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Business briefs: Christy Sports opens new location in Steamboat

Claire E. Sollars

Christy Sports is celebrating the opening of a new location near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The new store, at 2500 Village Drive, will support the Christy Sports Gondola Square location, giving customers two rental and retail options while at the resort.

"We are extremely excited about opening this new location," store manager Gina Grether said in a news release. "The fact that we are only a stone's throw away from the resort's main hotels and lodging will give out-of-town guests an easy and convenient option for renting their equipment and purchasing any other gear they may need during their stay."

The new store will feature a full-service ski and snowboard rental and repair shop and will carry winter apparel and accessories. The location provides parking for customers, as well as a shuttle stop right outside the store to take customers directly to the gondola.

New lawyer hired

The newest lawyer at Cantafio Hammond, P.C., is a Colorado native who enjoys river rafting, skiing, hiking and bicycling and spending time with her family at their Routt County property with their dog, horse and chickens.

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Claire E. Sollars has graduated from the University Of Wyoming School Of Law. Prior to law school, Sollars focused on water issues related to coal mining as an environmental specialist.

Her legal practice focuses on water law, real estate and litigation related to these areas of law. In 1996, Sollars was appointed to serve on the Citizens' Advisory Board for the then newly-created Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program, where she currently serves as board chair. She also has spoken at the local Water Forum and Land Stewardship Course about Colorado water law and land conservation.

Sollars joins Cantafio Hammond after taking a part-time leave in 2010 from the practice of law to spend more time with her twins.

Yampa valley electric association partners with Yampa Valley Bank

Yampa Valley Electric Association has partnered with Yampa Valley Bank to provide the association with all its banking services.

YVEA is currently switching all its accounts to Yampa Valley bank, whichrecently won its third year as Best of the Boat in Steamboat Springs and has been voted best Moffat County bank for six years running.

Additionally, Yampa Valley Bank is among the top 100 community banks in America, according to SNL Financial.

Officials at both YVEA and YVB praised the partnership.

"YVEA is always finding ways to serve our members better; that includes improving our business partnerships and processes," said Diane C. Johnson, President and CEO of YVEA. "Working with Yampa Valley Bank will make banking more efficient and less expensive for the association. We are committed to excellence and expect our service partners to hold the same value. Like YVEA, YVB has demonstrated a focus on service and dedication to local ownership — working together makes sense."

"Yampa Valley Bank is thrilled to add Yampa Valley Electric Association as a business partner and new bank customer," added PJ Wharton, president and CEO of Yampa Valley Bank. "YVEA and YVB have a common mission of placing our customers and the community first. We both strive to exceed our customer's expectations of a locally owned business. We look forward to working with Diane and her team of 60 local employees by providing trust, value and service via our YVB Banking services."