Bill Burns' love of gold panning has spawned a new business in Craig.
Burns and his wife, Sue, will open Old Colorado Trading Post at 541 Yampa Avenue within about a week, Burns said.
The store will sell gold-panning equipment, metal detectors, jewelry and other items.
"It's just a hodge-podge of everything you could ever want," Burns said.
Gold panning has been a hobby for Burns for years.
"It's one of the coolest things to do next to hunting," he said.
But finding the equipment needed for his hobby can be tough, he said.
"It is a niche in the market that needed to be satisfied," he said.
But gold-panning equipment isn't the only thing the store sells.
It also will sell jewelry from local artists, gold panned by Burns from the Yampa River, handmade gun socks, bath salts and high-end Christmas cards.
The storefront, 541 Yampa Ave., formerly was home to SeeShells clothing store. Burns has spent the past few weeks getting the building ready for customers by painting the front and the interior.
Remax opens on Victory Way
Craig now has a Remax office, at 415 Victory Way.
Sheila Brennise opened "Remax About You" on Oct. 10.
"I had always wanted to open a Remax," Brennise said. "I really felt like there was a need here."
Brennise said she hopes the nationally recognized Remax name will attract people who are new in town.
The office will sell residential properties, commercial properties and vacant land. Brennise said it also will manage some properties.
Brennise has been a realtor for about 2 1/2 years. She opened and ran Sweetwater Trading company before becoming a Realtor.
She said because of Remax's national network, homes listed with About You will be listed nationally. Homes also will be part of the Steamboat Springs multiple-listing service.
Portions of the proceeds from every sale at About You will go to the Children's Miracle Network and breast cancer research.
New doctor is in
The Craig Medical Center on Pershing has a new doctor.
Michael Kalinowski is spending a month in Craig working with Thomas Told, learning about rural family medicine and procedural medicine.
Kalinowski grew up in a small town in Connecticut and is interested in being a small town doctor.
Two local businesses were presented with awards last week for their support of the Friends of the National Rifle Association.
Cromer Construction and Ike's Transmission and Auto Repair were awarded guns at Northwest Pawn for their support of the organization.