Briefs: Biz Buzz Aug. 16, 2009

• Alpine Bank has been named the fifth-best large company to work for in Colorado for the second year in a row by the Colorado State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management, and ColoradoBiz magazine.

The bank is preceded on the list by Pinnacol Assurance, Edward Jones, Omni Interlocken Resort and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Alpine Bank’s green team also became 2009 Colorado Sustainability Team Champion on July 22 for maintaining an environmental stewardship plan. The honor was presented by the Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The bank has reduced its paper, energy and water use, offset carbon emissions, reduced its courier fleet’s fuel consumption and earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver status at two of the bank’s buildings.

• Gold’s Gym, 700 Maldonado St., has been named the best new U.S. gym of the year by Gold’s Gym International. Gym design, marketing, outreach, amenities, equipment and services are used to determine the winner of this award each year during a mid-July Gold’s Gym convention.

Grand Junction’s Gold’s was among four finalists for the award, beating out gyms from Utah, Idaho and Washington. The gym opened 13 months ago.

“This has been a great year for us at Gold’s Gym in Grand Junction,” owner Bryce Berry said. “We pledge to continue to provide the members of this location with the ultimate fitness experience every day they walk through our gym doors.”

• Barry Olson and Greg Price have opened B&G Automotive and Diesel Repair at 2471 Riverside Parkway, Unit C. Price and Olson are former employees of Certified Diesel Specialties. The automotive and diesel repair shop, located next door to Bananas Fun Park, offers discounts to active and retired military personnel and senior citizens and is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• A new bed and breakfast has opened at 3153 F Road. The Bookcliffs Bed and Breakfast has four bedrooms with different decor, plus a patio. Room rates range from $110 to $195. Anyone who books a three-night stay will get the third night for half price, and guests who bring a shot glass with the name of the town where they live printed on it will get $10 off one night’s stay.

• Mike Stahl will lead Hilltop as CEO when Sally Schaefer retires next April. Stahl is the president of Hilltop and has been with the company since 1984.

• Clarion Hotel, 755 Horizon Drive, recently finished an energy audit that qualified the hotel for the Room to be Green designation granted to Choice Hotels International.

The designation is given to hotels that use energy-saving light bulbs and a towel/linen-reuse system, which saves water and energy by allowing guests to reuse sheets and towels, and that place recycling bins in common areas.

• Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley nursing home, 2425 Teller Ave., received a four-star ranking for quality care from the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. The rating is based on health inspections, staffing and quality of care. The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services ranks nursing homes on a five-star scale.

• Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has opened a store in Montrose at 3400 S. Rio Grande Ave. The store is the sixth Natural Grocers store in western Colorado and the 34th in the chain. It sells only organic and natural products. The 12,000-square foot Montrose location employs 15 people and plans to add 35 employees. The store is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

• Red Robin is accepting burger ideas for its annual cook-off contest. The winner’s burger will be sold at Red Robin stores nationwide next year for a limited time. Kids age 6-12 can submit a recipe of their own making, plus an essay saying why their recipe should win, to Red Robin through Sept. 15.

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