Business Briefs

Cortez joins celebration of Farmers Market Week

This week has been declared “National Farmers Market Week” by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The week is set aside to celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

As part of this celebration, the Cortez Farmers Market will be holding its Annual Farmers Market Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 9. In appreciation of community support, the vendors will either have a special item on sale or will discount your entire purchase by 10 percent.

The Friends of the Market will be handing out “I love my Market” stickers to all the children attending the Market. Sarah Syverson, director of the Farm to School Program, will be at the Community Booth providing information on how those programs are progressing at the schools in Montezuma County. Singer/musician Jenny Winegardener is lined up as the entertainment for the day. The Cortez Library will provide “Storytime” for the children at 10:30 a.m.

The Cortez Farmers Market is celebrating its 41st season. It’s the market’s mission to help farmers and vendors provide fresh, locally grown produce and products directly to consumers.

First SouthWest names Lovett branch manager

First SouthWest Bank has named Maureen Lovett the branch manager in Cortez.

Maureen hails most recently from Fort Collins, and brings extensive bank experience with consumer and retail lending, and business banking products.

Lovett said she is excited to bring her customer-first management style to her new position with First SouthWest Bank, and looks forward to developing relationships with customers and the community at large.

First SouthWest Bank invites the public to welcome Lovett to Cortez at the “SouthWest Summer Celebration” on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Main Street location. Food and giveaways will be included.

BLM meeting on grouse moved to Dove Creek High

DENVER – The Bureau of Land Management’s Gunnison Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement public scoping meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7, has been moved from the Dove Creek Community Center to the Dove Creek High School at 525 North Main St. The meeting is at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to the open house; a short presentation about the scoping period, EIS and EIS process; and a question-and-answer session.

Memorial car show starts with burn-off on Saturday

The fourth annual George Geer Memorial Car show revs up this weekend to benefit families of American service members.

A pre-registration party, including a burn-off contest, kicks off at Angel’s End Zone on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The car show is at Centennial Park in Cortez from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by Southwest Chapter 2 of Blue Star Mothers, the car show features multiple categories, including pre-’50s stock and street rods, modern muscle cars, low riders, motorcycles and more. A trivia contest and honor walk are also planned.

A $25 preregistration fee is available until Friday, Aug. 8. Same day registration is $35.

The event honors Army Spc. George Geer, who died Jan. 17, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position in Iraq. Just 27 when he died, Geer was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Infantryman’s Badge.

Info: Sandi Valencia, 560-2572.

The Cortez Journal