Armstrong Purchases Cowen Moving

Armstrong Moving & Storage, agents for United Van Lines, has purchased Cowen Moving & Storage. Armstrong Moving & Storage handles corporate relocations, residential moving, storage and distribution, office moving and international moving. Armstrong Moving & Storage is located at 3111 N. Stone Ave.

Wells Fargo’s LINK Program

From two-for-one offers at numerous restaurants, $19 ski lift tickets, values on hair and salon services and exclusive discounts on dental exams, Wells Fargo customers can save money on a multitude of purchases through the Wells Fargo Link Program.

More than 100 local businesses throughout Colorado and Wyoming have teamed with Wells Fargo to offer exclusive discounts to customers. Participating businesses range from large companies such as Grease Monkey and Subway to many smaller companies.

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There is no cost for either the business (aside from the discount offer) or the consumer to participate in the program. Link cards are available to Wells Fargo customers at any Wells Fargo bank in Colorado. Consumers can find the details of the offer through www.wellsfargolink.com.

City’s Mixed-Use Zoning Manual Online

Residents can access the city’s guide to mixed-use development from their computers by clicking the “mixed-use development design manual” icon on the city’s home Web page at www.SpringsGov.com.

The manual is a guide for developing attractive mixed-use centers. It provides residents, design professionals and developers with design standards and guidelines for creating pedestrian-friendly centers that have a complementary mix of residences, shops, restaurants, offices and other uses – all in the same development.

The manual also is available on a compact disc or in hard bound copy from the Comprehensive Planning Office in the City Administration Building, Suite 302, 30 S. Nevada Ave. or from the City’s Office Services Division in the basement of the same building.

Verizon Invests $110 Million in Colorado

Verizon Wireless invested more than $110 million in its wireless network in 2003 in Colorado. Network upgrades delivered new services including picture messaging, national push-to-talk service and high-speed wireless data service.

In Colorado, the enhancements expanded the company’s geographic footprint by more than 195 percent and increased call capacity by nearly 20 percent, enabling the network to handle even more simultaneous voice and data calls.

Network usage in the state increased 45 percent in 2003 compared to 2002. Customers can use the service on their own terms – subscribe to a bundle of picture messages, or snap and send on a pay-as-you-go basis.

BroadbandAccess service will be rolled out nationally over the next two years.

Jefferson Pilot Names New Premier Partner

Duane Beckmann, MS, CLU, ChFC, of The Beckmann Group in Colorado Springs, has been named a member of Jefferson Pilot Financial’s sustaining Premier Partner group.

Membership in the group is awarded to the company’s most successful associates. Beckmann was selected based on the contributions he and The Beckmann Group have made in serving the financial planning needs of his clients.

Sustaining status is granted to Premier Partners who have qualified for the Premier Partner group for four or more consecutive years.

City Council seeks volunteers for two boards

The Colorado Springs City Council is seeking residents to fill vacancies on the City/County Drainage Board and the County Commission on Children and Families. Both openings are for residents-at-large, requiring no specific expertise beyond and interest in local affairs.

The Drainage Board advises the county engineer and city engineer as they carry out the provisions of the City Subdivision Code and the County Subdivision Regulations relating to drainage and control of flood and surface waters within the city and county.

The County Commission on Children and Families reviews and makes recommendations on current issues that are agenda items for the City Council or County Commissioners which could be of concern to children and families.

Letters of interest, accompanied by resumes, should be send by March 15 to: City Council, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

Position descriptions for all boards and commissions are described on the city Web site at SpringsGov.com under About City Council, City Boards and Commissions.

For information, call 385-5453 or 385-5986.

Penrose Cancer Center Accreditation

The American College of Radiology has awarded the Radiation Oncology Department of Penrose Cancer Center a three-year term of accreditation. Penrose is the only radiation therapy unit in Colorado and one of 137 facilities in the nation that hold the accreditation, which is awareded to facilities for the achievement of high practices standards after a peer review evaluation of the practice. Board certified physicians and medical physicists assess qualifications of the personnel and adequacy of facility equipment, as well as quality assessment and improvement activities.

Penrose-St. Francis Online Heart Center

The Penrose Heart Center has debuted its online Heart Center at www.penroseheart.org. This new tool includes valuable information for people seeking answers to heart-related questions for themselves and their family members.

The site provides a comprehensive health risk appraisal to help determine individual risk for heart attack or stroke. There is detailed information about different cardiac conditions, including aneurysm, atrial fibrillation and thrombosis. Most cardiac procedures are outlined, for example, electrophysiology studies, peripheral vascular angioplasty and transesophageal echocadiograms. A futher benefit to the viewer is the animations section where step-by-step simulations of angioplasty and other procedures can be viewed.

News and information about new cardiac procedures and breakthroughs can be accessed on the site. Resources such as physician find and prevention information also are included.

Loris and Associates Receive APWA Award

Two of Loris and Associates’ projects have been awarded Project of the Year Awards from the American Public Works Association. The first award was received in the General Public Works-Medium Communities category for work on the federally funded 11th Avenue Bridge in Greenly. The second award was in the Community Award-Small Community category for the Washington Plaza Bridge on downtown Golden’s main street.

