Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

Party Zone plans strike zone

JUNEAU - The Party Zone opened late last year at 6585 Glacier Highway with a Juneau's first indoor laser tag course. Owner Darlene McNaughton plans to take activities outside this spring by setting up two batting cages.

McNaughton received permission from last week from the Juneau Planning Commission to set up the cages under a canopy left over from previous businesses that operated out of the building between Glacier Highway and Egan Drive. Those businesses, most recently Williams Express, had gas pumps there.

"They're going to be the same (pitching machines) as the Seattle Mariners use," McNaughton said. The BATA-2 machines will can accommodate softballs, but will be able to hurl baseball pitches at about 100 mph.

"What else better can you do with that canopy?" McNaughton asked.

She said the idea grew after a few of her customers mentioned that batting cages would be a great addition.

The Party Zone has games in addition to its laser tag course and sells party supplies.

She hopes to get the cages set up in the spring.

Business classes cover payroll, financing

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will offer a class in hiring and payroll issues Tuesday night.

The center will offer classes later in the month on operating a limited liability company and business financing.

All classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building at 3100 Channel Drive. Each class will cost $25. Participants will need to pre-registration by calling 463-3789.

Tuesday's class will be taught by center Director Jackie Stewart and staff member Karen Wilke. It will cover local sources to recruit employees, hiring techniques, legal requirements, payroll taxes and strategies to retain employees. It will be aimed at both the first-time employers and seasonal employers who need a refresher course.

On March 9, David Lawrence, a attorney with the local firm of Baxter Bruce and Sullivan, will teach a course in operating a limited liability company.

A March 30 seminar will be offered on business financing. It will be intended for businesses both in the start-up phases or those planning expansion.

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