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The Steamboat Pilot & Today has announced the hiring of an advertising sales representative and two new reporters.

Jennifer Tonk recently was hired as an advertising consultant. Tonk has nine years of advertising experience in Denver and Florida. She most recently worked for Christy Sports SportStalker. She is a graduate of Colorado State University. Tonk may be reached at 871-4220.

Tamera Manzanares has been hired as a reporter for the Pilot & Today. Manzanares grew up in Steamboat and received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University before earning a master's degree in journalism at the University of Colorado in May 2003.

Prior to coming to the Pilot & Today, Manzanares worked in internships at the Greeley Tribune, the Denver Post and the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Manzanares covers Hayden and real estate for the Pilot & Today.

Longtime Routt County resident Jennie Lay also has joined the Pilot & Today reporting staff. Lay is in the midst of earning her master's degree in journalism at the University of Colorado and worked as an intern at the Pilot & Today over the Christmas holidays.

Lay will cover arts, entertainment and South Routt County this summer before returning to Boulder in the fall to finish her master's degree.

Magic Carpet arrives

in Steamboat Springs

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Magic Carpet Travel is a full-service, Internet-based travel agency recently relocated to Steamboat Springs from Colorado Springs. The owners are Rob and Kelley Sexton, who are willing to make house calls in order to help their clients book travel plans.

"We don't claim to be the cheapest," Kelley said, "But at least 95 percent of the time we find what our clients need for less than they have found. We can almost always beat what you'll find on the Internet."

Their primary Internet site, www.magiccarpettravel.net, is the company's "front door," according to the owners. "Most of our clients find us while they're searching for travel on the Internet," Kelley said, "and then find something on our Web site that prompts a query from them."

Magic Carpet Travel's business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They can be reached through their Web site or at 879-6250.

Real estate executives attend convention

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Wendy Fisher of Anchor Realty in Steamboat Springs, along with Jody Scott, executive officer of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, were among the more than 7,500 Realtors attending the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Realtors made visits to Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives and press their concerns on issues affecting homeowners, potential homebuyers and real estate in general. Among top concerns is a federal rule that allows large national banks to preempt state banking regulations that protect consumers. Realtors urged lawmakers to support the Community Choice in Real Estate Act that they say would prohibit big banks from real estate brokerage and property management that would result in higher costs for consumers.

Realtors pressed for passage of several bills, including the Homeownership Tax Credit and legislation that favors association health plans.

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