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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Feb. 12, the Glenwood Springs noon Rotary Club welcomed new members Tom Gilmore, the used car manager at Elk Mountain Motors in Glenwood Springs and Jennifer Grunner, owner of Two Rivers Bookkeeping in Glenwood Springs. Both Tom and Jennifer are looking forward to serving the Glenwood Springs community through Rotary.

Peak Communications LLC, a Glenwood Springs public relations firm, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Owner Mandy Gauldin, a marketing communications expert with more than 25 years of experience, founded the company in 2005. She currently represents Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Leadville/Lake County, Colo., and also has worked with WestStar Bank, Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson, Chester’s Harley-Davidson, Levenger and Sunlight Mountain Resort. Prior to opening Peak Communications, Mandy was vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world’s largest communications firms, and worked with global and national clients including Hallmark, Iams and Eukanuba Pet Foods, Garmin, Ford Credit and AMC Entertainment. This year, Mandy Gauldin has teamed up with daughter Anna Gauldin to launch Spike Social Media, a division that specializes in providing affordable social networking services for area businesses. Clients include the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Glenwood Springs Tourism Board. “The best money I have spent is hiring Anna Gauldin as our social media director,” said Marianne Virgili, chief executive officer of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “Her initiative, attention to detail and self-direction have made social media a seamless part of our communications plan.” Through Spike Social Media, Anna establishes and manages social media accounts for her clients on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Trip Advisor. Anna, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School, is sports editor for The Brimstone, the high school’s student newspaper, was a panelist in a social media seminar hosted by Aspen-based Qittle, and was selected by ESPN’s RISE magazine to cover the X Games. In January she was the guest speaker on a Progressive Business television show, “Growing Your Business through Social Media,” on Grassroots TV. “Anna is savvy, self-directed, and detail-oriented. She has increased our social media profile significantly, and our fan base has grown to nearly 3,000 in just under a year,” added Kate Collins, vice president of tourism marketing for Glenwood Springs.For more information about Peak Communications and Spike Social Media, call 945-5534, or contact Mandy at or Anna at

Real Estate Out West will be hosting a free workshop in conjunction with Stewart Title on the Short Sale and Foreclosure process, Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 625-4700 for details or stop by 100 E. 11th St. in Rifle, the little yellow office building across from the fairgrounds. See you there.

Sunshines Coffee, Deli, Take & Bake is now open Tuesday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 3950 Midland Ave. next to Mountain Market, on your way to Sunlight. Enjoy our living room while utilizing the free Wi-Fi. Espresso, breakfast burritos, bagels, pastries, sandwiches and salads prepared fresh while you wait. Also, take and bake lasagna, pizza, enchiladas and casseroles. We make it you bake it! In a hurry call ahead 945-1303. See you where the sun is always shining.

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Dr. Harry Grabow, a renowned cataract specialist, examined patients at the Eye Center of the Rockies in Eagle on Feb. 19. Grabow has authored and contributed chapters to 23 textbooks. He has taught cataract surgery in Russia, China and Japan, and performed several FDA-monitored clinical trials of intraocular lenses, including the Crystalens for presbyopia, which he studied along with Dr. Matthew Ehrlich, owner of the Eye Center of the Rockies.On his visit here, Grabow saw patients who have had cataract surgery using the TORIC lens to correct astigmatism, the multifocal lens to correct far and near vision and traditional cataract implant lenses.”Dr. Ehrlich and I both had the opportunity to examine patients that recently had cataract surgery by Dr. Ehrlich,” Grabow said. “I was very impressed with the professional, courteous and friendly way Dr. Ehrlich and his staff managed the patients. The patients were very appreciative of their new clear vision and were impressed at how simple the whole process was. They all were as dedicated to Dr. Ehrlich as he was to them and to his profession.”The Eye Center of the Rockies is the Vail Valley’s only dedicated ophthalmology (medical eye doctor) practice. Ehrlich, a staff member at Vail Valley Medical Center, performs cataract, corneal and LASIK surgery, as well as providing routine eye exams for eyeglasses and contact lenses. For more information, call (970) 926-7773, or go to

Market data for the midvalley region, comprising parts of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties, started off the year slowly. The area reported a total of a little more than $7 million in total real estate dollar volume for the month of January. Of that $7 million, Carbondale reported approximately 82 percent of it with a total of $5.7 million for both the Garfield and Pitkin county portions that are included in Carbondale. Basalt, composed of both Eagle and Pitkin counties, reported a total of $1.28 million, representing 18 percent of the total dollar volume. The El Jebel region, strictly Eagle County, did not report anything for the month of January. Carbondale reported 80 percent of the transactions with 12, while Basalt posted the remaining 20 percent with 3. Again, El Jebel did not have any to report for the month. The average residential price (all types) for the midvalley, which is based solely on one month thus far in 2010, came in at $517,923. The median residential price totaled $460,000. With very little data to evaluate at this point, the median price is strictly capturing data for the Garfield County portion of Carbondale.

The Glenwood Suites hotel of Glenwood Springs was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2010 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Ascend Collection brand.”The Glenwood Suites commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Ascend Collection brand,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels. “We here at Choice Hotels are very proud to award this distinguished honor to the Glenwood Suites hotel.”As a top performing property among the company’s more than 4,800 U.S. franchised hotels, the Glenwood Suites hotel is among the top 10 percent of properties within the Ascend Collection brand. As one of the company’s top franchised hotels operating under the Ascend Collection flag, the hotel has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service. Additional award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official property ranking reports.For more information or to make your reservation for The Glenwood Suites hotel today, call the Choice Hotels toll-free reservation line at 800.4CHOICE or visit

Health Choice One Inc., a leading national insurance brokerage firm, is announcing the welcomed addition of Keith Wood to their team of independent insurance brokers.Keith is based out of Rifle and services the entire state. His specialty is health insurance for individuals, families and the self-employed. He also offers accident and life insurance. As a broker, Keith represents every competitive carrier in order to find the best plan to meet his clients’ needs and also fit their budget. With the ability to offer all the major insurance carriers, Keith is successfully saving his clients on average of $270 per month on their health insurance premiums, without sacrificing coverage.He contributes his success to closely listening to his clients’ needs along with his educational approach. “I believe the best way to serve my clients is to educate them on the insurance coverage they desire. When my clients need to utilize their insurance, we don’t want them to experience any surprises!”You can contact Keith Wood at (970) 309-0293 for your personalized health insurance quotes. Or you can visit his website at http://www.buildinggreathealth. com.

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