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PRINCE OF WALES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Chamber POWer
221 Members Strong

Volume 23, Issue 2, FEBRUARY 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President-Jan Bush
B-3 Contractors, Inc. belle@aptalaska.net

From the President’s Desk:
It is mid-Winter! We hope all is well! By the time you read this , our 2012 Island Guides should be on the island and making their way toward their temporary housing in the back room of the Chamber office in Klawock. You are invited to stop by and pick up a box or two to distribute! We start with a stack of nearly 20,000. Our part time Office Manager has been very busy and very productive with her time this past month. Please visit our website and check out what is new and improved! First on your To Do list is to browse the Business Directory and make sure all is correct in your own business listings. These have been audited and updated, but a second pair of eyes is always a plus! The 2012 Island Guide will be added to its dedicated web page as soon as the paper edition is in the office. Rebecca has added photos to the Photo Gallery and she is dressing up the Community pages with photos that have been sent in. If you have a photo of your community that you are willing to share, please do email it to the office. Rebecca will change these out occasionally or feature a collection on the pages. She is recognizing the photographers by the photos. Thank you for sharing your awesome photos of our home! A reminder to all of our members that you can ad a classified ad to that page of our website. Just send your information along to the office! Don’t forget to send us the dates and information about meetings and events for our calendar!

Past President- John Bruns
Forest Products Task Force john.bruns.ak@gmail.com

Vice President-Budd Burnett
Hollis Community Council dbld@aptalaska.net

Secretary- Sharilyn Zellhuber
Arrowhead LP Gas/Arrowhead Transfer szell@ati.lynden.com

Treasurer- Kim Swainson
Individual lilginch@hotmail.com

Director- Lynnette Logan
First Bank-Craig Branch Lynnette.Logan@firstbankak.com

Director – Janice Lund
Columbine Inn

jlund@aptalaska.net Director- Jeannie McFarland
McFarland’s Floatel/Baskets & Bullets floatel@starband.com

Director- John Moots
Alaska Power and Telephone john.m@aptalaska.com Newsletter Editor: Jan Bush

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Office Hours for January: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday PO Box 490 Klawock, Alaska 99925 Phone: 907-755-2626 Fax: 907-755-2627

Email: info@princeofwalescoc.org www.princeofwalescoc.org

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CHAMBER PO Wer SPO NSO RS

F EBRUARY EDI T ION
This left hand column of the reformatted newsletter is dedicated to our sponsors who have paid for advertising and help the Chamber cover the costs of mailing and maintaining our email account and website. To become a sponsor and have your information appear here each month or for certain months of the year, call the Chamber office. We thank all of our sponsors for their support of this newsletter.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEBRUARY OFFICE HOURS…………...…...………………….…...….………..PAGE 2 FEBRUARY CHAMBER MEETING…………….....…...……………...….……....PAGE 2 2012 SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE PLANNING ……….………….…..………..PAGE 3 Alaska Small Business Development Center Press Releases ..…………..PAGE 4 2012 POW MARATHON COMMITTEE REPORT…………..…..….…..………...PAGE 5 POWCAC MEETING REPORT …..………………….…………..…...……….…..PAGE 6 IFA JANUARY STATS………………..…..…...…………..……....……………..PAGE 6 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS …………………………………………………. PAGE 6 POW Voc-Tec Center ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING NOTES ………..PAGE 7 2011 SCHOLAR NEWS ………………... ………………………………………….page 8 KLAWOCK TO HOLLIS PAVING BID DELAYED AGAIN……………………. PAGE 9 ISLAND WIDE VISITORS COMMITTEE …………………………………...……. PAGE 9 GET GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS! (REPEAT)............................................PAGE 10

Thorne Bay Market Alaska and Proud
Rob Williams, Manager
907-828-3306 anp@kpunet.net www.alaskandproud.com

THANKS AGAIN, 2011 SCHOLARSHIP UNDERWRITERS! ……….………..PAGE 10 CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FOREST SERVICE …………….PAGE 11 CHAMBER OFFICE WORKS! ……………………………...……..…………….PAGE 11 FEBRUARY EVENTS CALENDAR………………………….….………………..PAGE 12

F E B R UA RY O F F I C E H O U R S
The Chamber office in the Klawock Mall will be open during the month of January from 8:30AM until 12:30 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Rebecca Chester will be found there during January.

