Trucking business earns top honor |

Trucking business earns top honor

Brandon Johnson

A local trucking business won a prestigious award last week from Monsanto Co.

The agricultural giant presented Peroulis Bros. Trucking of Craig with the 2005 Supplier Quality Award.

Kim Uptain of Peroulis Bros. said the company has been shipping coal for Monsanto for two years and won the award both years.

Monsanto has 200,000 vendors, and only nine receive the annual award.

“It is not a fly-by-night award,” Uptain said.

Peroulis Bros. ships coal to Rock Springs, Wyo., for Monsanto. In Rock Springs, Monsanto burns the coal and extracts the phosphates from it.

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Local takes over Steamboat restaurant

The owner of one of Craig’s Chinese restaurants is now the owner of Panda Garden in Steamboat Springs.

John La, owner of the Galaxy Restaurant, 524 Yampa Craig, purchased Panda Garden last month.

La, who opened the Galaxy in 1988, said he has big plans for Panda Garden.

He hopes to bring in a sushi bar and Mongolian barbecue in May, he said.

Owning both restaurants means La spends about half his time in Steamboat and half his time in Craig.

Panda Garden’s proximity to the ski slopes is one of the reasons La wanted to own the restaurant, he said.

“This is a very nice location,” he said.

Murdoch’s to host “Chick Days”

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply will go to the birds Sunday.

The Bozeman, Mont.-based company will start its annual Chick Days promotion Sunday.

The promotion puts more than 50 varieties of poultry and waterfowl — from Rhode Island reds to white Pekins — on display and for sale at Murdoch’s stores.

Chick Days is also an opportunity for schoolchildren to learn about the care, feeding and raising of chicks.

Annually, more than 200 school groups visit and meet with the Murdoch’s team of poultry experts.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or