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Alaska Garden and Pet Supply named Manufacturer of the Year

Manufacturer of the Year

Alaska Garden and Pet Supply — aka Alaska Mill and Feed Company — has been named the Made in Alaska 2016 Manufacturer of the Year. The Anchorage-based company has created and delivered original products across the West Coast, the Midwest and Canada for more than 60 years.

The award was made at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Monday Forum on July 24, 2017. It was presented by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

The award recognizes the ability to overcome challenges and thrive while contributing to Alaska’s economy. The winner has demonstrated hard work, business growth, job creation, innovation and community spirit.

Alaska Garden and Pet Supply was founded in 1950 on the principles of providing the customer good advice, fair prices and great customer service. Today, the company operates a garden and pet wholesale distribution business and the Alaska Mill & Feed retail store in Anchorage. Through nearly six decades of operation, the company has evolved to meet customer needs in Alaska, adding a feed mill in 1965, a fertilizer blending plant in 1978, and a liquid ice melt facility in 2015. Alaska Garden and Pet Supply always create products with an eye toward the needs of Alaskans, which has contributed to its statewide success. Alaska Garden and Pet Supply became an employee-owned company in 2016

Landye Bennett Blumstein announces new partner

Landye Bennett Blumstein new partner

The law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP announces that Jennifer M. Coughlin has joined the firm as a partner.

Coughlin will focus her practice on civil litigation, appellate law, administrative law and employment. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Riverside and her Juris Doctor from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Coughlin is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, U.S. District Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for Alaska and Western Washington. She has been listed in “Best Lawyers” for Alaska since 2009 and “Super Lawyers” since 2007.

In Oregon, the firm has added Joseph A. Furia as a partner with a practice focusing on environmental and natural resources law, and Ross Neher has joined the firm’s aviation practice as an associate attorney.

Landye Bennett Blumstein is a regional law firm with offices in Anchorage and Portland, and provides legal services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, including private and public corporations, Alaska Native corporations, tribes, municipalities, real estate developers, nonprofit groups, and individuals.

New attorney joins Landye Bennett Blumstein

New attorney joins Landye Bennett Blumstein

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP also announces that attorney Tina Sellers Wareham has joined the firm’s Anchorage office.

Sellers Wareham focuses her practice on environmental, telecommunications, natural resources and corporate compliance. In her most recent position as compliance and regulatory counsel for Alaska’s GCI Communication Corp., Sellers Wareham developed corporate and environmental compliance programs and provided expert legal advice for tower, antenna structure and fiber deployments. Informed by her pre-law career in human health risk assessment and contaminated site management, she advises clients on cleanups and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. She has written the title opinions for some of Alaska’s largest mining prospects and has negotiated conservation easements to preserve high-value habitat lands in the Anchorage and Mat-Su Boroughs.

Sellers Wareham received a Bachelor of Science (Health Policy and Administration) from Pennsylvania State University, and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Ron Davis remembered for passion for flying, sharing skills

Ron Davis remembered

Longtime Soldotna resident, Ron Davis, passed away May 4, 2017, with loved ones by his side at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Ron was born in 1942 in Deer River, Minnesota. After graduating from high school he served three years in the U.S. Navy, and was stationed at Quonset Point, R.I. on the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier. In 1966 he moved to Soldotna with his wife, Terri, and infant son, Ron Jr. He worked as a heavy equipment operator before going into the asphalt business, first as Harley’s Trucking and then Alaska RoadBuilders Inc. He retired in 2015 when he sold his business to Knik Construction.

Ron’s passion was flying. He used the GI bill to get his pilot’s license in 1967. He loved nothing better than flying hunters out to camp, hauling supplies to build cabins in remote areas, landing on the beach for clamming and fishing, picking up and delivering passengers and freight to and from Anchorage. He had a commercial rating along with his CFI certification and enjoyed sharing his skills with those wanting to learn to fly. He flew support for the annual Iron Dog Race for 30 years and was humbled to be inducted into the race’s Hall of Fame in February 2016.