Buisness briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Sales to benefit breast cancer research

JUNEAU - A Friday event will promote the sales of products that help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Ann Doty, an independent Longaberger consultant, will host the event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, 7600 Glacier Highway. Longaberger sells themed baskets, home decorations, housewares and other products.

Promotions put on in connection with the American Cancer Society have helped raise more than $5 million for research and education, according to the company. Two dollars of the cost of each Horizon of Hope themed basket, which will be featured at the Friday event, will go to cancer efforts.

For more information, including how to become an independent consultant, contact Doty at 789-3374 or www.longaberger.com/anndoty.

Local company offers salmon soap

JUNEAU - SoapSmith has introduced its second soap product, called Salmon Soap. Salmon Soap is a hand soap made with salmon oil. The oil is deodorized and is sold in 5-ounce bars scented with an herbal or floral fragrance.

SoapSmith also makes the Alaska Gold Bar, a soap bar containing 23-karat gold. SoapSmith is a manufacturer and wholesaler of soap made in Juneau. The company expects to introduce additional soap products before the end of the year. SoapSmith is a partnership of Tom Meyer, a local potter, and Milt Barker, an economic consultant. The company can be contacted at 586-4301. The soaps are sold in several Juneau gift shops.

Evergreen wins air contract to Adak

ANCHORAGE Evergreen International Airlines has won a government contract to provide essential air service to Adak. PenAir had held an interim contract since Reeve Aleutian Airways stopped flying to the area last December.

Essential air service is a federal program formed in the wake of airline deregulation in the late 1970s to subsidize air service to areas that carriers drop when they are no longer profitable.

The federal Department of Transportation asked for bids on a two-year contract for weekly round-trip service between Anchorage and the community of 100 on the Aleutian Islands. DOT officials said Adak prefers large aircraft, and Evergreen alone offered jet service for passengers, on a Boeing 727-100 combination passenger and cargo plane.

Evergreen is scheduled to receive a subsidy of more than $7,000 per flight. Company spokesman Ron Pye said Evergreen, which asked for four months to get the service up and running, hopes to purchase a combination jet in the next few weeks.

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