An independent full service grocery store. We feature fresh meat and produce and a full line of groceries.

CHAMBER BOARD FEBRUARY MEETING
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet for its FEBRUARY meeting on Wednesday, FEBRUARY 15th at noon at the AP&T Conference Room in Craig. The budget approval is on the agenda, along with the 2012 Program of Work.
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2012 SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE PLANNING

Tongass Business Center
907-225-9015 Fax 907-225-9014 1-800-478-9015 tbcktn@tbccenter.com www.tbcenter.com

The fourth planning meeting for the 2012 SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE was held at the Craig City Council Chambers on Monday, January 16th. In attendance were: Jon Bolling, Victoria Merritt, Jim McFarland, Wayne Benning, Ken Owen, Leslie Isaacs and Jan Bush. Heather Hedges participated by phone. Confirmed venues for the 2012 SE Conference are: The Craig High School gymnasium— large group presentations to be held on September 25th and 26th, 2012. Island Air Hangar at Klawock Airport—Community Reception on evening of September 25th. Performance of Native Dance group confirmed. The Craig Tribal Association facility—Annual Scholarship banquet and auction on the 26th and the SE Conference Meeting on the 27th. Fireweed Lodge—Chamber of Chambers Breakfast on September 26th. Directors and office managers from other SE Chambers will be invited to attend this event in order to provide a networking opportunity. The POW Inventory of Accommodations and Vehicle Rentals was reviewed. Attempts will be made to add some of the missing accommodations, and then the list will be sent to SE Conference to be made available on their website. Jon Bolling will ask one of the Craig City Staff members to act as a contact and clearinghouse for this list. Those who are on this list are asked to contact the City of Craig and let them know when their rooms have been rented so that this list can be kept current. Businesses who perform food preparation in the course of their own businesses will be contacted for their interest in catering the various meals and snacks provided during the three day event. A list of events and excursions available on Prince of Wales during this event will be compiled. It was suggested that one of the Forest Service Recreation team members might do this. The committee received a detailed spreadsheet with tasks and a timeline to follow in planning for the Conference.

Call for catalog. Office equipment and supplies, Sharp Copiers and faxes, printing and binding, newsletters, office furniture.

Hollis Adventure Rentals 907-530-7040 cell 425-766-8969 fax 907-309-6483 harentals@comcast.net www.Harentals.com PO Box 1041, Craig, AK 99921 Car rental with kayak, boat and camping gear packages at the Hollis Ferry Dock. We also offer Skiff, Van, RV, Truck, and Fishing Gear rental at affordable rates.

THE NEXT PLANNING MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2012 AT 10:00AM AT THE CRAIG CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

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Alaska Small Business Development Center

Coffman Cove Charters, LLC
907-329-2044 / 503-377-2505 lee@coffmancovecharters.com www.coffmancovecharters.com

Press Releases
 The Alaska Small Business Development Center Ketchikan Office presents “What You Should Know About Credit Card Services”. Brian Slick from First Bank will present an overview of what merchant processing is and how it can affect your business. Learn the best way to process cards and keep your cost down. Consider how this information can help your business be more efficient. The workshop will be on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Alaska SBDC Ketchikan office in the White Cliff Building, 1900 1st Avenue, Suite 223. Fee is $10.00 and preregistration is required. Sign up on-line at www.aksbdc.org or by calling 907-225-1388. Space is limited. The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) and Alaska Small Business Development Center, Ketchikan office present “Top Tax Tips for the Self-Employed”. This free webinar will help businesspersons navigate self-employment business taxes. Topics to be covered include proper business entity, how to pay and plan for estimated taxes, automobile deduction, retirement contributions, preparing an audit proof tax return and tips for saving on business taxes. The webinar will be on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/330710289. This webinar will also be facilitated at the Alaska SBDC Ketchikan office in the White Cliff Building, 1900 1st Avenue, Suite 223. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. The Alaska Small Business Development Center Ketchikan office presents “Starting A Business”. This free workshop will help guide you through the process of starting a small business. Topics covered will include basic issues faced when starting a new business: feasibility study, business planning, selecting a location, business record keeping, hiring employees and access to business loans. The workshop will be on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, or 6:00 PM to 7:35 PM at the Alaska SBDC Ketchikan office in the White Cliff Building, 1900 1st Avenue, Suite 223. Pre-registration is required. Sign up on-line at www.aksbdc.org or by calling 907-225-1388. Space is limited.

