Friday, January 29, 2010

Governor Ritter to Visit DaVita Dialysis Facility Today

Patients and caregivers prepare to provide education on kidney disease

What: DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care in the United States , will welcome Governor Bill Ritter to their Pikes Peak Dialysis Center this Friday to meet local dialysis patients and their clinical care providers. The Governor will tour the center, speak with patients, and receive a special gift from the facility staff.

When: Friday, January 29, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Where: DaVita Pikes Peak Dialysis Center
2002 Lelaray Street, Suite 130, Colorado Springs , CO 80909

Why: Having recently moved its company headquarters to Colorado , DaVita will be recognized by Governor Ritter for providing high quality care and serving as a strong corporate citizen around the state. Governor Ritter plays an active role in community health and prevention and has made great strides in improving access to quality, affordable healthcare in the state of Colorado .

About DaVita Inc.

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States , delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of September 30, 2009, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,513 outpatient dialysis facilities and acute units in approximately 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia , serving approximately 117,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company’s leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit


DENVER, CO – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Colorado chapter recently honored ASSE member Alan S. Pitney, CSP, with its annual Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for his ongoing contribution to protecting people, property and the environment, his chapter, and the Society. ASSE is a 99-year-old safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) members located worldwide.

Pitney has been an ASSE member since 1981 and became a professional member when he earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation in 1990. He served as chapter president from 2004-2005 and during his tenure the chapter established the Northern Colorado section. In 2006, Pitney received the ASSE Chapter Stars Recognition Award at the Society’s annual professional development conference held that year in Seattle, WA. He also served as Region II assistant vice president for chapter and regional affairs from 2006-2008. Pitney was a member of the first AIHA-RMS/ASSE Colorado Joint Fall Technical Conference committee. The two-day annual technical conference for safety and health professionals combines technical talks with a vendor expo and draws health and safety professionals from around the region.

Pitney is a senior environmental health and safety (EHS) professional for Questar Market Resources in Denver, CO, and has earned degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Denver where he received his Masters in Environmental Policy and Management. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Denver.

As an SH&E professional for Questar Exploration and Production company’s mid-continent (Tulsa and Oklahoma City) and southern Rockies (Denver-Legacy) divisions, Pitney supports operations managers and their 13 field foremen in CO, NM, TX, OK, AR and LA.

“Alan is the consummate safety professional,” Holli Merchant, CIH, CSP, Colorado chapter president said. “He is extremely knowledgeable and willing to engage in educating individuals and groups. He is also very committed to protecting people, property and the environment.”

The SPY awards, voted on by peers, are given annually to the most outstanding safety professionals for contributions to service and leadership within their regions and chapters – for “making a difference”. There are eight ASSE regions, each containing anywhere from 15 to 20 chapters. ASSE members volunteer their time to assist their chapters and the society in promoting work safety and the SH&E profession.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

Tuesday, January 26, 2010



Cascade, Colorado, – The Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast located at 4445 Hagerman Avenue, in Cascade, Colorado is celebrating its 125th Anniversary.

Originally built as the Eastholme Hotel in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and designated a UTE Pass landmark by the 1976 Bicentennial Committee. Eastholme is the oldest of a group of resort hotels that once flourished between scenic Manitou Springs and Cripple Creek. Authentically restored and furnished with period antiques, Eastholme was the sole recipient of the Colorado’s Historical Preservation Award for 1989.

Eastholme was built by Eliza Marriott Hewlett, a wealthy widow who migrated west from Schenectedy, New York with her two sisters, Ellen and Caroline Marriott in the early 1880’s. Hewlett astutely realizing the tourist potential of the scenic Ute Pass region, constructed the building as a resort hotel in 1885. Using craftsmen from the Pikes Peak region, they built the eight gabled hotel to reflect East Coast architecture and crowned their achievement as Eastholme Hotel. Known then as Hurricane Canyon and later renamed by Eliza as Cascade Canyon. Today we know it as Cascade, Colorado.

Today, Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast is an elegant spacious six room Victorian bed and breakfast including two cabin rentals. Offering guests all the luxury and elegance of days past. A three course gourmet breakfast is served daily in the original dining room. Private gourmet dinners are offered for guests looking for a unique and romantic dining experience. Eastholme’s beautifully landscaped grounds are an excellent choice for a small intimate mountain weddings and receptions.

Eastholme’s gracious Victorian atmosphere and spectacular setting offer guests a Rocky Mountain experience they will long remember and want to return to often. Awarded “Best in the Rockies” for 2009-2010 by based upon the excellent reviews posted by our guests during the past year.

In honor of Eastholme’s 125th Anniversary we are celebrating each month in 2010 with specials and events along with the theme of 125. For information on our 2010 monthly special offers and events follow us on our Blog and Facebook at for details of our 125th Anniversary celebration.



Phone: 719.684.9901 or 1-800-672-9901

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ADA awarded Air Force Battery Contract

DENVER-(BUSINESS WIRE)--ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA) received a $100,000 contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop an advanced Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) battery for use in miniaturized hybrid power systems for micro air vehicles (MAVs).

Rapid advancements in micro/nano technologies for MAV components, including actuators, flight control systems, sensors, and on-board data processors, are enabling a new breed of extremely small and lightweight MAVs. The tiny MAVs, some as small as insects, are in high demand due to their numerous military, commercial and scientific applications; however, progress has been hampered by the lack of a robust on-board power system.

ADA’s new hybrid-power device is based on utilizing nanostructured electrodes and environmentally friendly electrolytes to develop an advanced LiPo battery that is capable of operating in both high-power and high-energy modes, thus eliminating the need for two separate devices.

