LPEA announces new hire, reassignments
The Operations Department at La Plata Electric Association has selected Garrett Hammer as a new equipment operator in its Pagosa Springs office, with journeyman lineman Tim Baker moving to serviceman in Pagosa and journeyman lineman Aaron Galloway joining the dispatch team in Durango.
LPEAs Operations Department maintains the cooperatives electrical-distribution system, including construction and regular maintenance, plus repair of equipment in the event of an outage.
Hammer is a native of Pagosa Springs, though he attended high school in Arizona. His experience includes overhead-distribution pole line construction with LPEAs construction subsidiary WESODI as well as cell-tower construction for AT&T and Verizon. He also has 10 years experience as an electrician in the Pagosa Springs area.
Baker, who within the last year relocated from Durango to Pagosa, moves to serviceman for LPEAs Archuleta County district. A Durango native, Baker is an experienced horseman and worked on various ranches in the Four Corners before joining LPEA 22 years ago.
Galloway, born in Casper, Wyo., moved to Durango when he was 5 years old. Galloway joined LPEA in 2005 after getting experience in the industry with Sturgeon Electric, Par Electric and WESODI.
For more information, call 247-5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.
Sorrel Sky Gallery announces new hire
Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave., announces the hiring of Christine Yaley as its new accountant.
Yaley received her degree from California Polytechnic State University and has worked as the assistant vice president at First National Bank in Telluride and at Bank of Colorado in Durango. She currently serves on the board of Riverhouse Childrens Center, a local nonprofit. Yaley brings more than 12 years of experience to the gallery.
The gallery will celebrate its 10th anniversary April 6. For more information, call 247-3555.
Groundbreaking today for Big O Tire store
A groundbreaking for the new Big O Tire store will take place at 2 p.m. today at 62 Baker Lane, located near Walmart across from the Del Taco building.
Solar installer receives certification
Shaw Solar announces that senior installer Dusty Bender has satisfied the state of Colorados requirements for the Residential Wireman certification.
Bender has been a member of the Shaw Solar team for the last five years, and has worked for more than 15 years in the construction business. He has managed and participated in hundreds of photovoltaic and solar thermal system installations in the Four Corners, all in accordance with state and federal codes. To earn this certification, Bender was required to complete more than 4,000 hours of on-the-job training within a two-year period that included construction wiring experience for lights, heat and power.
Shaw Solar is a full-service solar contractor serving the Four Corners. For more information, call 259-1227.
Bank of the San Juans adds three to staff
Bank of the San Juans announces the hiring of Erika Jeffs and Morgan Zajicek as customer-service representatives and Cat Lauer as customer-service telephone representative.
Jeffs joins the bank from First Bank of Wyoming, where she worked five years in a variety of operational roles. Zajicek is a four-year resident of Durango and a native of Las Vegas. Lauer, a Fort Lewis College graduate, has lived in Durango since 2008 and has an extensive administration background in education and outdoor education.