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Mardesen attends Chromastics Shades of Excellence training

Suzanne Mardesen of 7th Street Salon in the Hotel Denver attended the first national Chromastics Hair Color Shades of Excellence event in Orlando, Fla. Mardesen spent personal time with internationally celebrated master hair colorist Tom Dispenza, master hair designer Mike Karg and Stephen Adams for two days of advanced education to bring her creative skills to a higher level. She has been a stylist for more than 20 years and continues to expand her hair designing techniques. For a complimentary hair color consultation or more information call Suzanne at 970-989-3898 or visit

Business as usual at Planted Earth

The old adage “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” may well apply in this situation. Plastering an enormous “For Sale” sign over the Planted Earth store sign on the highway all winter might suggest otherwise, but it’s business as usual with an emphasis on what most of us are passionate about: gardening.

Busy Bees Delivery grand opening

Busy Bees Delivery LLC is offering two runs a day from Rifle to Aspen and back. Drivers are buzzing around in ecofriendly Priuses and can take small- to medium-size packages. Busy Bees also offers a mobile notary service — they come to you to notarize your documents.

Alpine Bank opens first Denver branch

Alpine Bank has officially expanded to the Front Range with its first Denver location now open in the highly anticipated new Union Station neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to open our first location in Downtown Denver, and expand our services from the mountains to the city,” said Norm Franke, regional president. “It is particularly exciting to be opening our first Denver branch in the historical, new Union Station neighborhood.”

The 2,500-square-foot Alpine Bank space will be a full service retail location with seven employees, including two longtime bank employees, Matt Teeters, executive vice president previously stationed out of Alpine Bank Vail, and Franke, former regional president of the bank’s Mesa/Delta region. Additionally, this new location has been constructed to LEED standards to coincide with the bank’s environmental practices.

While it officially opened its doors on April 4, the new Alpine Bank location held a grand opening event on Saturday, April 12, which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, radio personalities, entertainment, food, and giveaways. In line with founder Bob Young’s philanthropic focus, Alpine Bank donated $10 for every new account opened at the Union Station branch that day to Colorado UpLift, a Denver-area nonprofit committed to building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, and also made a corporate donation of $2,500 along with the $500 cash ribbon used at the ceremony.

WPX Energy Names Rick Muncrief CEO

The WPX Energy board of directors has named Richard E. (Rick) Muncrief as the company’s next president and chief executive officer. The appointment is effective May 15. He also will join the WPX board following the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on May 22.

Muncrief, 55, is a petroleum engineer who has more than 30 years of upstream and midstream energy experience, most recently as senior vice president of operations and resource development at Continental Resources, where he oversaw corporate engineering, reservoir development, drilling, production operations and supply chain management.

During his tenure with Continental — where he worked since June 2009 until his appointment at WPX — Muncrief helped Continental increase reserves, production and share price by more than four-fold while lowering production expense by more than 15 percent.

Muncrief has worked in organizations of differing size ranging from independents to a large super-major, notably 27 years with ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources and their predecessor companies in various technical and leadership capacities.

He received a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering technology from Oklahoma State University in 1980. Muncrief is a native of southern Oklahoma and has spent the majority of his career in the Rocky Mountain region.

Jason Larsen joins Eye Center of the Rockies

Jason Larsen OD has joined the staff of Eye Center of the Rockies at the Eagle and Glenwood Springs offices. As a doctor of optometry, Dr. Larsen will provide complete primary eye care including comprehensive eye exams, screenings and treatment of most medical eye conditions.

Larsen received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Brigham Young University and went on to earn his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston. He honed his medical and optical skills in Houston following graduation, providing primary eye care and consultation. For the past 15 years Larsen has been part of a medical ophthalmology practice in Yreka, Calif., while also teaching optometry technician courses.

As a doctor with Eye Center of the Rockies, Larsen will specialize in primary eye care including, patients’ needs with regards to contact lenses, glasses and prescription sunglasses. An active outdoorsman and contact lens wearer himself, he feels strongly that many contact lens wearers are not matched properly with the correct type of lens to complement individual optical needs and lifestyle.

When not being a “doc,” Larsen spends time with his family, including five boys and a girl, and enjoys biking, fly fishing, music and photography. He is also very active the Boy Scouts (yes, he’s an Eagle scout, as are two of his sons) and with his church and Rotary.

Eye Center of the Rockies, with locations at 232 Broadway in Eagle and 1607 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, is a full-service ophthalmology practice providing diagnosis and treatment of all eye disorders including LASIK corrective surgery, cataract surgery, screenings, eyeglass exams and prescriptions, prescription sunglasses and cosmetic eyelid procedures. Each location also offers a full service optical shop.

For more on Eye Center of the Rockies or to make an appointment call 970 926 7773 in Eagle or 970 945-0108 or go to

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