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Submitted photoGreen Car Convoy: The Green Car Convoy made a stop at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs on Monday. The convoy made several stops around the Western Slope. Glenwood Springs Ford and Elk Mountain Motors were two local dealerships that had cars in the convoy. The purpose of the Green Car Convoy is to show the public that the future of fuel-efficient vehicles is now. The convoy also was promoting the 2010 Denver AutoShow.

Garfield County real estate activity for the month of February was very similar to the month of January. Dollar volume for the county came in at $12.5 million, just over $1 million more than January. The transaction total came in at 33, versus January’s 34. For the year, dollar volume totals nearly $24 million, which is a decrease of 22 percent from the same time period in 2009. So far in 2010, transactions total 67, which is also down 20 percent from the same time frame last year.

Glenwood Springs led the county in both dollar volume and transactions for the month with a reported $4.9 million and 12 transactions. Rifle had the second highest number of transactions with 8 and just over $2 million. Carbondale reported 5 transactions and $2.6 million, New Castle reported 4 and $2.1 million. Rounding out the area was Silt with 3 transactions and $821,400. Parachute and Battlement Mesa didn’t report any activity for the month.

Jean Walter with Jean Walter Real Estate has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) 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.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. Realtors who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced the invitation of Jerry Pradier to serve on the 2010 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. As an examiner, Pradier will work with a team of examiners to evaluate and recommend this year’s applicants for the prestigious national award. In addition to these duties, examiners serve as ambassadors for the Baldrige Program.

Pradier, who is also a business optimization expert, executive coach, Master Mentor, and business author, says, “This honor benefits me in two ways. It gives me the opportunity to serve this national effort to enhance the competitiveness, quality and productivity of U.S. organizations from business, education, health care, and nonprofit, by helping to identify and recommend best business practices. It also provides me with a learning opportunity that is considered unparalleled in the nation.”

Upon completing a rigorous examiner preparation course, Pradier will begin his duties on the board by assessing applications from selected businesses around the country.

Pradier is the author of “Financial Success: Ten Shortcuts to a Profitable Business.” Anyone interested in receiving a no-cost business analysis or in taking advantage of Jerry’s personal or professional coaching may contact Jerry Pradier at (970) 404-1389 or

Additional information about the Board of Examiners is at

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