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Owner Mary Rose Collen invites everyone to the gala grand opening of the PIP aRT GaLLery from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 602 Main St. in Silt. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with The Silt Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m. Afterwards there will be refreshments and the chance to meet some of the artists whose works will be featured during the month of February. Collen brings several Silt area artists together in this artists cooperative, with potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, woodcrafters, sand etching, granite and stone carvers all sharing a space in the first-ever downtown Silt art gallery. The party continues with music provided by Yvette from 5-7 p.m. During the evening, you can also visit two neighboring businesses, where Silt Discount Liquors will be having free giveaways and Miner’s Claim Restaurant will feature a special appetizer selection with a wine pairing. The PIP aRT GaLLery will have winter hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as special evening events.

Backbone Media is proud to announce that its Polartec Made Possible College Challenge, now in its third year, has been recognized as one of the top digital/social communication campaigns of the year by Bulldog Digital. Chosen from hundreds of entries, the Polartec Made Possible contest and Facebook application won Bulldog Digital’s “Silver” award, alongside Microsoft, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Wal-Mart, among others.Polartec, the leading manufacturer of performance fabrics, launched the Polartec Made Possible Campaign in 2010 as a way to recognize collegiate outdoor programs nationwide and award one winning school a $10,000 grant. The Made Possible campaign was also recognized as a finalist in PR Daily’s Digital PR and Social Media Awards.More information on the Bulldog Digital Award Winners can be found at

The Floral Boutique has relocated to 1058 Village Road in Carbondale. Valentines flowers and attitude still available. Call Lori at 963-0866 for directions to your Valentines Day headquarters.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) announces the hire of Jason Smith as Rock Bottom Ranch director. Jason brings 13 years of work experience as a business manager, chef and farmer and comes to ACES from North Carolina where he ran a farm with his wife Sarah, producing more than 100 varieties of vegetables, heritage breed pigs, chickens, goats, turkeys and more. Prior to his agricultural endeavors, Jason worked in the restaurant industry, including The Little Nell and other renowned establishments. That experience made him passionate about local food and led him to pursue an education in sustainable agriculture and he now holds certificates in Agricultural Sustainability, Organic Crop Production and Sustainable Livestock Production. He is enthusiastic about educating others, and has worked with students of all ages on topics related to sustainable agriculture.Jason Smith says, “It is such an honor to contribute to an organization with a reputation as exceptional as ACES. Rock Bottom Ranch is the perfect setting for producing food in a sustainable manner, and showing everyone how easily it can be done at home. I am excited to return home to the Roaring Fork Valley, where our amazing community inspires me daily.”

Raylene Avery of Ray’s Tangle 2 (under new ownership as Southern Comfort) at 315 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs is back on Thursdays and Fridays. To schedule an appointment with Ray call 970-945-5056. You can also schedule an appointment with Ray at Creekside Salon & Spa, 386 Main St. in New Castle, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling 970-984-3625. New customers, bring this notice and receive 10 percent off your first service.

The 11th annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Co. Alliance (DARCA) will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 6-8, at the Two-Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.The convention, Water for Food – Food for Life, will focus on issues that farmers and ranchers are facing in the production of food, forage, and fiber for consumers. A wide variety of speakers have been invited and additional topics will include presentations on current legislation, legal issues and federal regulations facing agricultural producers and the ditch and reservoir companies that provide them water. DARCA will be hosting a preconvention workshop on Wednesday, March 6, that will deal with water efficiency issues and how they relate to agricultural operations as well as ditch and reservoir companies. The final day of the convention, Friday, March 8, will feature three concurrent workshops: GIS for Ditch Companies, How Local Governments Can Help Ditch Companies, and Canal SafetyFor information regarding convention registration as well as sponsorship or exhibitor registration opportunities please visit or contact John McKenzie at (970) 412-1960 or

CNNMoney reports Colorado Mountain College ranks in the top 20 out of nearly 800 community colleges from around the nation for successful graduation and transfer rates. The ranking was created for the news outlet by College Measures, a leading researcher of comparative value within higher education.CMC’s “success rate” earned the college the No. 17 slot nationally, as well as the No. 1 ranking within Colorado. This places the college in the top 2 percent of success rates among all medium-sized public community colleges. The success rate is drawn from each school’s federally reported rates of students graduating within three years or transferring to a four-year college. CNNMoney’s list compared all community colleges in the U.S. with more than 200 full-time freshmen. The article and ranking can be found at

Decypher Technologies is pleased to announce that a new engineer has joined its team. Leon Jaimes is certified as a Cisco and VMWare professional. Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking, and VMWare specializes in virtualization software for desktops and servers. Jaimes holds CCNA and VCP4 certifications. Decypher has eleven other technicians with certifications in Apple, Microsoft, and more.Decypher Technologies operates in the Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle Valley, with offices in Aspen and Avon. Decypher’s Apple, Microsoft and Cisco certified technicians receive annual training to remain competitive and advance their technical skills and knowledge. Learn more at and

For the 18th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in REP magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to Hollis E. Kelley Jr., a financial advisor in Glenwood Springs. The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories.Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.3 out of 10 possible points. Additionally, 96 percent of respondents said they believe Edward Jones is the best firm to work for in the financial services industry.Some of Edward Jones’ highest scores were 9.7 for ethics, 9.3 for clarity of client account statements, 9.5 for client access to online account information and 9.7 for the high quality of the firm’s branch office administrators.

Bank of Colorado is announcing the retirement of Glenwood Springs Branch President Jeff Johnson, and the promotion of Bill Deter as the new branch president, effective Jan. 1. Johnson, a native of Palisade, is concluding a 40-plus year banking career, the last 20 years with Bank of Colorado. His position included management of the Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Rifle markets. Johnson will continue working on a part-time basis with Bank of Colorado in Glenwood Springs in a consultant capacity. Deter began his banking career in 1992 in the Denver Metro area. He came to Bank of Colorado as senior vice president in 2011. Deter has served as an ambassador of the Glenwood Chamber and is active in Junior Achievement and in LIFT-UP.Deter and his family are outdoor enthusiasts and have enjoyed the outdoors in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 20 years. He is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Fort Lewis College. He has assumed the role of branch president for the Glenwood Springs branch located at 901 Grand Ave., the Basalt branch located at 655 East Valley Road and the Rifle branch located at 1200 Railroad Ave.

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