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Carolyn Branham

and her company, Gala Catering, were recently nominated for the Working Woman's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2000 as an outstanding woman-owned business.

Branham was nominated because of her work as a mentor with Southern Oregon Women's Access to Credit.

Working Woman magazine has invited her to be a candidate for the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2001 - the only awards program to recognize women small-business owners regionally and nationally.

The program provides women business owners with a forum of networking and exchanging ideas about building and managing successful businesses.



has joined Cascade Earth Sciences in Medford as the firm's senior hydrogeologist.

He then launched a career in groundwater modeling and watershed studies, which included a move to Boulder, Colo., where he started his own environmental consulting and engineering firm. After 10 years of consulting, Coffan returned to the Rogue Valley to work for Cascade Earth Sciences.

Coffan can be reached at 779-2280.


of Central Point has completed the requirements necessary for receipt of special recognition as an Oregon professional logger.

The designation recognizes those Oregon logging contractors who make a special effort to continue their professional education in selected aspects of the logging business.


Adams, a native of the Rogue Valley, has joined the lending staff at Klamath First Federal in Medford.

Adams brings with him seven years of experience in the lending industry.

He is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and previously worked at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Portland. He graduated from Crater High School in 1987, and has been a volunteer for Easter Seals, and a former Portland Downtown Lions Club board member.


A. Montalvo

has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as one of the 2001 Small-Business Winners for Oregon.

The winners, representing a variety of small businesses and small-business supporters, will be recognized on May 16 at the Hilton Hotel Pavilion Room in Portland.

Montalvo received the recognition for her work as the Hispanic Program coordinator for Southern Oregon Women's Access to Credit through Southern Oregon University.