Briefs: Sunday Biz Buzz February 15, 2009

•  Congress moved the mandatory digital television transition to June 12, but only one local station will come in on your rabbit ears after the original Feb. 17 deadline. 

ABC affiliate KJCT already is broadcasting in high definition for TV sets with converter boxes or high-definition cable and it will to broadcast an analog signal until June 12.

KKCO, an NBC affiliate, and CBS affiliate KREX are going ahead with original plans to switch to digital on Feb. 17 and will terminate their analog service.

Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate KRMJ-Grand Junction has been broadcasting solely in digital since Dec. 31 when its analog equipment failed.

The local PBS station will offer personal help with converter equipment on Tuesdays through March. Residents can make a reservation for hands-on assistance, and staff will answer questions and show how to put equipment together.

“I expect we’ll have a lot of calls,” said Penny Mitchell, KRMJ’s development director. “We can help people over the telephone, but some people are more visually oriented and need to see how to hook up the converter box and how to perform an auto channel scan.”

Mitchell said the station receives four to 10 calls a day about the transition, and it hosted three appointments Tuesday.

Over-the-air viewers of KRMJ must re-scan their receivers to channel 18 from channel 17 on Feb. 17 in order to receive Rocky Mountain PBS.

Call 245-1818 to make appointments. The station is at 2520 Blichmann Ave.

•  Architects, engineers and local governmental agencies are invited to attend a free two-day technical workshop hosted by Mays Construction Specialties on Thursday and Friday at Holiday Inn, 755 Horizon Drive.

Mays Construction Specialties will inform people in the industry about products and techniques available in Western Colorado, said Mays Vice President and General Manager Kyle Vanderberg.

“Its an infomercial for Mays Construction Specialties,” Vanderberg said. “Around the country there are other construction companies that have done these, and it promotes the company and promotes that we are doing things right. ... To our knowledge nobody has done this around here before.”

Registration for the event is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. both days. The seminars begin at 8 a.m.

•  The Human Services Council of Mesa County is accepting nominations for its 2009 Business of the Year award through Monday.

The award will be presented to the company that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to philanthropy and encourages and motivates employees to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

Check for submission guidelines and information.

•  Cory e-businessman Kevin Sheppard said his e-book store with materials for grades K through 12 had a strong second year. The site, frequented primarily by school teachers, doubled its first-year profits, and sales remain strong, Sheppard said.

“This provides a really easy, quick way for them to grab materials,” Sheppard said.

The shop has been expanding into the home school market, he added.

Visit to browse the selections.

•  Dr. Blake Fenton of Brady Chiropractic Group, 514 28 1/4 Road, is giving free first visits
during February to new patients who donate a teddy bear. The bears will be given to local law enforcement officers to keep in their cars and give to children in need. Fenton has received about 20 teddy bears so far.

The visit includes an examination, adjustment and therapy if needed.

•  Mountain Powersports in Glenwood Springs has been recognized as the No. 1 Polaris snowmobile dealer in Colorado for the fourth straight year.

Owner Dennis Davis said sales have been increasing, and he’s looking to double the size of his shop. Mountain Powersports sits on 1 acre and has a 10,000-square-foot building.

“Our business in the last five years has tripled,” Davis said.

The business sells about 200 snowmobiles a year, mostly in December and January. It also sells Suzuki all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles.

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