Business Briefs

City Council candidate forum set to be held

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch & Issues Candidates Forum at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio.

The chamber will partner with the La Plata Forum and Durango Area Association of Realtors to host the event. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Participants will find out where the candidates for City Council stand on issues. Reservations are required.

To make a reservation, visit or call 247-0312 by today.

Lineman Curt Marlatt receives promotion

Veteran Journeyman Lineman and Serviceman Curt Marlatt has been promoted to working foreman at La Plata Electric Association.

A working foreman performs supervisory responsibilities for managing all aspects of the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of electrical power lines, electrical systems, fixtures, apparatus and appliances, as well as inspecting new projects for quality control.

Marlatt joined LPEA in 1994 as a groundman, and proceeded to apprentice and earned his journeyman lineman classification in 1998. Since then, he worked the line crews until moving to the serviceman position in July 2011.

For more information, visit

Gretchen Schwinn joins Southwest Midwives

Southwest Midwives announces that Gretchen Schwinn joined its practice in June.

Schwinn earned her degree in psychology from the University of Washington. She obtained her midwifery education and master’s degree in nursing from Seattle University in August 2011. As a student at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., she assisted with cesarean births, waterbirths and the Centering Pregnancy groups. She also gained experience in non-obstetrical complications in the triage department and helped care for a wide range of patients, including high-risk OB patients. She moved to Durango in May to begin her career at Southwest Midwives.

Schwinn is seeing women in the office for prenatal, postpartum and well-woman visits. She also is attending births at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

For more information, call 247-5543.

Body of Work welcomes instructor

Body of Work, 679 East Second Ave., Unit 10, welcomes holistic exercise instructor Jen Painter.

Painter specializes in Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, and has recently moved from New York City. She has more than eight years of teaching experience.

Gyrotonic helps increase core strength while simultaneously increasing mobility in the spine and joints. Private sessions are available on the equipment. Gyrokinesis is the mat version of this technique.

Painter teaches group classes. All levels are welcome.

For more information, call 764-4244 or visit

Finance chief Eric Baker congratulated for award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Durango Fire & Rescue Authority by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. An award has been given to Eric Baker, finance director, who was primarily responsible for preparing the report.

The report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure and clearly communicating its financial story.

Durango firm expands to Colorado Springs

Sachs Construction, a Durango-based commercial and residential general contractor, announces its expansion in Colorado Springs.

The new office is off the Interstate 25 corridor.

For more information, visit

Mark Galbraith receives certification

Earth Source Geo LLC president Mark Galbraith received certification from the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association for fusion welding high-density polyethylene pipe up to 6 inches in diameter, which will allow the company to do larger projects.

This certification will allow Earth Source to offer ground-source heating and cooling installations for commercial and industrial buildings.

Ground-source heating and cooling systems move heat from the ground and concentrate it with a heat pump to provide what the EPA considers the cleanest, most efficient way to heat and cool buildings.

For more information, call 749-1961.

Eye.D. to welcome new optometrists

Eye.D. will celebrate its new location and introduce Caitlin Campbell and Matt Burgess, the new optometrists/owners of EnVision Durango (formerly The Eye Guy) on March 15 at 140 E. 12th St.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 2 to 7 p.m., and an opportunity to meet the doctors will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Herald Staff

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