First National Bank adds vice president

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— First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Routt County's only locally owned bank, has announced the addition of Senior Vice President/Senior Lender P.J. Wharton.
Wharton has been in banking for the past 15 years and was president of a bank in Gunnison for the past four years.
"P.J.'s previous experience in Montrose and Gunnison adds to his knowledge of banking in a rural/resort economy," said John Kerst, bank president and CEO. "We're pleased to have P.J. as an officer."
Turner polishes solar skills at workshop
Steamboat Springs
Ric Turner of Soltec in Steamboat Springs recently returned from an intensive two-week workshop for photovoltaic designers and installers in Redstone.
The workshop hosted by Solar Energy International involved more than a week of class work and three days spent in the field installing a photovoltaic system in a home in Redstone. The system does not require a battery. The homeowner's electric meter runs backward as a result of the new system -- contributing power back to the grid.
Fox named to state plumbing board
Steamboat Springs
Gov. Bill Owens recently appointed Steamboat Springs building contractor Tom Fox to a second term on the board of the Colorado Examining Board of Plumbers.
Fox, owner of Fox Construction, represents general contractors on the seven-member plumbing board. The board regulates and oversees licensing of the plumbing industry in Colorado. It is one of many regulatory boards within the Colorado Division of Regulatory Affairs.
Public service is nothing new for Fox, who is chairman of four local entities: Routt County Board of Adjustment, Routt County Board of Appeals, Routt County Fire Appeals Board and the Yampa Valley Construction Trades User Board. He also is active in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and consults with the Steamboat Springs High School careers program.

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