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Story last updated at 3:51 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Business Briefs

Soldotna council picks resident for new manager

Mark Dixson, of Soldotna, has been tapped by the Soldotna City Council to be the city's next manager. Dixson, the current general services director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, was picked from a pool of five candidates interviewed in a series of public meetings Monday.

It took less than an hour of deliberating for the council to vote on Dixson and direct Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche to enter into contract negotiations.

"It's time to move the city forward procedurally and what we found with Mr. Dixson is his background in procedures, managing personnel, policies, budgets, his background in risk management, his legal background, we thought it was the best fit for the city at this time," Micchiche said.

Micciche said he would begin negotiations immediately and hoped to have everything finalized and ready for a vote by the council's Aug. 8 meeting.

Tickets now on sale for annual car raffle

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has begun selling tickets for its annual car and ATV raffle and they are going quickly, according to a press release.

Tickets can be purchased at the visitor center or from a board member. Ticket prices are $100 for a car raffle ticket with only 500 sold; $35 for an ATV raffle ticket; or $130 for one car ticket and one ATV ticket.

The drawing with be Nov. 8 with lots of food, prizes and fun planned.

Chamber sponsors candidate debates

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will sponsor two debates for Republican Party candidates for Senate District O and House District 30.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Kachemak Community Center, Alaska Senate District O candidates Peter Micciche of Soldotna and Tom Wagoner of Kenai will debate. Wagoner was senator for District Q, and under redistricting is now standing for election in the new Senate District O, which includes the central and lower Kenai Peninsula. Micciche is mayor of Soldotna.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 22, also at Kachemak Community Center, Alaska House District 30 candidates Paul Seaton and Jon Faulkner, both of Homer, will debate. Seaton was representative for District 35 and under redistricting stands for election in District 30, which includes Seldovia, Homer, Anchor Point, and now Ninilchik and Kasilof. Faulkner is the owner of Land's End Acquistion Corp., including Land's End Resort, Kenai Landing and the Van Gilder Hotel, Seward.

Two business workshops scheduled for August

The Alaska Small Business Develop-ment Center has scheduled the following two workshops for August at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center:

• A "Benefits of Budgeting" workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Cost is $30. Online registration is required by Aug. 17.

• A free "Starting A Business" seminar will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. The registration deadline is Aug. 24.

To register for either workshop, go to aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on "training events," go to "centers location" and select Kenai Peninsula. Browse to find the seminar and then click "sign up" to complete the registration.