Business briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

State chamber plans fly-in

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 2002 Legislative Forum for Feb. 12 and 13 in Juneau to promote Alaska business.

The schedule includes a Board of Directors meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 12; a legislative briefing, 2:30-4:15 p.m.; and a reception at the Governor's Mansion from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

On Feb. 13, the fly-in's schedule begins with a leadership breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m.; legislative and administrative appointments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m.; and a banquet dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

Alaska Airlines is offering discounted rates on excursion fares and unrestricted coach fares. To book this travel option, call the group sales desk at (800) 445-4435 and refer to the Alaska State Chamber No. CMA 0372. For information on redeeming constituent discount airfare certificates, call (800) ALASKAAIR.

Registration fee is $150, which includes lunch, both breakfasts, both receptions and the banquet dinner. Register by fax or mail at the Juneau ASCC office (FAX 463-5515) or the Anchorage office (FAX 278-6643).

The Aspen Hotel (800-559-9846) is offering nightly room rates of $75 plus tax with complimentary transportation. The Westmark Baranof Hotel (800 544-0970) is offering rooms at $109 plus tax. Goldbelt Hotel (888-478-6909) is offering rooms at $109 for a mountain view or $119 for a water view plus tax. When calling for reservations, refer to the Alaska State Chamber's room block.

Susan's Hallmark to debut special lines

JUNEAU - Two new lines - one related to Valentine's Day - are coming to Susan's Hallmark Shop in the Nugget Mall.

According to Susan Sutton, owner of the shop, two new sets of Kiss Kiss Bears will be available for "Pucker Up" Day, Feb. 14. Love & Kiss Kiss Bears celebrate romance, while the ice skating Olympic Kiss Kiss Perfect Pairs Bears capture the spirit of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Customers can get a free bear with the purchase of a matching bear for $3.99 plus any three Hallmark cards. The offer is good through Feb. 14, but quantities are limited.

Susan's Hallmark is also stocking a line of specialty gifts and greeting cards, called the Maya Angelou Life Mosaic Collection, which is the result of two years of collaboration between the card manufacturer and the renowned American poet.

"I talk about the human condition, what is like to be a human being," Angelou said in a press release. "What makes us weep. How we can be overjoyed. How we can be lifted up. The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving - with passion and compassion, and humor and style, and generosity and kindness."

The more than 60 products in the collection range in price from $2.49 to $49.99 and include framed mottos, journals, stoneware, candleholders, sun catchers, stationery and greeting cards.

For details, call Susan's Hallmark at 789-5030.

Silverbow dishes up Valentine's dinner

JUNEAU - The Back Room at the Silverbow has cut back its dinner to Saturday nights with a movie only - with one big Feb. 14 exception, a special Valentine's Day "dinner for two."

"We did something similar last year, and it went really well," said Silverbow's co-owner, Jill Ramiel. "We're already taking reservations."

The menu comes at a fixed price of $37 each, with entree choices. It begins with a glass of champagne. The shared appetizer is an Italian antipasto platter, featuring marinated mushrooms, artichokes, a roasted head of garlic, red peppers and other goodies. Served along side is a Kalamata olive bread, good for dipping in olive oil, Ramiel said.

The second course is a choice between sweet potato chowder and Caesar salad.

The entrees are chicken fettuccine, everything-encrusted halibut, and a surf and turf combination of blackened halibut and grilled steak. The vegetarian entree is fettuccine primavera. Everything-encrusted halibut uses the everything bagel topping (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic and onion salt) to coat halibut, Ramiel explained.

Dessert, called Ben's Mmmmm (after Silverbow manager Ben Bohen), is slightly different every Feb. 14. This year it is a berry and dark chocolate mousse dolloped with brandied whipped cream, with chocolate and raspberry sauce, and accompanied by shortbread cookies.

The dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged at 586-4146.

Quilting for a Valentine

JUNEAU - Rain Tree Quilting is offering a class called Hearts with instructor Carole Green from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Green will show participants how to piece hearts from fabric scraps on a foundation. This is a Beginner One level class, with a cost of $31.50. To register, call 789-7900. Class size is limited.

