Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 8 |

Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 8

Daily Staff

The Vail Valley Partnership and other regional chambers and business associations will host an Employee Free Choice Seminar Jan. 22 at The Charter at Beaver Creek.This seminar will focus on business issues as a new administration moves into office. Topics include: The Employee Free Choice Act. This proposed law has been an important agenda item for organized labor. Find out how the bill would change current labor laws and employers responses to union organizing drives. Visas and immigration laws, including:Battling for visas for foreign seasonal workers and professionals.Efforts toward favorable immigration law changes in 2009. The Occupational Safety and Health Act:Learn about the Protecting Americas Workers Act (SB 1244), what President Obamas administration may bring in terms of OSHA enforcement and strategies for dealing with increased OSHA enforcement.Featured Speakers include Pat Miller, Emily Keimig and Carol Hildebrand.To register, RSVP to Ruthie Carlson at 970-477-4001 or by e-mail to

These businesses joined the Vail Valley Partnership in December:Home and Hearth Outfitters.Mi Zuppa Vail.Elevation Innovation Labs.Tracker Enterprises.TYL Quality Tile & Marble.Home Ranch.Local Joes Pizza.

The folks at 4Eagle Ranch have winter lunches in the Nelson Cabin at the historic ranch north of Wolcott. The lunches are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. The menu features Juans weekly soup specials, the ranchs award-winning steak chili, baby back rib sandwiches, salads, sandwiches, burritos and burgers. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are also available. For more information, call 970-926-3372.

GRAND JUNCTION All Alpine Bank locations across western Colorado have offset 100 percent of their electricity usage by purchasing green power from local utility providers and through the Colorado Carbon Fund. John Gitchell, Alpine Banks Green Team environmental consultant and owner of Sustainable Business Solutions, said the banks achievement is notable. The emission of CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels is widely recognized as the leading cause of global warming, Gitchell said. Green power is generated from renewable sources of electricity, like wind, solar and hydropower not from coal-fired power plants. Through the purchase of available green power for electricity and carbon offsets through the Colorado Carbon Fund, Alpine Bank is effectively eliminating 3,396.73 metric tons of emissions annually. Alpine Bank operates 37 bank locations, one operations facility, and employs more than 550 people throughout western Colorado. To learn more, go to

Support Local Journalism