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Southeastern Utah Eye Clinic

Dr. Cori Callahan was raised in Carbon County and attended Carbon High School and College of Eastern Utah. Callahan then received her bachelor's degree from University of Utah and graduated with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in Portland, Ore. She completed several internships which included the Eye Institute of Utah in Salt Lake City before returning home to Price.

Dr. Callahan along with her husband, Adam, returned to her hometown to begin a family and join Dr. Judy Saccomanno at the Southeastern Utah Eye Clinic. She practices family optometry, diagnoses and treats eye disease and injuries, fits conventional and custom contact lenses and co-manages cataract and LASIK eye surgery.

Farm Bureau Financial Services

Elaine C. Wood, CSA has been a career agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services for over two years and has been employed with Farm Bureau for 13 years. Elaine provides all kinds of insurance services as well as a full line of financial services. She is a certified senior advisor, a designation she earned which provides seniors with insightful advice about the growing concerns they face.

Anyone who would like to meet with Elaine about their insurance or financial needs may contact her at 690 East Main Suite A (upstairs in the Key Bank building), or call 435-637-8400 or toll free at 888-814-9530.

Country Living

Amber Baker, co-owner of the recently opened Country Living in Wellington enjoys sewing and making crafts. Country Living is a store filled with crafts, wallpaper, candles and many different items in a wide range of home d�cor.

With summer over and Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to stop by and see Amber and get some ideas and accessories to redecorate your home. Check out Country Living's new location at 75 East Main in Wellington or call 637-3910.

State Farm Insurance

Billie A. Sampinos is the owner of State Farm Insurance located at 190 North Carbon Ave. in Price.

Sampinos was born and raised in Price and graduated from the Univeristy of Utah with a degree in marketing. She also attended and graduated from College of Eastern Utah with an associates degree.

Billie was introduced to State Farm Insurance in June 1987. She took over an existing agency and continues to be passionate about her career. Her employees include Diane Sisneros, Mary Shorts, Kristine Powell and Glenna Etzel.

Our mission is to provide excellent customer service with professional and ethical standards.



Mrs. Guppy's Fabrics and Crafts

Jann Guptill explains that everybody asks her how she came up with the name Mrs. Guppy's Fabrics and Crafts.

"My husband was called Guppy in high school. When we married, I was called Mrs. Guppy," explained the small business owner. "So it was only natural for me to call my shop Mrs. Guppy's Fabrics and Crafts. By the way, my husbands name is Allen."

"I have always loved to sew and do craft things. My husband, Allen says I have a miniature craft and sewing store in my sewing/craft room," explained Guptill. "I take great joy in the clothing I made for my family. Friends and family always ask me, what are you making for Christmas this year?"

"Owning a fabric and craft store has always been a dream of mine. This year that dream became a reality. I opened my store on February 2, 2005 and already I'm out of room," explained Mrs. Guppy.

"I will be moving the store in the middle of November to Main Street. When I move, I will be offering all types of sewing, quilting, painting and scrapbooking classes," concluded Guptill.

Sprint/NEXTEL

The Sprint/NEXTEL Nextime Wireless office is located at 94 N 200 East Price, 613 6398, and is owned by Carbon County resident, Carrie King. Nextime Wireless representing the Sprint/NEXTEL line of wireless products, has developed a mix of services targeting both businesses and consumers.

At today's breakneck pace where businesses, companies, agencies and families need more ways than ever to keep in touch, the easier the better.

Sprint/Nextime Wireless innovative product and service offerings provide the best advantage to customers such as no roaming ever and unlimited incoming calling plans.

All phones, include walkie talkie or the "Direct Connect" feature, speakerphone, GPS with remote monitoring and location technology capabilities, text and numeric paging, amazing data capabilities, number portability and the best public safety features available.

With a generous discount contract currently in place for all city, county, state and federal government operations and their employees Sprint/Nextime Wireless will serve all your wireless needs.

Data shows that 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 Companies use Nextel for their wireless needs.

Come in and check out our corporate rate plan discounts.

M. B. Financial Services

Anita Milovich Bruno established M.B. Financial Services, Inc. in 2000 as a full service financial firm.

With a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah, Anita specializes in both individual and group planning.

Switching broker-dealers in 2003 to Linsco/Private Ledger (LPL), member NASD/SIPC, was a major step in continuing her style of service. Named as the leading independent broker-dealer in the United States for the tenth year in a row by Financial Planning Magazine, LPL representatives build their businesses in a manner that is most suitable and beneficial for their clients.