Fish halibut, salmon and bottom fish with Capt. Lee Harper. Walk-ons welcome, reservations encouraged. Call now to guarantee your spot in the Silver Talon. We'll see you in Coffman Cove this summer! 

Douglass Home Builders
Coffman Cove 907-329-2018 fax 907-329-2019
gwd2nd@douglasshomebuilders.com

www.douglasshomebuilders.com

General contractor specializing in remodeling, disaster restoration and new construction of both residential and commercial structures. 30 years-plus of experience with detail-focused ap- The Alaska Small Business Development Center Ketchikan ofproach to all aspects of work. fice is now located on the second floor in the White Cliff Building, 1900 1st Avenue, Suite 223. The office is normally open Douglass also offers carpet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and by speand upholstery cleaning on all of Prince of Wales Island. cial appointment. The office is closed during the lunch hour

from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM,and during meetings and counseling sessions. For over twenty-five years the Alaska SBDC has offered free, confidential business counseling, business tools, templates and resources to businesspersons and entrepreneurs. The Ketchikan office is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, University of Alaska Anchorage, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan.
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Marathon Committee and POW Runners and Walkers Club Report PeaceHealth Medical Group-Prince of Wales
Patricia Smith, RN RN Clinical Supervisor PeaceHealth Medical Group-POW 907-826-3257 Ext. 2219 www.peacehealth.org/ SoutheastAlaska.

Primary care clinic serving residents and visitors of Prince of Wales. State of art medical, diagnostic and xray equipment; telemedicine; visiting specialists; home healthcare.

1—RAVEN AND SHOE LOGO OFFICIALLY ADOPTED The Raven and Shoe logo was officially adopted by the Marathon Committee as the logo/mascot for the POW Island Marathon! The Committee has registered the logo with the US Patent office. It has been copyrighted and the Trademark will be officially registered once it passes through the official review process. This legal action protects the logo for the POW Runners and Walkers Club and it cannot be used without the permission of the organization. 2—Early Registrants on the Marathon Website Each new registrant raises the enthusiasm of the Marathon Planning committee and helps focus on the task list! As of the end of January, there were 4 female Half Marathon registrants and 12 Full Marathoners. Of the Full Marathon Runners, one is from Colorado, one from Alabama, one from Utah, a family of four from Kansas/Missouri!! Of the 12, four are women, eight are men. The youngest registered participant is 22. The oldest is 63. 3—Volunteers take on the 2012 Task List Tony Gannon is monitoring and keeping the committee informed of the new registrants at each meeting. New committee member Doug Wescott is going to tackle the job of recording the finish line results and producing the official result for the awards. Kim Scheidecker of Craig has taken on the task of organizing a Youth Station to Station relay team from Craig. A volunteer from other POW Communities is sought for organizing similar teams. The committee has set a maximum of five such teams to participate in this year’s event. The committee is working on finding special contents for the Goody Bags for these team members. NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH AT 6PM CRAIG HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY SECOND FEBRUARY MEETING: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT KLAWOCK SCHOOL LIBRARY AT 6PM 2012 SPONSORS ARE NEEDED! CONTACT CO-RACE DIRECTORS ANN JAMES OR JAN BUSH IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS 13TH HEALTHY START TO THE SUMMER SEASON! annjames366@gmail.com belle@aptalaska.net

