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Durango cycling business announces new mechanic

Mountain Bike Specialists announces Brian Bluemle has been hired as a mechanic.

Bluemle has experience in the bicycle industry, he trained at USA Cycling and is a certified mechanic. He has recently moved to Durango from South Carolina. Mountain Bike Specialists offers product lines such as Specialized, Santa Cruz and Niner. The business has created a historical in-house cycling museum.

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Local couple honored among new franchisees

The Rising Angel New Franchisee Award has chosen Chris and Michele Smith among its new franchisee peers for displaying exceptional business acumen and outstanding revenue growth during the first calendar year after company training.

They were selected by the directors from a field of 39 Visiting Angels franchises for this award.

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Area travel agency to join forces with national group

Katherine Burgess, owner of Colorado Travel Connection announces her affiliation with Avoya Travel/American Express.

Avoya Travel is one of the leading travel agencies in North America, affiliated with the American Express Travel Representative Network; and offers cruises and vacation packages.

As an independent affiliate with Avoya, Burgess has access to the lowest fares, and promotions on all travel products. She will operate with Avoya under the name CTC Cruises and Safaris.

For more information, call 259-4008, (800) 730-9717 or visit

Herald Staff

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