Kremmling Chamber director reluctantly resigns |

Kremmling Chamber director reluctantly resigns

On Thursday [July 17], I announced my resignation as the Executive Director of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a decision that stunned some in the community, but shouldn't come as a surprise to others. I accepted the position in December of 2013 after weighing the pros and cons of a lean, part-time salary with no benefits against leaving my husband's business. We decided together for me to take the job because we are passionate about Kremmling and West Grand's future. My husband and I chose to settle in Kremmling in 2009. We were not placed here via a job transfer — we made a conscious decision to raise our family here because we liked the community and the schools. We opened a business on Park Avenue, and our two children are very active in the schools and sports programs. I viewed taking on the Chamber role as an opportunity to share what I have come to love about Kremmling with the Front Range and others throughout the Western region. Hosting events was an opportunity to help our community and our people shine. As our tagline implies, Kremmling is untapped and untamed. In my opinion, both economically and recreationally. It turns out the town is actually stifled by the small-mindedness of a loud minority. With 20 years experience as a marketer and event planner, I know what it takes to make money and host successful events. I pushed hard to expand the beer gardens for Kremmling Days and the Fourth of July events because events that allow participants to responsibly enjoy alcohol and socialize is a standard expectation of mountain festival-goers. That decision sparked a very heated debate in Kremmling, which led to me being bullied and harassed, receiving hate mail and having obnoxious, mysterious notes posted on the Visitor's Center door. It is asinine to me that three days out of 365 caused such an uproar. The fallout from my push for more mainstream events to bring visitors to our town (to consume food at restaurants, purchase things from our stores and stay in our hotels) has been nothing short of astounding. Every decision I made while being director was with the intention of helping Kremmling thrive; yet every decision has been met with obstinacy and inane criticism. It saddens me that there are so many people who are against progress and want to "keep (Kremmling) the way it was." A picture of Kremmling from the early 1900s is making its way around the West Grand Facebook community: Ah, if only West Grand never would have changed … an isolated community surrounded by dirt and scrub with quaint utilitarian buildings. I'm sure the family ranches could have sustained the community indefinitely. Obviously said tongue-in-cheek. The world and economy have changed in the last 110 years. Growth for Kremmling means the infusion of people from other places, with different backgrounds, knowledge, education and experience — as it always has. Most communities would see this as a tremendous asset. It has been made clear to me through the actions and words of a few that Kremmling does not. (One only has to read posts and comments on the "You Know You're Kremmling If…" group on Facebook to have it made very clear that people not born in Kremmling are not welcome here.) It saddens me to leave the position, but I also have come to realize the Chamber is facing a battle up a steep, slippery slope. I wish my Board the best — they have been supportive of my actions and decisions. It is my hope that someday our Chamber Director will experience an open-minded, less hostile environment that allows for fresh ideas and forward thinking.

