Business Briefs – 2/10/2006

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Pikes Peak area auctioneers take top awards

Three Pikes Peak area auctioneers took top awards during the Colorado Auctioneers Association annual conference.

Kevin L. Holt of Holt & Associates Auctioneers in Colorado Springs was named the 2006 state champion auctioneer. He was rated highest in bid-calling chant (voice control, clarity, speed, rhythm), effective auctioneering (accuracy, article description, sales ability, eye contact, connection with the audience) and response to live interview questions.

Richard D. Schur of Monument was named the winner of the first-timers bid-calling competition, which recognizes new members of the association. Schur works with Ray Fenter’s Success Auctions in Colorado Springs.

Michael Heitmann of Colorado Springs was named first runner up in the state championship competition. He is an independent contract auctioneer, with more than 20 years of professional experience.

2006 CSPA media guide available

The 2006 Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is available for purchase. The guide contains El Paso/Teller County area listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as reporter and other outlet contacts.

The cost is $25 for press association and Public Relations Society of America members and $35 for non-members.

The guide can be ordered by contacting Kim Mutchler at 475-2797 or The guide will be e-mailed after payment is received.

Venetucci Farm Council established

The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation has appointed a group of volunteers to serve as the official Farm Council for the Venetucci Farm.

The council will provide advice, feedback, information and connections for the foundation’s action plans for the farm.

Members include Michael Brennan, Mountain Desert Investments; Dave Allgood, Widefield Community Center; Lindsay Aparicio; Deb Chittenden, Harrison District 2; Cindy Fowler, Pikes Peak Posse; Jay Frost, rancher and organic farmer; Della Garell, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; Dan Hobbs, Rocky Mountain Farmer’s Union; Rex Miller, Miller Ranch; Mason Parsaye, Colorado Springs Utilities; Tom Pattee, rancher; Ben Valdez, Widefield Community Center; John Valentine, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Division; P.J. Wenham, Palmer Land Trust; and Doug and Kim Wiley, farmers.

For more information about the farm or volunteer opportunities, call Mary Klever at 389-1251 or e-mail