MARATHON 2012 SPONSORS
GOLD LEVEL:
First Bank Alaska Power & Telephone Tongass Trading Co. B-3 Contractors

SILVER LEVEL:
Silver Bay Seafood City of Craig Petro Marine SEACC Southeast Road Builders

BRONZE LEVEL:
Black Bear Store Cleary Computers Diversified Investments Papa’s Pizza R&M Engineering SUPPORTERS: Hill Bar and Liquor Store Klawock PTSA

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JANUARY POWCAC MEETING Tongass Federal Credit Union
907-755-2800 Fax: 907-755-2810 Toll Free: 800-960-8328 Heidi Williams, Branch Manager/ tfcu@aptalaska.net www.tongassfcu.com
(Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council)

The January meeting was held in Klawock on January 31, 2012 at the Klawock City Hall.

IFA COMINGS AND GOINGS: JANUARY 2011 VS 2010 VS 2009
The IFA carried 1820 passengers and 335 vehicles off the island during the DECEMBER morning runs to Ketchikan. The 2010 figures were 2363 and 463. 2009 totals were 2355 and 426. During the evening return runs, 1913 passengers and 332 vehicles arrived on POW through the Hollis port. 2010 figures were 2103 and 399. 2009 totals were 2177 and 403. THE DECEMBER SAILINGS TOOK PLACE ON 29 DAYS, WITH A NO SAIL DAY BECAUSE OF WEATHER ON 12/22 AND ON CHRISTMAS DAY. During the month of DECEMBER, the car deck was full on ONLY ONE RUN, with 2 runs at 80% to 95%. The average percentage of deck used during DECEMBER was 46 in the morning and 45% in the evenings, down from previous months. The Chamber thanks Carolyn Chapman of the IFA for providing the monthly stats.

Branches located in the Island News building in Thorne Bay, the Klawock-Heenya Mall and 2000 Tongass Avenue in Ketchikan Thorne Bay branch open 10AM-2PM Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Klawock branch open 10AM5:30PM Tuesday-Friday, noon3PM Saturday. Public use ATMs are at Thorne Bay Market, Klawock-Heenya Mall branch and 6 locations in Ketchikan

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

SUNRISE AVIATION PACIFIC WINGS

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FIRST BANK
Craig Branch 907-826-3254 Fax 907-826-3910
Lynnette.logan@firstbankak.com Www.firstbankak.com Full service community bank Offering checking, savings And time deposit accounts; Consumer, commercial, construction and home loans; And online banking services. Two ATM locations on Prince of Wales Island.

POW Island Vocational & Technical Center Advisory Monday, February 6, 2012-Craig High School Library
The full V&T Advisory Committee is set to meet next on February 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Craig High School Library. The committee scoring proposals received in response to the project coordinator position will also meet on February 6, at 3:00 p.m. to score the proposals. If the full Advisory Committee approves the selection of a contractor at their meeting the evening of February 6, the Klawock City Council will then consider the award at its February 7 meeting.

DIVERSIFIED INVESTMENTS & INSURANCE
(907)225-9805 fax (907)225-9807 dii@diiketchikan.net Specializing in investments and insurance for businesses and individuals: retirement (IRA, 401(k), deferred compensation), education, brokerage accounts, life, health, disability and long-term care Insurance. In business over 30 years.

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FOREST SERVICE NOTES CLEARY Computer Services
Klawock — 907-755-2963 cell 907-401-0200 fax 907-755-2121
kcleary@clearycomputerservices.com  

