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Wreck Check Car Scan Centers recently announced that they have added Harold and Janet Heisey as their 30th licensee.

Caliber Collision Recognized Lincoln Tech
Caliber Collision’s Colorado Team accepts the Employer of the Year award from the Lincoln College of Technology in Denver at its Stars and Bars awards ceremony. (Left to right): Phil Palumbo, Jeff Olin, Matt O'Neill, and Rich Viano.

Lincoln College of Technology in Denver has named Caliber Collision as Employer of the Year.

Shop Front

Griffith Auto Body now is housed at 301 W. Platte Ave. in Fort Morgan. The shop moved to the new location at the beginning of the year. (Photo credit: Jon A. Yamamoto / Fort Morgan Times)

Driving west on Platte Avenue in Fort Morgan can take one on a ride down memory lane, as old American-made cars from the '50s through the '70s can often be seen in front of Griffith Auto Body, located in the 300 block on the north side of the street.

Last November, a 2011 Toyota Camry was brought into Coach Works Auto Body for a post-repair inspection.

Marcie Mack director Oklahoma CareerTech

Marcie Mack is director of Oklahoma CareerTech.


Producing enough workers who can do the job--today and tomorrow--is a challenge that keeps Oklahoma's CareerTech system buzzing.

Utah Air

A pollution inversion over the Salt Lake Valley as seen from an airplane returning to Salt Lake International Airport Friday December 30, 2016. (Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)


Utah faces a host of environmental challenges in 2017, but state officials say they are making one their top priority: air quality.

Demented Customs

Demented Customs owner James Torrez and his three sons.  From left: Jaime, James, Christian, and Paul.


James Torrez got the name for his shop from a naysayer.

Gerber Collision & Glass has announced the January 13th opening of three collision repair centers and an active intake center in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

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After trying out a four-year university and working at a carpet cleaning company, Ryan Mader gave collision repair a shot.

Ryan Mader didn't discover his love for cars and body work until his early 20s.

As snow fell in the late evening of January 5 in Tulsa, OK and drivers headed out, the EMSA (Emergency Medical Services Authority) said it responded to 13 crashes throughout the day, a number they say is relatively low given the conditions.