New chamber director revels in Kremmling’s offerings

"Kremmling is a diamond in the rough, and we love it that way," says Shelly McManus, who took the helm of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director earlier this spring. "We are untapped and untamed," she continues, confirming the chamber's new slogan, one whose powerful, boundless energy is reflected in the speaker herself. McManus is a creative entrepreneur, a live-music devotee, an outdoors explorer, a world traveler, a conversation starter … who just happens to also have had a long career in the financial services sector. It is this combination of skills and experience, filled out with a natural exuberance for people, that she has been successfully employing since March to cultivate Kremmling business – new and established – and foster community development. A longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nev., she was first introduced to Kremmling through family. Her cousins Kenny and Heather Bentler own the Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill in town and her aunt and uncle have served as seasonal campground hosts at Wolford Mountain Reservoir just north of Kremmling. But it was on a stay-over during a trip from her native Minnesota back to Vegas in 2013 when, traveling the Trough Road and overlooking Gore Range and the Colorado River, she "fell in love" with the area and decided to make it her home. She arrived in May of that year with an engaging smile and her own mobile-business, an unmistakable box-van, brightly decorated with flirtatious cowgirls and the name HoDown on the side. HoDown Apparel, the name of McManus' own clothing line, was founded in 2007 and is oft-looked for at state fairs, rodeos, and music festivals. However, it wasn't long before she also established her first store-front on the Kremmling Town Square and started taking advantage of the excitement the area has to offer. She enjoys hiking, camping and river rafting. Her Sea-doos have seen time on Wolford and Green Mountain reservoirs, and she has enthusiastically taken up snowmobiling on Rabbit Ears Pass and other (secret, wink-wink) local trails. She plans on investing in a ski pass, a camper and a dirt-bike in the near future. She loves the proximity to so many world-class resorts where, "within about an hour, I could be enjoying a beer or music festival in Vail, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge or Winter Park – Kremmling is the center of the Universe." McManus is also a yoga teacher and teaches weekly Rockin' Chair yoga classes at Cliffview Assisted Living and Akhanda yoga for all level yogis. She would like to start offering yoga retreats, such as yoga-rafting weekends. But if you think all that sounds like more than enough for any normal super-charged individual, you would be wrong. When the Kremmling Chamber was looking for a new director, she decided she would take on that challenge as well, and has jumped in with both feet. Already in the position for nearly three months, the new ED was christened with the annual Easter Egg Hunt just two weeks into the job. "Right away, I was impressed with how much the community will come together to make an event a success," she recalls. It gave her enough confidence to launch a brand new Cinco de Mayo event, one which brought together the English and Spanish speaking communities in organization, implementation and celebration. It was such a success that talk of next year began before the event was even over. "We are a multicultural community," she notes. "I hope it opens the door to recognizing and celebrating other ethnic and cultural traditions as well." But for now, she is focused on traditional Kremmling culture. The home-town Kremmling Days is scheduled for June 19-21. It will maintain the much loved Fireman's BBQ and kids games, the Mustang Mile race, Cliff Golf, Redneck Mud Shuffle, and all-alumni reunion. While looking forward to the event, she also sees it as reflective of the overall challenge of the Chamber and the Town. "Kremmling is a unique place. We truly are — as the former slogan said — the way Colorado used to be. We want to protect that. But we also want to bring in new business, new events and new residents. It is a fine balance." So far, she seems to be living up to the challenge and is grateful for the support she has received in doing so. "It has been great working with the entire community, including the Chamber Board, town Board, past chamber directors, Assistant Chamber Director Shyla Bohall and other county chambers. I feel like everyone is rooting for me and coming together to help make me successful in the position." Her Chamber goal is to have 100 percent membership of all Kremmling business and an increase in regional members. She hopes to encourage more family-friendly spaces and to brand Kremmling as the gateway to Steamboat. With her persuasive charm and endless energy, she might have a good chance of achieving that and more.

