Biz Buzz, Oct. 12, 2009

Crossroads Wine & Spirits, which recently moved into its new home on the southwest corner of 24 and Patterson roads, is celebrating its grand opening, which began this weekend and will run through Oct. 19. The event will include storewide specials, and each purchase will result in a donation to the March of Dimes.

“In this economic environment it can be a hardship to make charitable donations, so we’ve decided to make it easy for everyone to participate,” store owner Eleni Sica said.

The board of directors of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce is looking for six new members. Anyone interested in applying can submit a letter of interest to the chamber office at 1519 E. Main St., Montrose, CO, 81401, by Oct. 16. The letter should list the applicant’s qualifications for the post and list any previous experience with the chamber. Those elected will serve a three-year term that begins Jan. 1.

The Ute Water Conservancy District will receive the 2009 West Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. The award goes to workers and organizations each year that have made outstanding contributions to dam safety at a regional level.

Garrett Jackson, a dam safety engineer with the Colorado Division of Water Resources, said Ute Water earned the award because of its “proactive approach to bringing many dams into compliance with modern dam safety standards.

EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. received three Bronze Telly awards at the 30th Annual Telly Awards for outstanding film and video production. The first two were received in conjunction with Versatile Productions, and the third was received in conjunction with the University of Colorado.

One of the videos was an educational training video about wildlife, a second was a public relations video on EnCana’s efforts to promote open communication about oil and gas development, and the third video was a recruitment film about the global energy management masters of science program at the University of Colorado at Denver.

The Housing and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado has announced the winners of the 2009 Parade of Homes. For homes priced above $400,000, a home at 448 High Pointe Circle worked on by Conquest Construction won best landscape and best master suite, and a home at 2658 Eagle Ridge Drive worked on by Dorssey Custom Home and Framing won best kitchen and the people’s choice award.

For homes priced below $400,000, a home at 911 Kami Circle, presented by Davidson Homes, won best landscape, while a home at 1013 Ute Canyon Ave. in Fruita, presented by Porter Homes LLC, won best master suite, best kitchen and the people’s choice award.

The Parade of Homes allows ticket holders to tour local homes with new and innovative construction, renovation and landscaping work.

Elk Ridge Ranch of Mesa LLC is offering discounted prices on its shade and pine trees, delivery and installation as it clears out 2008 inventory. For information, visit or call 268-5620.

Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Wednesday requiring the establishment of a universal policy to protect employees from workplace and domestic violence.

“We want all employees to be safe, to be free of fear, and to be confident they will not be victimized at work,” Ritter said. “We can prevent these senseless acts of violence and the harm that falls upon victims, friends, families and co-workers by raising awareness of domestic and workplace violence.”

The order asks the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration to partner with the Department of Human Services, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and other state agencies to create a universal policy regarding workplace violence by March. The policy will be implemented by August.

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