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Business Beat: Gray Sky Engineering to remain open

Since Gray Sky Engineering's Joshua Runnion recently returned to his former employer, Ward Stover Engineering, Gray Sky is undergoing some organizational changes but will remain in business as a corporation. The partnership Runnion shared with Erik Weber has been dissolved and Weber is currently wrapping up the contracts initiated by the pair.

When those contracts are completed, Weber will carry on as Gray Sky Engineering, Inc. In the meantime, he's also accepting new projects under the name Erik Weber Engineering.

"I've got five people on staff part-time," Weber said, "but I'm carrying the bulk of the load."

Weber provides civil engineering services, including subdivision land development, on-site sewage system design, and grading and drainage plans.

In other local business news:

•Lucy's Fresh Seafood in new hands – Billy Bradshaw took over ownership and operation of Lucy's Fresh Seafood on the harbor's C-Dock as of Dec. 19, when the crab season began. Lucy and Monty Gonsalves sold the business to him after Monty sold his boat.

"My husband is not in good health and he sold his boat, so I wanted to be at home with him," Lucy said. "I hated to let it go. I really enjoyed it, and I want to thank all the local people who helped us succeed."

Bradshaw's son, George, runs the fishing vessel Swan docked in front of the seafood shop, and supplies it with crab.

"We sold the business to someone who would add on to it and make it better," Lucy said. "Billy will be carrying fish, something we were not able to do."

The Gonsalves opened Lucy's Fresh Seafood three years ago.

Bradshaw is obtaining a live fish permit and plans to get a filleted fish permit later. He plans to have rock cod, tuna, salmon and ling cod during their respective seasons.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

•STS Guide Services opens - Del Norte County native Sam Schauerman is putting to good use his years of experience fishing on the Smith River by offering his services as a river fishing guide.

"Right now the river's really good to fish for steelhead," he said. "It's been pretty productive the last couple of weeks."

Steelhead season will last until March, and the salmon season will begin in mid-August, he said.

Schauerman expects to pull in customers from southern California with a Web site. So far, his clients have come up from Arcata and Santa Rosa.

Reach Christine Walters, Triplicate business columnist: 954-7703, or mail news releases to: Business Beat, The Daily Triplicate, P.O. Box 277, Crescent City, CA 95531.

 
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