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Drexel, Barrell & Co. welcomes the return of Anne M. Pagano, MSCE, P.E., LEED AP. A 14-year Drexel Barrell veteran, Anne rejoins as senior associate to lead site infrastructure design in Boulder and Steamboat Springs. Anne earned her BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa, and is licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 1949, Drexel, Barrell & Co. ( provides civil, water resources, traffic and transportation engineering, and land surveying to clients throughout Colorado. Headquartered in Boulder, the firm also has a presence in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Steamboat Springs, allowing it to readily serve the entire state of Colorado.

The Iowa-based Kum & Go company this week announced the opening of a new store in Rifle, to replace two old stores that were demolished at 120 E. First St.The new store holds 3,400 square feet of retail space, and introduces such new features as a larger selection of products, a central check-out area and an on-site kitchen making pizzas, breakfast items, deli sandwiches and baked goods, according to a statement from the company.

The SBDC Network of Colorado is hosting the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council Community Forum from 2-3:30 p.m Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The forum is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to meet with the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council directly and discuss the barriers or obstacles facing small businesses today. These effective community forums will be held throughout the state in order to provide direct feedback and data to the Governor’s office.Immediately following the event, attendees are encouraged to head to Meier Skis, located at 7800 Highway 82, Suite 111 in Glenwood Springs, to enjoy wine, beer, and a tour of the facility to see how their handcrafted skis are produced. Attendees will also get a sneak peak at Something Independent’s latest installment of their Founders Series featuring Meier Skis.

On Jan. 25, Peg O’Brien, a physical therapist living in Woody Creek, was awarded a certificate of completion for the Sara Meeks course: “Osteoporosis: There is Something You Can Do About It: Practical Applications for the PT Clinician – The Meeks Method.” O’Brien owns and is lead therapist for the PT practice Physical Therapy Delivered, supporting the will to heal from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

Tom Elder, a longtime local of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, has published a novel set in contemporary Aspen with colorful nods to the town’s past. Written in an entertaining and witty style, “It’s All About the Timing” is a story of mature love, real estate greed and the search for buried silver treasure. The novel is available locally at the Book Train in Glenwood Springs and Explore Booksellers in Aspen. It is also listed on

Ken Davis, PA-C, medical director and certified physician assistant for Mountain Family Health Centers, was awarded the prestigious Mission Driven Career Advocates Retention Award given by the Colorado Community Health Network. The program acknowledges physicians and dentists who have committed their career to community health centers and recognizes the great work they provide within their communities. The award is given to those who have demonstrated passion, loyalty and commitment to community health centers in Colorado.Davis has served as a primary health care provider at Mountain Family Health Centers for nine years. Prior to joining Mountain Family, he served as a provider on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Ariz. During his tenure at MFHC, Davis has been instrumental in MFHC’s implementation of electronic health records, quality improvement programs, open access design, community outreach programs, and driving the growth of MFHC services to patients in western Colorado.

Construction is under way on a new Tractor Supply Co. store in Glenwood Springs, the company’s fourth Colorado location. Tractor Supply Co. is the nation’s largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain, with more than 1,135 stores in 45 states, and has been operating in Colorado since 2012. The store will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.”Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Glenwood Springs community,” said district manager Corey Hollis. “Glenwood Springs is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area.”The contractor for the project, Buffalo Construction of Louisville, Ky., began construction on Jan. 14. A completion date has been tentatively set for early April.

Bonnie Daniels, real estate broker with Vickie Lee Green Realtors, and Bob Rulon of Land Title Guarantee Co., were honored as 2012 Realtor of the Year and 2012 Affiliate of the Year, respectively, at the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors’ (GSAR) annual Inaugural and Awards Luncheon held recently at the Aspen Glen Club. The Realtor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award given by the GSAR and honors a distinguished career within the Realtor organization. The Affiliate of the Year Award characterizes the essence of impeccable business standards and is someone who works with the Realtors of the area to provide the consumer with excellent service.Officers and directors for the 2013 board of directors were sworn in by Don Flynn, CEO/CFO of the Colorado Association of Realtors. They include chair Danette Dickey, Real Estate Out West; chair-elect J.B. Van Teylingen, Bray and Co.; immediate past chair John Wendt, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse; and directors LaPriel Armijo, Vickie Lee Green Realtors; Becky Ciani, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse; Michelle James, Vicki Lee Green Realtors; Kent Lohse, Kent Lohse Real Estate; Jack Pretti, Keller Williams Colorado West Realty; and Kendall Williams, The Mercury Alliance Mountain Properties.

The 11th annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Co. Alliance (DARCA) will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 6-8, at the Two-Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.The convention, Water for Food – Food for Life, will focus on issues that farmers and ranchers are facing in the production of food, forage, and fiber for consumers. A wide variety of speakers have been invited and additional topics will include presentations on current legislation, legal issues and federal regulations facing agricultural producers and the ditch and reservoir companies that provide them water. DARCA will be hosting a preconvention workshop on Wednesday, March 6, that will deal with water efficiency issues and how they relate to agricultural operations as well as ditch and reservoir companies. The final day of the convention, Friday, March 8, will feature three concurrent workshops: GIS for Ditch Companies, How Local Governments Can Help Ditch Companies, and Canal SafetyFor information regarding convention registration as well as sponsorship or exhibitor registration opportunities please visit or contact John McKenzie at (970) 412-1960 or

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