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Chamber elects board members, seeks help for for GV Days

GOLDEN VALLEY - In a little while, those logging onto the Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.goldenvalleychamber.com could see new information, a new look and new links.

Linda Salazar, a retired government program administrator, volunteered to redesign and update the chamber's Web site, free of charge.

Salazar called herself "no professional," but "a computer geek," with experience in creating databases and Web design. She said she has been in Golden Valley for about four months.

"The Web site definitely needs work," she said. "There have been no updates for three years and you would need a professional to do the updates on the HTML program you use now."

Salazar said she's a "fan of Microsoft Front Page, a much more user-friendly program."

The chamber board on July 3 considered her offer. After some discussion, the board agreed to postpone a decision on Salazar's offer for the free Web site makeover until September.

In other business, the chamber also conducted elections for the two board seats held by Nicky Granniss and Norma Thackster.

Also running for those two positions were Nicole Jenks and Patricia Austin.

When the votes were tallied, Grannis had retained her seat and Jenks had claimed the other.

Of the 160 ballots mailed to members, 24 were returned.

"That's not a bad percentage," chamber President Chris Crow said.

Crow announced she will be taking a six-month break from her responsibilities and will decide in December if she will run again for the president's seat in the January elections.

The board also:

• Heard progress is going well on the Golden Valley comprehensive map. The map should be available for members and the public in the near future.

• Heard from Crow that the children's garden plans are on hold. Crow recently broke her foot and has had to take things slowly. Volunteers are helping her water the Russ and Viv Jemison Memorial Gardens behind the chamber office building on North Verde Road.

However, the children's garden project still needs unique planting containers, such as tires, bookcases and dressers, and plywood and colorful paint.

• Received information from member Gordon Hoover, who said there is a two-day class that trains local law enforcement to handle illegal alien issues.

Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City officers have undergone the training, but Kingman Police Department hasn't. He said he had a petition Golden Valley residents can sign, demanding the KPD participate in the Federal Immigration class.

"The chamber doesn't have to endorse it," Hoover said. "But anyone who wants to sign it can."

• Heard ads are selling well for the new business directory.

• Discussed the chamber grant committee's continuing need for someone to oversee it.

• Thanked members Randy Cone and Steve Osborn for patching the chamber's leaky roof.

• Learned the Golden Valley Days group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The chamber donates use of the office building for the meetings. The chamber needs a volunteer to participate in the Golden Valley Days planning sessions. Crow is resigning her position with the group.

• Heard from Crow that the updates policies and procedures should be ready for chamber board to review in September.

The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. There will be no meeting in August.