By establishing an overall plan with specific objectives (including retirement and education), Anita implements her strategies with non-proprietary securities and insurances offered through LPL such as: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life and disability insurances.

Offering services through LPL enables Anita to provide her clients with accounts ranging from basic brokerage and retirement (IRAs) to managed accounts. Clients may choose between paying one-time commissions or becoming fee-based clients who receive semi-annual reviews at a minimum and have the ability to switch investments without incurring commissions each time.

M.B. Financial also offers a wide range of employer-sponsored group benefits. Whether the size of the group is large or small, Anita consults with employers on the type and level of benefits they wish to provide and works to achieve their goals in the most cost efficient manner. Plans include Retirement: 401(k), SIMPLE and SEP IRAs, 403(b), 457 and Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, 125 (cafeteria).

Because a wide array of sponsors are available through LPL and Anita is licensed with most of the major insurance carriers in Utah, employers often have multiple companies to choose from when establishing their plan(s).

Along with implementing the plan(s) an employer selects, Anita performs annual employee meetings to educate the employees about the plan and how to maximize the benefits the employer is offering.

Anita is available by appointment Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

She can be reached at 435-637-1479.

Southwest Healing Arts

Marilyn Harber, RMP, OTR/L is a graduate of the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Harber currently practices as a Reiki Master, Occupational Therapist and Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner in Price.

Marilyn founded Southwest Healing Arts which offers Reiki and Quantum Touch energy medicine for chronic pain relief, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, Bio-kinetic muscle testing for nutrition and allergies, condition specific essential oil blending and aromatherapy.

Southwest Healing Arts also offers distance healing and guided imagery for releasing fear, cancer recovery, life satisfaction, aura clearing and stress relief.

Marilyn received her Reiki Master level training from the International Center for Reiki Training and is a member of the International Natural Healers Association. Marilyn continues her study and training in alternative healing methods and believes 'energy medicine' to be the wellness way of the new milennium.

Fitness World

Jerri Timothy started teaching aerobics in April of 1982 and is still working in the field today now operating Fitness World, total aerobic fitness and Pilates in downtown Price.

She taught jazzworks in Powell, Wyo. and Laramie, Wyo. In 1987 she became the Wyoming and Montana audition and workshop supervisor as well as a trained instructor. She also held seminars and workshops on exercise physiology. After jazzworks retired I changed to bodyworks with the other instructors.

After moving to Price, she started teaching step aerobics and called my program "Total Aerobic Fitness" still using weights and bands, but using the step during the cardio segment. "With the great response of my program I started to train instructors, and talked my husband into finally fulfilling my dream of having my own gym, so we worked together on carrying out Fitness World."

Fitness World offers membership benefits as well as non membership benefits. So anyone can use the gym and the aerobic classes.

Fitness World programs: Total aerobic fitness step aerobic classes covering more body parts than any other program which includes warm up, cardio, waist work, arm work, and toning for the inner thighs, hips and thighs, fanny and tummy routines, ending with stretch cool down. The body sculpting class is a class where we sculpt your body with light weights working from head to toe. We also offer Pilates, this wonderful program which offers a unique method of body control and conditioning, stretching and strengthening the muscles while improving flexibility and balance. We also offer a modified strength and toning class, this class is great for beginners, new moms, or the challenged student and is great for the lunch hour work-out. Steps, weights, bands and mat are provided in all the classes.

Fitness World always has someone on staff to help you with your personal fitness goals. A seven-day diet program from the four basic food groups is also available. We also offer tanning and massage.

Fitness World is open Monday thru Friday 6 a.m.. - 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Trails End Realty

Janet Roberts is the broker/owner of Trails End Reality, 38 E. 100 N. Price, 637-1884. Their website is www.trailsendreality.net.

Next year the office will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary. However, Janet has been in sales for the past 27 years. Her success in sales is due to her love of working with the public. She is a multi-million dollar producer

Being a Realtor is a very rewarding job. I enjoy helping buyers find their dream home or helping sellers make an important move in their life. Times can be tough and stressful during the purchase or sale of a home. It is a great feeling when you succeed in helping your client accomplish their goal.

My best reward is when my clients refer me to their family and friends. It is a great feeling knowing that they are entrusting me with someone they care about. I guarantee you, I won't let them down!

I am also very proud and happy when agents from other offices contact me saying they like how I run our office and they admire me for the help and support that I give my agents. I truly believe that my agents deserve the best and I will continue to do whatever I can to help them succeed. At Trails End Realty, we are a team. When you hire one of our agents, we are all there to help you. We are full time, knowledgeable, honest, and ethical realtors that put your needs first.

