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Clean Energy Collective has received the 2012 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) for its 858 kW Garfield County Airport Community Solar Array in Rifle. Recognizing major achievements in U.S. PV solar energy, the award was presented to Clean Energy Collective (CEC) at the PV America West event in San Jose, Calif., a Solar Power International event showcasing exhibits from more than 160 companies, drawing more than 4,000 industry attendees.One of three winners, CEC’s Garfield County Airport Solar Array is an 858 kW solar garden on five acres of otherwise unusable south-facing hillside at the small, regional airport. The array’s 3,575-panels produce more than 1,500 MWh of clean, renewable energy each year, and will serve about 350 CEC members in the Holy Cross Energy territory at capacity. CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeter system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all residential and commercial utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power without modifying their home or office. “It is very important that we continue to acknowledge new innovation in PV and the successful completion of solar projects now and in the future,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “Through the Clean Energy Collective and Holy Cross Energy partnership, the Clean Energy Collective Community-Owned Solar Farm makes PV solar energy accessible to everyone on the grid by giving citizens the opportunity to own individual panels.” “The Clean Energy Collective is proud to be recognized by SEIA and SEPA for our community-owned solar garden model. Our mission has always been to move the needle on renewable energy adoption, and we’re very excited by the remarkable success this model is delivering,” said Paul Spencer, CEC founder and CEO.

Quality Health Network (QHN) has announced that connectivity with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs is now completed, linking the hospital and area providers with 162 health care organizations in Western Colorado that utilize the QHN Health Information Exchange (HIE). QHN HIE electronically delivers clinical information to the point of care and integrates patient information from laboratory results, radiology reports, E.R. reports, progress notes, medications lists and a whole host of other critical patient data. Physicians of Valley View Hospital and the Glenwood area will have secure access to electronically exchange and share clinical patient information and medication history with the health care providers, across the region, caring for a patient. QHN unites more than 600 providers and 2,440 online users in 20 Western Colorado counties improving their ability to deliver quality outcomes and enhance care management for the 508,000 residents. Dr. Greg Reicks, QHN’s board president, noted that “hospitals are key to ensuring that the right information is available at the right time, when a doctor and the patient need it – whether that’s at a hospital ER or the physician’s office. We welcome Valley View to QHN.”Ron Hines, director of Information Technology at Glenwood’s Valley View Hospital, noted that, “This partnership [with QHN] will strategically position Valley View Hospital to meet the requirements of “Meaningful Use” and further illustrates our commitment to delivering exceptional patient care.”

Vicki Lee Green Realtors congratulates Curt Marsden for being the top salesperson for March with the top dollar volume in sales. Curt has been selling real estate since 1989.Michelle James was top listing agent for March. Michelle has been selling real estate since 1993.

Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District (CMPRD) in El Jebel has selected a new executive director. Roaring Fork Valley resident Chris Woods took the helm of the district on April 6. Woods brings seven years of professional experience in recreation to his new position at Crown Mountain Park. Most recently, he worked as aquatics director for the Snowmass Recreation Center and as recreation programs specialist for the town of Snowmass Village. Before his four-year stint in Snowmass Village, he worked with the town of Carbondale as the Recreation and Skate Park coordinator for three years. In addition to his professional recreation experience, Woods was the head coach for the Basalt High School girls’ soccer team for seven years, and was named Colorado Coach of the Year in 2007.”I’m so excited about my new position with Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District,” says Woods. “I’m passionate about creating successful recreational programs and events for the community. I look forward to working with many user groups to ensure this Park is utilized to its full potential.”Woods was born and raised in Australia, and has resided in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1999. He currently lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife and two children. Outside of work, Woods enjoys spending time with his family, playing rugby, hiking, fishing, camping and generally enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors. He was a volunteer fireman for the Carbondale Fire District from 2003 to 2008. Woods holds a double bachelor’s degree in teaching and in health & physical education.

Ira M. Karet, attorney has retired from the practice of law as of March 30, 2012. He is moving to the Denver area. His office at 710 Cooper Ave., Suite 111, Glenwood Springs at the Hotel Denver is now closed. The phone number has been changed to (970) 379-1583. Email correspondence will continue at

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is proud to announce the opening of its sister show, Bonnie’s Old West Musical Revue, in Blue Diamond, Nev., on May 26.John Goss, owner of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, and Jonathan Gorst, music director of the national tours of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “CATS,” have once again teamed up to create an outstanding new show, with a theme you have grown to love. This all-new world-class show features affordable family fun filled with a chuck wagon dinner, drinks, song, dance and lots of laughs. Bonnie’s Old West Musical Revue’s grand opening is Memorial Day weekend (May 26 and May 27) and will run Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. throughout the summer. Bonnie Springs Ranch is located just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas.

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