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 February 1, 1998

The Eye: At the Omni, you won’t pack a lunch

Former Interlocken Manager Jim Long, who now consults for the booming corridor business park, couldn’t stop beaming at a January party announcing a new partnership with Irving, Texas-based Omni Hotels. But The Eye is pretty sure he probably didn’t win over too many friends down the highway, where three new hotels have located in Louisville’s Centennial Valley. Talking about Interlocken’s efforts to land a first-class hotel and conference center, Long told the party crowd the park could have signed up a “limited-service” hotel much sooner — one of those “where you have to bring your own pillow and pack a lunch.”

Describing all of th e building activity — some 10 different projects including Sun Microsystems — now going on at Interlocken, Long, in his best Johnny Carson imitation, then said he would make a “Karnac” prediction. “We will see another 1 million square feet on top of those projects I’ve just described.” Interlocken General Manager Garrett Baum, quizzed later about Long’s forecast and whether a certain company named Nike might be involved, only could smile and say the Oregon-based sneaker firm hasn’t yet said yes, but company officials also haven’t said no.

Nike reportedly has been checking out a 800-acre site on South Table Mountain next to Coors, but a “Friends of the Mesa” citizen petition drive has been launched, saying the area should be preserved as open space.

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Jo Marie Dancik, managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Denver office, was recently appointed chairwoman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Obviously prepared to climb to new career heights, Dancik and her husband George, who are Niwot residents and avid outdoors people, actually have scaled 40 14,000-foot peaks.

The Eye tips its hat to Boulder-based Amrion, which donated $97,000 worth of nutritional supplements in 1997 to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore. The supplements then went out free of charge to the college’s seven community clinics, including homeless youths and adults, single teenage moms, convicted criminals, HIV/Hepatitis B patients and financially disadvantaged minorities. Amrion recently was purchased by Whole Foods Markets.

A new study by CU-Boulder management professor and Business Report columnist Joe Rosse finds — guess what? — job applicants can and do lie on personality tests to get jobs they really aren’t qualified for. Rosse says, however, that the issue of “cheating” also may depend on the job. “If you’re hiring an auditor, you want someone who will not stretch the truth. If you’re hiring for a creative spot like an advertising representative, it may not be such a crucial matter.”

Rosse and Center for Human Function & Work Director Bob Levin, who assisted on the study, will conduct a workshop on Feb. 18 at Dandelion Restaurant in Boulder entitled “Avoiding the Employee from Hell: Hiring Safely in Today’s Marketplace.”

“Standing on College Ground,” a movie about an all-American high school quarterback who stands frozen during the beating of a classmate at a graduation party, is scheduled for production in Colorado this summer by producer David Jensen and his Boulder-based firm, The David Jensen Co. A press release, which says he’s contacted Chastity Bono and G.L.A.A.D. in Los Angeles, also seeks investor financing or individual or corporate sponsors for the $1 million to $2 million project. “How do you raise a million dollars?” Jensen asks in his media release. “One dollar at a time.” Interested? Call Mike Dean at 629-3072 or e-mail to JENFILMDRM@aol.com.

When will Historic Boulder offer a walking tour, the Eye ponders, of the latest nearby addition to the National Register of Historic Places — Rocky Flats? And over here, the tour guide might say, is one of our most radioactive buildings. Please feel free to wander in and take a peek.

Former Interlocken Manager Jim Long, who now consults for the booming corridor business park, couldn’t stop beaming at a January party announcing a new partnership with Irving, Texas-based Omni Hotels. But The Eye is pretty sure he probably didn’t win over too many friends down the highway, where three new hotels have located in Louisville’s Centennial Valley. Talking about Interlocken’s efforts to land a first-class hotel and conference center, Long told the party crowd the park could have signed up a “limited-service” hotel much sooner — one of those “where you have to bring your own pillow and pack a…

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