Business Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Holiday hours at Nugget Mall

JUNEAU - The Nugget Mall has extended its hours during the holiday season, said marketing director Jamie Letterman.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Letterman said. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Those hours hold through Sunday, Dec. 23," Letterman said. "On Monday, Dec. 24, we will open at 9:30 a.m. but close at 6 p.m." The mall will close Dec. 25. Regular year-round mall hours resume Dec. 26.

For more details about hours and special events, call the events hot line at 789-9014, or browse the Web site at

University store holds sale

JUNEAU - The bookstore at the University of Alaska Southeast is running a holiday 20 percent off sale through Dec. 21, with free gift-wrapping thrown in for purchases. For those who need money to make purchases, a used book buy-back runs through Dec. 17.

Christmas book special offered

JUNEAU - Susan's Hallmark in the Nugget Mall is offering a holiday special.

With the purchase of three cards, the shop is offering a free copy of the Christmas rhyme, " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," a $7.95 book value.

For details, call 789-5030.

Family Travel changes location

JUNEAU - Goldbelt Family Travel moved Dec. 3 to a new location in the Airport Annex. The phone number remains the same.

The new address is 9097 Glacier Highway, Suite 100, Airport Annex. The phone number is 789-4183 or toll-free, (800) 478-3610. For more information, consult the business Web site at

Holiday turkey dinners offered

JUNEAU - The Silverbow Bakery will offer turkey dinners on Christmas Day.

Two years ago, the Silverbow decided to offer complete Thanksgiving dinners and turned out nine. This year, the restaurant produced 30. Each meal included stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, vegetables, gravy, bread and pie enough for eight to 12 people.

The restaurant roasts the birds in its bagel oven. Silverbow owner Jim Ramiel said the bakery's revolving oven can hold 432 bagels, 120 loaves of bread or 36 turkeys. "It's quite an impressive sight," Ramiel said. "All those turkeys going around and around all morning. My husband Ken spends the whole time just basting them. By the time you baste the last one, the first one needs it again."

The Silverbow, which also operates The Back Room Restaurant and Cinema, offers the complete package for $119. Optional add-ons are available for the feast, including what Ken Alper calls his "actually tastes good" fruitcake. Meals will be ready for 2 p.m. pickup.

To reserve a meal, call 586-4146 or drop by 120 Second St.

Harry Potter panels on sale

JUNEAU - RainTree Quilting is offering pre-printed panels of Harry Potter, which can be stitched into a gift such as a bedspread or lap throw incorporating the young fictional magician. For details, call 789-7900. RainTree is at 9131 Glacier Highway.

Alaska berry book discounted

JUNEAU - "Collecting and Using Alaskan Wild Berries and Other Wild Products," a recipe book by Alaska's Cooperative Extension Service home economists with artwork by Fairbanks artist Barbara Santora, is being offered at the special holiday price of $5.

This offer is good through December from the Juneau Cooperative Extension Office, 3032 Vintage Drive, Suite 104. The offer is not available by mail. For details, call 465-8749.

Divers get free air

JUNEAU - As a holiday gesture, Channel Drive Center is offering free air for all scuba divers, now through Dec. 31. Call 790-4665 for details, or check their Web site at

Snowshoes designed for women

JUNEAU - Walking with snowshoes can often be an exercise in trying not to trip over your own feet.

A model of Tubbs snowshoes is now being made "woman specific" to cut down on tripping. They can be found at the Foggy Mountain Shop, 134 N. Franklin St.

The tail of the snowshoe is designed to allow people with shorter legs to walk with their feet closer together, and the heel strap is both shorter and narrower so there is not so much excess to coil up.

For details, call 586-6780.

Sitka man on commerce list

JUNEAU - The Alaska Journal of Commerce's fourth annual list of outstanding Alaskans under 40, published in its Dec. 2 issue, includes one resident of Southeast Alaska, Christopher W. Neros.

The list includes people nominated by colleagues for "accomplishing much for their age. Each has not only achieved notable success in their field, but also demonstrated a commitment to making Alaska an even better place for the future," wrote AJC general manager Craig Johnson.

Neros, 31, is vice president of First National Bank in Sitka. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is enrolled in the master's program in business administration at Regis University in Denver.

An Alaska resident since 1971, Neros is a 1988 graduate of Sitka High School. He began his career with First National as a management trainee, was promoted to loan officer, then to branch manager. He was appointed vice president in January.

Troll fishery responds to supply

JUNEAU - The Southeast troll fishery for winter kings began Oct. 11. Initial catch rates were strong, according to the November newsletter of the Salmon Market Information Service, totaling 11,000 fish through Nov. 3.

Fish are smaller than normal, 13 pounds contrasted to the five-year average of 15 pounds. Processors report that Sitka dock price recently dropped to $2.25 per pound for small and $2.75 for medium kings, down 50 cents from the previous week. The per-pound price for large fish remained at $3.30 for red and $3.35 for white kings. Most winter kings are sold as fresh product to Pacific Northwest restaurants.

Like other Alaska niche markets, the price of winter kings appears to respond to its own supply, independent of supply and price for farmed salmon. Seattle prices for similar-size, whole farmed Atlantic salmon were quoted as low as $1.05 per pound during the first week of November.

Miners' conference dates set

JUNEAU - The 18th Biennial Alaska Miners Conference will be held March 6-8, 2002, at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks. It is titled Mining in Alaska - the First Hundred Years - Where Do We Go From Here?

The trade show and technical sessions will run March 6-9. Short courses are scheduled for March 4-5, with field trips March 5 and 9.

Contact Tom Bundtzen at 907 458-8951 for details. E-mail Bundtzen at The Web site is

Mining calendar available

JUNEAU - The Fortymile Mining District has published a new item, a 2002 calendar illustrated with photos of old-time mining sites and information.

The calendars are available at the Alaska Mining Association in Anchorage. Or they may be ordered by mail for $10 plus $3 postage from the Fortymile Mining District, Box 34, Chicken, AK, 99732.

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