Logan County Chamber of Commerce 
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131 W. Main St. Sterling, Colo. 970-522-3333
Sterling Travel Agency
130 N. 2nd St. Sterling, CO 970-522-0683
On behalf of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Glenna Aurich-Phelps (third from left) presented Sterling Travel represented by (l eft to right) Sherry Cook, Paula Nestor, owners Gene and Jaylene Ballard, Jill Aikin, Susan Fuller, LuJean Zwirn and (not pictured) Mary Kay Meier and Blair Aimone.

Sterling Travel Agency began in 1946 by Gene Ballard’s grandfather. He started his career in the travel business as a bus driver, transporting passengers over the then dirt roads of Loveland Pass.
When he developed eye problems, he was offered a position as a ticket agent and moved to Sterling for Continental Trail ways. His entrepreneurial efforts led to him opening a taxi business as well.
Gene’s father lived in Denver at the time, and in 1948 Gene’s grandfather asked him to come to Sterling to help him with the new business. So while still in high school Gene’s father Tom worked at the travel agency and drove taxi. Gene’s father was married in the early 1950’s and his grandfather retired in the 1960’s. Gene’s parents operated the taxi service, travel agency, a Western Union Telegraph service, and a telephone answering service. 
In the 1960’s to early 1970’s Sterling Travel Agency worked directly with airlines, handwriting tickets for customers. The guide outlined planned routes, times, and prices. Sterling Travel Agency staff would take requests, then call airline ticket offices after 5p.m. when the phone rates were cheaper. The business evolved to computer-based ticketing in the 1980’s. In 1978 Gene started Travel Trails with two other partners, competing with Sterling Travel. In 1984 the companies merged. 
Sterling Travel Agency has also had to adapt and change in many ways over the years. When travel agencies started working with the airlines, the agencies were told what to do, when and how. That all changed when the Civil Aeronautics Board was dissolved, and more air fares have been offered since then. 
Another of these changes occurred in 2000 when airlines quit paying agencies commission for booking flights, even though travel agencies were generating 85% of airlines business.
Part of the progressing change in the business is the use of the internet and computer research. Internet opportunities have been a blessing to Sterling Travel Agency.
The internet allows travel agencies to research travel packages and prices easier. Travel Agencies are called on to help customers find their way through websites. Additionally, the experienced staff of Sterling Travel has the insight of what is needed for a complete travel experience.
Join us in congratulating
Sterling Travel Agency
as Logan County Chambers of Commerce Business of the Week!

Wells Fargo
129 S. 3rd St.      Sterling, CO 80751          (970) 521-4120
Business Roundtable
Business owners and community leaders meet on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Tip Of The Week
Online Competition

Online is affecting all of us, but you can minimize online shopping from eating your lunch if you are proactive and up for the fight.

Trinidad Benham Corp.
1500 Right of Way Road   Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-3595
Congratulations To Our Winners!

First Place - First Farm Bank
First Place - First Farm Bank (left)

Second Place - Media Logic llc

Third Place - Walker Pharmacy
Haxtun Hospital District
235 W. Fletcher     Haxtun, CO 80731         (970) 774-6123
220 Edwards Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751      (970) 522-3646
Sterling Living Center
1420 S. 3rd Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-2933
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Halloween Bash
The Halloween Bash is this week. This year we are celebrating Halloween with the gang from Scooby Doo! Come in for stories, snacks, and a short movie! Kids of all ages welcome

Fall Cleanup
The City of Sterling is wrapping up the FALL CLEANUP this week. As a service to residential trash customers, the City will pick up any trash or rubbish that is legally disposable at the Logan County Landfill.

Adams Bank and Trust
519 W. Main St. Unit B    Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-0698
Take Back Day
Sterling Police are inviting the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Zombie Crawl
Join the Zombie Horde! Come in your best zombie gear to shuffle and crawl across the Logan County Courthouse Square. Munch on popcorn from Clarence's Corner and listen to music by KPMX. Compete for prizes and dance to thriller.

Burger King
1602 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-2743
Friends Of The
Library Week
Friends of the Library groups across the nation set aside a week each October for celebration. This week is the 14th annual National Friends of Libraries Week.

Artstober @ Open Press
Demonstrations, workshops and an exhibitition will fill your calendar at Open Press.

Viaero Wireless
516 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 521-9911
Job Fair

Don't be Haunted About Being Jobless! Join Express Employment Professionals in Sterling for a job fair on Oct. 23 and 30 .

Sterling Miracle Players Haunted House

This year's annual haunted house on Front promises to again be thrilling courtesy of the Sterling Miracle Players. The Miracle Players showcase one of the most popular haunted houses with a different theme each year.
This year you will experience a "A Fright Through The Ages."

Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0122

Halloween Hustle
Choose either the 3 mile or 1 mile journey for a fun event on Oct. 26. All participants will receive a medal and with registration a day at the maze is included! Prizes will go to the top 3 male and female finishers. The 1 mile Trick or Trot will be loaded with candy and fall treats for kids as they maneuver their way through the 1 mile course.

Sterling Correctional Facility
12101 Hwy 61     Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-8215
Sterling Regional MedCenter's
Annual Trunk or Treat

Sterling Regional MedCenter is hosting it's annual Trunk or Treat on Monday in the South Parking Lot..

5K/3K Fun Run/Walk

Join the City of Sterling for its 3rd Annual Howl-O-Ween fun run walk on Oct. 28! The event will be held at Columbine Park this year!

Eagle Convenience Stores
930 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0801
No Small Matter
Yet even with business interests, scholars, and politicians on both sides of the aisle lining up to support the early childhood education cause, millions of American children are still not getting the care they need to succeed-or even to keep up. So why, when the importance of quality early care and education is so widely accepted, do we continue to fail so many? 

History Café
Come join us for a morning filled with pumpkin and apple muffins, spicy autumn tea and a fun presentation a bout “Haunted Colorado.” We will look at some of the most famous haunting in our beautiful state as well as hear a few stories about some local “ghost” sightings.

Northeastern Junior College
100 College Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 521-6600
Ghosts and Goblins
Costume Contests
Start your trick-or treat trail at the Best Western Sundowner at a Halloween Costume Contest and you might win a pool party for up to 10 friends.

Trick or Treating
on the Street
Join us at the Sterling Recreation Center for a FREE, non-scary, safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating on the street for all costumed children!

Xcel Energy - Sterling
508 S. 8th Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-1800
Trivia Challenge
Hosted by the Sterling Lions Club, the19th annual Trivia Challenge will be Sat., Nov. 2.

Lunch & Learn
The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, with leadership from its Sterling Community Fund, is hosting a lunch-and-learn for accountants, attorneys, and financial advisors.

Riverside Fabrication
150 Edward Ave.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-6669

Parade of Trees
The Sterling Public Library is accepting entries for their annual community decorated holiday trees that will be on display at the library.

Red, White
and Blue Bazaar
The Christ United Methodist Church is holding a Red, White and Blue Bazaar on Sat. Nov. 9. Veterans are invited to join us for a free lunch.

AirMedCare Network
   (970) 571-5579

Roaring 20's Casino Night
The Sterling Professional Firefighters Association at a "Roaring 20's Dinner and Casino Night" Charity Fundraiser for Sterling Fire Captain Maxwell who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

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