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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:42

Utah’s 2017 Resolution: A Plan for Cleaner Air

Written by Emma Penrod, The Salt Lake Tribune

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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.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 23:46

NM Shop Painter Propels to Celebrity Custom Builder via SEMA

Written by Deana Cacus

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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.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:45

Body Shops Expect Increase In Business Following OK Snow

Written by Tess Maune, News on 6

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.

CDS (Collision Diagnostic Services), the makers of the asTech™ scanning diagnostic device, announced on December 29 the addition of Denise Caspersen and Jose Jacob to the offices of Project Manager and Sr. Recruiter.

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Service King Collision Repair Centers, as part of the organization’s continued dedication to enriching local communities, recently presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to representatives from SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Texas.

National AutoBody Research (NABR) has announced the December 19 launch of the Oklahoma VRS Labor Rate Survey, sponsored by Shawnee Paint.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:27

Texas State Technical College Student Finds Road to Success

Written by Amanda Sotelo, TSTC


TSTC graduate Luis Coronado.

Luis Coronado’s father gifted his son a brand new car to celebrate his high school graduation, but with a new baby on the way and the need for a stable career, Coronado had no choice but to sell it for tuition money.

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Pictured (back row, from left) is Seth Weyhrich, of Chickasha, and Auto Body instructor Loyd Conner. Kneeling (from left) is Kaylyn Dole, of Rush Springs, Tramell Harper, of Chickasha, Zac Freeman, of Ninnekah, Ty Pool, of Ninnekah, James Roberts, of Tuttle, Aron Hopkins, of Chickasha, and Nathan Adair, of Ninnekah.


Weeks before any cash is dropped into the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this holiday season, a gift of another kind has been presented to the local branch of the international charity.

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