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Story last updated at 12:26 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Business Briefs

Assistant borough attorney moves to city of Kenai job

The Kenai City Council has selected Scott Bloom, an assistant attorney for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, as its new city attorney.

Krista Stearns, who now holds the job, is leaving Sept. 5 for a new, out-of-state position.

The 37-year-old Bloom will come to the job with six years experience in municipal law, a factor Stearns said is imperative for the job.

"In the area of municipal law you have to be much more of a generalist," Stearns said. "I would say a jack of all trades and a master of none."

A city attorney provides legal advice to the mayor, council and various city staff. Other attorneys, such as bankruptcy or family law attorneys, have the luxury of specialization, but Stearns said a city attorney in a given day may juggle a handful of assignments in numerous fields.

While Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said the two other applicants were strong candidates, she liked that Bloom is a "team player" and open to learning the intricacies of the job.

Bloom said he has a passion for the job and experience from working with the borough. He is eager to start his new job, Porter said.

"I'm very excited to start work, although it's going to be hard for me to leave the borough," he said.

Bloom's starting date is still uncertain as the city negotiates his contract.

SVT to host Sept. 20 mixer

The Seldovia Village Tribe will host the September Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. The mixer will be at SVT's Health and Wellness Center, 880 East End Road, from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20.

For more information or to host a future chamber mixer, call Debbie Speakman at the chamber, 235-7740, or email her at debbie@homeralaska.org.

Car raffle tickets on sale

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is now selling tickets for its annual car raffle. Car raffle tickets are $100. Only 500 car raffle tickets will be sold and every 25th ticket drawn wins a prize. The car raffle tickets are good for a $25,000 credit at Stanley Ford or $15,000 cash. ATV raffle tickets for a 2013 Honda Rancher ATV also are being sold for $35 each. People may buy a combo car-ATV raffle ticket for $130. The drawing will be Nov. 8. People don't need to be present to win.

HEA seeking vendors for energy, conservation fairs

Homer Electric Association is inviting businesses that provide energy efficient or conservation services/products to submit a vendor application for its annual Energy and Conservation Fairs, which will be in November.

The HEA Energy and Conservation Fairs bring together local businesses and organizations to educate and provide safe, responsible energy solutions to area residents and businesses. The fairs, which take place in Kenai and Homer, are opportunities to showcase services and products that help members make informed choices regarding energy use and conservation.

This year's fairs will be Nov. 3 at Kenai Middle School and Nov. 10 at West Homer Elementary School. For more information, contact Joe Halstead at (907) 283-2392 or jhalstead@homerelectric.com.