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Retirement reception for 54-year board member Nielson

There will be a retirement reception for Bill Nielson on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dolores State Bank, 101 S. 6th, Dolores. Nielson recently retired after 54 years on the Dolores State Bank's Board of Directors. Everyone is invited to attend; refreshments will be served. Call 882-7600 for more information.

PCC president will speak at Business Club Luncheon

Higher education takes the spotlight at the Chamber of Commerce' Business Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in the community room at First National Bank.

Pueblo Community College President Patty Erjavec and Norm Jones, the new Dean of Southwest Colorado Community College East and West Campuses will be our featured presenters.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this informative presentation. Lunch is $12 and space is extremely limited. Please RSVP to Dena by Monday, Feb. 4, at 565-3414 or

Chamber seeks nominees for annual community awards

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for their annual prestigious awards to recognize leaders and businesses making significant contributions to the community.

Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 27 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 23. For more than 50 years, the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized individuals, groups and businesses by awarding those who have benefited the community and exemplified excellence in their fields.

The Chamber needs the public's help to find individuals and businesses to join the ranks of the Chamber's "Best of the Best" in the following categories:

Cortez Journal's Citizen of the Year

Dad & Daughter's Agribusiness of the Year

Empire Electric's Green Business of the Year

The Four Corners Character Council's Volunteer of the Year

Dolores State Bank's Unsung Hero Award

Nominations need to include the nominee's name, address and phone number, the reason for the nomination and the name and phone number of the person making the nomination.

For more information, please contact Dena at the Chamber at 565-3414 or online at Nomination forms can be dropped off at the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce, 928 E. Main St. or emailed to

January blood drives will take

place in region

United Blood Services will hold several area mobile blood drives in January. The first will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Cortez at the Cortez Middle School cafeteria, 450 W. 2nd St. from 3 to 6 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the blood drive will be at First Methodist Church's hall, 515 N. Park St. from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 18, the Ute Mountain Casino will host the blood drive in their Bingo Hall, 3 Weeminuche Dr., Towaoc, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mancos will be the location for the blood drive on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Mancos Community Center, 130 Grand Ave., from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Finally, Keesee Motors in Cortez will host the final blood drive in Cortez at their location at 115 S. Broadway from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To set up an appointment or for more information, call 385-4601 or sign up online at

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