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015

Grand County transactions Oct. 4 to Oct. 10 TRT D/E SEC 1 TWP 1N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document – John B Murphy Revocable Living Trust, Carolyn Hudak Murphy Revocable Living Trust to ST Ranch LLC, $858,627 Hot Sulphur Springs 1st Addn Block 16, Lots 5,6,7,8,9,10 – Rick Myers to Matthew and Jeannine Swatzki, $170,000 Columbine Lake Lot 82, Block 8 – Gregory and Susan Glass to Stephen and Tessa Tarr, $217,500 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 332 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Kevin and Anne Dingle, $381,377 Eagle Addition to Kremmling Lot 4, Block 3 – Craig and Cindy Naill to Shane and Kimberly Bodemann, $35,000 Sun River Townhomes Lot 3 – John Bartley, Jerome and Joyce Turrin to Douglas Holt and Tuba Ustuner, $200,000 Trade Exchange Rockies Inc Minor Subdivision 1, Lot 11A, Block 3 – Gregory Browne to Andrea and Jess Buller, $172,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 10, Unit 8 – Larry and Sandra Glasser to Christopher and Kathryn Purcell, $184,250 Lakeside at Pole Creek Townhomes Unit 25B – G3 LLC to Lyle and Sue Pfeifer, $394,900 Timbers Condominiums Unit 1, Bldg 8 – Michael Juhnke to Kenneth and Angela Mackey, $242,000 Nobel Outright Exemption Lot B – Daniel and Denise Verdoorn, Denise Overhardt to Jacquelyn K Beaver Trust, $1,074,000 Winter Park Meadows Condo Unit 1C – Wilbur and Nichole Sameshima to Kim Turnbo, $71,900 Frontier Investment Company Addition to Kremmling Block 27, Lots 7,8,9,10 – J D Ward to Steven Hatcher and Lannette Eastep, $120,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 322 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Andrew and Beth Inhelder, $359,900 Sawmill Station Townhomes Unit 1D – Peter Edwards to Esteban and Imelda Rocha, $340,000 Columbine Lake Lot 89, Block 8 – Richard Williams to Joseph and Stephanie Osborn, $242,000 Whistlestop Townhomes Exemption No 1, Unit E2 – Cabin Properties LLC to Dulce and Jose Munoz, Dulce Maricela Llamosas Demunoz, $615,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 311 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Frederick and Lisa Schuth, $234,125.64 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 97 Timeshare 097617 – Stone Living Trust to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Telemark Condominiums Unit 578 – Stephanie Christensen and Ryan Hunter to Kevin and Jillaine Horn, $312,500 Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit 5, TRT C – Anthony and Lynette Belfiore to Thomas Lathers, $102,500 Lot 18 SEC 22 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Michael and Janet Wickenheiser to Starnes Family, $85,000 Fairways at Pole Creek PH 1 & Open Space Unit 2 22 – Gary and Margaret Alcorn to Shane Harvey and Kathryn Reilly, $649,000 East Mountain Filing 3, Lot 28 – Kirk Olson and Brenda Drake to Patrick and Joanna Ball, $445,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 3, Unit 6 – Mary Kennedy to Jason and Karen Bristow, $137,750 Columbine Lake Lot 2, Block 15, State Columbine Subdivision Lot 28 – Dorothy Fine to Sean Holamon, $222.000 First Valley Addn to Granby Lot 4, Block 1 – Robb and Molly Rankin to George and Alexandra McGuan, $260,000 Robbers Roost on Balsh Lot 2 – Robbers Roost LLC to David Griffus, $506,917 Lyons Homestead Subdivision Lot G, Block 3 – Wayne and Victor Grider to Gerald and Jean Lammers, $57,000 Slopeside Village Unit 2, Bldg H – Thomas J Vessels Revocable Trust, Tina H Vessels Revocable Trust to Rodney Valdez, $570,000 Grand Lake Lot 14, Block 22 – LJH LLC to Sandy Waters, $365,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 312 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Taft Valley LLC, $367,480 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 333 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Dean and Maxine Funk, $503,178 East Mountain Filing 5, Lots 104,115,116,123; East Mountain Filing 7, Lots 88,89,90,91,92,93,109,110,111 – Rendezvous Colorado LLC to Rendezvous Homes LLC, $750,000 Shadow Mountain Yacht Club Unit 5, Bldg Wescott, Garage No 5 – Peter Muncaster and Carol Lehr Muncaster to John and Louise Dillon, $315,000 SEC 23 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Alan and Evelyn Wentworth, Carol Hanna to Michael and Beth Minnick, $70,000 Granby Ranch Filing 1B, Lot 58 – William Lyon Homes Inc, Village Homes, NVH INV LLC to Ginger and William Oliver III, $563,467 Summit at SilverCreek Bldg 4, Unit 4301 – Peter and Annette Frith to Polly Gaskill, $95,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 314 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Michael and Stacey Messer, $358,781 Pole Creek Valley Addition Lot 63 – Darren and Leslie Dines to Robb and Molly Rankin, $435,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 313 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Paul and Leslie Hartmann, $474,900 SEC 25 TWP 1S R 75W Partial Legal – See Document – Robert and Ann Hinds to Shawna Yaussi, $30,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 324 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Michael and Lisa Early, $367,748.94

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber look for solutions to Fraser’s withdrawal

Catherine Ross, Executive Director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber discussed Fraser's decision to withdraw town funding at the Winter Park Town Council meeting on Dec. 20. The absence of Fraser's funding will affect the Chamber's budget in areas such as marketing and social media. Fraser adopted their budget on Dec. 7 without any funding allocated for the Chamber. The withdrawal means a loss of around $75,000 for the Chamber. Ross said the Chamber must reconsider their budget. She suggested that some services that are contracted might need to be brought in-house, such as social media services. Fraser's funding supported services in the Chamber's budget for marketing and social media. The Winter Park Council agreed that the town must keep up their efforts with the Chamber to promote the major developments they have seen this year such as the permanent stage, attainable housing units, and the Winter Park Express. Ross pointed out that Winter Park provides a huge portion of the Chamber's funding, and that they are willing to work with the Town to find a solution to the deficit in funding they will see in 2017. Council members Chris Seemann and Nick Kutrumbos stressed that Winter Park cannot let Fraser's withdrawal negatively affect their town by finding a way to continue marketing and social media efforts similar to the current strategies. Ross said for January of 2017 the Chamber would try to temporarily reallocate some money to keep the social media services as they are now. Ross and Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson said they would try to come up with a solution to the funding deficit. Fraser currently has 89 members of the Chamber. When the Fraser Town Council decided to withdraw funding, the Board stressed the importance that Fraser businesses continue their Chamber memberships, but the Town plans to go their own direction for business recruitment and promotion. Ross did not say that the Chamber would be changing their name, but they may reconsider what kind of an entity they are, as a whole, in the future.

