Four Corners senior care provider earns recognition

FARMINGTON — Visiting Angels of Southwest Colorado-Farmington received the Best of Home Care – Leadership in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, according to a press release from Visiting Angels.

Home Care Pulse is “the leading firm in quality assurance for home care,” and the award is its highest recognition, the release states. The recognition means that Visiting Angels is among the top 5 percent of care providers participating in the organization’s satisfaction management program, in which 10 percent of clients and caregivers provided feedback over the course of a year.

Visiting Angels was founded in 2011 and serves clients, particularly veterans and seniors, in the Four Corners and the San Luis Valley.

WESTT unveils New Mexico client directory

FARMINGTON — WESST recently launched an online directory tool for its clients to share key information and to engage with others in the WESST community.

The client directory lists business contacts, locations, hours, phone numbers and websites, as well as a short description. Businesses can be searched by name, category or region, according to the directory.

"Every day, you are presented with several chances to support small businesses in the communities where you live and work. When you have this opportunity, such as finding a pet sitter, yoga studio, or place to pick up a great holiday gift, we hope you will consider a WESST small business client," WESST President Agnes Noonan said in an email announcing the directory.

The directory will be updated on a regular basis. WESST clients must register to be listed in the directory.

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Emera invests in New Mexico tech innovation efforts

FARMINGTON — New Mexico Gas Co.’s new parent company has opened an office and appointed an economic development director in Albuquerque in a demonstration of commitment to the state.

Emera, Inc. purchased New Mexico Gas Co. in July 2016, according to a Feb. 12 press release.

The energy and services company established an “emerging technologies” office in Albuquerque that will support innovation and entrepreneurism to build on its commitment to New Mexico, according to the release.

The company also appointed Gary Oppedahl, a “long-time Albuquerque economic development executive," as vice president for emerging technologies to direct the initiatives, the release states.

Since 2016, Emera has invested half of a $5 million economic development fund aimed at “spurring innovation and high-tech ventures in New Mexico,” according to the release.

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