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Silt police officer receives scholarship

Officer Joe Nassetta of the Silt Police Department is the most recent recipient of the Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation Scholarship. The award entitles Nassetta to attend five days of firearms training at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz., as part of his law enforcement training. Nassetta was sponsored by Lt. Col. Freddie Blish (USMC retired) after collaboration between Blish and Nassetta in the development of a new design in a sniper rifle.

Nassetta has been employed by the Silt Police Department since June 2012.



Todd Carmer joins Midland Fitness



Dr. Todd M. Carmer DC has joined the Un-Wind Therapies team at Midland Fitness. Carmer has been practicing chiropractic since 1989. He has advanced training in spinal biomechanics and postural analysis. He uses a revolutionary technique called Advanced Bio-Structural Correction (ABC), and has been very successful treating patients of all ages. As a patient, one can expect tremendous postural improvements as well as the relief of painful musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and upper back pain, headaches, low back and extremity pain on a consistent and predictable basis. Call the Midland Fitness front desk at 945-4440 to schedule an appointment.

Poss recent hires

Poss Architecture + Planning and Poss Interior Design recently hired nine experienced people: Eric Westerman, Hana Maclean, Ken van Kesteren, Kevin Laut, Lauren Schroeder, Nick Massmann, Saher Iskandar, Sean Durgee, Tim Owen and Treonna Villasenor.

Susie Straus joins chamber staff

Susie Straus, longtime owner of The Print Works, has joined the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association staff.

Straus came to Glenwood Springs on vacation in 1973 and decided to stay. Her family opened The Print Works in 1982 and operated the business for 30 years, selling it in 2012. After a year’s sabbatical, Straus is returning to work at the chamber.

According to chamber CEO Marianne Virgili, “Susie’s 30 years’ experience in all facets of customer service is a great fit for chamber work. She also knows what it’s like to run a small business. This experience makes her a valuable addition to the chamber team.”

Straus is joining the chamber team on a part-time basis and will assist in operations and special events. She and her husband Mark have two grown children, Jamie and Scott. Coincidentally, Jamie is a former chamber high school intern.

Glenwood Caverns Operations Manager achieves certification

Keeping employees and guests safe is the number one priority at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. One of operation manager Nancy Heard’s responsibilities is to make sure that the park’s rides and attractions follow guidelines and safety procedures from the manufacturers, as well as from industry associations at both the state and national levels. Heard, who has worked at the park since April 2008, recently achieved a Level III senior inspector certification from the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO).

NAARSO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of amusement ride safety. Level III is the highest level of certification offered, and Heard is one of just three inspectors in the state to attain this level, and one of just a handful of women to achieve it nationwide. The certification process, which involves formal training, examinations and at least 10 years of related experience, took Heard three and a half years to achieve.

“We’re really proud of Nancy for receiving the Level III certification,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife, Jeanne. “She not only makes sure we are following best practices for the industry but is involved in developing and modifying the regulations. Her perspective as both an operator and an inspector allows us to make sure we’re doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our guests and employees.”

In addition to serving as a NAARSO-certified inspector, Heard is also endorsed as a trainer. She taught several classes last week at the NAARSO annual safety forum in Charlotte, N.C. Heard is on the stakeholder committee of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety’s Amusement Rides and Devices Program, which oversees the operation of all mechanical rides and devices operated in the state. In this advisory capacity, she is involved in approving and recommending modifications to the state regulations.

She is also a voting member of ASTM International, which drives the best practices in the industry. Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

Heard is a practicing inspector and inspects rides annually for 14 clients in Colorado. Her focus with these clients is on safe operations, training and identifying solutions so that often any infractions can be corrected while she’s onsite.

“I feel very fortunate to work for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, where they’re so focused on safety that they invest both time and money to make sure we’re industry leaders,” said Nancy Heard, operations manager for Glenwood Caverns.

Four additional employees at the park are also involved in the NAARSO certification program. Mike Besaw, maintenance manager, and Mike Colson, maintenance supervisor, are certified Level I inspectors; James McGoodwin, operations supervisor, and Mike Liebelt, mechanic, attended the safety forum last week to begin the process.


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