Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

JEDC holds grant writing seminar

Cynthia M. Adams, owner of Alaska Funding Exchange and author of ``Grantwriting for the New Millennium,'' will conduct a workshop on researching and preparing grant proposals May 25 to 26 at Centennial Hall.

Adams, former director of economic development for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, will discuss funding trends and strategies, and new state and national philanthropic programs.

The two-day, all-day workshop is being sponsored by the Juneau Economic Development Council and the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. More information and registration forms are available through JEDC at 612 W. Willoughby Ave., Suite A, 463-3662 or

The cost is $225 per participant if paid by Thursday and $250 thereafter. There are discounts for multiple participants from the same organization.

Coeur posts first-quarter loss

Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., owner of the Kensington gold mine near Juneau, reported a net loss of $9.8 million in the first quarter of 2000, compared to a net loss of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 1999.

``Despite a somewhat slow start, the company fully expects to reach its Year 2000 production targets of 11.5 million ounces of silver and 160,000 ounces of gold,'' said Coeur Chairman Dennis E. Wheeler.

The company said net losses resulted from low metal sales and higher operating costs.

Coeur recently unveiled a new production plan for reopening the Kensington mine, which is under review by regulators.

Haines holds craft beer festival

The Eighth Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival will be held at Fort Seward and the Halsingland Hotel in Haines May 19 to 20.

The weekend includes a home brew contest, a barbecue and beer tasting, a gourmet dinner pairing specific microbrews and courses, and nature tours. In 1999, 32 breweries presented nearly 100 beers for tasting, and 131 beers were entered in the home brew judging. Attendance was 730.

More information is available from the Halsingland, (800) 542-6363,

Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co. has agreed to carry Juneau entries to Haines for the festival. Drop them off -- two bottles are needed of each brew -- at 5429 Shaune Drive in Lemon Creek before 5 p.m. May 15. For details, call Kristi Monroe at 780-5866.

Slow job growth forecast

Employment growth for Alaska is projected at 1.7 percent this year and 1.4 percent in 2001, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

In Southeast, the projections are for 1.3 percent this year and 1.1 percent next year.

In both cases, the services industry is driving the increase, while the timber industry suppresses what would have been bigger gains, according to an analysis by labor economist John Boucher.

Last year, there was employment of 277,600 in Alaska, and it is projected to grow to 286,100 in 2001, Boucher said. In Southeast, 1999 employment of 35,650 is projected to grow to 36,500 next year, he said.

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