Business Briefs

Pet, horse specialist joins pet business

Donna Medeiros has joined Custom Animal Services Pet Sitting as a pet and horse-care specialist.

Medeiros grew up in the business of boarding, grooming, showing and breeding dogs in the East. She moved to Oklahoma for eight years to work for Ansata Arabians. Then she moved to Arkansas to open her own horse-training facility. She is a longtime resident of La Plata County, having taught math at Durango High School for 20 years and working for the Animas Valley Institute.

For more information, call 759-6724 or email

LPEA hires three journeyman linemen

La Plata Electric Association welcomes these journeyman linemen to its operations team:

Established journeyman linemen Shaylon Sieg is originally from Kansas but has been a Colorado resident for nearly 20 years, moving to Del Norte in 1993. Sieg attended Mesa Hotline School and was hired by Mountain Parks Electric Inc. after he graduated in 2004. He earned his journeyman lineman at MPEI.

Established journeyman Jeremy Matney was born in Utah but raised in Durango. Matney is the grandson of Harold McCoy, a career lineman. Upon his graduation from Durango High School, Matney was employed as a groundman, working in construction for JH Highline and WESODI, LPEA’s wholly owned line-construction company. After that, he gained experience in the electric industry with Par Electric and finished the journeyman apprentice program at Mountain States Electrical Contractors.

New journeyman lineman Archie Ribera, based in Durango, originally joined LPEA in 2007 as an equipment operator but a year later was accepted into LPEA’s journeyman lineman apprenticeship program. A native of Ignacio, Ribera spent some time in Phoenix before moving to Pagosa Springs.

Linemen are responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities.

People interested in future apprenticeships can sign up to be alerted when the apprentice lineman position becomes available by visiting and click on “Contact Us” to join the email list.

Horizon Environmental receives ‘respect’ award

Horizon Environmental Services Inc., is the recipient of the 2012 “Environmental Respect Award” for land management.

As the only national winner, Horizon Environmental Services’ Juliann Campbell and Levi Mead will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive this award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in July. Horizon Environmental Services also will receive the Environmental Respect Award sculpture, a statewide press campaign and a public-relations kit.

This award honors the business that preserves, protects and restores the environment through its work. The award is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection.

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