The Forest Service is planning to do many projects in 2012. First Tory wanted us to know that Maeve Taylor had her baby on the 9th of January and his name is Finnegan Taylor Harris. Mother and Baby are doing fine and they will be back on the Island in a Month. Sunnahae Trail work is the biggest project they will do this year. The goal is to make it to the road this year. They would like to organize a community volunteers project to help with this big project. Plans are to harden one of the portages on the Honker Divide Trail with gravel. It would be difficult to do more than one portage this year because of the distance the gravel will have to be hauled. Three sided shelters will be going in at Winter Harbor and Memorial Beach. The Thorne by School kids will be doing the work. The Recycling projects for some facilities working with Craig Tribal Association will be implemented this year. A preservation project on the Salmon Bay Lake Cabin in the Karta Wilderness Area will start this year. The cabin was built in 1939 by Bob Ellis the founder of Alaska Airlines and they want to preserve it rather than replacing it. They are having a historical reconstruction firm give them a preservation plan on the project. This will be a “Passport in Time Project” in 2013 for volunteers. In September some of the preservation work will be started. A Three sided shelter will be built on Harris River trail from Hollis to the Harris River Interpretive Trail. Tory told Fred they might be able to help fix the bridge on Kasaan Trail to the Whale House. They would like to build a Young Growth Cabin on the beach at Sal Creek. They are looking for comment from Thorne Bay residents as the site is 3miles north of Sandy Beach. There are also some possible significant archeological sites here so they have talked to tribes on the Island and in Wrangell about it. The tribes agreed that the location was ok. The Forest Service is going to bring a specialist in to do a dig before they make a final decision on the cabin location. Comment: Jim McFarland stated that most of these were projects funded with federal funds selected by the Resources Advisory Council, the RAC. This body met for over a year to advise the Forest Service where stimulus funds were needed for projects on Prince of Wales Island.

www.clearycomputerservices.com

Repairs, installations, Internet, networks and servers, Windows, navigation software. Security software and most replacement parts in stock. Custom orders. Pick-up, drop-off, or on-site service available. 25 years’ experience; work guaranteed.
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2011 Scholar News!
“My first semester of college went great! I tried out and made the women's basketball team and have been loving it. Classes along with basketball practice and games kept me very busy, but I have also been able to get involved with other activities on campus such as the Circle K Club and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. The class I enjoyed most, which was also the most challenging, was chemistry and I have decided to declare my major in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish.” ——Alex Owen, Craig HS Class of 2011

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KLAWOCK TO HOLLIS PAVING BID DELAYED AGAIN

ISLAND TO ISLAND VETERINARY SERVICE
907-617-8389
QUALITY AND COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR YOUR PETS

KLAWOCK TO HOLLIS PAVEMENT REHABILITATION, originally set to bid on December 15th, 2011 has been postponed four times The current bid schedule call for bids to be submitted by FEBRUARY 2 at 2PM.

ISLAND WIDE VISITORS COMMITTEE Cruise Ship Report
Alaskan Dream Cruise Dockings – Jim McFarland and Wayne Benner, City Administrator Thorne Bay

Island to Island Veterinary Service would like to remind you this is a great time to schedule a physical exam for your four legged buddy!
POW FARMERS MARKET

The 42 passenger Tour Catamaran, The Alaskan Dream, will be stopping in Thorne Bay and Kasaan twice a week as part of their scheduled cruise of the inside passage from Sitka to Ketchikan and then Ketchikan to Sitka. Each run will have different passengers. Total capacity of the ship is 44 guests. Complete information on their schedules is available from www.alaskandreamcruises.com. They are looking for activities to do for the 4 hours they will be in Thorne Bay while the boat refuels and re-provisions. The City will be setting up a place for artists to sell their wares and it is hoped there will be people to take the passengers on a walking tour of the community or walk on the trails close by. They would like to offer half day Charters for those guests that want to go fishing. It has been suggested some may want to explore the history of Thorne Bay by seeing the photos that are available in the Library as well as seeing some of the remnants of the logging industry here. Any of the activities that would take people out of town on to the National Forest will need the proper permits. Katie Rook is with us today and will talk about how she can help with that process. This is an Island Wide event and everyone is welcome to offer services or goods. . Kim Oliver with the Cruise West Company would like to talk with anyone wanting to provide services or items for sale. They need to be sure what their clients are offered is a quality product and authentic. She can be contacted at 907-7478100 or koliver@alaskacatamaran.com. The people on the ship are very well educated and do lots of research on the places they are going. They may know more than we do about where we live! They book a year in advance so have time to get familiar with the places they are going. When they stop they may have something they want to do or see. We hope the tour operators will be able to give us an idea of what their clients will want before they get here. This could be an economic boost to Thorne Bay and Kasaan as well as all of Prince of Wales Island and we are expecting people to respond.

