SHIPROCK - Cellular One Marketing Coordinator Vijai Begay of Shiprock was part of a team recognized for a print marketing campaign that was published throughout the Four Corners.

Begay, Director of Marketing Nicole Edgington and Cellular One were honored in April with the Excellence in Marketing award at the Competitive Carriers Global Expo in New Orleans.

The print ad published in January featured a fictional character named Jane Rewards and touted a Scratch and Win promotion. It was disseminated throughout markets across Cellular One's coverage area, including Farmington, Gallup and Four Corners tribal lands.

The submission was honored by industry peers from among 130 entries nationwide.

Originally from Shiprock, Begay relocated to Cellular One's Farmington location in 2012 to serve as a marketing coordinator for the company. Her responsibilities include community involvement strategy, sponsorship management, event planning and logistics, and radio appearances.

New steakhouse coming to Ignacio

IGNACIO A steakhouse is set to open within Sky Ute Casino Resort in May.

Seven Rivers will offer steaks, seafood and entertainment at the gaming casino in Ignacio.

The casino is owned and operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

For more information, call 1-888-842-4180 or visit

College to offer new business tax workshop

FARMINGTON The San Juan College Quality Center for Business will offer a tax workshop for new businesses on May 20.


The deadline to register is May 17.

The college said this highly interactive workshop will address a variety of topics including gross receipts taxes and how to file, taxable transactions, selecting your business legal structure, general and home office expenses, basic forms, record-keeping and other state and federal regulations.

The San Juan College Small Business Development Center, the Internal Revenue Service and New Mexico Taxation and Revenue are cosponsoring this workshop.

The cost for the workshop is $15, payable at the door, and preregistration is required. The workshop is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20.

For information or to register, contact Jill Bumby at 505-566-3528 or by email at

Fortner earns insurance certification

FARMINGTON Heather Fortner, vice president of AVI Risk Management and Insurance Brokers, recently became certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters' new professional development course on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

This continuing education course for agents has been approved in all 50 states, and Fortner will receive 11 education credits from the New Mexico Department of Insurance.

Fortner completed the 10-hour course to prepare to counsel her clients on upcoming required health care changes and new options for health plans.

"It's up to each broker and agent to help New Mexico's small and large business employers through the next big step in the Health Care Reform and knowing how the rules will impact them," she said in a prepared statement.

The course is delivered through NAHU's Online Learning Institute. More information is available at

Fortner can be reached at 505-566-4616 or at

Mercury's Nayfack on mobile payments panel

DURANGO Mercury Payment Systems announced in April that Nick Nayfack, director of product at Mercury, accepted a seat on the Electronic Transactions Association's Mobile Payments Committee.

In this role, Nayfack will develop best practices in mobile commerce with industry peers to enable merchants and consumers to navigate technological ease-of-use.

"This is a formative effort from leaders across the payments industry to decide the direction of how the global flow of mobile commerce should be developed," Nayfack said in a news release. "We have a common problem in the mobile payment industry today there are different merchant and consumer experiences for each mobile payment product and it's slowing adoption because developers don't have standards to develop to, merchants don't have a consistent work flow to train for and consumers are confused by too many choices."

Mercury designs and implements a "one-stop shop" experience for payment acceptance by retail and hospitality merchants by offering a multitude of new and traditional payment products, software and services.

The 2013 ETA Annual Meeting & Expo will take place April 30ÐMay 2 in New Orleans. This industry conference is a major networking event for the payments industry and Mercury looks forward to exhibiting at the event.

Mercury Payment Systems, based in the Durango Tech Center, is one of La Plata County's largest employers.

San Juan Regional earns accreditation

FARMINGTON San Juan Regional Medical Center recently received a three-year accreditation in echocardiography for adult transthoracic procedures.

The accreditation was awarded by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Echocardiograms use sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart.

San Juan Regional said cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.