Business Briefcase, Jan. 8

Gateway Canyons Resort has become the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International, which provides a dedicated global sales organization for companies interested in conducting meetings at top-ranked hotels and resorts around the world.

Gateway Canyons is the organization’s only member on the Western Slope and joins ALHI’a five other Colorado members: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley; Keystone Resort & Conference Center in Keystone; The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood; and The Sebastian Vail in Vail Village.

Gateway Canyons, recently recognized as “Best Luxury Hideaway Resort In The Americas” in the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards, is a world-class resort designed and owned by John Hendricks, founder and chairman of The Discovery Channel. Part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, the resort is located just minutes from the scenic desert that surrounds Moab, Utah, and one hour southwest of Grand Junction.

Shannon Baker, an author of a series of mystery novels, teaches a free, half-day workshop on “Writing the First Pages of Your Novel” from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Grand Junction Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way.

“If you don’t grab an agent, editor, or any reader by the first page, first paragraph, or first sentence, then you might as well not bother writing the rest of the book,” Baker said in a news release.

Learn some of the tricks and tips of what to include on those first pages and what to avoid at all costs. Find out what 19 things bestsellers include in the opening two pages. What better way to start off the new year than learning how to start off a great novel?

An expanded continental breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end about noon. From noon to 1 p.m. is networking, socializing and clean-up.

Baker authored “The Nora Abbott Mystery Series” published by Midnight Ink. “Tainted Mountain” was released in March of 2013. “Broken Trust” is slated for March 2014 and “Tattered Legacy” is to follow in March 2015.

Baker serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Montrose County announced Monday the hiring of Ken Winckler as its new public works director. Winckler officially took over for interim director Dan Loncar in late December. Loncar will resume his duties as assistant public works director.

“Ken has extensive experience not only on the business side of public works operations, but also as a supervisor and manager,” County Manager Rick Eckert said in a news release. “He is an excellent addition to our staff and we are excited to have him here.”

A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Winckler worked for several municipalities across Colorado, Washington and Oregon. He most recently served as operations manager in Thornton and is glad to be on the Western Slope.

“Montrose is a very welcoming county,” Winckler said in the news release. “My family and I are thrilled to be here and looking forward to spending more time in the community.” 

Winckler is a U.S. Army veteran and also a recipient of the Bronze Star following a tour in Vietnam. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. Winckler now resides in Montrose with his wife, Dianne.


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