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Steamboat Springs architect Katherine Kiefer, owner of West Elevation Architects, designed this home near Steamboat to highlight the owners' art collection. This piece, "Dancers" by James Strombotne, is one of the clients’ favorites.

— Steamboat Springs’ Katherine Kiefer, owner of West Elevation Architects, was featured in the June edition of Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine for a home she designed on a former ranch outside of town.

The article, “An Artistic Escape,” focuses on the integration of a growing art collection into the design of a new home, a perfect fit for Kiefer, who previously was an art curator.

Read the story at www.coloradohomesmag.com/article/artistic-escape.

Ski Town Cleaners expands its focus on environment

Ski Town Cleaners is expanding its focus on protecting the environment with several changes at its Steamboat locations in Central Park Plaza and Curve Plaza, according to a news release.

“We believe in being environmentally responsible,” said owner and manager Russ George, who took over the company in December with his wife, Katherine. “We were attracted to Ski Town Cleaners because it used GreenEarth cleaning, which is an entirely nontoxic cleaning process that is safe for air, water and soil. It is also gentler on clothes than traditional processes and doesn’t leave a chemical smell,” he said in the release.

The owners also are switching to more energy-efficient lights, boilers and plumbing to reduce their energy use, and both locations collect hangers as part of a national recycling campaign. In addition, plastic clothing covers have been replaced with reusable cloth garment bags.

“There are a lot of simple, easy changes businesses can make that will make a real difference for our environment,” Russ George said.

Because of the changes, Ski Town Cleaners was awarded gold-level certification in April by Steamboat’s Sustainable Business Consortium.

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