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Raspberry Creek Books has reissued a 10th anniversary edition of “This Cursed Valley,” an historical novel set on the Western Slope, from Gunnison to Glenwood Springs. The novel by Gunnison resident Larry K. Meredith traces the history of the Crystal River Valley south of Carbondale and the surrounding area from 1879 to 1930 through the eyes of one man and his family. The 10th anniversary edition includes material that was not published in the original version and features an introduction by Anne Hillerman of Santa Fe, the daughter of famed novelist Tony Hillerman. “This Cursed Valley” will soon be available in e-book form for the Kindle, and can be purchased locally at the Book Train in Glenwood Springs.

Gracie Carbondale Jiu Jitsu training center on Buggy Circle in Carbondale now offers programs that cover self-defense, bullying and women empowerment. A special 10-day introductory trial is now available to learn the art of self-defense in a safe and relaxed environment. Contact owner/instructor Adam Nickamin at 319-1766 or or visit to learn more.

This holiday, the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Checks, which can be used at any restaurant, store or bank where checks are accepted in Glenwood Springs. There is no charge for Chamber Checks, and they can be written dollar for dollar in any amount as holiday gifts.

To purchase Chamber Checks, stop by the Glenwood Springs Chamber at 802 Grand Ave., or call 945-6589 for more information.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber’s Business Women’s Network Holiday Luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse, 0545 Bald Eagle Way. Enjoy networking and a holiday sing-along with Brad from the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Cost is $25 per person, all-inclusive for the holiday buffet. Register online at or contact Joni Bates at 945-1514 or

Burning Mountain Bowl in New Castle would like to welcome professional bowler Joe Salvemini from Las Vegas. Salvemini said he has always loved this area and is excited for the opportunity to work at this bowling center. He has been a member of the Professional Bowlers Association for 32 years. He earned three PBA national titles, and eight PBA regional titles. He has been working in bowling center and prop shop management for 20 years.

Carbondale-based Clean Energy Collective, pioneers of the community-owned solar model, is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Smith and Alexis Weaver to its sales team. As regional sales associates, they will assist electricity customers in the Holy Cross Territory discover and purchase locally produced clean energy through community solar. This includes Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute, Eagle, Edwards and Vail.

Smith, a Brooklyn native and 25-year Roaring Fork Valley resident, brings his sales expertise from the Roaring Fork Club, Lakota Canyon Ranch and Weaver and Briscoe Real Estate. Also a longtime Western Slope resident and experienced realtor with Weaver and Briscoe Real Estate, Weaver shares the community’s passion for conservation and environmental awareness.

Founded in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2010, CEC operates two community solar facilities in the Holy Cross Electric territory, including the first solar garden in the country as well as the largest.

For information about community solar can call CEC at (800) 646-0323 or 948-7732, or visit http://www.easycleanenergycom.

The Speckled Feather Mercantile of New Castle is excited to announce the addition of several new local artists to the shop. Todd and Pam Stark, of The Wily Coyote in New Castle, have a passion for rustic, western decor. Using reclaimed, recycled or repurposed items, they create treasures, from mirrors and barnwood frames to rusty bed spring candle holders.

Sarah Pagni is a stained glass designer. Her snowflake ornaments make the perfect addition to any Christmas decor. Gabriela Matherly, of Abuelitas Knitting in New Castle, brings her mother’s love of knitting to the Speckled Feather. Using the highest quality of yarns she offers scarves, shawls, hats and baby items.

Speckled Feather Mercantile also offers classes and free access to its Craft Cafe, a space set aside for patrons to work on their projects, whenever the shop is open. For details and a class schedule, visit

Michael Doherty, D.D.S of Crystal Valley Dental Associates, a full-service, family-based, wellness-centered dental practice in Carbondale, is pleased to announce the new installation of a pharyngometer/rhinometer to help with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea.

The pharyngometer/rhinometer sends harmless and painless sound waves down the airway to measure its diameter and target the “kink in the hose” that may be causing a problem. Next step is to find the jaw position that best allows for maximum air intake, and custom designing an oral appliance or orthotic as a remedy, and a better night’s sleep. Dr. Doherty takes a conservative, non-surgical approach to treatment ensuring the holistic “head to toe” overall health of his dental patients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 963-4882 or visit

“Your Simple 2013 Business Plan in Three Easy Steps” seminar is scheduled for from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at Third Street Center in Carbondale. In this seminar, business owners, executives and sales professionals will have the opportunity to gain a clear vision and become a more strategic business leader in their 2013 business and personal growth plans. For information or to register, contact Gary Hartman at 923-2400 or e-mail

Trea Traver, owner of the Once Upon a Child franchise store in the Roaring Fork Marketplace, announced that the franchise is for sale.

“My intention was never to run the store for a long period, but to keep the doors from closing and turn it into what I knew it had potential to be. I feel as though my staff and I have succeeded. The store will not be closing, it will simply be changing ownership,” Traver stated.

For information about the franchise being for sale, contact Traver at 970-930-2099 or For basic franchise information, go to

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