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The Glenwood Springs and Rifle Workforce Centers encourage employers to apply for on-the-job training programs before funds run out.

The U.S. Department of Labor grants are offered directly to employers for up to half of a trainee's gross wages for the duration of the training period, and can be customized for skilled and semi-skilled jobs. Employers can use their own training programs to teach new employees, ensuring they get the results they need.

Participating employers receive free screening, assessment and referrals of applicants. The employer makes the final hiring decision, determines job performance standards, and has the right to terminate a trainee if necessary.

For information, contact the Glenwood Springs Workforce Center at 945-8638 or the Rifle Workforce Center at 625-5627.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has been honored with several awards recently.

It has again won the "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2012." According to the Government Finance Officers Association this award "reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting." Recipients "provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America." RFTA's Finance Department has won the award each year from 2007 through 2012.

RFTA has won the 2012 Large Transit System Award for Colorado for its long history of being innovative, from being one of the first bus companies to have bikes on buses, to using biofuels at a high altitude, to our crowning jewel thus far: VelociRFTA bus rapid transit.

RFTA's marketing department won the first place Spotlight Marketing award in its class for its VelociRFTA campaign from the South West Transit Association. The award recognizes a total mixed-media marketing campaign that shows a unifying strategy, purpose or theme.

Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs welcomes its new pulmonologist, Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi. Dr. "Aki" brings expertise in treating respiratory conditions from lung cancer and pulmonary vascular disease to COPD, asthma and interstitial lung diseases. Advanced pulmonary medicine offers critically ill patients intensive care services and treatment.

Al-Zubaidi is a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed two years of postgraduate work in human genetics. He received his medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in San Francisco. His residency was three years in internal medicine, the last year as chief resident at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. He finished his fellowship in pulmonary medicine, totaling 11 years in postgraduate training.

The Better Business Bureau serving northern Colorado and Wyoming received the award for Outstanding BBB Accreditation Support Oct. 2 at the 42nd annual International Assembly of Better Business Bureaus in Washington, D.C. Pam King, president and CEO of the local BBB, accepted the award.

This award is based on the innovativeness of a program benefiting or increasing accredited businesses. The local BBB won the award for its online BBB SmartGuide (, which provides marketing tools to accredited businesses to maximize their BBB accreditation.

BBB, which serves 38 counties in Northern Colorado and Wyoming, helps consumers find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust.

For more information about BBB, visit or phone 970-484-1348 or 800-564-0371.

Colorado Mountain Express (CME), a year-round ground transportation provider for mountain visitors, is offering customers a greener ride to some of Colorado's most breathtaking destinations aboard ROUSH CleanTech shuttle vans fueled by propane autogas.

This move marks CME's first step toward developing a shuttle fleet solely dependent on domestically produced, clean-burning alternative fuels.

CME's four 15-passenger propane-powered Ford E-350 vans have been serving Vail resorts during the past year while the company has been evaluating performance and savings. CME's price for propane autogas averages $1.72 per gallon, compared to the current average cost for gasoline at $3.80 per gallon in the area.

Each van is saving CME more than $18,600 at the pump and emitting 42,689 less pounds of carbon dioxide during the vehicle's 160,000-mile life expectancy.

The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has appointed Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, to chair of the national board of trustees. As chair, Virgili will help set the strategic direction of the institute and will take an active role in advancing the institute's standard operating and curriculum policies.

The institute's 24-member national board serves in an advisory capacity to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has policy-recommending responsibilities. Each trustee is nominated by their peers and serves for a designated term of up to two years.

Starting in 2001 Virgili has held numerous leadership positions within the institute program. Virgili graduated from Mountain Institute at the University of Colorado in 1991 and has served on the West Institute board of regents since 2001.

Comcast has announced that Mike Spaulding has been named area vice president of the Mile High Region Northern Colorado Area.

Spaulding will oversee a team of more than 500 employees who serve the northern Colorado and mountain territory, which stretches from Denver to Fort Collins and west along the I-70 mountain corridor.

Spaulding started with Comcast as technical operations manager for the Mountain Region, which includes Utah and Arizona. In this role, he oversaw installation, service and plant maintenance.

Most recently, Spaulding was senior director of technical operations and engineering for the Mountain Region, where he successfully implemented operational plans to reduce trouble calls and improve system reliability.

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