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January 2011

  • Island Seafoods has changed its name to Pacific Seafood

    Island Seafoods has officially taken the name of its parent Company, Pacific Seafood, as of January 1, 2011.  The change is a result of Island Seafoods' effort to align with Pacific Seafood's "Pacific Advantage" that incorporates branding and sustainability standards.  "Island Seafoods has had a strong year and made many positive strides, making it a natural time to make the name change," said General Manager, John Whiddon.  "Pacific Seafood has been instrumental in helping Island Seafoods achieve success through strict quality controls and improved production techniques, and we feel this name change will only further the company's opportunities, as well as allow us to better serve our fleets and customers in Kodiak."

    Pacific Seafood, a family-owned seafood company based in Portland, Oregon, purchased Island Seafoods in 2003.  Since that time, Island Seafoods has undergone both branding and operational changes under the guidance of Pacific Seafood.  Recently, Island Seafoods promoted one of Pacific Seafood's "Pacific Advantages" of sustainability by partnering with the Kodiak Electric Association to power its salmon production plant with 100% wind-generated energy.  The company has also received a milestone national work safety rating by completing requirements for the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program or SHARP Award.


    About Island Seafoods. Island Seafoods started in 1995 as a seafood market and custom processing business serving Kodiak's charter fishing fleet.  In recent years, the company expanded to include processing of halibut, cod, pollock, salmon, and rockfish and through its alignment with Pacific Seafood, now supplies seafood to customers and companies worldwide.  For more information, visit www.islandseafoods.com.

    About Pacific Seafood. Pacific Seafood Group launched in 1941 in Portland, Oregon as a small, fresh seafood retail counter operation.  Over the years, Pacific Seafood has expanded operations to meet customer needs and a growing market to include all operations from dock to dinner table.  For more information, visit www.pacseafood.com.

  • Kodiak Named Best Place to Raise Kids in Alaska!

    In there fifth annual ranking of best places to raise kids in each of the 50 states, Bloomberg and Business week.com selected Kodiak as The Best Place to Raise Kids in Alaska!  Visit their Best Places to Raise Kids 2011 page to see how the cities were selected and Alaska's page to read Kodiak's write-up.

  • Check out the Chamber's New Facebook Page

    Visit the Chamber's new Facebook page and become a fan!  We will use the Facebook page to welcome our new members, spotlight current members, advertise Chamber events, and much more!  As a fan, you can also post information about your business or organization, such as welcoming a new team member or advertising a special event, and anyone who is a fan will get this information immediately.  Contact Lindsey at the Chamber with any questions about the Chamber Facebook page.  Thanks!

  • Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. Scholarships

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    As a direct result of the generosity of KEA Members through KEA's Operation Round Up Program, KEA, your electric cooperative, will award 18 scholarships this year, for a total of $25,000!

    KEA's scholarship program offers financial assistant to 2011 graduating high school seniors and continuing education students who are pursuing higher education at an accredited college, university, trade, or technical school, and who show leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the Kodiak or Port Lions community upon completion of their formal education.


    The first award was issued in 1990, and since then, KEA has awarded 216 local students financial assistance in attending post-secondary schools.  A total of $474,000 has been awarded through 2010!

    All KEA scholarships are funded through donated capital credits and donations to KEA's Operation Round Up Program.  The Operation Round Up Program is generating approximately $1,600 per month.
    Vocational Educational Scholarships
    Academic Scholarships
    Marion Soule Four-Year Academic Scholarship
    Part-Time Enrollment Continuing Education Scholarships
    Full-Time Enrollment Continuing Education Scholarships

    Read all about our scholarship and download the applications at www.kodiakelectric.com or stop in to see us at 515 E. Marine Way.  Scholarship recipients will be recognized at KEA's Annual Membership Meeting on April 11, 2011.

    The Application Deadline is 5 p.m. on February 18, 2011 at the KEA Office.

    Contact Nancy B. Sweeney, Communication/ HR Specialist, at 486-7700 for more information about the scholarships, applications, or selection process.

    Your Locally Owned and Operated Electric Cooperative
    proudly serving you, our members, since 1941.
  • Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 - Accepting Nominations

    Sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the awards recognizes the state's top professionals younger than 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community.  Kodiak's own Susan Johnson, General Manager of the Best Western Kodiak Inn, was a recipient of the award last year!


    Criteria for selection:

    • Must be younger than age 40 on January 1, 2011.
    • Must live and work in Alaska year-round.
    • Must have demonstrated professional excellence in their field.
    • Must display a commitment to the community.

