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Story last updated at 1:17 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Business Briefs

Grant Aviation to begin service to King Salmon

Grant Aviation plans to open a base in King Salmon on Oct. 1.

Schedules for flights to the surrounding villages were published earlier this week on Grant's website, www.flygrant.com. Grant also has begun taking reservations; they can be made by calling 1-888-FLY-GRANT (1-888-359-4726) or by emailing res@flygrant.com.

In the interim, Grant Aviation has begun twice daily commuter service between the communities of Dillingham and King Salmon. To aid the people in this region with this transition, Grant will accept all tickets previously issued by Pen Air.

Grant Aviation plans to work closely with Pen Air during this transition to provide a seamless transfer in service and to ensure that the schedules coincide ensuring easy connections for travel between the bush communities and Anchorage, according to a press release from Grant Aviation.

Specialty Stoves of Alaska scene for Aug. 16 mixer

Specialty Stoves of Alaska, owned by Mark and Connie Vial, will host this month's Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. The mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the store, 248 W. Pioneer Ave. For more information or to host a future chamber mixer, contact Debbie at the chamber: 235-7740 or debbie@homeralaska.org.

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 http://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.