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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2007

Silverbow plans to add five hotel rooms

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JUNEAU - Downtown's Silverbow Inn is adding five hotel rooms, for a total of 11, as part of a new guest facility, owner Jill Ramiel said.

Guests will have access to the roof, which is being renovated to include a Jacuzzi and barbecue area. A sauna is also being built and a new private residence renovated.

The hotel renovations are expected to be completed in mid-February; the private residence in mid-March.

The Back Room dining area also is undergoing change. The "garage-sale chic" style is being replaced with an art gallery.

Professional artists will be able to display work in the restaurant on a rotating basis, Ramiel said. She said she anticipates the gallery renovation to be completed for February's First Friday.

In spring, Ramiel said an awning is planned for the outside deck with propane heating lamps for year-round, outdoor dining.

The Silverbow has been owned and operated for the 10 years by Ramiel and her husband, Ken Alper.

Winter cafe hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 586-4146.

Anti-mining ads target Pebble project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A national ad campaign against proposed Bristol Bay mining projects was launched Wednesday in National Jeweler, a leading industry tabloid, according to a news release.

Renewable Resources Coalition, the Bristol Bay Alliance, Nunamta Aulukestai and Earthworks placed the ad, targeting jewelers because more than 80 percent of gold produced in the U.S. is used to make jewelry.

Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian mining company, wants to develop a gold-copper mine, Pebble Mine, at the headwaters of the Koktuli River.

The Bureau of Land Management is also proposing to open more than 1 million federal acres to possible mining. The proposed project has been heavily protested by conservation groups.

Bristol Bay and its drainages support some of the world's most productive commercial and sport salmon fisheries, and opponents worry about the possible adverse effects on the industry.

The full-page ad, which appears in the January issue of National Jeweler magazine, invites retailers to take the "Bristol Bay Protection Pledge," a commitment not to buy or use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine or any other major mine on public lands in the Bristol Bay watershed.

Sen. Ted Stevens signs fisheries act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens signed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act on Wednesday in his role as Senate president pro tem.

The act empowers the national program for conservation and management of all U.S. fisheries. In Alaska, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is responsible under the law for managing fisheries.

The council's work has been singled out by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission as an example of proper conservation and management.

The act, H.R. 5946, passed the House of Representatives on Dec. 9 after clearing the Senate by unanimous consent two days previously. It now goes to the president for signature.

The original Magnuson-Stevens Act was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1976 and has been reauthorized six times. This year's reauthorization is the culmination of a process that spanned two years and included consultation with members of Congress and concerned groups and constituencies.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Brittany Retherford. If you know of any business-related news, please contact her at

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