Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2007

Goldbelt CEO plans to resign in April

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JUNEAU - J. Gary Droubay has announced his resignation as president and chief executive officer of Juneau's urban Native corporation, Goldbelt, effective mid-April.

Droubay has held the position since early 2000, but said he would step down during a board meeting Saturday, said board Chairman Joseph Kahklen.

The corporation has initiated a search for his replacement.

Goldbelt is a for-profit corporation with about 3,200 shareholders, nearly all of Alaska Native heritage. Shareholders collectively hold 272,200 shares of Goldbelt stock, representing assets of approximately $62 million plus more than 32,000 acres of land in the Juneau area. For more information about Goldbelt, visit

Seventh Heaven has new ownership

JUNEAU - Kim and Ken Jensen are the new owners of the Mendenhall Valley Seventh Heaven Day Spa.

The Jensens, who also own Kimmy's Kutz, a hair studio, purchased the spa from Barbara Johns on Feb. 1, Kim Jensen said. Johns has relocated to Washington state, where she runs a business, A Little Bit of Heaven, on Whidbey Island, Jensen said.

The Jensens plan to bring their hair studio business into the day spa and do some remodeling.

The spa is at 3017 Clinton Drive in the Vintage Business Park near Safeway. For more information, call 790-3362 or visit

Jennings assumes district ranger job

HOONAH - Rich Jennings has been promoted to Hoonah district ranger for the Tongass National Forest. He began his new duties on Feb. 5.

His territory includes all of northeast Chichagof Island. He oversees the district's various programs, including timber, recreation, trail, engineering and wildlife.

Jennings grew up in a farming community in Michigan and has studied at Michigan Technological University, Indiana University, and Utah State, Colorado State and Northern Arizona universities. He also worked in the Siskiyou National Forest along the Oregon coast.

Jennings most recently lived in Petersburg, where he has worked since 1990, starting there as the district silviculturist.

In 2000, he began his previous job as the supervisor of the monitoring and inventory staff.

The Tongass encompasses 10 ranger districts.

Somerville named engineer of the year

JUNEAU - Charles (Dick) Somerville was named Alaska Capital Engineer's 2007 Engineer of the Year during a banquet Feb. 24 at Twisted Fish restaurant.

This award is given annually by the Alaska Capital Engineer's, which comprises the Juneau chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Somerville is the vice president of the Anchorage-based engineering firm PND Engineers and is the manager of its Juneau office. He is a native of Southeast Alaska and graduated from the University of Alaska, where he studied civil engineering. Somerville has nearly three decades of Alaska engineering and project management experience. His specialty is in civil marine projects. He also worked for the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

PND was formed in 1979 and has an office in Seattle.

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