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Tom and Lisa Rogers of Rifle are new members of the American Angus Association, reports John Crouch, executive vice president of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Mo.The American Angus Association is the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 14 million registered Angus.The association records ancestral information and keeps production records on individual animals for its members. These permanent records help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce high quality, efficient breeding cattle which are then recorded with the American Angus Association.

A free prelicensing training for starting up your own business of home-based child care will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-12 in Glenwood Springs. The program will teach about the process, fees and regulations for licensing your home to care for children.Family child-care homes are especially needed in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel and Aspen.Register by Aug. 8 at 945-9191, ext. 3066. The program is sponsored by the Garfield County Department of Human Services Childcare Program.

The Hotel Colorado is pleased to welcome Michelle Miller as the new banquet manager.Miller recently joined the management team and will oversee implementation of all events and banquet rooms services. “I am excited to be part of a wonderful team and a historical environment. I look forward to bringing some new levels of training and service to the banquet area of the property as well as the new private dining room, which truly opens up several additional options for our groups,” Miller said.Most recently with a private catering company for four years in Denver, Miller is knowledgeable in all aspects of event coordination.

Scott Becker recently joined the Bank of Colorado Rifle Branch management team, bringing more than 30 years of management and commercial lending experience with him. Becker, the new AVP, has worked in such places as Idaho, San Francisco, and most recently Washington state. He enjoys being involved in the Chamber, Rotary and other community-based organizations.

Dr. Lawrence Spivack and 20/20 EyeCare are pleased to announce their partnership, Western Slope Laser. Beginning this summer, Dr. Spivack will travel to Glenwood Springs each month to perform LASIK at the 20/20 EyeCare office. LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea and results in vision correction with a quick recovery time and fewer side effects and complications than other vision correction methods.20/20 EyeCare is the only eye care center in Glenwood Springs to offer LASIK surgery, and Dr. Spivack will be performing it with the most highly advanced technology. 20/20 EyeCare offers same-day eyewear from the full-service lab, thorough eye exams and LASIK evaluation. The optical boutique offers a huge selection of fashionable frames, sunglasses, contacts and accessories. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in Glenwood Springs at 3122 Blake Ave. in the Roaring Fork Marketplace near Wal-Mart. To schedule a consultation or to register for an upcoming seminar, call 945-2020 or visit

Neil-Garing Insurance welcomes Mike Friend, commercial lines producer. Mike moved to Colorado last year from Chickasha, Okla., with his wife, Sara, and son, Corbin. Mike has four years insurance experience and enjoys whitewater rating, camping and painting. Neil-Garing has offered total insurance solutions to Western Colorado since 1985.

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