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Larsen to oversee area advertising

Bryna Larsen, publisher of the Craig Daily Press, has been named the regional director of advertising for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Hayden Valley Press and the Daily Press.

In her new role, Larsen will oversee classified and display advertising at all three newspapers. In Steamboat Springs, she fills the role of former advertising manager Kathy Hirschboeck and former classified manager Brooke Lachman, both of whom have accepted positions with other companies.

Larsen, 30, will continue as publisher of the Daily Press. She has been with WorldWest Limited Liability Co., parent company of the newspapers, since 1996. Before being named publisher in Craig in September 2000, Larsen served as an editorial assistant, classified advertising manager, circulation manager and reporter in Steamboat Springs and as advertising director in Craig. Larsen is a 1994 graduate of the University of Nebraska. She and her husband, Corey, have a 1-year-old son, Ben.

Sessions named circulation director

Ross Sessions, distribution manager for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, has been named circulation director of the newspaper. In his new role, Sessions will oversee all aspects of circulation, from subscriptions to newspaper delivery.

Sessions has been with the Pilot & Today since September of 1999. He worked as a press foreman before being named distribution manager in August 2001.

Sessions has two sons, Zachary, 15, and Ross, 13.

Johnston to lead Craig newspaper

Samantha Johnston has been named general manager of the Craig Daily Press.

Johnston is a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs native who earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and graduated from Colorado State University in 1999.

She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Daily Press for publisher Bryna Larsen who has assumed additional responsibilities with WorldWest Limited Liability Co., parent company of the newspaper. Johnston has been with WorldWest since May 1999. Before being named general manager, she served as advertising manager for the Daily Press.

Krinke honored by Realtors group

Steamboat Springs Realtor Ruth Krinke recently received recognition for her work with counterparts in Sweden.

Krinke, an associate broker at Steamboat Real Estate, Inc., was honored by the National Association of Realtors at its annual awards dinner in Chicago. She was named "2001 Outstanding President's Liaison" for her volunteer service representing the NAR in Sweden. Krinke will travel to Sweden again in May to continue her role as the NAR's primary link with the Swedish Association of real estate agents known as "Marklarsamfundet."

The NAR fosters working relationships with national associations from 52 countries as a way of identifying business opportunities with a growing number of immigrants and foreign investors.

Sharp elected to chair authority

Steamboat Springs attorney Tom Sharp was elected in December to a two-year term as chairman of the nine-member board of directors of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

Sharp has served on the board since 1995 and had previously served on the board from 1981 through 1989. Gov. Bill Owens recently re-appointed Sharp to a new four-year term on the board. The authority is a state-wide agency governed by representatives from all major river basins in Colorado. It provides leveraged and direct-loan financing for raw water and treated water and wastewater projects throughout the state. Its portfolio of loans exceeds $600 million and is growing at the rate of about $100 million per year.

The authority participated in financing the city of Steamboat's wastewater treatment plant as well as the expansion of Fish Creek Reservoir. The town of Hayden's proposed water treatment plant expansion is also being funded by the authority. Sharp served as lead negotiator in the creation of documents that oversee a Colorado municipal allocation in the future Animas-La Plata project being undertaken by the Bureau of Reclamation near Durango.

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