Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Free tax forum scheduled

JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Estate Planning Council is holding a free educational forum on the new tax laws to demonstrate the opportunities they hold.

The forum will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ray Renshaw Room of the Aspen Hotel, 1800 Shell Simmons Dr., near the Juneau Airport.

For details, contact Mary Zemp at 586-2210 or e-mail her at mzemp@faulknerbanfield.com.

Home-buyer education available

JUNEAU - Attend a free home-buyer education seminar and save up to $250 on Alaska Housing Finance Corp.'s fee.

The eight-hour seminar will be held 6 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Riverbend Apartments Community Room (behind the Mendenhall Post Office), 2800 Postal Way.

Preregistration is a necessity. For details, call (800) 459-2921 or e-mail register@ahfc.state.ak.us.

Terex acquires Pacific Utility Equipment

JUNEAU - Pacific Utility Equipment announced recently that it had been acquired by Terex-Telect, Inc., a Watertown, S.D., subsidiary of Terex Corp.

Pacific Utility, established in 1967 in Portland, Ore., has grown to nine locations covering customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Arizona and Hawaii. It serves Alaska customers in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage and Fairbanks, supplying the electric utility, telephone, municipal and contractor markets with new equipment, rental equipment, parts and repair service.

Roy Goecks, president and founder of PUE, commented, "Terex-Telect will add financial and operational strengths to the entire operations of Pacific Utility. We believe with a lower cost structure and working directly with Telect, Pacific Utility will be a more efficient and competitive company."

More information on Terex can be found at www.terex.com.

Bed-and-breakfast holds contest

JUNEAU - Pearson's Pond Luxury Suites & Adventure Spa is asking people to write them love letters - not about the bed-and-breakfast but about their sweeties.

Tell Pearson's in 100 words or less why your significant other deserves a cozy getaway at a place that features fireplace suites, a water-view balcony, chocolates, candlelight, and a star-lit hot tub, and you could win a "romantic adventure." The winner will be chosen March 1.

For details of the contest, see the guidelines posted at www.pearsonspond.com, or call 789-3772.

Travel Industry group expects trade leads

JUNEAU - By the end of the month, the Alaska Travel Industry Association expects to have the newest leads from the American Bus Association Marketplace.

Members need to sign up, and prepare to contact new motorcoach and tour operators who are interested in Alaska. Marketing Partners who attend trade events receive these leads at no charge. Marketing Partners may subscribe for $25 for the entire year.

For details, or to subscribe, call Teri Hendricks at (907) 646-3320 or e-main thendricks@alaskatia.org.

First National earns high ranking

JUNEAU - For the 15th consecutive quarter, First National Bank Alaska has been named among the most secure financial institutions in America.

Not only did Florida-based Weiss Ratings continue First National's A-plus rating, it also placed the Alaska-owned bank in its list of the top 10 banks nationwide.

"In our opinion, this institution offers excellent financial security," the Weiss analysis stated. "It has maintained a conservative stance in its business operations and underwriting practices as evidence by its strong equity base, top-notch asset quality, steady earnings and high liquidity."

Established in 1922, First National is Alaska's largest Alaska-owned and operated bank, with 27 branches plus ATMs in 17 rural communities.

World Explorer offers second person half off

JUNEAU - World Explorer Cruises, known for its educational programs, is offering second person half off regular brochure fare for Alaska cruises in all cabin categories. This offer applies to the May 5, May 14 and Aug. 20 departures.

It also applies to Category G cabins on all World Explorer voyages throughout the season.

First-person cruise fares start at $1,525 per person for eight- or nine-night sailings (May 5 and Aug. 20 respectively); and $1,995 per person for all 14-night sailings. For details, call WEC at (800) 854-3835.

Alaska USA modifies banking paperwork

JUNEAU - Moving closer to paperless deposits, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union introduced a new way of making deposits and withdrawals in January.

Customers no longer need to fill out a deposit slip before approaching a teller's station. They can get into line and tell the next available teller what they need. The customer then receives a printout, closely resembling an itemized grocery receipt, which shows deposits and whether they were made to savings or checking, ending balances and a list of the amounts of checks received. If a withdrawal is made, a separate slip records that transaction. The customer signs a receipt for cash received.

At the top of each slip, the account number, customer name, posting date, branch number and teller's identification number are printed.

The "paperless" transaction is the result of a new system upgrade, said Regional Vice President Bill Peters of Alaska USA. The new system has two advantages, Peters said: "It allows us to interact with you better as a member. And it expedites the process and makes it a smoother operation."

Alaska USA has three branches in Juneau and one in Ketchikan, with a total of 35 branches statewide. It is slated to open several branches in Washington state soon, Peters said.



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