PRINCE OF WALES
FARMERS MARKET ASSOCATION
2012 DATES 
Craig--during the POW Marathon,May 26th, 2012 Klawock--during the Sockeye Festival in June Kasaan--Crab Festival on June 16 Hydaburg--Cultural Camp on July 27, 28 Thorne Bay--August 4th Coffman Cove--during the Arts Festival August 10-12 Hollis--Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fund Drive, Raffle and Yard Sale on September 8; Craig--during the Southeast Conference, September 25, 26 and 27.

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10 VISITOR COMMITTEE REPORT: BEACHCOMBER FUN FAIR AND WHALE FEST Information contributed by Tory Houser

3,600 sq ft Building For Sale in Craig Alaska

Kathy Peavey is the main organizer of the Whale Fest Weekend, in conjunction with her grant for the International Coastal Clean up Program. It will be held March 30th to April 1st. March 30 all events are at the Craig High school commons or auditorium. From 4-7 pm a Beachcomber fun fair and booths will be held. This is where beachcombers showcase their favorite finds and agencies can display marine debris information ie., Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation. No sale tables at this time. Last year, we added a few in the last week to fill up the room. We may do this again. We will have a silent auction to raise funds and sell raffle tickets for speaking fees, airfare and accommodations. Raffle items are a 4 ft x14 inch Orca mosaic coat rack that goes on a wall, orca stained glass and Chart lamp with orca painted on it with tripod base. We would like to encourage communities to pool together and showcase each community’s best finds. Contact Kathy Peavey to have a booth 907 826 3856 or peavey@aptalaska.net. At 7pm Curtis Ebbesmeyer & Jim Ingriham will give a presentation. You can preview his presentation by going to the Marine Conservation Alliance website at www.mcafoundation.org. Curtis will bring a wealth of information to us from his experience as an Oceanographer. Saturday the 31st there will be a Whale watching tour on Kathy Peaveys fishing boat or you can take your own boat or kayak. It will be a good day with lots of great things to see. You will need to register with Kathy for inclusion on the fishing boat. That evening there will be Commercial booths at the Craig High School and an Orca Net work presentation that evening. Sunday April 1st will be the Beach clean up day. Kathy will be able to take 25 people on her boat and you should sign up with her. Bob Claus said he thought there could be 300 people in attendance this year, with many from off the Island. Lodges may want to advertise a special rate and take advantage of this shoulder season activity. Tell Bob what you have and he will get the word out; bob@seacc.org or 907-401-0270.
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LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES!!!
ACT NOW AND BE READY FOR THE 2012 SUMMER SEASON! Fantastic self-employment opportunity on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Prime location within a few blocks of schools, shopping, and harbors. 1,700 sq ft commercial space set up for coffee and/or snack shop and retail or whatever business venture you bring PLUS 3 apartments with well established, year round, short-term rentals. This building has ample off street parking and has been well maintained with recent renovations. For more information visit www.waterstapt-in-craig.com and click the FOR SALE button. Enjoy great hunting and fishing just minutes away. Priced to sell. Serious inquiries only please.

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CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FOREST SERVICE PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND To learn more about listed opportunities, get on fbo.gov and look under each announcement for details. Contact the listed Contract Officer, or contact Katie Rooks at Katie.rooks@starband.net, or 907-401-0909. Several Timber Sale contracts are available or upcoming: contact Stan McCoy at the Thorne Bay Ranger District, 907-828-3244, and ask to get on the Tongass Bidder’s List. CURRENT CONTRACTS: None specifically for Prince of Wales Island. There are some contracts available in Southeast Alaska through the Forest Service in the fields on Administration, Transport/Housing and Precommercial Thinning. UPCOMING CONTRACTS (SUMMER 2012) Polk area: Thinning Twelvemile Area: Restoration thinning, ATV trail construction, hiking trail construction, more Big Thorne/Luck Lake: Cabin construction, Staney Creek area: Thinning, road work Naukati: Thinning, road work “Road work” may mean road closure work, repair or other engineering work NOTE: These contracts have not been offered and these are possibilities only at this stage. Any contract is subject to change, cancellation or adaptation by federal management.

