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Dance/Fitness Studio Open House

The Western Slope Stompers & Dance Academy is opening up a new studio in Silt on Main Street. There will be classes in many dance styles: clogging, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and cheer/dance squad. There will also be fitness classes: zumba, zumbini, step aerobics, cardio, yogalates, full body fitness, kickboxing and more. Taekwondo will be offered as well. Registration is available online at or by calling Shonna at 379-0512. There will be an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, to answer questions or for registration. The studio is located at 700 Main St. Unit 102 in Silt.

Small business seminars

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center and Colorado Mountain College will present an informative business seminar series this fall.

Five seminars will be held at Colorado Mountain College campus in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Aspen. Each seminar is $40, or participants can sign up for all five at a discounted price of $175.

The seminars are designed to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to successfully run their organizations. Seminar topics include: How to Start a Business (Thursday, Sept. 12, in Rifle), Understanding and Troubleshooting the Bookkeeping Process (Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Carbondale), Crowdfunding for Small Businesses (Thursday, Sept. 26, in Glenwood Springs), Successful Retail is in the Detail (Thursday, Oct. 3, in Aspen) and Public Relations Techniques and Practices (Thursday, Oct. 10, in Glenwood Springs).

For full seminar descriptions, visit Advanced registration is recommended and may be done online or by calling 945-5158.

W.J. Bradley Mortgage now open Saturdays

W.J. Bradley Mortgage in Glenwood Springs will now be open from 8:30 to noon Saturdays, starting Sept. 7, to answer loan questions and meet with customers for pre-approvals.

Coffee/tea and donuts will be provided. Call 970-456-4823 for information.

CLEER hires Kaup, Shmigelsky as energy coaches

CLEER recently added two experienced energy coaches to its Carbondale-based staff.

Shelley Kaup of Glenwood Springs and Matt Shmigelsky of Aspen both have backgrounds in energy efficiency, renewables and building energy management. They joined CLEER’s staff this summer to provide technical support to Garfield Energy Challenge participants in completing projects that increase the energy efficiency of their homes, buildings and facilities.

Kaup has more than 20 years’ experience in the building industry working in building code application and design. While working as a plans examiner she coordinated with project designers, developers and engineers for code compliance. She spent 15 years serving on various city of Glenwood Springs commissions, including the City Council, where she served as representative on the original board of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative (now Garfield Clean Energy). She also championed the improvement of bike and pedestrian facilities and the Glenwood Community Gardens.

Kaup holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has done additional coursework in engineering for sustainability, life-cycle analysis, solar home design, high efficiency buildings and lighting and design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. She is currently pursuing certification in corporate sustainability management.

Shmigelsky’s experience includes working with quasi-governmental agencies and the management of mixed-use buildings with Beach Resource Management. He oversaw operations of the Holland Hills Metropolitan District, buildings at the Willits Development, and has managed a number of diverse environment-related projects, including a forest health initiative on 40 acres of conserved land at the FiveTrees Metropolitan District. He also worked in solar hot water and photovoltaic installation with Sol Energy and Aspen Solar, and did coursework on solar hot water, solar photovoltaic, wind design and installation, and hydro design and installation with Solar Energy International.

Shmigelsky holds a BS in international business administration from Missouri State University and is currently doing coursework at Colorado Mountain College in natural resource management/hydrology and sustainability.

Valley View Hospital earns highest ranking from Consumer Reports

For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery, and Valley View Hospital was among only 10 Colorado hospitals to receive the highest ratings awarded. The ratings include an overall surgery rating, which combines results for 27 categories of scheduled surgeries, as well as individual ratings for five specific procedure types: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty, and carotid artery surgery. The results are published in the September 2013 issue.

Consumer Reports’ Surgery Ratings are based on an analysis of billing claims that hospitals submitted to Medicare for patients 65 and older, from 2009 through 2011, and cover 2,463 hospitals in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The surgery ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital’s Medicare patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected for their procedure. Research shows that mortality and length of stay correlate with complications, and some hospitals themselves use this approach to monitor quality. To develop the ratings, Consumer Reports worked with MPA, a health care consulting firm with expertise in analyzing billing claims and clinical records data and in helping hospitals use the information to improve patient safety.

The complete report is available in the September 2013 issue of Consumer Reports and online at These ratings evaluate hospitals and not individual surgeons.

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