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On Feb. 28, Carbondale local bioenergenic practitioner, spiritual healer and personal coach Michelle Manning-Kogler made the first cut in the Conari Press International search for the next top self-help author.Authors who qualify will advance through four rounds until one grand prize winner is rewarded a publishing contract with Conari Press, as well as a speaking gig at one of the largest conferences in the country, Celebrate Your Life (Mishka Productions).More than 600 competitors sent in videos stating their reasons for wanting to become the next top self-help author. Seventy out of these were chosen to move into round two. Winners were chosen based on public votes and video content.In this next round, contestants are asked to submit a book proposal and a chapter of their book. Twenty-five of these remaining 70 will be chosen to move on to round three. Again, the decision will be based on public votes and submitted materials.In round three contestants will be asked to submit two new/additional chapters. The contest closes on April 30.For more information please send email to Michelle at To see her submitted video and vote, go to

Glenwood Veterinary Clinic is now offering full-service veterinary care for horses and small animals on Saturday. In order to accommodate the busy schedules of our clients, dogs and cats can be seen at the clinic, and horses can be seen at the farm or the clinic for either elective or emergency work from 8 a.m. to noon, starting April 2. Walk-ins are accepted as the schedule permits, but appointments are recommended for elective work. Equine, bovine, and small animal emergencies during evening hours and for the rest of the weekend will continue to be covered as they have in the past.Glenwood Veterinary Clinic has provided medical, dental and surgical services for large and small animals in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond since 1936. Over the years, GVC has grown from a single-person country practice to a five-doctor full-service large and small animal veterinary practice, and includes a state of the art equine hospital and surgical facility.Glenwood Veterinary Clinic is located at 2514 Grand Ave., just north of the Sunlight Bridge and across the street from Rivers Restaurant. For more information about the new Saturday schedule, contact GVC by phone at 945-5401, by email at, or visit their website at

After years of work and study gaining vast experience in the tourism and travel industry, Vicky Nash decided to establish her own public relations and media communications firm in March 2001. Since then Resort Trends Inc. has been providing targeted media communications services to a variety of tourism and hospitality clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region.”My No. 1 goal is to help the businesses I represent get visibility in the marketplace with positive story placements in influential local and national media,” said Nash, Resort Trends Chief Executive Officer.The world famous Glenwood Hot Springs was Resort Trends’ first client. Nash has seen Colorado’s premier hot springs resort through a number of changes in the last decade, including several remodeling projects and the impressive addition of the Spa of the Rockies, a world class spa facility, in 2008. In addition to Glenwood Hot Springs, Resort Trends Inc. clients include: Gateway Canyons – a destination for leisure and learning retreats owned by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks; Snowmass Village Tourism – a premier Colorado resort and group meeting destination; Internet Honey – a provider of marketing technologies for the travel and tourism industry; Historic Hotels of the Rockies – an association of eclectic historic accommodations located in the Western states; and Stonebridge Cos. – an innovative hotel development company with properties across the United States. Nash earned her master’s degree from the University of Colorado’s Tourism and Resort Planning program. In her nearly 30 years of experience, she has established long-term relationships with clients and influenced many national and international media outlets resulting in hundreds of story placements.Resort Trends Inc. provides strategic public relations plans for individual businesses and regional destinations; services are customized for each client. Among the many services Resort Trends Inc. provides are press kit production, press release distribution, media event and trade show representation, customized media database development, online pressroom creation and management, familiarization trip planning, media placement tracking, and newsletter and email content creation. Resort Trends Inc. is poised for its next decade of growth and welcomes new travel and tourism clients for public relations and communications representation. For a comprehensive review of firm services, visit or call 948-4923.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was named Editor’s Pick for “Best Emerging Attraction” by Colorado Meeting + Events magazine at its annual Best Of Colorado awards ceremony in Denver recently. According to editor Beth Buehler, “When starting with something as cool as the caverns that can be explored at this Glenwood Springs attraction, it forms a great base for something more. The adventure park keeps adding new features such as the zip ride and bungee jump that will greet 2011 guests. The alpine coaster and canyon swing bring out the kid in anyone, and there’s laser tag, saloon photos, rock climbing, a 4D ride theater and more to entertain. This is an ideal place for a casual group experience such as a day of fun complemented with a picnic. There might even be time for a meeting and a stop at the famous hot springs and quaint downtown.” “We have really focused on developing our group events business the past few years,” explained Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife, Jeanne. “The group picnic package that we are now offering has worked out well for us and for our customers. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”For more information about group events, visit and click on the Groups link at the top of the page, or call 970-945-4228 or 800-530-1635, ext. 118.