CHAMBER OFFICE WORKS!
Rebecca Chester, office manager

I have decided that I would like to send out a monthly "Office newsletter" to all, just to give you some idea on what I have been working in my "first" month here at the Chamber. I think it is important for you as Chamber Members to know what it is I am accomplishing! First let me say that I take great pride in my work for the Chamber and cannot tell you how much I enjoy what I do here! Learning who our members are and getting to know each and everyone of their businesses is very exciting! This month I have sent out maps to Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana. We have two new members; Sunrise Aviation Inc from Wrangell, and Pacific Wing, LLC in Petersburg. Both are small companies with 0-5 employees, and advertise for sightseeing, hunting and fishing drop offs and cargo delivery for all of Southeast Alaska. Sunrise Aviation, Inc advertises that they fly to Canada also! Besides checking and answering emails, opening mail, keeping the office neat and clean, I have finished editing the "business directory" on the website! Boy am I glad that task is done!! Our members will be happy to know that now all their web-links work! Each and everyone of them has been tested out! Some of the changes to the website you will notice are: on the home page you will see a date that the site was updated..........whenever I do something to update, a new date will go here! I have added some dates to the calendar, and if you don't already know.....if you want all the information (since the space on the calendar is limited) just click on that item and it will be displayed! I learned (self taught) how to add a page to the business directory, you will see USFS Ranger Districts has been added!! With the help of Jeannie McFarland, I have critiqued the "become a member" page, trying to make the language more understandable! And many many more photos or other small changes! My next tasks will be to upload more photos to the website and to upload the 2012 Island Guide! I would like to get some more of our 2012 photo submissions uploaded to the website photo gallery and change things up a bit! I will be writing an office procedure manual so someone behind me can step in and fly with little or no direction. I have caught on and am learning our office, but I have to admit it has been a struggle! With Jan Bush's urging this will be a work in progress! As I learn it will get written! We have a new flat screen TV here in the office and I will also be working to get this up and running, with pictures! Look for it soon in our window! Anyone with dates or photos please forward them to me as I will be constantly updating the web with new submissions that I receive:

info@princeofwalescoc.org
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FEBRUARY 2012 EVENTS WE KNOW ABOUT!
SEND YOUR MARCH EVENTS TO JAN BUSH

belle@aptalaska.net
BY FEBRUARY 29TH TO SEE THEM HERE NEXT MONTH!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

FARMERS MARKET BOARD MEETING, PEACE HEALTH CONFERENCE ROOM, CRAIG 10AM POW VOC AND TECH CENTER COMMITTEE MEETS AT 6PM AT CRAIG SCHOOL LIBRARY POW MARATHON PLANNING MEETING 6PM AT CRAIG HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY THE PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND VISITOR COMMITTEE 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM AT US FOREST SERVICE CONFERENCE ROOM IN CRAIG INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FOREST FILM FESTIVAL, CRAIG HS AUDITORIUM 2:00PM SE CONFERENCE PLANNING MEETING AT 10AM AT CRAIG CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AT AP&T CONFERENCE ROOM IN CRAIG AT NOON THORNE BAY CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:30PM AT THORNE BAY CITY HALL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND Thursday, MARCH 1

POW MARATHON PLANNING MEETING 6PM AT KLAWOCK HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MARDI GRAS, FAT TUESDAY! ASH WEDNESDAY, LENTEN SEASON BEGINS CRAIG CELEBRATES 90 YEARS WITH POTLUCK. CRAIG WILL PROVIDE HAM AND BEVERAGES.

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