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■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon on Tuesday at Frosos Restaurant. RSVP to 262-9814.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce next meets at noon on Wednesday, March 12 at the Kenai Visitor Center. A presentation on the Polar Bear Project at the Alaska Zoo by Eileen Floyd is planned. RSVP to 283-1991.

Homer Electric Association (HEA) is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors.

The cooperative’s Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.

This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna) seat held by Kenai resident Kelly Bookey will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area) the seat currently held by Sterling resident Dick Waisanen will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Don Seelinger of Seldovia.

HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district.

Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members that live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at www.homerelectric.com

The deadline to submit the Candidacy Packet is 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. Completed packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office.

Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on March 28 and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting on May 1 at the Soldotna High School.

For additional information contact Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324.

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is seeking recertification as the alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, as authorized under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The application has been submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is charged with assessing whether the council fosters the general goals and purposes of OPA 90 and is broadly representative of communities and interests as envisioned under OPA 90.

The application is open for public review until March 7 under federal register docket number USCG-2013-1003. The full text of the federal register notice can be found at www.regulation.gov using the docket number. Comments may be submitted on line at that website.

The recertification application is available for public review on the council’s website at www.pwsrcac.org. To obtain a printed copy, contact the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, 3709 Spenard Road, Suite 100, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Call 907-277-7222 or toll-free 800-478-7221.

Comments on the application may be sent to: Commander, 17th Coast Guard District (Dp), PO Box 25517, Juneau AK 99802, Attn: LT Tomas Pauser, Inspections & Investigations.

Comments also can be forwarded to the docket manager at the address indicated. All correspondence must include the docket number.

The Coast Guard will be taking comment until March 7.

To register for Alaska SBDC seminars got to http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com and click on “Training Events.” Scroll down to “Centers Location” and select “Kenai Peninsula”; click on “Browse” to find the workshop, then click “Sign Up” and complete the information needed. Call Bunny 260-5629 for questions.

Profit Mastery ($200 limited time offer) — On March 18 and March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bryan Zak will present a 2-day Profit Mastery workshop in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 12, in Soldotna. This is your best opportunity for knowledge-driven financial management education. This 16-hour hands-on course will help you set goals for the future of your business, control spending and pricing, and leave with a process to assess the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change. In addition to the program content, you will master the material through quizzes, lively discussion, guided practice, and real-life application to your own business. To qualify for job bill funding’s limited time offer of $200, you must register online before March 10. Only five openings left. You can use our secure UPAY for MasterCard or VISA, or contact Bunny if you prefer to pay by cash or check. If you are a veteran with DD-214 identification, contact Bunny before making payment.

The Peninsula Job Center will offer the following workshops the week of March 3:

Monday, March 3 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2:30 p.m., Resume Writing Workshop

Tuesday, March 4 — 10:30 a.m., Job Prep Workshop

Wednesday, March 5 — 10:30 a.m., CareerReady 101 Lab; 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3:00 p.m., Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender

Thursday, March 6 — 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop

Friday, March 7 — No workshops offered.

All workshops are free of charge to the public.

Those interested in attending any of the workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite No. 2.

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we. Send us your information at news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. Questions? Call 907-335-1251.

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees received an annual bonus Wednesday totaling $84 million.

Seattle-based Alaska Air Group says the incentive pay amounts to about 9 percent of annual pay or five weeks’ pay for most workers.

More than $51 million goes to 6,400 Alaska and Horizon employees in the Puget Sound area. Another $11 million goes to about 2,000 employees in the Portland area. And $8 million goes to 1,700 employees in the state of Alaska. The rest goes to airline workers at other locations.

The annual bonus is in addition to monthly bonuses last year that totaled about $21 million. The combined $105 million is the highest in company history.

Submit business news to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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