Aspen Land & Homes joins franchiseAspen Land & Homes joined forces with the Sotheby’s International Realty network by entering into a franchise agreement.The Sotheby’s International Realty network is on an aggressive growth path, having signed 12 franchise agreements in the United States and one master franchisor in Europe. The network also signed a long-term strategic alliance with Cendant, the world’s leading real estate brokerage franchiser.Aspen Land & Homes closed more than $202 million in sales volume last year, more than double its amount in 2003.Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates Inc. supports its franchise affiliates with operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchises also benefit from an association with the 260-year-old Sotheby’s auction house. Livestock producers learn identificationAt a recent workshop the Cooperative Extension sponsored, approximately 30 livestock producers from Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties learned about the pilot animal identification project in Colorado. The event included speakers from the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science, the state veterinarian’s office and a cooperating producer. For additional information about the pilot animal identification program, contact extension agent Patrick McCarty at 625-3969.Another way to help tsunami victimsX-Drop has launched its first fund-raiser of the new year in conjunction with KSNO. Together with other area businesses and the support of the community, X-Drop is accepting items for auction on eBay, and the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. In addition, X-Drop is donating 10 percent of its commission on every item donated. Drop items off at X-Drop’s location at 910 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, and X-Drop will turn items into cash and donate the proceeds to the Red Cross. Information: 945-2575.A good time with your puppyDog and puppy training classes this month at High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters include: beginning clicker obedience with Sue Schmidt, six sessions, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23; puppy kindergarten for puppies 9-16 weeks with Tracey Yajko, six sessions, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26; and Tracey’s Games & Tricks class for dogs older than 4 months, 9:30-11 a.m., Jan 30. Information: 947-0014.Silt’s Business After HoursFrom 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, Cowgirl Blues Gallery, 701 Main St. in Silt, will host the Silt Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Refreshments will be provided. Karen Trulove recently opened Cowgirl Blues Gallery, featuring picture framing, hand-crafted Western-style furniture, antiques, handmade candles, gifts, puzzles, posters and books with a focus on local artwork and photography. Consignments are considered. For more information, call 876-1937.Winter driving helpLearn to drive on ice and snow like the professionals. The Aspen Winter Driving Experience is holding half-day and full-day classes seven days each week until the end of March at Woody Creek Raceway, 550 Raceway Road in Woody Creek. Information, reservations: 922-2227.
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