Vol. 13, No. 27 Week of July 06, 2008
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Sheffield to lead AOGA for 2008-09; Craig Bieber novel ‘Saylor’s Triangle’ makes Anchorage debut

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association named Ken Sheffield, president of Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska Inc., as its new president, effective July 1.

The association’s other officers are first vice president, Doug Suttles (president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.); second vice presidents: Mark Hanley (Alaska public affairs manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.), John Zager (Alaska general manager, Chevron North America Exploration) and Craig Haymes (Alaska production manager, ExxonMobil Production Co.); and treasurer, Rick Fox (Alaska asset manager, Shell Exploration and Production Co. Alaska).

AOGA’s directors are: Chris Sonnichsen, Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations; Kevin Hostler, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.; Giuseppe Valenti, Eni Petroleum; Mark Gregory, Flint Hills Resources Alaska; Carri Lockhart, Marathon Oil Co.; Torgeir Opdahl, StatoilHydro; Joe Kilchrist, Pacific Energy; Derek Evoy, Petro-Canada (Alaska) Inc.; Doug Chapados, Petro Star Inc.; Steve Hansen, Tesoro Alaska Co.; and Vaughn Vennerberg, XTO Energy Inc.

AOGA is a non-profit trade association whose 17 members represent the majority of the oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, refining and activities in Alaska.

Craig Bieber’s novel ‘Saylor’s Triangle’ makes Anchorage debut

Former M-I Swaco Alaska Manager and Petroleum Club of Anchorage President Craig Bieber hosted a book signing at the club on June 19 for his new novel, “Saylor’s Triangle.” Bieber was surrounded by family and colleagues and the evening appeared to be a success, giving him not just an opportunity to sell books, but a chance to get some feedback and catch up with old friends.

Saylor’s Triangle is an adult action drama that takes place in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington.

Nick Saylor is a wealthy man when he semi-retires on the island of Maui, leaving his sister Beth in Seattle as president of Saylor Industries and Beth’s flawed ex-husband Devon as the company’s Alaska manager in Anchorage.

Devon quickly heads Saylor Industries down a path of destruction with his affinity for criminals, loose women and dirty money.

Nick is drawn back into the business by the mystical warnings of a new kapuna friend in Maui, and an Alaska Native spiritual leader. Beth and Nick contend with Mexican drug cartel members, deranged killers-for-hire, would-be terrorists, law-enforcement agents, and a drug dealer as they scramble to save themselves, their company and a slice of humanity.

“Saylor’s Triangle” has been selected to be part of the Tucson Festival of Books in March 2009 at the University of Arizona, where authors from all over the United States will participate. The event draws 50,000 visitors over a three-day period.

Bieber’s novel also has a five star rating from Amazon Books, including the following review from Richard E. Kelly, author of Growing Up in Mama’s Club: “I just completed reading “Saylor’s Triangle,” and I am still out of breath. …The book is well-written and difficult to put down. …Be prepared to be tantalized and surprised by the unexpected. …Bieber is a great storyteller, and this book is a must read.”

Bieber was born, raised, and educated in South Dakota, at a time when he says “imagination, dreams, and literature were the windows to the world.” After nearly 40 adventurous years in Alaska, he wrote “Saylor’s Triangle.” He now spends summers in Anchorage, winters in Tucson, and is working on a new novel.

If you missed the signing you can find information about his book at or you can purchase the book online from or pick up a copy in Anchorage at Title Wave or Borders book stores.

—Amy Spittler

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