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Colorado Mountain College recently joined Garfield Clean Energy. On December 10, CMC’s Board of Trustees voted to join GCE, making it the 10th quasi-governmental entity in Western Colorado to join. CMC will now have access to GCE’s programs and resources for its Garfield County facilities via GCE.

“Colorado Mountain College welcomes this opportunity to join GCE,” said Nancy Genova, President of CMC’s Rifle Campus. “The college is very committed to furthering our sustainability initiatives. GCE’s partnership and expertise will help to provide more educational opportunities for our Sustainability students through internships and other learning opportunities. Also, it will further assist the college in making our buildings more energy efficient and in writing grants to assist in our work in sustainability. We are very excited and honored to be a part of this group. It is definitely a win for all!

CMC joins Garfield County, the six municipalities with Garfield County, the Library District, and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority in Garfield Clean Energy.

“Must. Have. Wine. A Toast to Motherhood,” co-authored by Katrina Epp of Rifle, was recently ranked No. 1 on’s Hot New Releases in Motherhood list.

The book is described as “a collection of relatable stories by everyday moms assuring that none of us are perfect and we’re all in this crazy race together.”

“Our goal in writing this book is to make you feel good about being the best mom you can be. There is no perfect,” said Epp. “What I really like about the book is we designed it so the chapters are highlighted by an emotion associated with motherhood.”

Epp and co-author Leah Speer of Sandestin, Fla. have never met in person. Via e-mail, Skype, text messages and phone calls, the two moms wrote and re-wrote stories and interviewed women from all over the country.

Other planned books include “Must. Have. Football. Daddy’s Favorite Ways To Escape and Unwind,” and “Must. Have. Wine. Vol. 2: The Wives Edition.”

The Carbondale office of Otak Inc. has relocated to 1821 Blake St. in historic Lower Downtown Denver as of Dec.18. Principal Kate Schwarzler announced the move, noting that Otak has been privileged to be part of the regional community for the past 13 years, and has appreciated the support and relationships that the firm and staff have established in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“We are also pleased to announce that Linda Schuemaker will remain a part of Otak and will continue serving clients from her home office in Glenwood Springs,” Schwarzler said. “We will continue to provide great service to our clients, and are excited about the new opportunities that await us in Denver.”

Established in 1981, Otak is a full-service landscape architecture, architecture, planning, design and engineering firm based in Portland, Ore.

For the seventh quarter in a row, ANB Bank has received the highest rating as a Blue Ribbon Bank from VERIBANC Inc., an independent, national bank rating firm. Based on recent financial data obtained from the Federal Reserve Bank’s Call Report for the Third Quarter 2012, Veribanc qualified ANB as a Blue Ribbon Bank using an eight-level rating system, plus satisfying additional safety related criteria.

In qualifying for the Blue Ribbon Bank status, banks must receive Veribanc’s highest Green, Three Stars rating which includes all six factors that the Federal regulators utilize in determining the government’s “CAMELS” ratings – Capital strength, Asset quality, Management, Earnings, Liquidity, and Sensitivity to market risk. In addition, the bank must satisfy further safety related criteria.

“We are pleased to continually be recognized by outside financial analysts for our strong financial condition,” says Koger Propst, bank president. “As a large, independent bank, receiving this designation reinforces the commitment we make every day to our customers, shareholders and community to maintain our financial strength.”

The bank has also achieved a Green – 5-Star rating with BauerFinancial, Inc., their highest rating as well. BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the financial conditions of the nation’s banking industry since 1983.

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