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Michelle James, Tonya Nieslanik, Lapriel Armijo, Robin Bennett, and Mava Leighty of Vicki Lee Green Realtors recently completed a highly specialized course in residential real estate buyer sales strategies conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors.

The course is one in a series of professional education sequences required for the designation of Certified Residential Specialist.

The segments of the course included counseling techniques, understanding human behavior and professional knowledge of the required steps in real estate sales sequence.



Brenda Knutson with Sweet Notes in Glenwood Springs has received recognition for successfully completing training featuring Baby Shower Invitations and Announcements. Call Brenda for your specialized appointment 945-9096.

Kim Staley, of U.S. Bank in El Jebel, completed teaching the fourth grade Junior Achievement curriculum of “Our Region” to Mr. Fuentes’ class at Basalt Elementary.



Jenny Cutright, of Carbondale Fire Department, completed teaching “Our Families” to Ms. Carlson’s first grade class and “Our Nation” to Ms. Mason’s fifth grade class in Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

Vreneli Diemoz completed teaching Junior Achievement’s “Our Region” course to Ms. Carcaterra’s fourth grade class at Sopris Elementary.

U.S. Bank employee Ian Exelbert has been honored with a U.S. Bank Five Star Volunteer Award for exceptional volunteer service, and YouthZone has received $1,000 as a result.

The U.S. Bank Five Star Volunteer Award honors 143 U.S. Bank employees across 27 states for their exceptional volunteer service in the community this year. To recognize these outstanding volunteers, U.S. Bank is making a donation to the nonprofit organizations where they volunteer, in their honor.

Exelbert is market president at U.S. Bank in Glenwood Springs, and through his volunteer work with YouthZone, he has assisted with fundraising efforts and currently serves as the board chair.

YouthZone is a nonprofit organization committed to helping young people become responsible, contributing members of society. By working with youth, parents and community, YouthZone helps strengthen communities through happier, healthier families and safer neighborhoods.

U.S. Bank has a long-standing record of community leadership in the key areas of affordable housing, economic opportunity, arts and culture, education and community service. The company received the highest rating possible from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 2006, the most recent evaluation period, for its commitment to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), meeting the credit needs of all segments of the communities that U.S. Bank serves.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has introduced two new annual passes just in time for holiday gift giving. The Annual Tram Pass includes unlimited rides on the Iron Mountain Tramway for just $25 per person. The Annual Thrill Pass includes unlimited tram rides and access to the Adventure Park’s rides and attractions for just $100 per person. From the Friday prior to Memorial Day to the Tuesday following Labor Day, the Annual Thrill Pass is valid from 3-9 p.m.; the pass is valid the rest of the year any time that the park is open. Both passes are good for a full calendar year beginning with the date of purchase and entitle pass holders to a 10 percent discount at the General Store gift shop, the Lookout Grille and the Iron Mountain Saloon.

“These new passes are designed for the customers who like to visit several times a year,” explained Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “We are thankful for all of our loyal customers and created these passes with them in mind.”

At $25 per person, the Annual Tram Pass is a good way for locals to enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurants, or the Music on the Mountain concerts.

The Annual Thrill Pass includes unlimited tram rides and access to the Canyon Flyer alpine coaster, Swing Shot giant swing, 4D Theater, Laser Tag, Bungee Trampolines, Fort WhereAmI giant maze, GiddyUp! Western ride, Doc’s Rock climbing wall, Wild West Adventure Wagon, Demon the mechanical bull and Speleobox cave simulator.

Both passes can be purchased at the Tram Base at 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road in Glenwood Springs, or by calling (800) 530-1635, ext 111. The Adventure Park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, excluding Christmas Day. More information is available at http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com, (800) 530-1635 or 945-4228, ext. 111.

These passes replace the annual membership passes previously available. All existing annual membership passes will be honored until the expiration date.

Linda L’Estrange and Marci Pattillo with The Property Shop have earned the nationally recognized Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the SFR certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, limit risk and provide resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.

Linda and Marci may be contacted at The Property Shop in Glenwood Springs at 947-9300 or at http://www.propertyshopinc. com.

Daybreak Carpentry Specialties originated in Ohio in 1972 as a remodeling company while owners Dana Yerian and a friend were in college. Around 1976 they relocated to this valley and incorporated in late 1979 as Daybreak Construction Specialties Inc.

During these past years Daybreak Construction Specialties has built custom homes in the Aspen, Fryingpan River Valley, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Silt areas. They have managed the construction of multi- family units in both Basalt and Glenwood Springs along with churches and many large and small commercial projects in the valley.

The company continues to focus on residential and commercial remodels and repairs along with new construction while expanding the business into other areas of management and consulting from Home Owners’ Association, residential, business, and income property owners along with design services.

Daybreak Construction Specialties is also offering consultation to “Baby Boomers” and others who wish to make their houses barrier free for the Aging in Place Program.


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