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Produce-fest Saturday

Save U More produce team

Save U More produce team

Save U More has been working on expanding their produce section.
“Check out and shop our expanded produce section. We obtained new eco-friendly produce coolers and also widened our aisles to make shopping easier,” says Produce Manager Pam Munro. “We brought in, and continue to bring in, more fruit, vegetables, nuts and other bulk foods. We already started an organic produce section but are finally able to offer a full line.”
Monroe says that Save U More takes great pride in adding unique items such as burdock roots, sweet tamarind, bok choy etc and will continue to find new items at low prices.
“We will go out of our way to offer the best product at good prices,” she said.
Save U More welcomes their customers to come in and meet with Pam and her friendly and knowledgeable team, Brian and Chris. 
To commemorate their new and improved area, Save U More will hold a celebration, produce-fest, on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with give-aways, great prices and free food for the whole family.

Williamsport to Pile Bay Road closed
Commercial fishermen from the Kenai Peninsula who use the Pile Bay Road to get their boats to Bristol Bay will want to know the schedule of road repairs ahead.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be constructing the Williamsport to Pile Bay Road-Iliamna River Bridge Repair Project this spring. The contract was awarded to Southwest Alaska Contractors, LLC of Anchorage in the amount of $613,790.
The Williamsport to Pile Bay Road is currently in winter closure status. This project will extend the closure status until the bridge repair is complete. Through traffic will not be possible. The current completion schedule for the bridge project and the re-opening of the Williamsport to Pile Bay Road is June 15.
DOT&PF recognizes the importance to users of timely re-opening. As an encouragement to timely completion, an incentive/disincentive clause is included in the construction contract. However, this completion schedule is very aggressive and there are risks to completing the project on time. Due to the unusually large snowfall this year, gaining access to the bridge site will be the primary challenge.
Users of the road are encouraged to contact the DOT&PF Central Region Construction Section at (907) 269-0450 to get an updated status and expected completion/re-opening date.

Alaska exports highest ever
Gov. Sean Parnell announced Alaska’s 2011 exports increased 26.1 percent to $5.2 billion, the highest annual export value ever. Alaska had topped the $5 billion mark in annual export value for the first time ever earlier this year. The state’s 2010 exports were $4.2 billion.
Most exports grew in value to volume comparisons: seafood, mineral ores, forest products, and precious metals. In 2011, the value of Alaska’s seafood exports grew 35.1 percent to $2.5 billion, and mineral ores increased 31.7 percent to $1.8 billion. Precious metals, primarily gold, were up 24.7 percent to $266.4 million. Forest products exports increased 1.9 percent to $119.3 million. Energy exports decreased 7.3 percent to $387.7 million, in line with changes at the Kenai liquefied natural gas plant.
Last year, 2011 marks the first year that China topped the list of Alaska’s export markets with a 56.2 percent increase to $1.4 billion total. The 2011 exports to China comprised seafood at $836.1 million, mineral ores at $480.1 million, forest products at $57.5 million, fish meal at $47.4 million, $12 million in energy, and $5.9 million in other categories. Exports to Japan totaled $1.1 billion, to Korea $644 million, to Canada $583.9 million, to Germany $261.1 million, to Switzerland $252.9 million, and to Spain $205.6 million. 
As in 2010, two countries accounted for more than half of Alaska’s seafood exports: China and Japan.

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