Capital Service offers punch cards

JUNEAU - Capital Service, at 810 Glacier Ave. across from the Federal Building, is offering a discount punch card.

A purchase of eight gallons or more of gas equals one punch. With 12 punches, drivers can redeem cards for a $60 value that includes an oil change, oil filter change, running the vehicle through a 32-point check list that includes brake inspection, vacuuming of the interior of the vehicle, cleaning windows inside and out, and up to five quarts of oil.

For details, call 586-4822.

Seattle teacher conducts yoga workshop

JUNEAU - Helen Theresa Elliott will teach a three-day workshop, Working with the Core of the Body, Feb. 8-10, sponsored by the Yoga Den.

The course is a total of 10 hours, suitable for all levels of yoga students. It meets from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 8; fee is $30. On Saturday, the 10 a.m. to noon session is $30. The 2 to 5 p.m. session is $45. The Feb. 10 session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and costs $45. Preregistration is required. Classes will be held in the Douglas Conference Room of the Prospector Hotel. There will be a special class for advanced students only, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 8, $45.

Elliott began her study of yoga after 10 years of studying dance and gymnastics. Her teaching emphasizes movement through the use of breath and motion. She holds a degree in music and serves as spokeswoman for Hugger Mugger Yoga Products. She teaches full-time at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, where she is also director of teacher training.

For information and registration, call Shar Smith, director of the Yoga Den, at 586-3601 or 465-2378.

Elderhostel seeks leaders

JUNEAU - Elderhostel's Shipboard Program is looking for group leaders to present classes for the summer 2002 Southeast Alaska sailings. Applications are due Feb. 8.

For details, call Paul Kraft, 465-6461.

Junior Ranger program wins award for cruise line

JUNEAU - Princess Cruises was recently presented with an Excellence Award by the Alaska Region of the National Park Service in recognition of the Junior Ranger program featured aboard Princess ships. The program, which was lauded for its excellence in education, is an integral part of Princess' onboard youth program in Alaska.

"It's gratifying to see the Junior Ranger program recognized for the excellent job it does to both educate and entertain the children on board," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales.

The Junior Ranger program features interactive games, activity books and presentations by ranges. It was developed in 1999 to provide enrichment and fun for young passengers, to help them appreciate Glacier Bay and the Alaska wilderness. The program will be expanded this coming summer with an Explorer program for teens.

Radiation safety awareness class scheduled

JUNEAU - ProComm Alaska, the only Motorola-authorized radio system specialist in the state, is offering Radio Frequency (RF) radiation safety awareness classes. The next class is scheduled for March 5 at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage.

OSHA requires anyone who could have contact with RF, also known as non-ionizing radiation and electromagnetic emissions, to have training under the hazard communications provisions.

In addition, RF radiation issues affect property owners, managers, and window washers and other workers who have access to rooftops with antennas. RF Radiation is used in food processing and glue-curing machines, and microwave and radar transmissions.

For details or to sign up for the class, contact ProComm Alaska at (907) 563-1176. Sign-up is available on the Web site at

Company named 'Best to Work For'

JUNEAU - Financial-services firm Edward Jones announced last week that Fortune magazine had ranked it No. 1 in its annual listing of the "Best Companies to Work For" in America. The ranking appeared in the magazine's Feb. 4 edition, said Ben Prater, licensed investment representative.

This is Edward Jones' fourth consecutive appearance on the list, but it's first in the No. 1 slot.

"Clearly, I am excited by this No. 1 ranking," said Prater. "I believe the climate within our firm has a ripple effect on our clients and on the communities we serve. The firm values its associates and treats them with respect. This is a great place to work and having Fortune magazine recognize our efforts is icing on the cake."

Fortune noted that despite difficult economic times, the firm had no layoffs. The magazine also said that 97 percent of Edward Jones' employees praise management's honesty.

Edward Jones has more than 8,000 branches in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Its mission is to advise the serious long-term individual investor exclusively. The firm can be reached locally at 790-5588 and 789-7664. To learn more about the firm, visit its Web site at

Edward Jones opened its first office in Juneau in 1996 and now has three locations, with a staff of three licensed representatives and three employees.

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