Business Briefs

Application period open 

for HEA board seat

Homer Electric Association is accepting applications for a vacancy on the board of directors for District 3.

Applicants must be a member of HEA and a bona fide resident within the District 3 boundary, which includes portions of the Kasilof area south to Homer and across Kachemak Bay to the Seldovia area.

The term of office will begin after appointment by the board of directors and expire in May 2014.

When the term ends, the board seat will then be filled by the membership through the election process at the annual meeting of the members.

The seat is vacant due the death of director Mike Wiley of Clam Gulch in December.   

Interested applicants for the vacant seat may pick up an application packet at the Homer Electric office in Kenai or Homer. Applications also are available online at

The deadline to submit applications to HEA for the vacant board seat is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.


First-time homebuyer
seminar at 6 p.m. today

There will be a first-time homebuyer seminar at 6 p.m. today in the Homer Public Library conference room. The program is co-hosted by First National Bank Alaska, The Alderfer Group, Homer Insurance Center and Kachemak Bay Title Agency. For more information, call Karrie Youngblood, FNBA’s home loan specialist, at 235-5830.


Chamber’s annual meeting
Tuesday at Land’s End

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will have its annual meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Land’s End Resort.

Monte Davis, the chamber’s executive director, will present an update on the chamber and the chamber’s 2013 visitor guide will be unveiled.  

The new board of directors also will be introduced. The winners for the three, threeyear seats are Mike Barth with State Farm Insurance, Geri Martin with North Country Charters and Dee Hughes with Alaska Bear Adventures with K-Bay Air. Winner of the one-year seat is Adrienne Sweeney with the Driftwood Inn/RV Park and AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse.

An optional lunch is available for purchase for $14. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Debbie Speakman at 235-7740 or by Thursday.


Alaska Salmon Alliance
hires executive director

Arni Thomson has been hired as the first executive director of the Alaska Salmon Alliance. Thomson is the immediate past president of the United Fishermen of Alaska and the founding executive director of the Alaska Crab Coalition.  

ASA is a not-for-profit trade association and is comprised of commercial fishermen and seafood processing companies. Established in 2011, ASA is headquartered in Kenai and will advocate for and promote salmon policies resulting in long-term opportunities and benefits to Alaskan coastal communities for future generations, according to a press release  

According to David Brindle, an ASA board member, “Arni is well-known to us.  He has a broad fisheries resume and in addition, several of our members have known and dealt with Arni at the Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, in his capacity with UFA and the ACC for several years.”  

After over two decades of involvement in Alaska Bering Sea crab fisheries policy and regulatory work, Thomson said he is looking forward to a new challenge. “I am excited about the prospects of representing the Alaska Salmon Alliance as we delve into collaborative research, public education and advocacy for science-based management,” Thomson said.