Ignacio businesses to hold event Sept. 9
Garcia Chiropractic and Dancing Spirit Gallery will hold a community event from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 at 640 Goddard Ave. in Ignacio in celebration of their one-year anniversaries.
There will be live entertainment by a local band, jugglers, belly dancers, a silent art auction, food and drinks.
For more information, call 563-1006 or 563-4600.
FLC to hold course for entrepreneurs
The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College will offer an NxLevel for Entrepreneurs course in September.
This 12-session training program focuses on teaching the art of better business practices, while producing a comprehensive business plan.
Sections of the business plan are then evaluated throughout the course. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 1 in Room 110 at the FLC Education Business Hall.
Tuition is $280 for all the classes and $420 for the class and college credit. Individual sessions can be attended for $50 per session. To register, download the form at http://sbdcfortlewis.org/calendar/?entry=10&display=month and return, mail or fax it to the Small Business Development Center, 1000 Rim Drive, Education Business Building, Room 140, Durango, CO 81301 or fax 247-7205.
For more information, call 247-7009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber of Commerce seeks board members
The Durango Chamber of Commerce is seeking members to serve on its board of directors.
Four vacancies will be filled in 2012, each consisting of three-year terms
For more information, visit www.durangobusiness.org.
Russell Engineering announces new hires
Russell Planning and Engineering, Inc. announces the hiring of new design engineers Travis Mooney E.I.T. and Yahaira Lugo E.I.T.
Mooney graduated summa cum laude from Fort Lewis College in 2010. He has worked in Durango as a geotechnical analyst, a commissioning engineer and a solar-power design engineer. He joined the team in the summer of 2011 as an intern and has stayed on as a full-time member.
Lugo graduated from the University of Puerto Rico and is working on a graduate certificate at the University of Southern California.
She has participated in multiple associations and organizations that encourage leadership, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. She will work on drainage, grading and site plans through the fall of 2012, when she will continue her graduate studies in water resources.
For more information, call 385-4546 or visit www.russellpe.com.
Home near Mesa Verde receives green rating
Mantell-Hecathorn Builders Inc. announces the completion of a home on the border of Mesa Verde that has received an Emerald Level rating through the National Green Building Certification Program, as administered by the NAHB Research Center.
It is the first contractor in the area to build a home that achieved an Emerald Level in the program. The certification is measured against the best existing definition of green and sustainable construction, the American National Standards Institute-approved National Green Building Standard. Every point is verified by trained, accredited, third-party verifiers.
For more information, visit www.m-hbuilders.com or call Tara Mantell-Hecathorn at 259-5130.
Aerial photography business relocates
Chip and Tara Olson have owned and operated Helipics low-altitude aerial photography since 2007, and announce the businesses recent relocation to Dolores.
The couple uses a remote-controlled helicopter equipped with a D-SLR camera to take low-altitude aerial photographs. Helipics HeliCam has GPS tracking. The business can embed GPS data in images shot by using the ATP PhotoFinder, designed for use with Google Earth, Google Maps and Panoramio.com.
The Olsons originally started Helipics in Sandpoint, Idaho. Helipics has done work with the Forest Service, Fish and Game, real-estate agencies, city and zoning, private sectors, environmental services, land developers, custom home builders and more. Chip Olson is a licensed pilot, and Tara Olson is a professional photographer. Helipics is available for flights in the Four Corners.
For more information, call 403-5651 or visit www.helipics.net.
Bear Smart announces hire, board members
Bear Smart Durango announces the hiring of Katie Maloney to serve as educational program coordinator for Im a Bear Smart Kid! elementary school classroom programs, starting this fall.
This free, educational, hands-on program about bear ecology and being bear smart is available to area third- to fifth-grade classrooms.
Maloney has worked in environmental education throughout Colorado for organizations such as Durango Nature Studies and the Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 779-0277 or email email@example.com.
In addition, the board of directors of Bear Smart Durango welcomes new board members Michelle Herringer and Jazz Morgan. They join the existing board of Sandy Bruce, Anita Cohen, Donna Cook and Jane Norton.
Bear Smart Durango is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed in 2003, with a mission of reducing human-and-bear conflicts in the Durango area.
For more information, visit www.BearSmartDurango.org or call 749-4262.