Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2006

MCI rate increase teleconference set

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A teleconference has been set for Nov. 15 for people to join a hearing on a MCI Communications Services plan to raise its prepaid calling card rates to 35 cents per minute.

The rate increase was initially scheduled for Nov. 2, but the Regulatory Commission of Alaska ordered MCI to wait until it conducts an investigation of the proposal.

As part of the process, the commission set a public hearing in Anchorage. Those wanting to listen or speak must contact the commission's office by Monday to receive the toll-free number. There is no cost to participate in the hearing, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. To view a copy of the commission's order, visit

For more information or to request the toll free number, call (800) 390-2782.

Lifestyle boutique opens downtown

A new street-wear style boutique, Traffic, has opened in the Merchants Wharf Building downtown. Owner Brian Carandang said the store specializes in higher-end fashion inspired by the sports of skateboarding and snowboarding. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Carandang at the shop at 463-1208.

Chamber honors Coast Guard officer

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce honors Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler as the Juneau Area Enlisted Person of the Quarter during its luncheon meeting today at the Moose Lodge.

He will be presented with a gold pin and certificate for his performance on the job between July and September 2006. During this time he contributed on several levels, most notably during the month of July when he assisted a Juneau woman to a local hospital after she suffered a concussion and memory loss from falling off a bicycle. He also assisted local park rangers by coordinating a mountainside rescue of a stranded climber.

Spa shop expands

The Alaska Soap and Candle Co. plans to expand its business to include tanning salon services beginning this weekend, said proprietor Jeanne Mungle.

The shop now specializes in several body care and spa products. The store re-opened Monday and will now be open year-round. It is downtown at 230 South Franklin Street, Suite 103, in the Marine View Building. For more information, contact the store at 586-4404.

Alaska seafood draws crowd at trade show

Asian seafood traders were queuing up at the Juneau-based Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute booth during the China Fishery and Seafood Expo 2006 in Qingao, China, this past week.

Premium-quality tasting samples of Alaska black cod, king crab, smoked sockeye salmon and salmon roe, together with information about the products and Alaska suppliers, were available during the three-day trade show.

The ASMI booth also collected trade leads and dispensed literature, and offered samples of donated Alaskan Amber beer from the Alaskan Brewing Co. ASMI Executive Director Riutta said there was increasing interest among Chinese traders in Alaska's top seafood products.

"Our industry's king crab and black cod appear to be in high demand, and we hope that our exporters will be able to take advantage of this emerging opportunity," Riutta said.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Brittany Retherford and runs every Thursday. If you know of any business-related news, e-mail

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