Story last updated at 3:09 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

In Business
New rock shop opens

Marilyn Roberson and Ann Callahan have opened Cuyamunga Rock Shop next door to Captain's Coffee on Pioneer Ave.

The business was started 35 years ago in Santa Fe, N.M., by Callahan's sister and brother-in-law. The family recently moved it to Homer.

Cuyamunga Rock Shop offers cutting and polishing of rough materials, mineral specimens, carving materials and jewelry, as well as rock and mineral sales.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 235-8444.

Kids-only shopping coming

North Wind Home Collection on Pioneer Avenue will hold two eighth annual events in coming days, with For Kids Only Shopping from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and For Men Only Shopping from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 23.

Saturday's event will feature a visit from Santa Claus, while the men's event will include refreshments and gift wrapping. Shoppers are also invited to stop by the store and fill out their wish list.

For more information, call 235-0766.

Post office offers mailing tips

The U.S. Post Office has offered some advice to help its customers better prepare for holiday mailing.

About 20 billion cards, letters and packages will be mailed nationwide between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31, or about 150 million cards and letters a day, said Homer Postmaster Michael Moore.

"Here in Homer, we anticipate delivering an additional 500,000 pieces of cards, letters and packages during this time," he said.

In addition to adding more transportation, equipment and temporary employees, the post office has upgraded its mail-processing technology to help shorten the lines.

Advice to customers includes the following:

* write, type or print the delivery address clearly;

* always use a return address;

* always use complete address information, including apartment or suite number;

* use containers strong enough to protect the content, and leave space for cushioning;

* use tape designed for shipping;

* visit local post offices or to find correct ZIP codes;

* packages that weigh more than 1 pound must be mailed at the post office.

Homer man elected to AHLA board

Jon Faulkner of Homer's Land's End Resort has been elected to the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association's 2002-03 Board of Directors. Faulkner will serve as secretary and treasurer for the board.

The association is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 80 percent of the lodging rooms in the state of Alaska, as well as more than 30 industry suppliers. Its prime directive is to develop and sustain an environment in Alaska that is most conducive to successful operation of businesses in the hospitality industry.

Homer man elected to ATIA board

Roark Brown, a founding partner of Homer Ocean Charters, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

The ATIA board consists of 18 elected and six appointed members representing all regions of the state as well as a significant cross-section of businesses that make up Alaska's visitor industry. Brown was elected to a seat representing ATIA's Southcentral region.

"Roark is an entrepreneur who has created one of the Kenai Peninsula's most diverse and successful operations in the extremely competitive Homer market," said Bob Dindinger, ATIA board chair.

Brown has been an Alaska resident for the past 26 years, with 21 years working in tourism. In the past 12 years, he began a small fishing charter operation in Homer that has grown to encompass fishing, hunting, lodging, wildlife tours, sea kayaking and a restaurant.

Chamber seeks nominations

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual community awards of Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Business of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual for continuing service to the community, including public service to a wide variety of organizations and causes that benefit the entire community. Business of the Year is presented to a commercial business that supported community activities above and beyond what would normally be expected while providing a worthy product or service to its customers and employees.

Nomination forms are available at the chamber office or at businesses around town. Nominations are open to the public, but a written description of the nominee's merits must be included to make the nomination valid.

A committee will review all nominees, establish a ballot and open it to the public for voting in January. Winners will be announced at the January Chamber Mixer.

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 30. Nominations can be sent in by fax, mail or e-mail, or dropped in the nomination boxes around town. For more information, call 235-7740.