Briefs: Biz Buzz March 29, 2009

Sunlight Saunas, 2472 F Road, No. 14, was featured on “Oprah” in Dr. Oz’s segment Thursday.

• Sunlight Saunas is headquartered in Kansas. Its Grand Junction distributor has a showroom and nine private rooms to be used on site.
The saunas are special and drew the interest of “Oprah,” according to Sunlight Saunas’ Mike Nathe, because instead of heating the air they use “far infrared technology,” which “penetrates the body and warms the core.”
According to the Web site farinfrared, “Far infrared thermal rays elevate the heart rate and improve blood circulation, which are both crucial to maintaining good health. The heart rate increases as increased blood flow is diverted from the inner organs toward the extremities of the skin without elevating blood pressure.”

AAA Colorado research indicates the price of a trip to Hawaii this year will be lower than last.

• A five-day package that includes airfare to Oahu is priced at $2,558 this spring, compared with $3,556 last year, a drop of 28 percent.
Sandra Barnes, the director of travel services for AAA Colorado, said Hawaii consistently is one of the top five destinations for travel arranged by the organization.
Hawaii could be a destination within the reach of more people this year, she said.

The Bookcliff chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its annual Administrative Professionals Day on April 22.

• Lisa Rusciolelli, owner of Peak Consulting, will give the keynote address. Office Furniture and Design Centers will offer ergonomic tips for workplace and home offices. The event begins at 11 a.m. with networking and a vendors expo.
Registration costs $70. For more information, call 257-1408, or go to

Jack Mowat has been inducted into the Grainger President’s Club. Mowat is a 31-year employee of the company and branch manager at the Grand Junction location, 716 Scarlet Drive.

• Grainger is a supplier of facilities maintenance products. The award is given to sales and branch services employees who consistently increase sales, demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and reflect the company’s core values.

Two local projects were given awards from the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association in February.

• United Companies and the Grand Junction Regional Airport were awarded the 2008 Best in Colorado Asphalt Pavement Quality Award in the commercial category for the parking lot and roads that approach the airport.
Elam Construction and Region Three of the Colorado Department of Transportation received the same award in the urban highway category for improvements in Fruita of the access intersection for Interstate 70 on and off ramps.

Alpine Bank passed recertification by the International Standards Organization for the 14001 environmental registration.

• Alpine Bank says it is the first and only bank owned in the United States that has received this ranking to date. All of the electricity used at bank branches is generated from green sources, and they have adopted six-year goals such as 20 percent reduction in energy and paper use, 10 percent reduction in water consumption and 25 percent reduction in courier fleet fuel consumption.

Alpine Tree Service owner Chuck Thompson became a certified arborist in January.

• Thompson founded the company in 2002. It provides tree trimming, tree removal and stump grinding for residential and business properties in Grand Junction.
The certificate allows Thompson to give advice on what types of trees will grow best in a particular spot, diagnose illnesses in trees and recommend the best varieties for the Grand Valley.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans has received the Gold Well Workplace designation from the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA).

• The designation means Rocky Mountain Health Plans is one of the nation’s most health-conscious work sites as decided by WELCOA. To receive the designation, it met a set of health-promotion standards and demonstrated commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its employees.

• The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce will have Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the former Mervyn’s store, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50.

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