    Nomination forms can be found at http://www.alaskajournal.com/SplashPages/Top40/index.shtml.  Simply download the form, complete it, and email it as an attachment to editor@alaskajournal.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    An event to honor those selected is set for March 2011.

    For questions, contact:
    Melissa Campbell
    Managing Editor
    Alaska Journal of Commerce
    (907) 275-2158


  • Business After Hours at the Kodiak Athletic Club
  • What's New at Larsen Rental Properties?

    Larsen Rental Properties
    Phone: (907) 486-3825
    alayne@gci.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    If you are looking for a place to call home in Kodiak, you should check out what Larsen Properties has to offer. Their properties are all new and state of the art in design and construction. Most of the units are on Sharatin Road, a newly paved road, in a complex that is professionally landscaped and maintained.

    The landscaping and the attention to detail are some of the first things you notice when you visit the Sharatin Road properties. As you can see from the interior photo, the apartments have lots of natural lighting and are bright and roomy – important features for Kodiak’s gray days!


     Featuring decorative touches like appliances and mini blinds that complement the room decor, the apartments come in a wide variety of layouts available ranging in size from 1300 to 1650 square feet and 2 to 3 bedrooms.  All units are equipped with Energy Star rated appliances and rent includes oil heat – a big consideration with today’s prices. There are laundry facilities on site and each unit has additional storage space available. The common areas such as hallways, laundry rooms and entryways are professionally cleaned and maintained.


    For the outdoor person looking for something with an "out in the country" feel, Larsen Properties has apartments on Russian Creek Road in the Women's Bay area.  Situated on two acres, the locale provides easy access to some of Kodiak's best fishing, hiking and hunting.

    In business for over 30 years, Dane and Alayne Larsen have learned what it takes to attract and keep quality renters – a quality home with the conveniences of apartment living. Their apartments feature amenities you would expect in a much larger community and they'll work with you to find the perfect layout for your needs. If you are looking for top-of-the-line in design, layout, color and size at reasonable prices, give Larsen Rental Properties a call at 486-3825 or send an email to alayne@gci.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Healthy Tomorrows New Member Spotlight
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    907-481-2449 (phone) 907-481-2419 (fax)


    Healthy Tomorrows began in the summer of 2008, after a Community Health Assessment was completed for Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. The results of the needs assessment led to theformation of Healthy Tomorrows Kodiak, a community action team committed to improving our island’s health and well being. The overall vision of Healthy Tomorrows is to build a foundation to enable the residents of Kodiak Island to make healthier lifestyle choices. Healthy Tomorrows is currently focused on working with youth, however in the future we plan to expand this focus to include adults as well.


    To help youth make healthier physical wellness choices, Healthy Tomorrows has helped introduce local fish into the school lunch program through “Fish to School.” This program is currently self sustaining as local fishing vessels have donated the fish and North Pacific Seafoods has donated the processing. We are currently looking for additional processors to help for the 2011-2012 school year. Healthy Tomorrows is also hosting "Food for Thought," a fun, free family nutrition class taught by local dietitians, and free after-school activities for middle school students.

    To encourage youth to make healthier mental wellness choices, Healthy Tomorrows has hosted youth discussion groupswhere middle and high school students talked about substance abuse and suicidal tendencies and brainstormed how to meet these challenges. We also surveyed youth during 2010 Crab Fest to determine what activities and programs they would like to see on island. Due to this survey, we have introduced “Open Mic Teen Night” at the Harborside Fly-By, which has been a huge hit! In 2011 we will be introducing the “Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention” program, along with “Get It Together,” an after school program where middle schoolers can discuss issues impacting their lives.

    To learn more about Healthy Tomorrows, or to volunteer, please visit our website www.kodiakhealthytomorrows.com or contact Joellen Podoll at care@kodiakhealthytomorrows.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 481-2449.

  • Thank You to our New and Renewing Members

    Please join us in welcoming our new members!

    Geri Ford-Roberts
    AAA Moving & Storage

    And Thank You to our renewing members!

    Terri Miller
    Vizhunz Salon Unlimited
    Ryan Sharratt
    Alaska National Mortgage
    James E. Carmichael
    Brett & Sarah Bass
    Brett A. Bass, DDS PC
    Debbie Mee
    Alaska Hydraulics
    Charlotte Furgione
    T & C Baseball Cards
    Doreece & Sam Mutch
    Haborside Coffee and Goods
    Debbie Refior
    Kodiak Motors, Inc.