Chambers start search for new executives

KREMMLING/GRAND LAKE ­— The chambers of commerce in both Kremmling and Grand Lake are looking for new executive directors this month. Kremmling Chamber executive director Shannon Clark announced her resignation in a press release on Thursday, Nov. 7. She said her decision was a financial one, and she'll be taking a job with Grand County Social Services. Her last day is Friday, Nov. 15. "I really enjoyed working here, I learned a tremendous amount," Clark said. "I'm sad to go, but I'm excited for the next step." During her two years at the chamber, Clark worked to increase marketing for businesses and helped develop a user-friendly and appealing website that will help attract visitors to the area. She expects it to officially launch sometime in January. The Kremmling Chamber will be accepting applications for the executive director position until Nov. 21. Grand Lake's chamber executive director, Kacey Beres, resigned suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 8. She had held the position since March. "She was great with events like the Buffalo Barbeque," said Samantha Miller, the chamber's interim executive director. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors." The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce will accept application for the executive director position until Nov. 27. Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber releases Snowball numbers

FRASER VALLEY — March's Snowball music festival was financially good for the Valley, according to a study the chamber of commerce recently presented. But whether the community actually benefitted directly from the concert is still unclear. Producers of the Snowball music festival, which took place March 8-10 in Grand Park, released their economic impact study for the festival and Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, presented it to the Fraser Board of Trustees on Wednesday, July 3. The producer's report estimates $5.8 million was spent by Snowball attendees in the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with the average local attendee spending $354 and the average non-local attendee spending $528 for the concert. The report was completed by compiling information from 500 respondent's answers to surveys festival producers sent out. The report estimates that $1,19 million was spent on lodging by festival-goers and $3.2 million was spent outside of the festival. Ross also presented the results of the chamber's survey that received feedback from more than 500 businesses and community residents. The respondents were nearly split down the middle between chamber member businesses and individuals in the community who responded as residents. The survey completed by the chamber found that the majority of people who responded to the survey, 70 percent, did not attend the festival. The survey asked respondents to rank different aspects of the concert on a scale of one to five; five being the highest ranking and one being the lowest ranking. The highest ranked aspect of the festival was the police and first responders who did an "excellent job," Ross said. "Police and first responders getting a 3.8 is really amazing," Ross said. Other aspects of the festival were ranked as well and were presented by Ross. "In general we read this as people agree that this event helped us market, transportation was good, first responders and police were excellent, the location was good, and that traffic control was the one that fell down," Ross said. "I just want you to give everyone a big hand on that because we did have 10,000 people that came to town," Ross said in regards to traffic control. Ross divided the respondents into business and individual respondents for certain answers to the chamber's survey. "Businesses answered they agreed the event drove business to the community but it did not drive business directly to their business," she said. Respondents were allowed to list what they believed the positives from the concert were and found positive exposure of the area as No. 1. People also thought the concert brought people to the community and brought revenue to the community and businesses. The top two negatives listed by respondents were traffic and drugs. One of the most telling questions asked by the chamber's survey was whether people believed the concert should be brought back to the community. The survey found that 48.98 percent respondents who replied to the survey as a business thought the concert should return to the community and 41 percent did not think it should return. Individual residents who responded to the survey flip-flopped with businesses and a slightly higher percentage thought the concert should not be brought back to the community. In terms of sales-tax collections for the month of March, Ross reported that Grand County saw an increase of 6 percent or $33,545, Winter Park saw an increase of 15 percent or $103,972, and Fraser saw an increase of 12 percent or $20,829. The Chamber does not have the tools to isolate the increase in sales tax revenue for the specific weekend that the concert took place, but reported that the wastewater flows for the Fraser Valley increased by 15.2 percent for the Snowball weekend. The Chamber received $62,700 in sponsorship dollars from various entities and municipalities to help with the concert. The total amount spent on this event came out to about $116,000. "For a first-year event, it was extremely successful, more successful than their first two years," said Clark Lipscomb, who is the owner of Grand Park where the event venue was located. "I think everybody should be extremely proud of hosting a first-year event, and in my view, now we look at how do we improve it from here and how do you make everybody's cost less and have more visitors come." This was Snowball's third year of existence, and first year in the Fraser Valley. The previous two years, the concert took place in Edwards. "Is this a demographic you want to attract? And I think to the future, that is the bottom line," said Fraser Trustee Steve Sumrall in support of the festival. "It was great that Fraser stepped up and wanted to host this, and there are probably ways that every business that is a chamber member, from Winter Park Resort to Grand Lake, can find ways to use this event better and find a better return," Ross said. Though Ross commented the event's producers have expressed a desire to bring the festival back to the Fraser Valley next year, whether the event will be allowed to return to the Valley has yet to be decided. Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin was asked to begin organization of a workshop with the other involved municipalities and entities to discuss what the future of the event might be. Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

