Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Benefits workshop scheduled

JUNEAU - Employee and self-employment benefits will be explained during a workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Juneau Economic Development Council, 612 W. Willoughby Ave.

Instructors are Joe Heueisen and Steve Woodruff, who will explain health and retirement plans as a reward for employees and how to minimize taxes. The cost is $25.

For details or to register, call 463-3662.

Glacier Bay Lodge offers deals

JUNEAU - Glacier Bay Lodge, the only overnight accommodation within the 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, is offering special values from May 12 to June 10.

During this season (and post-season, from Sept. 1-8), the first night is free at the lodge. A one-day adventure from Juneau is $398.50. The day begins with an early morning flight. Transfer from the Gustavus airport to the lodge and arrive in time to board the Spirit of Adventure for a wildlife and glacier cruise. Stay overnight at the lodge, and then fly back to Juneau. Extra overnights are $82.50 per person. Prices do not include meals or tips, except for lunch on the glacier cruise. Whale sightings are guaranteed.

For reservations, call (800) 451-5952.

Silverbow scales back dinner service

JUNEAU - In order to focus on catering, Silverbow has cut back its dinner service in the Back Room Restaurant. During winter and spring, it will serve dinner with a movie on Saturday nights only. The Saturday dinner hour is 5:30 to 9 p.m.

On other evenings of the week, the dinner slot is available for special events. For details, call 586-4146.

Cleaners offers new-customer discounts

JUNEAU - The Cleaners is offering new customers 10 percent off, and senior citizens, 15 percent off.

The Cleaners, which has more than nine years experience, offers licensed janitorial services, window and gutter cleaning, household cleaning and lawn mowing. For details, call 723-8870.

Dog accessory helps track pets

JUNEAU - During the darkest days of the year, it's hard to see your dog if it escapes into the neighborhood.

Channel Dive Center is offering a new accessory that helps keep track of furry friends, a flasher that attaches to the collar. Su and John Lachelt of the Dive Center have tried the flasher out on their own dogs, Chloe and Scuby, and the flashers have survived total immersion, snow, rain, violent shaking, running, panting and sleeping.

The flashers, manufactured by Pelican, cost $15.75, which includes batteries.

Comments sought on workplace safety

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is scheduling meetings statewide to solicit public input on regulations being developed for written general safety and health programs for Alaska's workplaces. The regulations will cover ergonomics, indoor air quality and workplace violence.

Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan said ergonomics is priority, calling it "a problem which costs employers and workers millions of dollars per year in compensation, lost wages and lost productivity." Proposed regulations can be viewed online at

The first public meeting was held in Anchorage on Jan. 16. A meeting will be held Jan. 31 at Juneau's Centennial Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A teleconference is scheduled for 1-4 p.m., Feb. 4, for those who cannot attend meetings in person but wish to comment.

For details, contact Becky Oliva, Occupational Safety and Health Section, (907) 269-4939. To participate in the teleconference, call Oliva for directions.

Travel association seeks participants

JUNEAU - The Alaska Travel Industry Association plans to attend conventions in Berlin and Portland and invites participation from wholesalers, tour operators and others.

The ATIA will attend the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show in Portland, Ore., Feb. 6-10. There will be an Alaska booth showcasing the state as a premier destination for sportfishing. For a participation fee of $100, brochures can be distributed at the booth. Close to 60,000 people attended this show last year. For information, contact Mark Miller at (907) 646-3310.

The ATIA's trade staff will attend the ITB-International Tourism Exchange in Berlin, March 16-20. Join them to promote Alaska as a desirable, year-round destination for German travelers. Participation cost for ATIA members is $1,500 per company representative. Registrations must be received by Feb. 15. For details, contact Teri Hendricks at (907) 929-2842.

Hotline created for Enron investors

JUNEAU - Securities Arbitration Group has set up a special hotline for Enron's investors.

Courts will determine damages for present and former employees of Enron, many of whom lost their life savings with the collapse of America's seventh largest corporation. But there exists another, larger group of investors who have also lost money: Non-Enron workers who were sold Enron by stockbrokers and brokerages.

Securities Arbitration, a Los Angeles firm that also operates a securities fraud hotline, has set up a free, national hotline for investors who know or believe they were burned by their broker/firm. Call (800) 789-7292 for details.

A reminder from Alaska Airlines

JUNEAU - New security rulings put in place since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, require that passengers at Juneau Airport should arrive there in time to pass through the security check 20 minutes ahead of boarding.

Lori Sevier, district sales manager for the airline for Southeast Alaska, issued this reminder Monday. "It used to be 10 minutes ahead," Sevier said, "but now it's 20."

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