Business Briefs

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Rick Bean

RE/MAX adds real estate team

Rick and Sandy Bean, doing business as “The Bean Team,” have joined the real-estate team at RE/MAX Pinnacle in Durango.

Formerly of The Wells Group, the Beans bring more than 16 years experience representing buyers and sellers of residential, commercial and land properties.

For more information, visit, call 769-2613 or 769-2614. RE/MAX Pinnacle is located at 111 W. College Drive.

Electric co-op names executive assistant

Laura Rome has been named executive assistant at La Plata Electric Association.

In her new position, Rome will handle official business of the cooperative and report directly to LPEA CEO Greg Munro, as well as provide support services to the board of directors. Rome comes to LPEA from Parelli Natural Horsemanship in Pagosa Springs, where she worked for 10 years.

For more information, call 247-5786 or visit

Stylists return to General Hair Store

The General Hair Store located in the Centennial Center announces the return of Marion Wengler and Brandi Pemble.

Wengler and Pemble specialize in color, perms and men’s and women’s haircuts.

For more information, call 247-2459

RE/MAX Pinnacle adds real-estate agent

Peggy Schumann has joined the team at RE/MAX Pinnacle.

Formerly the owner of Durango Sunrise Realty, Schumann’s real-estate career spans more than 28 years, ranging from on-site sales for a major developer to operating her own independent brokerage. Her business focus is servicing buyers and sellers of new homes, luxury homes, and vacation and investment properties.

For more information, call 759-5093. RE/MAX Pinnacle is located at 111 W. College Drive.

Co-op’s WattWatcher now on summer hours

La Plata Electric Association customers participating in the WattWatcher “Time-of-Use” program are reminded that on-peak, off-peak times adjusted for the season on May 15.

From May 15 through midnight Sept. 14 the summer off-peak hours are from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. To take advantage of the program, customers are urged to use those appliances that draw the most power during the off-peak hours.

For more information, call 247-5786 or visit

Solar installers earn certification

John Shaw, owner of Shaw Solar, announces that senior installers Dusty Bender and Allen Riling have earned the industry’s leading recognition of expertise as certified solar installers by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

Designation as a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certified solar PV installer is recognized as the most important certification of its kind in the renewable-energy industry.

For more information, call 759-1227 or visit

Foreclosure avoidance programs discussed

Housing Solutions for the Southwest Blog, a weekly blog about Housing Solutions, will present “New Programs for People Facing Mortgage Default or Foreclosure” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Making Home Affordable, the federal program for loan modifications, has been revamped to allow more options.

Homeowners who were not eligible before may now qualify. Housing Solutions is the only HUD-approved housing counseling agency in Southwest Colorado, acting as an advocate for homeowners in the modification process at no charge.

For more information, call 259-1086.

Herald Staff

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Sandy Bean

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Laura Rome

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Peggy Schumann