Granby cancels June 30 fireworks

The Granby Chamber of Commerce canceled its June 30 fireworks show that was to follow the rodeo at the Flying Heels Arena. “We have decided to cancel,” said Granby Chamber Executive Director Laurie Findley, on Tuesday, June 19. “We just don’t want to be the entity that starts a fire.” The decision was made among chamber board members and upon consultation with Granby Fire Chief Dave Boyes, as well as the Grand County Sheriff, the Town of Granby and Flying Heels representatives, Findley said. Because the chamber had not yet signed a contract with fireworks company Stonebraker Rocky Mountain Fireworks, there is no penalty to the chamber for cancelling, she said. The fireworks company was understanding of the decision, Findley added. Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, June 19, Fourth of July commercial fireworks shows are still on for the Fraser Valley Sports Complex in Fraser, over the lake in Grand Lake, and from the cliffs in Kremmling. Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is working closely with East Grand Fire to ensure safety and is monitoring weather patterns daily, according to Executive Director Catherine Ross. “So far, they have not told us we have to cancel them,” Ross said of fire officials. “We are waiting for rain.” Grand Lake Fourth of July Fireworks will likely be shot from the center of the lake, farther out than in years past, according to fireworks officials. “We’re still going forward with ours, just taking extra precautions,” said Grand Lake Chamber Executive Director Lisa Jenkins. But that doesn’t mean the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m. on the night of the Fourth, couldn’t be cancelled between now and then, she said, depending on fire conditions and weather. Same goes in Kremmling, where the annual fireworks show is scheduled for around 9:30 p.m. following the Fourth of July Barbecue and live band. The fireworks are sent into the air from the cliffs. Kremmling Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Clark said she too is consulting with fire and town officials, and plans could “change at any time.” Meanwhile, a countywide fire ban on personal fireworks has been in place since last week. As late as press time on Tuesday, professional- and commercial-type fireworks sponsored by a sanctioned agency are still allowed under state, county and town fire bans.

Kremming’s inaugural Redneck Mudshuffle a success

Engines roared and the mud flew through the air as drivers attempted to race their pickup trucks over the muddy course of the Redneck Mudshuffle & Calcutta at the fairgrounds in Kremmling on Sunday, May 25. A total of 28 teams competed in Sundays contest. Under the rules of the competition, each team had to make two runs over the course with the combined time determining the teams results. Each team was required to have two drivers, each of whom had to make one of the runs.Another requirement under the races rules was that none of the vehicles were allowed to be more than 500 horsepower. The success of each team was based on teamwork and driving skill, not horsepower.The complete results for last Sundays Redneck Mudshuffle & Calcutta are: 1. Gully/Scuzzaro, 78.23; 2. Timmerman/Fobert, 82.01; 3. Valencia, 82.57; 4. McMahon/Debroot, 82.64; 5. Shirado, 82.89; 6. Bauer, 84.98; 7. Redding/Soefker, 85.67; 8. Suppes/Ulrick, 87.68; 9. Omara/Keim, 88.35; 10. Kennedy, 88.55; 11. Phipps, 92.27; 12. Docheff/Gore, 94.2; 13. Higgins/Terryberry, 95.4; 14. Onken/VanNatta, 95.42; 15. Sheppardson/Colter, 98.72; 16. Cherry/Davis, 99.85; 17. Scott, 101.03; 17. Collins/Cherry, 103.91; 18. Johnson/Barr, 104.07; 19. Tamburelli/Scuzzaro, 104.79; 20. Johnson/Menhennett, 106.66; 21. Smith, 109.74; 22. Meyer/Rusher, 110.17; 23. Smith/Reckker, 112.15; 24. Blakesky/Deschene, 113.22; 25. Jones/Wilson, 115.6; 26. Acord/Reed, 117.58; 27. Docheff, 117.82; Higgins/Joyce, DQ.

