers to be understanding of the need for future base closings even as they support continued operations of Alaska military installations. There are things Alaskans can do to strengthen arguments for maintaining bases here, he added.

Fisheries specialist leaves organic salmon label legacy

Industry advocate Kate Troll has left her job as fisheries specialist with the state Department of Community and Regional Affairs. During her three years on the job, Troll led the charge to make sure wild seafood would be included in new national organic standards.

"Kate not only kept the door open, but went through the door on that one," a co-worker said. Troll also was involved from the beginning with the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-labeling program, which last year certified Alaska salmon as coming from a healthy fishery.

Staffing insight for non-profits

Nonprofit organizations have become an important part of Alaska’s economy, and many nonprofit board members and staffers are working hard to build expertise and improve their professionalism.

Taking a professional approach to doing one’s job is as important in the nonprofit sector as it is in private businesses. In some ways, it’s even more important, because resources are usually scarce and lost opportunities can interfere with accomplishing a group’s mission.

Networking is key to thriving economies

What makes some regional economies grow faster than others? Recent work by the National Commission on Entrepreneurship reports that 5 to 10 percent of U.S. firms can be called entrepreneurial growth companies. Those companies are responsible for two-thirds of the 240,000 new jobs created each month.

Why do some regions nurture these growth companies better than others?

This Week in Alaska Business History February 11, 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. 14, 1981

Large gas field found in reserve south of Barrow

By John Knowlton

Times Writer

The U.S. Geological Survey has made a discovery of what it calls one of the largest natural gas reservoirs ever in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Northwest Cargo grows

The addition of two Boeing 747 freighters and the return of the economy in Asia have Northwest Airlines Cargo in need of more space at the Alaska CargoPort.

Knowles, Rep. Kott offer plans to raise Alaska minimum wage

Gov. Tony Knowles and Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, think a hike in the state’s minimum wage is long overdue. But restaurant operators say state legislators should think the issue through very carefully. Restaurants, particularly the fast-food sector of the industry, could be severely affected, according to Jack Amon, president of the Alaska Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Association.

Knowles and Kott have both introduced bills raising the current $5.65 per hour minimum wage. Kott’s House Bill 56 was up for a hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep.

High bids delay Wainwright hospital

Construction of a replacement hospital at Fort Wainwright, expected to be one of the major construction projects in Alaska this year, is on hold after bids came in higher than expected. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District canceled the solicitation for bids Jan. 26 without awarding a contract.

The project to replace the nearly 50-year-old Bassett Army Hospital was to be completed in 2005.

As tax time begins, here are some strategies

The following items identify planning strategies, tips and facts that could affect your 2000 and 2001 tax liability. Extensive and complicated rules govern the application of many of the items that follow, so please contact a qualified tax professional to see if they can be applied to your personal situation.

Movers & Shakers February 11, 2001

movershakers.jpgRandy Sears has joined Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co. as vice president/senior markets strategist and portfolio manager. Sears most recently served as manager of fixed income investments at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. in Juneau. Lisa Sealy has joined APCM as securities operations officer. Sealy previously held positions with Alaska USA Trust Co. and Key Bank Alaska.

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