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Stars of the Season honoredASPEN Aspen and Snowmass recently announced that employees Janice “Rusty” Rust of Snowmass Village and Rachel Huntoon of Aspen have been chosen as the first-ever recipients of the Star of the Season Awards for the 2006-07 winter season.The Stars program is part of a joint guest services initiative called the Faces of Aspen/Snowmass whose mission is to improve guest service in the two communities. Stars of the Moment are acknowledged when they receive a token (redeemable for gifts valued at up to $15) that may be handed out by any guest who feels an employee has provided excellent service. Stars of the Month (who receive a gift valued at $150) can be nominated by anyone in the community who feels someone has displayed exemplary service. The Star of the Season Award for each community also is chosen from a pool of nominations and includes a $500 cash award.Janice “Rusty” Rust has been a Snowmass Village shuttle driver for the past five years. She was nominated by Snowmass Village resident Pat Logan.”Being visually impaired, I have difficulty getting around Snowmass Village,” said Logan in her nomination letter. “All the drivers are great about helping me, but one driver, Rusty goes even more out of her way to help. On a dark night with ice and snow, she knew I could not see to walk and she took me to the front door where I was going. She is always upbeat, friendly and ready to help and direct passengers.”Rachel Huntoon, a concierge at the Gant, was chosen as the Aspen Star of the Season for her outstanding dedication to guest service.”Every moment Rachel is working, her main priority is to accommodate our guests and she is continually trying to find ways to do it better and better,” reads Rachel’s nomination form. One guest commented that “Rachel is one of the top 10 concierges in the country.”For more information, visit Banks receives Green Tree AwardASPEN At a recent Aspen City Council meeting, Community Banks was announced as the winner in the Green Leaves/Green Tree programs, designed to award businesses for good environmental practices.Community Banks provides bus passes to employees, installed a programmable thermostat, conducted a lighting audit and replaced bulbs with CFLs. Additional credit was awarded for numerous unique efforts including sponsoring a highway clean up, partnering with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency to offer financing on alternative energy systems, and being an Energy Star Lending Partner.The Aspen Recreation Center will once again open its doors to the winner of the Green Tree award, allowing Community Banks employees free entrance to the facility for one day.KAJX newsroom wins reporting awardsDENVER The newsroom at the local National Public Radio affiliate, Aspen Public Radio, recently garnered several reporting awards by the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Aspen Public Radio was awarded the honors at a recent banquet in Denver.The station’s news director, Kirk Siegler, who covers natural resource issues, won first place in the “general reporting” category for a story on the bark beetle epidemic in Colorado’s forests, and also won first place in “feature reporting” for a piece on the mysterious die off of aspen trees. Both stories also aired nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition respectively. Siegler also won second place for a piece examining how the skiing industry will cope with global warming.The station’s newsroom also won second place in the newscast category, for its daily news magazine on Sept. 29, 2006.Aspen banker moving onASPEN American National Bank in Aspen recently announced that market president Cari Kuhlman has left the bank to pursue other business interests.While with the bank, Kuhlman was instrumental in building the team of banking professionals who remain in place to serve our customers. In the interim, Tim LyBarger, regional president, will work with current branch leaders Colleen Borkovec, Mark Obadia and Mark Pearson to ensure a seamless transition.American National Bank is a subsidiary of Sturm Financial Group, Inc., consisting of 37 community bank locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri. Sturm Financial Group and its subsidiaries maintain financial strength embodied in approximately $2.1 billion in assets. The banking centers offer personalized, quality service to their customers, with local staff and responsive, local decision-making. The bank offers financial services for personal and business needs such as checking and savings accounts, BankAtEase Internet Banking, e-Services, investment options, cash management services, private banking, trust services, and commercial, consumer, SBA and mortgage loans. Stewart Title forms Roaring Fork divisionStewart Title of Colorado recently expanded their midvalley offices by forming the Roaring Fork division, to include the Carbondale and Basalt offices. Chuck Dorn has been promoted to president of this division, after 30 years of experience with the title industry, including 13 years with Stewart Title in Aspen.Mary Carmichael Scheurich has rejoined Stewart Title in Carbondale as vice president and Escrow officer. An escrow team of Ann Bickley and Alicia Burns will join Dorn and Scheurich in the Carbondale office, and Shirley Helmer and Drucilla Fillingham will be in the Basalt office. Title searched will be completed in the Carbondale and Glenwood Springs offices.Amanda Head has been promoted to president of the company’s Aspen Division, and will lead an Escrow team of Carolyn Ethridge and Laura Urban. Steve Vanderhoof will oversee the Aspen, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Divisions as district manager.Stewart Title of Colorado has over 25 offices in the state. For more information, visit

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