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Seminar examines online options
JUNEAU - Introduction to Internet Marketing, a Juneau Small Business Development Center seminar, will give guidance to businesses on how to establish a commercial online presence. Participants will learn basics steps including registering a domain name, arranging for hosting and Web design services, avoiding costly mistakes, promoting a site effectively, maintaining a site, tracking visitors and building a customer base.
Dru Fenster of Spectrum Design & Graphics, which has offered graphic and Web design services since 1993, will be the instructor. Fenster has kept her skills current by regularly participating in continuing education seminars with other designers from around the world.
The class will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Juneau Empire Building in the third floor conference room. The cost is $15. Pre-registration is required by calling Juneau SBDC at 463-3789.
Lease sale targets gas
ANCHORAGE - The search for natural gas on Alaska's North Slope is on. Bidding at the state's oil and gas lease sale last week in Anchorage focused on the southern part of the North Slope, where energy companies are more likely to find natural gas than oil.
Eight companies and investors bid a total of $10.7 million for 170 leases covering 972,000 acres. Smaller companies dominated the sale with Anadarko, Unocal and Alberta Energy picking up most of the acreage.
Winning their first-ever North Slope leases, Houston independent Burlington Resources got 32 tracts and Canadian firm Petro Canada got 56 tracts. Petro Canada was the largest bidder in the sale.
Phillips Alaska bid with partner Chevron on nine leases. Alaska's two other big oil companies - BP and Exxon Mobil - didn't bid.
With natural gas prices high and demand for gas strong, optimism about development of a natural gas line is growing. Exxon, BP and Phillips are spending $75 million to study a pipeline to the Lower 48. Prudhoe and other oil fields hold a confirmed 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Geologists believe that the North Slope may hold as much as 100 trillion cubic feet.