Wells Fargo Donates $8,715 to District 11

Wells Fargo is donating $8,715 to Colorado Springs School District 11 through its Team Up for Our Schools program, which was created to help financially support public schools during a time of unprecedented budget shortfalls.

Wells Fargo team members sponsored Team up for Our Schools supply drives and educations events across its 23 banking states. The $8,715 donation was based on the number of qualifying Wells Fargo consumer accounts opened last summer at Wells Fargo branches within School District 11. Other local school districts receiving donations as part of the program include Air Academy District 20, Cheyenne Mountain District 12, Lewis Palmer District 38 and Woodland Park District RE-2.

Rippy Receives Legislator of the Year award

State Rep. Gregg Rippy has been named the Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Rippy received the association’s James T. Brubaker Legislative Award for his work on HB03-1161, Colorado’s Construction Defect Actions bill, which was signed into law in 2003.

The law reinforces construction professionals’ “right to remedy” in the event of a defect, and puts parameters in place for lawsuits and

damages. The law aims to make whole the consumer and reduce the number of incidents resulting in litigation.

Rippy represents District 61 and is a candidate for U.S. Congress to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Downtown Excellence
Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the second annual Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence. Any downtown or neighborhood business district in Colorado is eligible to apply for recognition in six categories.

The nomination form can be downloaded from www.ccraonline.org or www.cml.org.

Nominations must be submitted to CML, 1144 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203, by 3 p.m. July 1.

Council Honors Woman Engineers

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado has chosen Diana Horner P.E., vice president of Bates Engineering Inc. of Lakewood, as the group’s first Outstanding Woman in Engineering.

Horner was honored for her career and leadership roles as a structural engineer. She has excelled in bridge design, water and wastewater treatment facilities for 30 years, and was chairwoman of the Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors from 1998-2000. Horner established and managed her own structural engineering firm, Plains Engineering, from 1984-2000, and was an instrumental part of the design team for the award-winning bridges along Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon.

Other nominees for the award included: Noelle Cochran P.E., URS Corp.; Karen Maestas P.E., URS Corp.; Andrea Faucett P.E., Sear-Brown; and Leslie Jansen P.E., PSI.

The council is a business organization of more than 250 member firms that employ more than 8,500 people in consulting engineering.

El Paso County Boards and Committee Openings

Associate members are needed for the Board of Adjustment, which hears and decides issues of physical variances related to the county zoning code.

The Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission has openings for a District representative. The person must own 40 or more acres of land. Commission members develop and review action plans for the integrated management of state mandated weeds.

The Placement Alternatives Commission has openings for a probation representative (must work in the probation field), a community center representative (must work for Resource Exchange) and a public health representative (must work in public health). The commission reviews the effectiveness of programs within its jurisdiction and evaluates requests to establish new residential children’s programs in the county.

The Penrose Equestrian Center Advisory board has member vacancies. The board advises management about long-term planning, goals and policies, and makes recommendations the county commissioners about long- and short-term issues.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the Pikes Peak Center Advisory Board/Board of Directors. Members advise the general manager of the center and the county commissioners about matters related to the operation of the center. The board ensures the fiscally responsible operation of the center and the opportunity for quality entertainment, culture and education for the benefit of El Paso County and Pikes Peak region residents.

Anyone interested in any of the positions should submit a letter of interest and a brief resume, including address and daytime telephone number to: Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Nancy Greene, office manager, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208; fax to: 520-6397; or e-mail to: webmaster@elpasoco.com.

The deadline for applications is March 12.

Northwestern Mutual Sales Leader

The Michael J. Torreano office in Colorado Springs was the sales leader in its market in 2003 for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s Western Region, which has 31 district offices.

The Torreano district network office is associated with the McKeever Group network office of Denver.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network provides guidance about insurance, investment products and services, retirement and estate planning, education funding and employee benefits.

USAF Outstanding Forces Unit Award

The 10th Security Forces Squadron at the Air Force Academy is a finalist for the 2003 USAF Outstanding Security Forces Unit Award. The squadron is competing against the 71st SFS at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., in the Best Small Unit category. Five other security forces squadrons also competed in this category.

Members of the squadron provide security for more than 10,000 people that work at a facility that sits on more than 18,000 acres. They also have provided personnel to support missions worldwide in several military operations.

Winners of the competition will be announced in April.

Colorado Department of Revenue Relocates

The Colorado Department of Revenue will temporarily relocate its Regional Service Center, 4420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, while work is being performed on the building’s heat and ventilation system.

The full-service driver’s license office will be at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Motor Vehicle Office at Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A second full-service office will be opened in the Widefield area. An office for license renewals will be opened at 200 S. Cascade later this month.

Motor vehicle hearings will be conducted in the offices of the National Driver Training Institute, Suite 4432, Austin Bluffs Center, immediately adjacent to the space being vacated.

Taxpayer assistance is available by calling 303/238-7278.

2003 Above the Crowd Award

John and Judy Arends received the 2003 Above the Crowd Award from RE/MAX Mountain State Region.

The award recognizes the Arends’ commitment to professional real estate service, the couple’s efforts to build community spirit and their dedication to RE/MAX.

The Arendses, who have more than 29 year of real estate experience, are affiliated with the office of RE/MAX Properties Inc., 1740 Chapel Hills Drive in Colorado Springs.