Frisco’s Chamber of Commerce poised to go volunteer-only

Beginning in January, Frisco’s Chamber of Commerce will become a completely volunteer organization. The decision was made at the December board of director’s meeting after a re-evaluation of funds forced the board to eliminate the position of paid director. John Buchanan held the paid director position over the past year. In a letter to existing Chamber of Commerce members, the board stated its appreciation for Buchanan’s efforts during his tenure. It noted various board and chamber members will be assuming his responsibilities on a volunteer basis and asks for member’s increased help to meet any social and economic challenges it might face. For Frisco businesses, chamber membership will become free to all resident holders of a Frisco business license for the upcoming year. Previously, members typically paid from $50 to $300 for a yearly membership, depending on the number of employees the business had. Membership fees helped pay the director’s salary. In its letter, the board notes it cannot afford a paid director under the current paid membership program. Paul Connelly, one of the board’s vice presidents and owner of The Mountains USA, a vacation planning service in Frisco, sees the decision as a positive move for the Frisco business community. “We wanted to eliminate dues to increase representation and involvement (of Frisco businesses),” he said. “The main decision was made to be all inclusive as far as representation. As a business owner, I’m excited about it. At the end of the day, (the chamber) will be more able to respond to the business community as a whole instead of a select few.” Kim Parker, manager of What’s Needling U, a knitting and crocheting store located on Main Street, said her business is not currently a member of the Frisco Chamber due to the yearly membership fees. Instead, her store choose to become a member of the Summit Independent Business Alliance. “We had to make a choice as to what we were going to spend our money on,” she said. “We can’t afford to pay for both.” Parker said she’s pleased with the chamber’s new free membership program and will probably take advantage of its benefits. A Modest Budget In its letter, the chamber noted the budget will be small for the upcoming year. Telephone, website and mailing costs will be supported. Any funds remaining from last year will be used very carefully. To raise additional funds, participation in town events, mixers and requests for donations are being considered. ” Obviously, the funding of the chamber operations will require some financing,” Connelly said. “We have several options for the creation of that funding, one of which may be to call for voluntary contributions or small donations, but those will be much less than the previous membership dues structure and will not be compulsory. However, the exact plan will be the responsibility of the 2011 board to decide,” Connelly said. The chamber noted in its letter that it plans to continue concentrating on areas of concern to the Frisco business community. Supporting town businesses to improve and market their products and services will still be the chamber’s focus. Mixers, sponsored by chamber members, will continue to be scheduled to keep businesses acquainted with each other. Open forums to address business issues will also be held. January 11 is the first scheduled mixer of the new year.

Mahorney is Kremmling’s new chamber executive

KREMMLING — Christine Mahorney has filled the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce's executive director vacancy, bringing an extensive marketing background to the job. After starting on Dec. 17, she hit the ground running, preparing for major town events like the Wolford Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest, one of the chamber's most important fundraisers. She's also getting the ball rolling on the town's downtown assessment recommendations, as well as launching the chamber's new website. "We want to make sure (Kremmling) stays an active, thriving community and grows from here on out," Mahorney said. Mahorney previously worked in marketing and events. Before moving to the Colorado mountains, she spent 15 years in the corporate world, marketing for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Looking for a change of pace, she and her husband relocated to Summit County, where she managed events. Her family moved to Kremmling 4.5 years ago, drawn by its small-town appeal. "We moved here from Summit because we really appreciated the values people hold here," she said. "We've got a lot of four- and five-generation ranchers and families, and they've stayed here for a reason." According to Mahorney, businesses in Kremmling face the same challenges as small enterprises everywhere, challenges she hopes to help locals overcome. "It's not easy to do, focusing on the day-to-day, doing what you're best at, but also all the marketing and books," she said. "That's what I bring to the table, appreciating all the small businesses we have here, and trying to give them the assistance and tools they need." Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.