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Local real estate agents Don Markley and Brad Knotts of RE/MAX Country are certified distressed property experts and are now offering free educational information for homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages.

Accessible through, these educational materials clearly explain what a homeowner’s options are when faced with an unaffordable mortgage, as well as the benefits of each option.

One option highlighted in the website is the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, which offers eligible homeowners $3,000 to pursue a short sale or deed-in-lieu, two alternatives to foreclosure.

“We often find that homeowners in a difficult financial situation will hesitate to directly contact a professional for help,” Markley said. “Our website offers a way to learn about what options are available so anyone can empower themselves with the necessary knowledge and then contact me to help pursue their best options.”

Call 970-947-1324 or 970-379-4011 for more details.

Gheorghe Chistol has joined W.J. Bradley Mortgage in Glenwood Springs as office manager/loan assistant. He comes from Wells Fargo Retail Bank, where he had been a personal banker. He brings fluency in the languages of English, Russian, Spanish and Romanian and will be a great asset with his education based on finance and banking. If you are looking to refinance or buy a home please contact W.J. Bradley Mortgage at (970) 456-4821 or stop by and congratulate Gheorghe on his promotion at 214 Eighth St. Suite 100 in Glenwood Springs.

River Valley Ranch is excited to welcome one-time WTA tour player Cristina Sirianni as director of tennis.

As director of tennis, Sirianni will offer lessons, clinics and USTA league teams for adults, youth and children. Beginning to advanced players will find creative and challenging programming to build their skills and love of the game. From clinics like “Fit for Tennis” to “Playing to Win: Strategies for Winning Doubles,” there is something for everyone. Her private and semi-private lessons are a great way to get intense, focused instruction.

Sirianni will also host social events like “Breakfast at Wimbledon” and will serve as tournament director for the 15th annual River Valley Ranch Tennis Classic, USTA sanctioned tennis tournament on July 6-8.

Sirianni formerly worked at the Heron Bay Tennis Club in Coral Springs, Fla., where she has been very successful in inspiring both new and experienced tennis players to improve their games.

A USPTA Certified teaching professional, Sirianni is also certified in the Etcheberry method of strength, conditioning and movement in sports. She holds an MBA in International Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

For more information you can contact River Valley Ranch and Sirianni at 970-963-6300.

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce board of directors has voted to appoint Andrea Stewart executive director of the Chamber effective April 1. She has been acting director since January 2012 when former executive director, Sherri McClenahan, resigned. Andrea has been with the Carbondale Chamber since August 2008 helping with marketing, tourism and member services.

“Andrea’s personable smile is contagious, and her enthusiasm in helping Chamber members made this decision to secure her as the permanent face of the Chamber as executive director very easy,” said Andy Lietz, president of the Carbondale Chamber.

For more information about the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, call 970-963-1890 or email:

HMR Program for Weight Management at Valley View Hospital was recently awarded the 2011 HMR Gold Standard Certificate of Achievement. This award distinguishes Valley View’s program from hundreds of clinics nationwide using the program for weight loss developed by Health Management Resources (HMR).

HMR recognizes programs that demonstrate excellence in performance and patient care by presenting gold standard certificates annually to a select group of clinics across the nation. Certificates are awarded in categories such as greatest weight-loss rates, outstanding group attendance and best weight maintenance data.

HMR Weight Management offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes intensive lifestyle education and the option of medical supervision for those with weight-related medical conditions. For information, visit, call (970) 945-2324 or email

A true passion for the outdoors and environmental conservation combined with technical expertise has led local engineer Christian “Chris” Romeyn, PE, CFM to establish a new engineering firm here in the Roaring Fork Valley, Rapid Engineering LLC.

Rapid Engineering specializes in river restoration, water resources, water rights and general civil engineering services and is currently working in regions throughout Colorado that have a need for the firm’s specific skills.

“My original interest in river restoration design work started when I worked with Rio Grande Restoration and the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico,” Romeyn said. “I realized the tremendous need for engineering expertise in river projects and became focused on steering my career in this direction.”

Romeyn has a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from the University of Vermont (1993), as well as a second Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado (2004). During his master’s program, Romeyn collaborated on a USGS National Research Program project to develop a model for calculating cross-stream shear stress distribution in gravel and cobble bed channels. Since 2002, Romeyn has been actively working in water resources and river engineering in both Nevada (2002-04) and Colorado (2004 to present).

Whitewater Rafting, a family-owned Glenwood Springs business since 1974, has been sold to Phoebe and Eric Larsson of Breckenridge. The Larssons are experienced business owners and rafting enthusiasts.

Ken Larson and his family started the business in 1974 with just a few kayaks and built the business to become one of the biggest river rafting companies in the U.S.

The business is located at 2000 Devereux Road in the building which the Larsons designed to fulfill the needs of their guests. Whitewater Rafting runs trips on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.

The sale of the business and real estate was completed April 16 and the new owners will maintain the same high standards of guest services as experienced over the last 38 years. Susie Larson will remain with the new owners to make a smooth transition.

River Valley Ranch welcomes Roaring Fork Valley local Sean Chatellard as assistant tennis pro.

Chatellard grew up alpine ski racing and playing tennis as a junior in the French Alps. He came to the United States in 2005 and played No. 1 singles for Aspen High School during his sophomore and junior years. For his senior year he attended the “Weil Tennis Academy” in Ojai, Calif.

In the summer 2007, Chatellard returned to Europe to pursue high level tennis training in order to play Open and ITF tournaments. Chatellard trained and taught at the Geneva Country Club in Switzerland before moving back to the United States last year to continue pursuing his passion for both skiing and tennis.

In addition to teaching tennis, Chatellard is also available for racket stringing. For more information you can contact River Valley Ranch and Chatellard at 970-963-6300.

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