The agents at Trails End Realty feels very strongly about helping our community. We support a little league baseball team. We've held several drives for the Carbon/Emery county food banks and Sub for Santa. We just completed a very successful toy drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Carbon and Emery counties are a great place to live and raise a family. I'm proud to say I moved here from Florida 29 plus years ago. I met a wonderful man, Larry Roberts from Orem. We married and raise three children here. I owe my success in business, to my husband. His love, help, and support through the years have meant more than anything to me. I could not have done it without him.

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate, call the agents of Trails End Realty with over 40 years combined experience and put their team to work for you!

Mortensen's Floor Coverings

Ruschelle Mortensen, co-owner and operator of Mortensen's Quality Floor Coverings enjoys meeting people and helping them with their floor covering needs.

"It is delightful to see people's faces light up when they find the perfect product to beautify their home," commented Mortensen.

From carpets to laminates, hardwoods to tiles and vinyl to berbers, customers will find everything they need at Mortensen's Quality Floor Coverings.

Come in and see Ruschelle at Mortensen's new location, 248 South Hwy. 55 and let her show you around the newly designed showroom.

DanceWear by Design

Diana Root is the owner of DanceWear by Design, located 264 S. Carbon Avenue, 637-5733.

A graduate of Orem High School, Root took design classes at Brigham Young University while she worked for MiniWorld, a clothing factory for girls dresses.

Root worked for MiniWorld for over five years, and after moving to Price she did custom sewing. Soon it became an operation for outfitting costumes for local dance teachers, drill teams, the high school choir, ballet groups, and cheerleaders. Eventually she found herself creating for out-of-town dance groups, the University of Utah, Cyprus High School, Olympus High School, UVSC, Orem High School and others.

"I design and sew all my creations and have over 35 years experience in manufacturing and design," explained Root. She also adds, "I am grateful for the support of the community. I really enjoy being creative and having them support me in my passion."

Diana also started her own aerobic business in 1980, and has been teaching for 25 years while teaching at CEU for the last 13 years. Root holds three national certifications in aerobics including one from A.F.A.A. and is certified in kickboxing as well.

RE/MAX Raptor Realty

When you think about real estate, you probably just naturally think: Toni Johnson! Toni is the owner/broker of a new real estate firm in town, RE/MAX Raptor Realty, located at 59 South 700 East in Price. With seven years of real estate expertise, Toni and her staff of 11 highly qualified agents offer some of the BEST real estate service around. RE/MAX is a worldwide company that sells more real estate than anyone in the world, so Toni Johnson and RE/MAX just makes sense!

Toni believes in providing everyone with honest, professional assistance and enjoys helping people reach their real estate goals. She has many loyal repeat clients and appreciates each opportunity to become acquainted with new ones. Her real estate expertise includes buying/selling residential and commercial properties, building lots, new construction (top quality builders), property management, relocation and out of town referral services, creative financing referrals and MORE!

Her accomplishments include Top Producing Agent for the past several years, 7 Million Dollar Club Member and Realtor of the Year.

As current president of Coal Country Housing, Toni assists this organization in providing housing for low income and handicapped individuals. This new appointment is very rewarding.

We all know the saying, "There's no place like home." With highly capable, caring professionals like Toni Johnson and her RE/MAX staff, many dreams for homeownership come true everyday!

Linda Johnstun's School of Dance

Linda Johnstun's School of Dance is located at 58 North Carbon Ave. in Price, 637-2725. She appreciates and thoroughly enjoys teaching children. She has done so in southern Utah for the past 40 years.

"It is a very rewarding career to enrich a child's life and watch them grow up," explained Linda.

The school has two studios to provide education in all styles of dance. Classes are for children and adults. The school is home of the Nonstop Dance Company which is an audition only entrance.

The company was started in 1985. This past year the company celebrated their 20th anniversary. The former members returned for the school's dance concert in June and performed an exciting tap number. After the concert, they attended a dinner to end their evening.

The company has performed at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Ms. Holiday Cruise Ship, Catalina Island, Tuacan in St. George, Washington D.C., San Antonio Riverwalk, New York City, Utah Jazz game, International Days, Knoca and many other local venues. They are also looking forward to another performance for the Utah Jazz, a spring ballet concert titled Coppelia and will be performing on the Celebrity Cruise ship to Alaska in June.

Johnstun's public service includes the board of directors of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce for five years, Miss Carbon County director for 10 years, KNOCA board of directors for seven years, board of directors for Culture Connection, board of directors for International Days, choreographer for the public schools, local theater groups and College of Eastern Utah.

