February 6, 2012 | Vol. 42 No. 6


Heinz nabs 40 Under 40 accolade

Local businessman Karl Heinz was recently named to the 2012 Top Forty Under 40 list from the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Heinz is vice president and Haines branch manager of First National Bank of Alaska. He was nominated for the honor by co-workers at the Haines branch and bank management in Anchorage. Heinz and the other recipients from across the state were chosen from nearly 200 nominations.

“In general, Top Forty Under 40 recipients are selected for their work in their business and employment and in their community service work. We look for a nice, yet outstanding, balance between the two,” said Melissa Campbell, editor of Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Doug Longacre, Senior Vice President, Branch Lending and Administration Division wrote in response to the award: “On behalf of First National Bank Alaska, I want to congratulate Haines Branch Manager Karl Heinz on being selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 award recipients. Our bank and the citizens of Haines and surrounding community have benefited from Karl’s leadership ability and banking professionalism. Karl has represented First National well with the utmost of honesty, integrity, and community spirit and we are glad he is on our team.”

Heinz, 32, grew up in Anchorage and graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage. He began working for First National Bank Alaska in 2003 and came to the Haines branch in 2008. He’s served on the Haines Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and Lynn Canal Counseling board of directors.

Venturer Scouts host race event

The Venturer Scouts are taking a page from the playbook of the hit reality show “The Amazing Race” and hosting a women’s only scavenger hunt later this month to raise money for upcoming scout activities.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to about 5 p.m.. Organizer and scout leader Greg Podsiki said there will be up to nine teams of four women. Teams will be directed to complete more than a dozen tasks throughout the day, racing against the clock and other teams for the top prize.

All events are secret until the day of the hunt. But Podsiki said all the tasks are fun and not “revolting, vulgar, immoral or lewd.”

“All the tasks are things that they have or someday will have to do because they live in the state of Alaska,” he said. “Nothing will be so challenging that they couldn’t do it.”

Podsiki said the idea came from the similar activities that take place at Boy Scout Jamborees. He also wanted to create a different type of fundraiser, one where people are more involved and got something out of the event.

“We’re trying to think of ways to raise money without soaking up the community’s dollars, where we give something back to the community,” he said. “They give us so much. With this, they’ll be getting a really, really fun day out of it.”

The Venturer Scouts will be helping out at different stations throughout the day and there will be a cash prize for the top finishers and a celebration dinner at the end of the event.

Women over 21 can participate and there are four women per team. Cost is $50 per person, or a $50 sponsorship. All four members of a team must be licensed drivers and Alaska residents.

Podsiki said while participants don’t have to be in top physical condition, they should be physically fit and capable of performing outdoor activities. If a participant doesn’t have a team, Podsiki said he can help match up teams. Contact him at 766-2723 for more information.

The Venture Scouts are raising money for their upcoming trips to Hawaii in June and Australia in 2014.

Mammogram van in Haines in May

The mobile mammogram van will visit Haines on May 9-22 as part of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program.

The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program and makes mammogram screening services available to women who live in communities where they aren’t available year round.

The program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cardiovascular screening for all women ages 40 and older who meet income and insurance guidelines.

Women should contact the local SEARHC clinic prior to the mobile van’s visit because they will need to receive a clinical breast exam before they can get their mammogram.