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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Alaska Renovators opens storefront, expands

JUNEAU -- Alaska Renovators Inc. recently moved to a storefront location in Lemon Creek and expanded services for walk-in customers. The storefront is at 5434 Shaune Drive, B-5, across from the Alaskan Brewing Co.

The firm is headed by corporate officers Alan Wilson and Chris Stahl who have worked together in construction in Juneau since 1992. Wilson is also on the board of directors for the Juneau Homebuilders Association and has been voted statewide Builder of the Year. Stahl holds certifications and is continuing education in materials and logistics, federal contracting, home inspections and cold-climate building.

The firm has 12 employees this month, but expands to 18 to 21 during the summer.

Alaska Renovators offers remodeling and renovation, window and door replacement, garage doors and small project services. It is an authorized dealer for Lindal Sunrooms, Pella Windows & Doors, Martin garage doors and other products. For details, call 780-3627 or browse online at their Web site,

Alaska General Store moves

JUNEAU -- The Alaska General Store recently moved from People's Wharf to a new location at 224 Front St. in order to upgrade amenities.

The shop debuted 12 years ago at the current location of Rainy Day Books. It had been on People's Wharf for five years. It is owned and operated by Sarah Stucky, whose mother, Dory Stucky, operates the Alaska General Store on Fourth Avenue in Anchorage. The shops feature what Sarah Stucky calls "funky junk" or "good junk."

"We specialize in early Alaska, Alaskana, antiques, collectibles, costume jewelry, glass floats and license plates," Stucky, 36, said. "Some people come to us to find things to make other things with. The clutter attracts some people, and the people who don't like it probably don't see through the mess to the treasures."

"I started the store when I was 24, and I'm proud that I was a young business owner and have fought hard to stay here," Stucky said.

For details, call 463-4616.

Seminar offers marketing guidance

JUNEAU -- The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar, Creating a Powerful Marketing Plan, from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 28. The class will be held in the third-floor conference room of the Juneau Empire Building, 3100 Channel Drive.

Participants will learn how to create an efficient but powerful marketing plan that will guide their business or agency, how to plan a marketing budget and how to evaluate the effectiveness of their promotions.

The seminar will be conducted by Jackie Stewart, Juneau SBDC director, and Barbra Holian, communication specialist with the Tlingit-Haida Housing Authority. Holian will present examples of plans she has developed for a variety of large and small businesses and nonprofit agencies. Cost is $25. Call 463-3789 in advance to register, as space is limited.

Juneau unemployment rate up

JUNEAU -- A loss of tourism and fishing-related jobs contributed to an increase Juneau's unemployment rate in October, according to the Alaska Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent last month and 4.4 percent in September, the department reported. Juneau's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October 2000. The agency counted 847 people who were not employed last month.

The unemployment rate for the Southeast region was 6.3 percent in October, compared to 5 percent in September and 6 percent in October 2000.

Statewide, the unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent from September's 5.2 percent. The change is the smallest increase statewide from September to October in the past 20 years, according to the state Department of Labor.

The comparable national unemployment rate for October was 5 percent, a three-tenths of a percent increase in a month when the national rate historically decreases, according to the state.

Chiropractor gives military discount

JUNEAU -- To show his support for the war on terrorism, Gordon L. Shepro of the Alliance Chiropratic Health Center is offering a military discount for people on active duty and veterans.

The center is at 2243 North Jordan Avenue. Call 790-3371 for details.

Morris to acquire fishing magazines

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Morris Communications Corp. has announced its intent to purchase Abenaki Publishers Inc. of Bennington, Vt., publisher of American Angler, Fly Tyer and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazines.

The outdoor publications represent the largest group of fly fishing magazines in the United States, with a combined circulation of more than 135,000.

Morris Communications is a privately held media company with diversified holdings that include the Juneau Empire, other newspapers and magazines, outdoor advertising, radio broadcasting, computer services and book publishing and distribution.

Top passenger ports are in Southeast Alaska

JUNEAU -- The ports of Ketchikan and Wrangell and Petersburg are the top two passenger ports in Alaska, ranked by the number of embarking passengers in 2000. This ranking was revealed in The List, a regular feature of the Alaska Journal of Commerce, on Nov. 11.

The Port of Ketchikan had 572,464 embarking passengers in 2000. The Port of Wrangell counted 10,200. Petersburg came in third, and the Port of Sand Point came in fourth.

The List is compiled by Kathy Bloodgood. Statistical information was provided by Brian Braily and the Alaska Marine Highway.

Coeur announces net income for third quarter

JUNEAU -- Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, recently announced its net income for the three- and nine-month periods ended Sept. 30.

The company reported net income of $16.9 million or 62 cents per share for the third quarter of 2001. This compares to a net loss of $8.5 million or 23 cents per share for the third quarter of 2000.

Third-quarter results for 2001 were impacted positively by gains of $39.2 million on the early retirement of $40.6 million in debt.

Highlights included producing 11.2 million silver equivalent ounces at its primary silver mines and completing a detailed three-year plan for its Cerro Bayo property in Chile. Coeur was awarded a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to complete a final feasibility study and significantly increase mining rights at its San Bartolome silver project in Bolivia.

Additionally, in October Coeur received the industry's top safety honor, the Sentinels of Safety Award, for surface mining operations at its Rochester mine in Nevada, the world's seventh-largest silver mine.

Coeur Alaska, which has an office in Juneau, recently announced revised plans to open the Kensington Mine, 45 miles north of the capital city. Permits are pending on that project. Robert "Rick" Richins, senior vice president of Coeur's Earthworks subdivision, said that two Native corporations, Goldbelt and Sealaska, are considering being subcontractors for the project.

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