News briefs 1/5/12
KeyBank plans grand reopening
The Eagle River KeyBank branch will host a grand opening to celebrate completion of its remodeled Eagle River branch and its new Saturday operating hours on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The branch, located at 10928 Eagle River Road, recently underwent a remodeling effort, and has also added Saturday hours from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., starting Jan. 21.
“We’ve made changes that our clients will notice and appreciate,” said Branch Manager Joshua Stroud in a press release. “And Saturday hours will provide the added convenience that they have been asking for.”
The grand opening will include Subway sandwiches, drinks and cookies, a live radio broadcast by KMXS Mix 103.1, including a prize wheel. Also, the first 50 visitors will receive $10 gift cards from Jitters.
A special feature of the grand opening will be a $1,200 gift to two local charities. Visitors will be invited to vote on which of two charities will receive a $1,000 gift and which will receive $200. The two organizations are Chugiak Eagle River Food Pantry and Love, INC. of Eagle River. The community is invited to join the supporters of both local charities to cast votes for their favorite at the branch from Jan. 21 through Feb. 4. Results will be announced on Monday, Feb. 6.
“You Choose at Eagle River’ is a great way to involve our entire community in supporting and celebrating the work of two very worthy charities,” Stroud said.
Railroad to pedestrians: Keep off tracks!
The Alaska Railroad is urging pedestrians and photographers to keep off its tracks and right-of-way during the winter season.
“The railroad urges photographers to resist the temptation to take photographs of trains and Alaska's beautiful scenery from railroad property,” according to a press release.
In most areas the railroad right of way extends 100 feet on either side of the track.
“Walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along,” said Dan Frerich, Alaska Railroad chief special agent. “We urge professional and amateur photographers alike to set the right example for others by adhering to the safety guidelines. It can take a mile or more to stop a train and by the time a locomotive engineer sees you on the track, it is too late.”
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 442 people died and 388 were injured while trespassing on railroad property throughout the United States in 2010. In addition to the dangers of being near the track, it is also unlawful; trespassers face the possibility of up to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
ASMI seeks professional chefs
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will host the Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off May 14 in Anchorage and is inviting chefs from around the state to enter the competition to compete head-to-head for the honor of representing Alaska this August at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.
Entries will be collected until April 1. A panel of judges will choose the six winning chefs that will advance to the live competition in May. Any professional chef is invited to enter the contest.
Find out more about the cook-off, including how to enter, at greatalaskaseafoodcookoff.com.