Business Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Bakery prepares holiday goods

JUNEAU - Buzz Ritter, owner and baker at Paradise Lunch & Bakery, is decorating gingerbread men and women for the holidays. "They make nice treats for office parties," Ritter said.

Also available are Christmas cookies and, this week, a holiday bread Ritter describes as "a sweet, fruit-filled egg bread with a glaze." Fancy cakes may be special ordered. For details or to place an order, call 586-2253 or drop by 245 Marine Way.

Tram pass discounts offered

JUNEAU - The Mount Roberts Tramway is offering 2002 season passes at early bird savings. The lower prices are available until Jan. 12.

The pass includes reduced prices on special events. Call 463-3412 for details. Passes are also available through Goldbelt Family Travel, 789-4183.

Red aurora print sells out

JUNEAU - It took less than a month to sell all copies of the first signed and numbered, limited-edition print offered by Juneau photographer Pat Costello on his Web site,

The photo of the red aurora of Nov. 5 over downtown was offered for sale Nov. 14. As of Dec. 9, all numbers of the 200-print edition were sold.

"There might be a few prints available at Annie Kaill's," Costello said, "but I don't have any more available through the Web site." was founded by Costello in 1997. A new image is added every day, so there are now nearly 900 images in the searchable database. The site has attracted a worldwide audience. Costello can be reached via e-mail at

Cabins available for cruise on Mexican Riviera

JUNEAU - Cyndi's Cruise and Travel is offering a group block of cabins for a seven-day Mexico Riviera cruise that departs Sept. 15, 2002.

Rates are low, and only 25 cabins remain available. For details, call Cyndi Isaak at 364-3435. The toll-free number is (888) 595-7573. Alaska Airlines bonus miles are available on vacation or cruise packages reserved through the agency.

State expands online license renewals

JUNEAU - Alaska's 5,000 engineers, architects and land surveyors can now renew their state licenses online. The Department of Community and Economic Development, Division of Occupational Licensing, launched the service Nov. 6. About 400 license holders renewed in this manner during the first two weeks of operation.

All architect, engineer and land surveyor licenses expire Dec. 31. The online program allows them to update their addresses, pay the license fee with a credit card and print their own licenses at the end of the transaction.

The renewal program is available on the home page of the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors at www.dced.state.

Business licenses can be renewed at

Alaska was recently ranked No. 1 for digital democracy in a national survey issued by the Center for Digital Government.

Employment Security Division awarded $1.6 million business grant

JUNEAU - Alaska's Employment Security Division is one of only seven state agencies to be awarded part of a $1.6 million grant for national business outreach projects. The agencies will participate in a nationwide effort to promote one-stop career systems to business communities, said Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Ed Flanagan.

The grant is underwritten by the U.S. Department of Labor.

"This is a great opportunity for Alaska to be part of a national outreach project aimed at helping employers get qualified, trained workers using the latest marketing strategies," Flanagan said.

Other states participating include Washington, Iowa, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Montana and Missouri.

Two boat shows scheduled for Seattle

JUNEAU - Boating enthusiasts from Alaska have two reasons to visit Seattle in January: The 55th annual Seattle Boat Show and the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show. The shows run concurrently, Jan. 11-20, and offer the opportunity to comparison-shop more than 1,250 watercraft.

The Boat Show is at the Stadium Exhibition Center, and Boats Afloat takes place at Chandler's Cove. A free door-to-door shuttle links the events. "These two world-class shows will reward Alaskans who turn their Seattle trek into a mini-vacation - and enjoy one of the biggest selections of new power and sail boats on the West Coast," said Michael Campbell, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, which produces the Boat Show.

Tickets are available on-line at, or call (206) 634-9011. Tickets for Boats Afloat are available at, or call the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association at (206) 748-0012.

Selling tool for travel agents

JUNEAU - Premier Alaska Tours (PAT) recently launched a selling tool for travel agents, a 2002 rack card detailing its Grand Alaska Escorted Land Tour and Denali Double Escorted Land Tour.

The card features rates, daily itineraries for each trip, scenic images of Alaska and space where agents can insert their contract information. All PAT tours feature customized itineraries and are escorted by Alaskans.

For details, call (888) 486-8725 or e-mail

Wostmann wins groundfish system contract

JUNEAU - Wostmann and Associates Inc., a Juneau-based information technology consultant, recently won the contract to analyze the requirements for a cooperative interagency electronic fishery information collection and management program in Alaska. This contract is the first step to developing a coordinated, multi-agency system to report groundfish landings.

WAI and its partner, Seattle-based National Resources Consultants, will be working with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service to produce a single set of landing data for fisheries in Alaska managed by the state, federal and commission managers. This will allow the fishing industry to provide data elements only once for all agencies and will save time for the industry as well as improve the flow of fishery data into the management process.

WAI and NRC will analyze the requirements for a cooperative interagency electronic fishery information collection and management program in Alaska. As part of this effort, they will be querying agency staff experts as well as selected processing plants in Juneau, Homer, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor for their requirements.

For details, call Kalyani Marrero at 586-6167.

Private trams access homes on hills

The Accumar Corp. manufactures a personal gondola that can be used by disabled people who can no longer climb long flights of stairs to and from homes on steep hills.

Gondolas can travel up and down slopes of several hundred feet with an angle to the horizon of about 35 degrees. The car or gondola contains a radio control station. There are additional controls at top and bottom landings. Depending on terrain, landing decks are either solid ground or pressure-treated wood with railings and safety gates.

A typical gondola has a translucent plastic roof, canvas side panels, roll-down curtains for foul weather and double entry doors.

The Accumar Corp. is in Poulsbo, Wash; phone (206) 779-7795. For details or a local site evaluation, contact Accumar's local distributor, Graham Smith, owner of Priority Home Healthcare, at 364-3584.

Compiled from staff reports.

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