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Harbingers of spring on the Homer Spit

Sonny and Nancy Smith put the finishing touches on Glacier Drive-In in preparation for Friday’s opening for the coming season. Now located on the Glacier Boardwalk across from the Fishing Hole, Glacier Drive-In has been on the Spit since 1970 and owned by the Smiths for 34 years. It will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To order ahead, call 235-7148.

100 boats later, Bay Weld celebrates

From a 20-foot skiff to its newest and biggest boat, the 42-foot P/V Churchill, Bay Welding has been building an average of about six Bay Weld boats a year since 1994. Based on activity at the shop on East End Road this week, the pace seems to have picked up a bit. In three main boat sheds, workers are building five boats, from a bare keel laid down for a skiff to the towering Churchill, almost ready for its late April delivery. 

Uncertainty remains on what oil tax change really means

By TIM BRADNER

Morris News Service - Alaska

The oil tax bill now moving in the Legislature puts Alaska in the middle of the pack of oil producing regions in terms of “government take” of net profits and should bring new industry investment quickly, consultants to the Legislature say.

But it’s a gamble because there are no guarantees.

Resolution on genetically modified salmon passes

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution calling upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further investigate the effects of producing genetically engineered salmon.

HJR5, by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, also asks the federal government to require labeling genetically modified salmon if it is to be sold. The Senate unanimously passed the resolution on Monday. It passed the House unanimously last month.

The resolution is in line with concerns that have been raised by Alaska’s congressional delegation.

Three business seminars offered in Homer in April

 

The Alaska Small Business Development Center will offer three seminars in Homer in April:

• A “Profit Mastery” seminar will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3 and April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar, presented by Bryan Zak, southwest regional director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center, is described “as your best opportunity for knowledge-driven financial management education.”

Rising from the ashes

 

Workers with Needham Construction lift roof joists up on top of a building being rebuilt at the Landings Condominiums on Landings Street March 14. Construction started recently on the condominiums destroyed in a fire last summer.

$355-million plan for trucking LNG to Interior moves ahead in Legislature

Whether liquefied natural gas will be trucked from the North Slope to the Interior within the next couple of years should be a lot clearer within the next month.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA, is currently reviewing proposals from Fairbanks-area companies competing for state money to build a gas liquefaction plan on the North Slope.

Buccaneer files counterclaim in suit

In a counterclaim responding to a $6.5 million lawsuit filed by Archer Drilling, Buccaneer Energy Ltd. charges that Archer Drilling’s work on the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence has cost Buccaneer up to $30 million. Buccaneer filed the counterclaim last week in Texas District Court, Harris County.

Buccaneer alleges that Archer Drilling’s “misrepresentations, misconduct and delays” cost Buccaneer $30 million in revenue because the Endeavour could not be used to drill in Cook Inlet last fall and this winter.

Buccaneer says it can produce 10 million cubic feet of gas daily

Buccaneer Energy says it expects to produce 9 to 10 million cubic feet of natural gas daily from two wells at its small Kenai Loop gas field and that permanent production facilities have now been completed.

While that’s not a huge amount of production, it is a welcome addition to tight natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska.

Business in Brief

Chamber mixer scheduled for today at NOMAR

This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. this evening at NOMAR, 104 E. Pioneer Ave.

“NOMAR has been a locally owned and operated manufacturer since 1978 and is a staple for fishermen and women, boats and outdoor enthusiasts,” according to a chamber announcement.

Everyone is invited to come meet the owners and staff.

 

Shell game: Scallop fishery faces scrutiny

A bill extending the limited entry program for scallops is making its way through the Alaska State Senate, but not without scrutiny.

On March 11, an amendment to Senate Bill 54 passed in the Resources Committee to shorten the length of the program as a result of concerns raised in hearings from legislators and in public comment about consolidation in the fishery over the last decade under parallel state and federal limited entry.

Television production firm casting for HGTV series

Orion Entertainment is currently casting for real estate agents and their buyers for a new television series on HGTV.

Each episode of "Living Alaska" will feature a real estate agent and a potential buyer, as they tour three different properties within their price range.

Orion Entertainment, a Colorado-based production company, currently is looking for buyers in such situations as a family from the Lower 48 that is moving to Alaska for business, a military service member relocating to Alaska with family and a couple looking for a vacation getaway.

Chefs wanted for 2013 Alaska seafood cook-off

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is looking to crown the next king or queen of Alaska seafood. The institute is hosting the Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off May 8 in Anchorage and inviting chefs from around the state to enter the competition for the honor of representing Alaska in August at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.

The call for entries continues until April 5. A panel of judges will choose the six winning chefs that will advance to the live competition in May. Any professional chef is invited to enter the contest.

Multi-agency team finds options to reduce oil spills in Cook Inlet

The Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team recently identified eight oil spill risk reduction options it feels could be immediately implemented to reduce the chances of accidental oil spills, or to reduce the impact of spills in area waters.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation created the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment to look into spill risk reduction measures, like policies, rules, equipment, systems and services.

AGDC awards contract for design of North Slope gas plant

The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has signed a $6.7 million contract with a Fluor/WorleyParsons joint venture to do preliminary engineering on a $1.7 billion gas conditioning plant at Prudhoe Bay.

AGDC is an independent state corporation working on a 36-inch, in-state natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to southern Alaska.

Fluor/WorleyParsons are working under their Arctic Solutions joint-venture.

School board reps lobby for tablet computers for all Alaska students, teachers

JUNEAU — Top officials from the Alaska Association of School Boards testified Monday afternoon in front of two senators on a subcommittee delegated by the Senate Finance Committee to work on the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's budget, describing the goals of a four-year initiative to provide all of Alaska's students and teachers with tablet computers.

Alaska Senate passes permitting proposal

JUNEAU — The state could move toward taking responsibility for dredge-and-fill permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under a bill passed by the Alaska Senate on Monday.

SB27, one of several bills related to permitting that have been proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell, passed 15-2. It now goes to the House.

Parnell has billed SB27 as a way to limit "federal overreach" in Alaska.

Eagle Furniture lands in new location

Although still located on Ocean Drive, Eagle Furniture and Accessories, owned by Alan Howell, has moved a few blocks to the east. On March 4, it opened its doors at 1355 Ocean Drive.

"It's bigger and it's one story," said Howell of the 3,400 square-foot space now filled with Eagle Furniture's inventory of furniture, lamps, rugs, beds, bedding and artwork. It also includes a small loft area Howell intends to use for bedding and children's furniture.

ConocoPhillips will not apply for new LNG export license; plant to stay in stand-by mode

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it will not extend the federal export license for its Kenai natural gas liquefaction plant when the license expires March 31.

However, the plant will be maintained in a stand-by mode to be available if opportunities develop, company spokeswoman Amy Burnett said in a statement issued March 4.

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