Business Briefs

Local accountant receives recognition

FredrickZink & Associates, CPAs, announce that Sherin Clarke was recognized at the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants “CPAs Make a Difference” celebration Nov. 4.

Clarke was rewarded with a 2010 Everyday Heroes and Heroines Award in recognition of her leadership, involvement and impact on the community. She is a graduate of Fort Lewis College and lives in Durango with her husband.

FredrickZink & Associates focuses on tax planning and return preparation, audits, reviews, monthly accounting services, business consulting and more. The firm is located at 954 East Second Ave.

For more information, visit or call 247-0506.

Big Brothers, Sisters announce new hires

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado welcomes Maggie Ives as a community case manager in Archuleta County and Diana Purtz as a Study Connection manager in La Plata County.

Ives has experience as a business owner of the Pagosa Game Space and a tourism marketing director for The Lodge at Chama and Reid Hollo Outfitters. She brings her expertise in business management, customer communications, community outreach, children’s recreation and promotional skills to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Purtz has been the organization’s AmeriCorp member over the last year, she transitions well into the Study Connection program, and she will bring her experience in Big Brothers Big Sisters activities, background in at-risk youth services and customer relations and degrees in both psychology and Spanish to the organization.

For information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 247-3720 or visit

La Plata County receives certificate

The certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting has been awarded to La Plata County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the county’s 2009 comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the 21st consecutive year that La Plata County has garnered this award.

For more information, call Karla Distel at 382-6306.

Insurance advisers to meet Wednesday

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Southwestern Colorado will meet at noon Wednesday at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Highway 160.

Lance Newcomb, chartered retirement-planning counselor, chartered mutual-fund counselor and regional vice president for Transamerica Investments, will speak on “Alternative Investment Strategies.” Lunch will be served, and prospective members are invited to attend.

RSVP to Chris Lange at or call 375-1399.

Nature’s Oasis announces events

Nature’s Oasis, 300 South Camino del Rio, will hold these events:

b The Nutcracker Holiday Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Activities will include: children’s book signing, Solar Roller, live radio remote, nutcracker art contest drawing and more. Hounds of Purg will perform acoustic holiday music from noon to 2 p.m.

b Desert Sun Coffee Roasters samplings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

b Free health screenings by Vertical Family Chiropractic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 247-1988 or visit

Businesses to prepare for Durango Dollars

The Durango Chamber of Commerce reminds all business owners to educate their staff members about the importance of accepting “Durango Dollars” and make it a customer-friendly experience for the consumer.

For more information, call 247-0312.

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