Deb Onorofskie recently joined W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital Corp., a privately held independent mortgage lending firm, as a mortgage loan officer. Onorofskie has more than 20 years experience in personal, small business and commercial lending. Previous to that. she worked in the areas of small business development/ownership, advertising sales, real estate sales and property management.The recently opened W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital Corp. is at 214 Eighth St., Suite 100, Glenwood Springs, and can be reached at 366-3582.Two new flavors from Sophisticated SyrupsSophisticated Syrups LLC located in Glenwood Springs announces the addition of two new flavors, All’s Well and Lime Merry Mint, to its line of healthy liquid sweeteners/flavoring syrups. These new flavors join the family of organic birch sourced xylitol syrups that are flavored with aromatherapies. Founded in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2010, Sophisticated Syrups has exhibited steady growth with a loyal following. They are available locally at Good Health in Glenwood, The Carbondale Health Food Co-op, Corky Woods in Willits (El Jebel) and at Radiant Health in Aspen. Wholesale and shipping available on-line at is pleased to announce the addition of several local artisans to its growing list of artists, inventors, craftsmen and small businesses members. Sally Melia: Reconstructed BagsGlenwood Springs artist Sally Melia creates her “reconstructed” bags from food packaging that would otherwise land in the trash. A professional seamstress for more than 30 years, Sally likes to use scrap and readily available materials to create functional and beautiful designs.Nichole Hope: Award-Winning SingerSilt’s own Nichole Hope is now offering her CD “No Limits” on Completely Colorado. Her single “Said One Mother” made it to No. 13 on the Power Source Top 20 Countdown February/March 2010, and No. 4 on the Christian Country Charts in March 2010. The song can be heard in its entirety on’s music player.These artists join the ever-growing community of Colorado artists, musicians, authors and chefs who have joined the CompletelyColorado is the brainchild of New Castle web designer Elyse Hutchinson. Elyse has been designing websites for clients nation-wide for 15 years. The website features work from artisans from all over Colorado, including Denver, Palisade, New Castle, Parachute, Pueblo, Walden, Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.

J.L. Haneke Financial & Insurance Services Inc. ( would like to congratulate our staff member, Jody Bergerud, CPCU, for passing the Colorado Property & Casualty licensing exams this month. These exams are required by the state of Colorado in order to sell insurance such as commercial general liability, workman’s comp, homeowners, auto, and more. These exams are very difficult and take a great deal of preparation in order to pass. Although Jody was previously licensed in another state for these insurance lines, Colorado requires he pass the exams here in our state. With his extensive background in property and casualty insurance, we knew this would be an easily achievable task for him. As an Independent Agency, we want our agents to be able to consult with clients on all sides of their life. So we are excited for Jody to further assist our business and individual clients that he has already been helping with their life, health, disability, and Medicare supplement policies. We are very proud of his achievement.

Colorado Mountain College continues its new series of Saturday workshops exploring the latest trends that businesses are using to generate more clients and more revenue.On Saturday, April 9, Patrick Curry teaches Sales Basics. Curry specializes in start-up market and sales-driven companies. His workshop addresses sales strategy, prospecting plans, reaching the decision makers and closing a deal. These workshops meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CMC’s Glenwood Center (1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs). The cost of each workshop is $60 and advance registration is required.For more information regarding the workshops or registration, please call 945-7486.

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