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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Local smoked porter wins silver medal

Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Alaskan Smoked Porter won a silver medal at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2004 ceremony recently in London.

The event took place at the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association's National Luncheon on May 25.

The event recognizes excellence in eight categories made up of 24 classes and a field of 822 entries. Winners were selected by an international panel of 93 beer judges from a field of 1,566 entries received from 393 breweries in 40 countries.

The world's oldest beer competition, the awards have been occurring since 1886 and are commonly referred to as the 'Oscars of the brewing industry.'

Last month, the brewery won two bronze medals at the World Beer Cup for its Alaskan Winter Ale and Smoked Porter.

Founded in 1996, the Juneau-based brewery distributes product throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California and Nevada. It also distributes Alaskan Winter Ale and Alaskan Smoked Porter in the United Kingdom on a limited basis.

Wells Fargo industry specialists named

David Byrne and Darin Floyd have been named senior industry specialists for Wells Fargo's Alaska commercial real estate group in Anchorage.

Floyd was previously a business relationship manager at the Wells Fargo Glacier Valley store in Juneau. He has been a Wells Fargo team member for more than seven years, and has held positions including personal banker, store manager and business banker in Juneau, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island. He was born and raised in Wrangell.

Byrne was a Wells Fargo business relationship manager for Kodiak. He has been serving Wells Fargo customers for more than five years.

Both are graduates of the Wells Fargo Management Training Program.

Course addresses concerns of aging clients

Ben Prater, a local Edward Jones investment representative, will host a course, "Tax, Legal and Health Care Concerns for the Aging Client" at 10 a.m. July 14 in Suite 116 A of the Jordan Creek Center in the Mendenhall Valley.

The fee is $50 per person and includes course materials. Reservations are required.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Naomi Watts at 790-5588.

The program, broadcast via Edward Jones' satellite system, will be produced by the firm's professional education network exclusively for area certified public accountants and attorneys.

Course topics include Medicare, Medicaid, social security concerns, advantages and disadvantages of long-term care insurance, wills, trusts, living wills and health care powers of attorney. Also included will be information about the minimum distributions from IRAs and pension plans and title 19 planning for the client and his family.

The program is eligible to provide three continuing professional education hours for CPAs and accountants. Continuing legal education credit for attorneys is pending approval in all states.

Alaska travel industry awards scholarships

The Alaska Travel Industry Association's Foundation recently awarded $11,000 in scholarships to four Southeast students: Erik Anderson of Juneau, Andrea Sofia Northrup of Ward Cove, Keith Reeder of Sitka and Brian Vreeland of Ketchikan.

Anderson received $2,500 and will continue his MIS studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. Vreeland, who received $1,000, will enter the California Maritime Academy this fall. Northrup and Reeder will attend the University of Alaska at Fairbanks this fall. Northrup was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and Reeder, $2,500.

They are part of a group of 14 students from across the state to receive a total of $28,500 in awards.

The scholarship program offers assistance to promising students in order to help create a well-prepared tourism work force and perpetuate tourism's resident-hire rate that stands at 78 percent, according to the association.

The statewide, non-profit trade association selected the students based upon a number of criteria, including their academic achievements and tourism-oriented career goals.

This year's recipients were selected from more than 25 applicants statewide. The 2004 scholarships were funded through member and chapter contributions.

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