Chamber announces finalists for awards
The Durango Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists who will be honored at its Jan. 20, 2011, annual awards ceremony at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Finalists are:
b Citizen of the Year: Joe Colgan, Lon Erwin and Al Harper.
b Business of the Year: Buzztown.com, Ska Brewing Co. and State Farm Insurance - Denise Elliot.
b Small Business of the Year: Aprils Garden, Durango Antique Market and Sunnyside Meats.
b Entrepreneur of the Year: Durango Magazine (Julie Schultz), Creative Compass (Leanne and Mark Beasley) and Shaw Solar (John Shaw).
b Nonprofit of the Year: Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County, La Plata Youth Services and the Womens Resource Center.
b Bill Mashaw Volunteer of the Year: Tom Grams, Richard Kolb and Christie Zeller.
b Spirit of Durango Award: Advantage Physical Therapy, Blue Lake Ranch and Durango Doughworks.
b Green Business Leadership Award: Durango Compost Company, Mantell-Hecathorn Builders Inc. and Shaw Solar
Other awards to be presented include: Agriculturist of the Year, Barbara Conrad Award, Diplomat of the Year and the Morley Ballantine Award.
Tickets are available at the Durango Chamber of Commerce offices in Santa Rita Park, call 247-0312 or visit www.durangobusi ness.org; or the Community Concert Hall Box Office, 707½ Main Ave.,call 247-7657 or visit www.durangocon certs.com. Tickets cost $30 each.
Kellie Hotter elected to state board
La Plata County Commissioner Kellie C. Hotter has been elected to the board of directors of Colorado Counties Inc. at the CCI Conference.
CCI is a nonprofit, membership association that offers assistance to county commissioners, mayors and council members, and to facilitate counties working together on common issues.
Hotter has been on the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners since February 2006.
In 2007, Hotter was appointed to the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee and also was appointed to the State of Colorado Sex Offender Management Board. Hotter also serves on the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium, the Southwest Workforce Investment Board, the Regional Housing Alliance Board, the Southwest (Region 9) Workforce Board, the Area Agency on Aging Board, the Durango Area Tourism Office Board and is the La Plata County Board liaison to Club 20 and the La Plata Economic Development Alliance.
For more information, call 382-6210.
Accounting firm announces new hire
Clark, White & Associates Inc. announces that Amy Eden has recently joined the firm.
Eden is a Durango native and a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting.
She has experience in auditing and bookkeeping, Eden will be assisting with tax returns, audits and other accounting projects.
Clark, White & Associates Inc. is accepting new tax, audit and bookkeeping clients.
For more information, call 247-3954.
Durangoan joins Texas State Railroad
American Heritage Railways, parent company of the Texas State Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, has named Dave Schranck as the new general manager at the Texas State Railroad.
The Texas State Railroad, located in Rusk, Texas, has been part of the American Heritage Railways family since September 2007.
Schranck has been employed by the D&SNG since 1982. His positions throughout his career have included brakeman; conductor; car shop, tender and locomotive mechanic helper; assistant trainmaster; fireman; engineer; trainmaster; safety officer and currently, assistant superintendent of operations.
For more information, visit www.texasstaterr.com or call (888) 987-2461.
Local store welcomes Fusion Interiors
The Tile and Carpet Store of Durango welcomes Fusion Interiors into its showroom.
Since the ownership change in August 2009, The Tile and Carpet Store of Durango, located at 194 Bodo Drive, Suite F, has added a variety of green building, flooring and finishing products to its line of flooring options.
Fusion Interiors offers interior design, specializing in sustainable designs, finishes and furnishings such as Hunter Douglas energy-efficient window coverings and more.
The Tile and Carpet Store is owned by Cindy Pitz and Mitch Anderson, and Fusion Interiors is owned by Sarah Sumner.
For more information, call 385-1731.