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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2000

Ahtna Inc. buys research vessel

ANCHORAGE -- One of Alaska's regional Native corporations is hoping to advance the cause of science while profiting from the state's extensive coastline and wealth of sea creatures.

Ahtna Inc. has invested around $2 million in a surplus Navy ship that was used by the University of Hawaii for marine research.

The Glennallen-based corporation plans to use the 210-foot ``Moana Wave'' for oceanographic projects in Alaska waters and elsewhere.

Contracts could range from sunken vessel recovery to marine mammal and weather research, said Ed Cronick, president of Ahtna subsidiary Clearwater Group Inc.

Ahtna shareholders could benefit, too.

The corporation is working with the University of Alaska to create shareholder training programs aboard the ship with the goal of exposing some of Ahtna's 1,200 shareholders to possible careers in science, navigation or ship operations, said Ahtna president and chief executive officer Darryl Jordan.

Labor law workshop scheduled

JUNEAU -- ``The Straight Scoop on Alaska Labor Laws,'' the first in a series of employer workshops at Juneau Job Center, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 at the Juneau Job Center, 10002 Glacier Highway, in the third floor Glacierview Conference Room.

Terri Begley-Allen of the state Department of Labor will present the program, which will cover child labor, overtime, legal exemptions and other problem areas for employers. All private employers are encouraged to attend. Call Michael Hutcherson at 465-2958 for more information.

PC technician training course offered

JUNEAU --South East Regional Resource Center is offering an entry level PC support technician training program for qualified low-income Juneau and Ketchikan area residents. Classes began Monday and will meet daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 12 weeks. Interested students can still enroll, but they will not be able to attend classes until the second session begins in November.

The program consists of five instructional phases, including one in which students assemble a computer from scratch. Though there is no fee for the class itself, there is a $50 enrollment fee for students accepted into the program.

Call the Juneau Adult Education Center at 586-5718 for more information.



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