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Ali Simonson has joined the staff at Making New Waves Salon in New Castle. She will be adding many new services, such as spa manicures, spa pedicures, facials and waxing, along with her fun hair fashions and some of her latest hair trends. To make an appointment with Ali, call 984-3771 or 618-8381.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center has once again joined efforts with Colorado Mountain College and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network to present an informative business seminar series. This spring, there will be five seminars in the RFBRC/CMC/ SBDC series, which will be held at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. Each seminar is just $35 and runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday mornings in March and April. The seminars are designed to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to successfully run their organizations. Seminar topics include: Buying and Selling a Business (March 7), Marketing Your Small Business (March 21), Facebook & Linked-In for Business (March 28), Improving Your Sales (April 4), and Understanding Business Financials and Taxes (April 11). For full seminar descriptions, visit Advanced registration is recommended and may be done so by calling the CMC Glenwood Center at 970-945-7486.

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

Mike Besaw has joined Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as maintenance manager, bringing more than six years of ride maintenance experience from Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver. Besaw is responsible for maintaining the Adventure Park’s buildings, grounds, attractions, cave, tramway and vehicles, and for managing the maintenance staff.”Mike’s extensive experience with theme park rides and attractions will allow us to more easily identify and implement industry best practices,” said Nancy Heard, mountain operations manager. “His expertise and his focus on safety make him a strong addition to our team.”In addition to his years at Elitch Gardens, Besaw has more than 10 years of management experience in the hospitality industry. For more information about the park, visit or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228.

Vicki Lee Green Realtors would like to congratulate Michelle James for being the listing agent of the month for January. Michelle has 20 years of experience selling real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley.Vicki Lee Green Realtors would also like to congratulate LaPriel Armijo for being the sales person of the month for January. LaPriel has been selling real estate since 1992.

The White Dog, Carbondale’s new fine arts gallery, is featuring the work of Dianne Parks.Born and raised in New Orleans, Dianne received her art training at McCrady School of Fine Art in the French Quarter.Her paintings are primarily oil on canvas with emphasis on the vibrancy, color and light of southern Louisiana. The White Dog Gallery is the only gallery outside of New Orleans to offer Dianne Parks originals.Dianne has created a special selection of “Limited Edition Giclee Fine Art Canvases” specifically for The White Dog Gallery.

As part of the town of New Castle’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, many local businesses are accepting special commemorative wooden nickels that can be exchanged for special discounts. Participating businesses include: Mr. T’s Hardware and Building Supply, Silver Club Saloon, Elk Creek Mining Co., New Castle Subway, Speckled Feather Mercantile, Making New Waves Salon, EconoLodge Inn & Suites, Burning Mountain Bowl Sports Bar and Fun Center, New Castle Branch Library, Spirits of New Castle and Stop n’ Save. Details regarding the discounts being offered can be found on the town of New Castle website at The wooden nickels, embossed with the town logo, are being distributed at 125th Anniversary events, and are being accepted through Burning Mountain Days in early September. The wooden nickels are free and are also available at New Castle Town Hall and the Community Center, along with the New Castle Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, please contact New Castle Recreation at 970-984-3352.

Matt Armentrout has become the newest member of Green Line Architects in Carbondale. He holds a master’s of architecture degree from the University of Nebraska (2011).Studying for his degree, Matt looked for opportunities to be inventive, while meeting the challenges of design projects. It is here that he developed a critical eye for beauty; and curiosity toward what is possible. Matt worked for a brief while as a wood craftsman, building fine cabinetry and drafting of custom furniture designs. This experience impacted the way he thinks about detail and quality in his work. It also gave him an appreciation for natural and authentic materials, which is something school could not provide.Matt is from Omaha, Neb., and only recently moved to Colorado in pursuit of his career. He is embracing the mountain lifestyle. Outside of architecture Matt also enjoys mountain bike rides, falling down on his snowboard, making things with his hands, spending time with his dog Barley and painting.

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