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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

The law firm of Kerst & Strautman P.C. of Glenwood Springs is pleased to announce that Jeff Cheney has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Cheney previously worked at the District Attorney’s Office. Cheney’s practice will focus on the areas of civil litigation, estate planning, probate and trust administration, conservatorships and guardianships, real estate and business formation. See the firm’s website,, for more information on attorneys and specialties.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) has hired former Glenwood Springs Post Independent managing editor Heather McGregor and Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student Maisa Metcalf to help expand the organization’s clean-energy efforts in Colorado.McGregor will serve as director of the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative, the 10-member entity working on energy efficiency and renewable energy for governments, businesses and households throughout Garfield County. The collaborative includes Garfield County, the county’s six towns, the Garfield Public Library District, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and Colorado Mountain College.CLEER manages the programs and services of Garfield Clean Energy. McGregor helped form the organization and managed several of its programs during her prior employment with CLEER from 2008 to 2010.McGregor will also handle technical writing and webinar development for a training package for government and private sector vehicle fleet managers. The pilot project, funded by a Colorado Energy Office grant soon to be awarded to CLEER, is aimed at helping select communities in western Colorado and on the Front Range adopt alternative vehicle fuels such as plug-in electric and compressed natural gas (CNG).Metcalf will serve as a bilingual CLEER energy coach and outreach coordinator. As an energy coach, she will help home and business owners learn more about energy savings, utility rebates and low-interest loan opportunities to help pay for energy upgrades. She will also handle CLEER’s community outreach, such as the displays to be installed at Garfield Public Libraries for Earth Day, and continue CLEER’s work of tracking results in energy savings over time.CLEER is a nonprofit organization based in Carbondale. For more information, visit and www.

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, seminars 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 April. The seminars are designed to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to successfully run their organizations. Remaining seminar topics include: 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.

Weight Management of the Rockies, an HMR Program (formally HMR Weight Management at Valley View Hospital) is under new ownership. Nicole Dacuma, M.S. (exercise physiologist) is now the owner and director of the program. This state-of-the-art treatment program has been operating in the Roaring Fork Valley for 24 years offering intensive lifestyle education, personalized attention and followup and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management. HMR offers a variety of diet options appropriate for anyone wanting to lose 10-200 or more pounds. Dacuma will be retaining the same staff, Joyce Rinehart, Brenda Grange, Jill Garling RN and Roz Fowler, RD. Jamie Faught MD is the new program physician. Stop by and visit at 410 20th St. Suite 103, call to schedule a free information session at 970-945-2324, or go to the website at

The Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course is open for the season. The course continues to improve each season, as the manager is determined to uphold the high standard of Roaring Fork Valley golf. Latest upgrades include beautiful spruce trees replacing aged poplar trees. It has been called “the new course” because of the large number of trees and shrubs added to increase its visual appeal.Golfer scan get a value as low as $14 per round, with easy access right along Highway 82.For information, call the Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course at 963-4410.

On March 11 Deb Korbel and Mitzi Kadrmas of Paradise Day Spa, 2520 Grand Ave. Suite 102 in Glenwood Springs, attended an introductory workshop and demonstration for the upcoming launch of NO Ammonia – No Odor permanent hair color. The new line, Colorinsider, offers a breakthrough in technology by delivering color into the hair via oil rather than ammonia, thus delivering smoother and shinier results even on grey hair.Paradise Day Spa is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (earlier a.m. appointments by request). Call 970-928-9782.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse was named the No. 1 independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker affiliate in Colorado and recently recognized its top producers and several long-standing employees who embody the company’s core values with an awards ceremony in their honor. The 2012 top producers honored for their sales excellence include Nancy Emerson and Ryan Jennings of the Carbondale office; and Chris Patrick and the team of Nancy Carlson and Mandy Murray in the Glenwood Springs office. Also honored were the Coldwell Banker Mason Morse brokers who were in the Top 10 percent of the MLS in 2012, including: Nancy Emerson, Jim Cardamone, Sherry Rubin, Ryan Jennings and Patty Brendlinger of the Carbondale office; Chris Patrick, Erin Bassett and John Wendt of the Glenwood office; and Jeff Bier of the Redstone office. Additionally, the brokers and staff honored individuals within the company who best exemplify the Coldwell Banker Mason Morse core values and outstanding performance. Bob Starodoj, who has been the face of Mason & Morse for the last 45 years, received the annual Mason Morse Award for providing consistent and visionary leadership, and pushing the company to its new horizon while preserving the integrity of the firm through many changes in the real estate industry and Roaring Fork Valley market. Carbondale broker Nancy Emerson was chosen for the Collaboration Award. Sherry Rubin, also a broker in the Carbondale office, was awarded the Integrity Award. Jeff Bier of the Redstone office received the Stability Award while the Most Valuable Player award was given to Kim Briscoe, the vice president of marketing.

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