Business briefs for May 7


Hair Shak gets new nail technician

Vicki Tromburg has had a passion for nails since an early age.


"I have always, ever since I was a little kid, been polishing people's nails," Tromburg said. "I just like that kind of stuff."

Childhood interest and inspiration from her nail technician in Rawlins, Wyo., led Tromburg to pursue the career herself.

"I just thought it would be cool to be able to do that and make people feel good about themselves," she said.

Tromburg graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College's cosmetology program in January and began work at The Hair Shak a month ago.

As the shop's first nail tech, Tromburg can do manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, gel nails and 1/2-arm or 1/2-leg waxing.

The Independent Life Center and the state's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation help Tromburg pay for her tuition, as well as testing costs and start-up supplies. Tromburg was in an accident at age 8, which forced her into a wheelchair. So the agencies help her get trained and get her business going.

Tromburg said she is excited to work downtown at The Hair Shak, where she expects many walk-ins in the summer.

Tri-State pays $12M

in Colorado taxes

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association paid $12 million in Colorado property taxes in 2006 and a total of $17.5 million across five states.

The Denver-based wholesale power supplier owns and operates electric generation and transmission facilities in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska and Arizona.

In Colorado, Tri'State owns 24 percent of Craig Station Units 1 and 2, and 100 percent of Unit 3. It also owns the Nucla Station, combustion turbine plants in eastern Colorado and administrative offices and an operations center in the Denver'metro area.

In each of the five states, Tri'State owns, wholly or in part, various generating stations and transmission lines -- which account for the largest portion of taxes paid -- as well as other facilities such as substations, microwave towers and telecommunications equipment.

Tri-State paid $4 million in property taxes in New Mexico, $1.2 million in Wyoming, $235,000 in Nebraska and $54,000 in Arizona.

Tri-State's property tax payments provide a stable source of revenue that helps fund rural school districts, counties, towns and special districts ranging from libraries to water districts, Tri-State spokesman Jim Van Someren said.

He noted that the Eastern Plains Transmission Project, a proposed 1,000-mile, high-voltage transmission network that would be located largely in eastern and southern Colorado, could add millions of dollars in annual property tax revenues to communities throughout the project area, once it's completed in 2012.

Holiday Inn launches Sparkle cleaning

The Holiday Inn chain is launching the Sparkle cleaning program, and the Craig hotel, 300 S. Colo. Highway, is no exception.

The program uses a three-step process -- clean, disinfect and sanitize -- to prepare rooms for customers.

"The sanitize is the big one," said Tammy Mower, executive housekeeper at the Craig Holiday Inn. "Everyone cleans and everyone disinfects, but the sanitizing is one more step further in the industry.

"It just makes sure the germs are dead. It's healthier for our guests."

Mower said the hotel now uses color-coded rags for each portion of the cleaning process "so that there's no cross-contamination."

The program has been in place since January, and Mower is hosting an employee potluck Monday to celebrate its inclusion in the hotel's practices.

"The team members are very excited about it," Mower said. "When the employees are excited about a program like this, you know you've got something good.

"And everyone knows when they leave a room, they can leave with a smile because you know it's clean."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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