Capstone nicked in FAA-union crossfire

Glitches in the FAA’s Anchorage Center software for air traffic control over Alaska became the focus of a union squabble with Federal Aviation Administration management -- but not until two labor groups erroneously discredited the Capstone technology project under way in Alaska.

Bulletin Board February 11, 2001

In gear

 

Around the World February 11, 2001

NATION

Bush delays logging

WASHINGTON -- A ban on road building and most logging in a third of the country’s national forests was delayed for two months on Feb. 5 by the Bush administration.

The forest plan, which President Clinton announced Jan. 4, has been attacked by Republican Western lawmakers, and by energy, timber and mining industries.

The delay is in line with an order President Bush made on taking office last month to halt or slow down a series of regulations and rules the Clinton administration issued in its final days.

Business Profile February 11, 2001

profile.jpgName of the company: Alaska Option Services Corp.

Established: 1983

Location: 949 E. 36th Ave., Anchorage

Telephone: 907-563-0078

Major focus of services: Alaska Option Services Corp. provides shared electronic funds transfer services for automated teller machines and point of sale transactions around the state.

Backbone studies gas line options, offers comparative analysis

The citizens group, Backbone: Standing Up For Alaska’s Future, studied at least 15 variations of potential projects for developing the vast quantities of natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope. The Slope has estimated known gas reserves of 35 trillion cubic feet and another 65 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves yet to be discovered.

Backbone released "Alaska’s Gas, Alaska’s Future," a 130-page study, Jan. 25 that examines various gas pipeline proposals now being considered by Alaska gas producers, state lawmakers and others.

Calendar February 11, 2001

Confabs

Movers & Shakers February 4, 2001

movershakers.jpg Acclaim Technology has hired Jim Henry as account executive for Alaska. Henry will be responsible for both new business and service to existing accounts. Henry has been involved in the Anchorage information technology industry for more than 15 years, and has experience in systems management, telecommunications and technical sales.

Pollock, cod fishing begins with uncertain future in Steller rules

Winter fishing for pollock and cod is under way in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, thanks to a budget rider pushed through Congress in December by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

The National Marine Fisheries Service published emergency regulations Jan. 20 implementing a new fisheries management plan allowing vessels to start fishing.

"Overall it’s OK, compared with what we thought we would have to live with," under a Biological Opinion published by NMFS on Nov. 30, said Stephanie Madsen, vice president of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association.

Feds OK True North permits

mining.jpg FAIRBANKS -- Permits have been issued for the True North gold mine project, clearing the way to start construction of the project 30 miles north of Fairbanks.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits issued Jan.24 go into effect immediately.

The permits were the last government approval that Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc. needed.

"We’re very pleased for the company and for the community," Tom Irwin, general manager of Fairbanks Gold Mining, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Cruise ship jobs worth $15.2 million to Juneau

tourism.jpg JUNEAU -- A new report says the cruise ship industry generated the equivalent of 748 year-round jobs in Juneau with a payroll of $15.2 million in 1999. Juneau’s share accounted for nearly half of the jobs the industry created in four Southeast towns studied.

The report, The Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry in Southeast Alaska, examined spending, tax revenue and jobs associated with the industry in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Haines during the 1999 tourist season.

This Week in Alaska Business History February 4, 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. 4, 1981

Mapco sees Earth Resources expansion ahead

By John Knowlton

Times Writer

The new parent company of Earth Resources of Alaska wants to expand that firm’s involvement in the development of a possible petro-chemical industry in Alaska.

Calendar February 4, 2001

Confabs

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau are sponsoring a Make It Monday forum on the economic impact of Fur Rendezvous on the Anchorage business community at noon Feb. 5 at the 4th Avenue Theatre. Mary Pignalberi, Fur Rendezvous executive director, is the guest speaker. For additional information, call 907-272-2401 or visit (www.anchoragechamber.org).

Alaska deeds of trust -- a primer of frequently asked questions

Here are some basic questions and answers concerning securing payment obligations (including promissory notes) with real property in Alaska.

Q: Is a mortgage or a deed of trust used traditionally in Alaska?

A: Mortgages, contracts for deeds and deeds of trust are all authorized under Alaska law. However, deeds of trust have for the past 25 to 30 years or so, typically been used in residential and commercial real estate financing transactions in Alaska.

Citizens group offers 14 recommendations to state on pipeline

oilgas.jpg Alaska’s leaders should exert their considerable power to direct the future of the state’s natural gas development to most benefit its citizens, even if it means investing $2 billion to $5 billion of state money to own the gas pipeline outright, an Alaska citizens group said Jan. 25.

The group, known as "Backbone -- Standing Up For Alaska’s Future," also released a 130-page study Jan.

Warm winter keeps cold-weather tests from getting off the ground

Thawing temperatures are dousing plans by Europeans who traveled to Interior Alaska to cold weather test aircraft in Fairbanks this winter.

Flight test teams from Italy’s Agusta Helicopters and Germany’s Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH may be forced to cold weather test on the North Slope if Fairbanks’ unseasonably warm temperatures persist.

"This is definitely not what we expected," said Dave Carlstrom, marketing director for Fairbanks International Airport. "The Italians were told by their boss, ’Don’t come back until you finish the cold weather testing.’ "

To fill summer's lull, resort lures Germans

FAIRBANKS -- The vision of a local entrepreneur will add flights to Fairbanks and Whitehorse by a German-based luxury airline that will boost the Interior economy -- and microbrew sales -- this summer.

"Alaska and the North has a natural allure to it, and they have to love the healing powers of the water," said Bernie Karl, proprietor of Chena Hot Springs Resort, LLC.

Bill mandates southern route

oilgas.jpg The first bill attempting to influence a decision by North Slope natural gas producers on a route for a major gas pipeline has been introduced in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 83 is sponsored by the House Special Oil and Gas Committee, chaired by Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer.

The bill would set in statute a definition of the state constitution’s mandate that state-owned resources be used to the "maximum benefit" of residents.

Successful businesses seek out equity

marshall.jpg I am continually amazed at the level of resistance to equity ownership that I run into at the start-up business level. "I don’t want to give anyone a piece of my pie, my hard work and creativity," I hear all the time. Then there’s the frontier spirit of independence: "I can do it all alone. I don’t want money that comes attached to someone who will tell me how to run my business!"

Ex-ARCO exec says gas hub would keep Alaska's options open

oilgas.jpg A former top Atlantic Richfield Co. executive is promoting the creation of a natural gas trading hub for Alaska gas in Fairbanks or Delta Junction. Ken Thompson, former ARCO executive vice president and ARCO Alaska president, shared his vision for establishing a competitive gas trading hub for Alaska North Slope gas about 541 miles south of Prudhoe Bay on Jan.

Economic indicators show mixed results for Fairbanks heading into 2001

Construction should play a strong role this year with work continuing on the replacement hospital at Fort Wainwright and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

This summer the Interior City expects to see a 20 percent increase in hotel rooms, when 362 hotel rooms are to come on line.

Looking at a handful of years into the future, Fairbanks business leaders are hopeful that construction of a proposed natural gas pipeline would benefit the Interior economy.

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