In 2003, Linda received the Visionary Service Leader award from Price City, and in 1997, she was awarded the Total Citizen of the year award.

Linda taught movement folk dance in the Carbon County elementary schools and has been a guest teacher for Utah Valley Jazz Workshop. She is the southern Utah regional director for Worldwide Association of Performing Arts.

As director of the dance school, Linda's programs begin for children age three and run through adult and include classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz character, folk ballet, musical theater and Pilates.

Johnstun has been dancing since the age of five and believes that you always need to keep learning.

Her early education in dance started in Price, then CEU, Univeristy of Utah, and Utah Ballet Academy. She has attended workshops throughout her career. She is certified through Dance Educators of America and certified to teach in ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance.

Southeastern Utah Eye Clinic

Dr. Judy Olson Saccomanno, along with her partner Dr. Cori D. Callahan, are owners of Southeastern Utah Eye Clinic located at 54 East 100 North in Price. Dr. Saccomanno is an optometric physician. She is a long time resident of Carbon County, graduate of Carbon High School and the College of Eastern Utah. She attended the University of Utah and received her doctorate degree with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1997.

Dr. Saccomanno practiced in the Salt Lake City area before returning to her hometown to raise her family and continue her career in Optometry. Dr. Saccomanno specializes in the treatment and management of ocular disease, contact lenses, and adult and children's vision. She enjoys caring for the visual needs of the people of Carbon and Emery Counties. Dr. Saccomanno says,

"The doctors and staff at Southeastern Utah Eye Clinic care about our patients and their families and we enjoy providing quality, professional care in a comfortable environment".

Etzel Realty

Etzel Realty,owned by Frankie Sacco is located at 27 N. 300 East, Price, 637-6777.

Etzel Realty is the oldest family owned real estate office serving both Carbon and Emery counties. Etzel Realty has been in business since 1985.

Etzel Realty has worked for many years to promote the realtor image, representing both buyers and sellers, assisting them in the purchase or sale of their property. "Our knowledge, professionalism, and ethics are of the utmost importance. We value both our reputation in the community and our client's repeated business," states Sacco. She continues, "we have only one motto here - service with Integrity".

Etzel has 13 agents working to serve your every need. Etzel handles all types of real estate transactions including residential, commercial, industrial, acreage/lots, farms, ranches, and investment opportunities. They also specialize in REO/foreclosures, corporate sales and property management.

Frankie, as well as many of her agents have served on local and state levels in the Utah Association of Realtors for many years. The website etzelonline.com is also a great way to see their listings.



Lazy Z Storage

Kathy Smith along with her husband, Dave Smith, are owners of Lazy S Storage Units located on Highway 10, south of Kilfoyle Krafts. They refer to the location of their business by the huge log entryway.

They have been in business now for more than three years. Dave is the designer and construction manager of the facility. Kathy handles the day-to-day operations including clearing of the grounds, cleaning of all unit interiors, handling rental agreements, accounts payable and receivable along with marketing.

Kathy has been associated with small business in the local area most of her working life and understands the dedication and hard work it takes to make small businesses profitable.

"We pride ourselves on good customer service and work very hard at meeting the consumer's needs," commented Kathy. "We offer a full range of sizes including storage for ATV's, boats, commercial and household. In addition, we have outside storage for larger vehicles."

"We get a great deal of satisfaction knowing we own and operate a small business in Carbon County that we deem as successful by lots of hard work and commitment and absolute hands-on in every aspect of the business," explained Kathy. "We appreciate all our customers and have made new friends throughout business."

For information on Lazy S Storage, call 650-3922.

United Country Nagel Realty

Diane Nagel a native Montana farm and ranch gal learned early the value of beautiful land and hard work. As the owner/broker of United Country Nagel Realty, Diane has used these passions to assist others in finding their dream property.

Diane has been doing real estate for over 10 years. Not only is Diane a licensed broker in Utah, she also has her Idaho broker license. She has served on the Carbon / Emery Board of Directors seven years and has served in several capacities including president. In addition to local boards she has also served on state level committees. Mrs. Nagel is a member of NAR , UAR, Better Business Bureau and a multi-million dollar producer in real estate.

Diane loves what she does. She states her favorite pastimes are outdoor activities with her husband and business partner, Ernie, their 7 children and seven grandchildren. Diane knows the importance of family and home. This is the reason she enjoys finding families the right property.

Whether buying or selling let Diane's knowledge, experience and honesty help you from start to closing on your property.


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