    Paula McCann
    Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Candace Ozols
    Radar Alaska, Inc.
    Janella Combs &Doug Johnson
    Johnson & Combs PC
    Senator Gary Stevens
    Alayne & Dane Larsen
    Larsen Rental Properties
    Jay Johnston
    Clarion Company
    Kelly Bennett
    Norman's Fine Gifts
    Melissa Borton
    Native Villages of Afognak
    Dick Powell
    Patricia Lee, Inc.

    Janet Wente
    Northern Exposure Gallery
    Benjamin Millstein
    Kodiak Island Brewing Company
    Mike Martin
    Brechan Enterprises

    Kodiak Tribal dba Sun'Ami
    Jillyan Webb
    Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce
    Gene Mueller
    Frontier Micro Systems

    Jim Taro
    AMAK Towing Company, Inc.
    Deb Main
    Elliott Sales LLC. a division of Geiger
    Mike LeNorman
    ERA Aviation

    Dean Andrew
    Andrew Airways

    Tara Sims
    Better Business Bureau Serving
    AK, OR, & W WA
    Cheryl James
    Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau


  • Economic Development News by Josh Bell


    The state of Alaska signed a new agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on November 19th to collaborate in a variety of activities involving small satellite development, advanced aviation, space exploration, education, and science.

    During a ceremony held at the Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex, Deputy State Commerce Commissioner Curtis Thayer signed the new space agreement along with S. Peter Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center.

    The three-year collaboration establishes a partnership for space exploration, scientific research and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The Kodiak Launch Complex operated by the State Aerospace Corporation provides facilities for both satellite launches to orbit and suborbital launches to research and test rockets.  Alaska Aerospace Corporation has been working closely with the U.S. Missile Defence Agency on launches of target missiles that were part of a program to test high-altitude ballistic missile interceptors.


    A number of other launches have been carried out at Kodiak over the years, including launches of satellites for NASA.

    "Alaska is proud of its long collaboration with NASA," Governor Sean Parnell said in a statement.  "This new agreement allows us to expand the state's role as both a contributor to, and beneficiary of, NASA's national space expertise."

    The agreement's terms call for research and development with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation to evaluate existing ground tracking stations at the Kodiak Launch Complex for potential use in support of NASA's small satellite operations.  The ground stations also could be used to engage Alaska middle school through university students in tracking NASA space craft.

    Expanding commercial oportunities for Alaskan businesses are also possible under the new agreement.  While in Alaska, NASA's Worden met with local telecommunications and mapping firms to discuss future options under the terms of the agreement.

    "NASA is extremely happy to enter into an agreement with the state of Alaska to expand our longstanding relationship," Worden said.  "NASA will work cooperatively with the state's educational institutions to find ways to engage Alaska students through hands-on, interactive education activities and open the way for other cooperative programs in aviation and space technology.  This will contribute to the continued availability of trained scientists, technologists, engineers, and educators to meet the nation's technical workforce needs in the 21st century."

    Article by the Journal of Commerce from the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

  • President's Message


    I truly hope everyone had a GREAT holiday season!! I know I did, but now it is time to focus on a brand new year with new goals and aspirations!

    Speaking of new goals, January's Member Monday featured, well, me! I spoke on January 3rd at the Best Western Kodiak Innabout fitness and diet goals for the New Year and how to succeed and achieve your goals. For those who were unable to attend but are interested,I will be doing free Nutrition Clinics at Kodiak Athletic Club on Thursdays at 7:00pm every week, starting on January 6th.

    Our Business After Hours this month is also at Kodiak Athletic Club on January 28th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. I am having Gwyn cater it, so the food will be great, and we will have door prizes including memberships. I also put in a request with the weather man for good weather!


    The Chamber is accepting nominations for three, three-year Chamber Board open seats. Our Vice Chair, Bob Brodie, is running for reelection, but our other two Board members are unable to run for another term. Being on the Board is informative, helps you stay dialed in on what is going on in the business world, you can influence Chamber direction, and oh yeah, it’s fun!! Get your name in! The elections will be in early February. Our annual dinner is February 19th and the winners will be announced and sworn in then.

    I would like to welcome Geri Ford-Roberts with AAA Moving and Storage, our newest Chamber member!

    Thank you, everyone, who attended the Nutcracker!! What fun that was!

    We are your Chamber of Commerce; let us know how we can serve YOU in the New Year!

    Lindsay Knight