According to Wen Lu, Ph.D., ADA project manager, “Current hybrid power systems rely on pairing a fuel cell or high energy lithium-ion battery with a high power device, such as an ultracapacitor. Because two separate devices are needed to provide power, this type of system is impractical for use on MAVs where space and weight restrictions are critical.”

The lightest-weight LiPo batteries currently available don’t provide sufficient energy and power densities and impose a variety of operational limitations that are unacceptable for MAV power systems.

“ADA’s new technology will allow for substantial greater range, endurance and maneuverability for this highly volume- and mass-constrained class of vehicles,” said Doug Campbell, R&D program manager. “Specific attributes include increased power and energy densities, longer lifecycle and storage life, increased safety and reduced weight.”

ADA Technologies, Inc.

ADA Technologies, Inc. is a research, development, and commercialization company that specializes in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes. The firm is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, with offices on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, VA. ADA has received more than 130 research grants totaling more than $40 million. ADA has received numerous honors, including: 2006 Tibbetts Award, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Colorado Technology Fast 50, 2006 & 2007 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado and Colorado’s Top Technology Company 2005. For more information, please visit or call 303-792-5615.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Queen Anne, Canon City hosts - The Art of Bread Baking, "Sour Dough,"

with returning guest baker, Laura Carey

Saturday, January 30th, 2:00 P.M.

Reservations necessary

Continuing monthly special interest food and beverage demonstrations, The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House will host "The Art of Bread Making, Sour Dough" Saturday, January 30th, 2:00 p.m. Reservations Required, 719 275-5354, $30.00 per person (capacity 30,) to include scones, devonshire cream, fresh brewed hot tea, recipes, tips and take home samples.

We are proud to bring Laura Carey back to focus on the art in making sour dough bread, said Linda Ballard, known in town as the "tea lady." Laura did the September, 2009 baking demonstration on Honey Wheat bread and the attendees requested she return for sour dough.

The "The Art of Bread Making, Sour Dough" forum will provide education in how to prepare and bake sour dough bread, as well as other tips, recipes, just in time for Valentines, said, Linda. We will focus on techniques, basics to help the home baker make things look and taste delicious.

Linda continued, "you will get to taste some of the bread made during the forum, enjoy tea, scones and take home a loaf for two to share with family or friends.

The tea house is equipped with a media center system allowing for the broadcasting of the cooking demonstration to the themed tea rooms, allowing guests to enjoy tea and watch the demonstration or join the crew in the demonstration kitchen for more of a hands on feeling.

Reservations necessary, (719) 275-5354 or email:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Professor Marijuana’s Seminar Over Grows Venue

In 2004 Dana K May, a registered Medical Marijuana Patient was Raided by DEA and Aurora PD Dressed in full SWAT gear assault rifles at the ready, how could they have ever known it was Dana with the right weapons.Dana, more commonly known as “Professor Marijuana” was armed with almost 40 years of Marijuana Cultivation experience, a personal rule to “Question Authority” and the States number one Pot Attorney, Robert Corry. Generally it’s the person detained who is quaking but the headline “FEDS BACKS DOWN IN MEDICAL POT CASE” told the true story. Dana became the first person in U.S. history to have the Federal Government return marijuana Growing equipment.

Now a Litigation Certified Expert Witness in both marijuana cultivation and medical marijuana, Dana was the sole witness in the 2007 case Arapahoe vs. Dickes where the Gulf War Veteran had his 71 cannabis plants returned. More recently in the Boulder vs. Jason Lauve case the Professor played a pivotal role in Jason’s complete vindication. Yet another precedent setting case under his belt. It was Jason who asked Dana to put on the seminar.

We expected twenty people or so to attend, said Jessica Healzer PA to Professor Marijuana. But Dana’s who’s world wide notoriety, who once again teamed up with Rob Corry has brought in 100 students who have shelled out $250 each to learn from CO’s own master POT grower. Others who have sought Dana’s advice have included Senator Romer author of an upcoming MM bill, whose bill the Professor doesn’t support.

Live marijuana plants equipment and a hundred potential growers hungry for the best possible advice will gather at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4444 Havana Denver, CO . Doors open at 8:00 and the Seminar starts promptly at 9:00 AM running until 6 PM


Jessica Healzer / Dana May



Monday, January 4, 2010

IDEAL Announces Acquisition of Western Forge

(O'Connell Communications, Inc.) IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a global leader in connectors, testers, tools and supplies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Western Forge, a Colorado Springs-based manufacturer of pliers, screwdrivers and adjustable wrenches for the professional trades and the general consumer. The company, which will continue to be known as Western Forge, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of IDEAL.

Randy Thompson, a 22-year veteran of IDEAL with broad manufacturing, operational, and general management experience has been named General Manager for Western Forge.

"The acquisition of Western Forge represents another significant step in the IDEAL strategy to broaden our internal product design and American made manufacturing capabilities," said Jim James, President/CEO of IDEAL. "An additional benefit is that we will now expand our presence among the general trades where Western Forge has a strong customer base and where we see significant opportunities for growth with other IDEAL products."

Through this acquisition, IDEAL will gain an important addition to its U.S.-based manufacturing platform supporting its fast-growing hand tools business. Western Forge's 345,000 square foot manufacturing plant is an American standard in premier metal craftsmanship, offering the latest in forging, heat treatment, handle extrusion, machining and plating operations.

"Western Forge has a proud heritage spanning more than four decades of manufacturing the highest quality hand tools for a blue chip list of OEM and retail customers," said Dave Juday, Chairman of the Board for IDEAL. "I join in welcoming their highly trained manufacturing staff -- individuals who know the value of the 'Made In America" label -- to our IDEAL family of companies."

For more information, contact Ideal Industries, Inc., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Phone 1-800-947-3614. Fax: 1-800-533-4483.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.