Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2007

New owners take over Willie's Marine

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JUNEAU -Mark "Doc" and Linda Warner are the new owners of Willie's Marine, a boat sales and service business on Industrial Boulevard.

Doc Warner came to Alaska in 1978 and is known for Doc Warner's lodge, a company that specializes in fishing tours 30 miles west of Juneau. The Warners live in Bountiful, Utah. The marine store's previous owners were Juneau residents Tara and Willie Harris.

For more information about Willie's Marine, visit www.williesmarine.com or call 789-4831.

Chamber announces new chairwoman

JUNEAU - Wendy Lindskoog has taken over the position of chairwoman of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Joe Marushack, who announced his resignation in early February to become president of Australian operations for ConocoPhillips.

Lindskoog is the director of external affairs at Alaska Railroad Corp. and was previously the chairwoman-elect of the state business association.

UFA reaches all-time high membership

JUNEAU - With the recent addition of the Alaska Trollers Association, the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and the Alaska Shellfish Association, United Fishermen of Alaska group membership has reached an all-time high of 36 member groups.

The fishermen advocacy organization's president, Bob Thorstenson, will be stepping down after seven years. He will be replaced by Joe Childers, who trolls for salmon from Juneau and represents Western Gulf of Alaska Fishermen on the association's board. Deborah Lyons of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association was elected vice president. Duncan Fields will continue as secretary.

The new officers begin their new positions June 15.

The association's board of directors includes the 36 member groups and four at-large representatives elected by individual members. Elections for the four at-large board seats will be conducted in spring.

Architects group buys medical office

JUNEAU - MRV Architects recently purchased the medical office of Dr. Henry Akiyama on Glacier Avenue to renovate it into professional offices for the architecture firm.

The renovation will be a showcase for sustainable or "green" design, featuring highly energy-efficient construction, daylight emphasis, healthy materials, and low maintenance costs.

The building could be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified commercial property in Southeast Alaska. LEED is an international organization that certifies benchmarks for best sustainable practice, including healthy indoor environment and energy efficiency.

The lower level will be remodeled and new apartments added on an upper level.

The landscaping along the street and the neighborhood were what drew the firm to the location, said Paul Voelckers, president of MRV. Voelckers said the firm expects to move in late September.

To learn more about green building practices, visit the U.S. Green Building Council at www.usgbc.org.

Commission OKs ACS expansion plans

JUNEAU - The Juneau Planning Commission approved expansion plans for Alaska Communications Systems to improve its wireless service.

The members Tuesday granted conditional use permits to build two new towers.

One 75-foot pole was proposed for a site owned by Valley Chapel on the Back Loop Road and would expand service for the northern end of Mendenhall Valley. The second pole was proposed for leased property on Glacier Highway near the Auke Bay Recreation Area and would expand wireless service between Auke Bay and Lena Point.

Both poles will be topped with five-foot phone antennas, and equipment shelters will be constructed at the base.

For more information about ACS, visit www.acsalaska.com.

• Do you have news to share about business? Contact Brittany Retherford at brittany.retherford@juneauempire.com.



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