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Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:00 am

UniSource to pay dividend of 39 cents

UniSource Energy Corp., parent corporation of Tucson Electric Power, has declared a first-quarter dividend for common shareholders of 39 cents per share.

The dividend will be paid on March 8 to common shareholders of record as of Feb. 23, a release said.

In 2009, the company's quarterly dividend was 29 cents per share. UniSource Energy reinstated its dividend in 2000.

"The board's decision to increase the dividend demonstrates its confidence in the company's outlook for earnings stability and continued strong operating performance," said Paul J. Bonavia, UniSource Energy's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "It is the board's intent to continue to increase the dividend and to reach, over the next few years, a dividend payout level of 60 percent of UniSource Energy's net income."

UniSource Energy's primary subsidiaries include Tucson Electric Power, which serves more than 400,000 customers in southern Arizona; and UniSource Energy Services, provider of natural gas and electric service for about 235,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona.

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Nominations for Pinnacles needed Friday


Nominations for the 2010 Pinnacle Awards, celebrating and recognizing businesses and individuals, are needed by this Friday, Feb. 19, according to a release from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, the chamber honors its micro, small, mid-size and large businesses of the year. It also presents its Legacy and Community Leader awards. The categories of new business, non-profit, education and people's choice awards — best business have been added to the event. Awards are based upon community involvement, achievement and leadership.

The Pinnacle Awards are set for Tuesday, March 23. The event begins with a "mini expo" at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 11. The awards program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Presidio Ballroom at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.

Nomination forms and tickets are available through the chamber website,">




Ambassadors looking for more people


The Northern Pima County Chamber's membership Ambassadors committee is seeking new participants.

Ambassadors support the chamber's membership value and growth "by being actively involved in helping connect new and existing members to each other and promoting the chamber's programs," a release said.

Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday. The next session is Tuesday, March 2, at 9 a.m. at the National Bank of Arizona, 7601 N. Oracle Road.

For the second month in a row, Ron Janicki of Truly Nolen is the Ambassador of the Month. He's been active with the committee, and also serves on the chamber board.

To become involved, contact; Vicki Rendl of Comcast at, or Colin Keating of Edward Jones at

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