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This November, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (Grassroots), a buying group of nearly 40 independent specialty retailers with 80 plus stores across the United States, and Marmot Mountain LLC, a leading outdoor clothing, apparel and equipment manufacturer, will be working closely together to raise up to $10,000 for the Conservation Alliance, one of the outdoor industry’s most esteemed environmental conservation organizations. Promoted through Grassroots retailers during the month of November, $10 from the sale of any Marmot products costing at least $99 will go directly to the Conservation Alliance.

Carl Moak, owner of Summit Canyon Mountaineering, said: “We are happy to have this opportunity to team with Marmot and the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance to support the vital work of the Conservation Alliance.”

Since its creation in 1989, the Conservation Alliance has been heralded for its preservation of wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate and has played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wild lands and climbing areas.

Spa of the Rockies at Glenwood Hot Springs was recently recognized as a winner in the 2012 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Mineral or Thermal Spring Spa. This marks the second time in two years that Spa of the Rockies has been voted a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice.

The 2012 awards, announced Oct. 15, were based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder’s websites and by readers of SpaFinder Wellness digital publications.

Voters were asked to cast ballots only for stay and day spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years. Spas from six continents and 44 countries were nominated.

To view the SpaFinder Awards, visit http://www.spafinder. com/rca/category-winners.htm.

Dr. Patricio Gonzalez, who practices dentistry for Mountain Family Health Centers in Rifle, has received an award from the Colorado Service Corps for “Providing Outstanding Health Care to the Underserved.” The award was given in Denver at an awards ceremony on Oct. 11. Dr. Gonzalez was the only dentist in the state to receive the award.

For homeowners facing foreclosure, a loan modification – changing the original terms of the loan – can represent an attractive option because it allows the homeowner to stay in their home.

But Debbie Sanderson, a certified Distressed Property Expert with RE/MAX Country, offers some cautionary advice.

“According to studies done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, over half of the people who get a loan modification end up re-defaulting within six months,” she said.

“In reality, a loan modification works for people in a very specific set of circumstances. They are people who are normally financially stable, who have found themselves with a temporary problem that is threatening their home,” said Sanderson.

Job loss or an unexpected illness are the most common temporary issues that arise. For homeowners who know that their situation will be fixed in the near future, a loan modification makes sense.

For most people in danger of losing their home, however, these circumstances don’t apply. Their financial issues are often larger and beyond the scope of what a bank will consider for a loan modification. For those homeowners, it is important that they are educated on their options.

As a certified Distressed Property Expert, Sanderson is knowledgeable about foreclosure avoidance options and is qualified to negotiate with banks and help struggling homeowners regain peace of mind and a sense of stability for the future.

Her free report, “Loan Modification Secrets,” is available on the RE/MAX Country website, The report provides a rundown of all of the ways that a short sale is more beneficial to homeowners than foreclosure.

After eight years of rescuing homeless pets in the Roaring Fork Valley, Animal Rescue Foundation of Carbondale (ARF) has transferred its operations to Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter.

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of ARF’s staff, supporters and volunteers over the years, more than 800 homeless dogs and cats have found safe new homes,” said ARF Founder Peggy Corcillo.

“Rifle Animal Shelter, which is run by Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter, shares the same mission, has a large cadre of dedicated volunteers, enjoys outstanding community support and is working hard to raise funds for a greatly expanded shelter which will benefit all the homeless animals in our area.”

Heather Mullen, director of Rifle Animal Shelter, was a volunteer for ARF before taking her current position. She is familiar with ARF’s mission and volunteers.

“I look forward to working with the members of this fine group to continue our joint mission of saving as many animals as possible,” Mullen said.

The Rifle Animal Shelter is located at 569 County Road 265, across from the Rifle High School. It placed 469 animals in new adoptive homes in 2011.

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Attraction By Design Salon is excited to announce the addition of Hair Stylist Kellyann Marlow.

Kellyann apprenticed under Total Look Salons of Connecticut, where she specialized in creative color and cuts. She brings an East Coast cosmopolitan style and flavor to the Roaring Fork Valley.

Opened in 2011 by Stylist Nicole Baca, Attraction by Design Salon specializes in presentation, quality cuts, color and extensions for the working class professional and beyond. The salon is located at 1830 Blake Ave. (The Glenwood Medical Building) Suite 207A next door to Valley View Hospital. Call 366-7076 for an appointment or consultation.

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