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Rim Hospitality & Aardex today announced that J. Scott Holm has been appointed the new general manager of Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle hotel. The 92-room hotel is located at 499 Airport Road. The hotel was designed with the corporate traveler in mind, featuring 30 executive suites, 42-inch flat screen TVs, complimentary dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday each week, television channels like the Golf Channel, HBO East & West, free local calls, and complimentary shuttle transportation anywhere around Rifle.As general manager, Holm will direct all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts and hotel administration.”Based on Holm’s outstanding record in hotel management, we are confident that he will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle,” said Shane Fowler, principle with Aardex. Prior to joining Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle, Holm was director of Sales & Marketing for the Embassy Suites in Loveland, general manager of the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Greeley, and director of sales and marketing for the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Holm is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in marketing. He sits on the board of the Rifle Government Affairs Committee.For more information about Hampton Hotels, visit http://www.hampton.com/pressandmedia, http://www.facebook.com/Hampton or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/HamptonFYI.

Land Rover Roaring Fork in Glenwood Springs will be donating money to a pair of local nonprofits organizations every time a new vehicle is sold.Aspen Valley Land Trust and the Roaring Fork Conservancy will each receive a $100 donation from Land Rover Roaring Fork for each new vehicle is sold.”We knew from listening to our store’s customers that they wanted to help conserve and protect the valley so many of us call home,” said Randy Tuggle, who owns Land Rover Roaring Fork with his wife, Jennifer Tuggle.The $100 donations will be made on behalf of the customer who purchases the new vehicle.”It’s their gift,” Jennifer Tuggle said. “We’re helping these local nonprofits because we share the same values in wishing to preserve our valley.The Tuggles call their program of giving “Club Offset.” Land Rover Roaring Fork is one of the first Land Rover dealers in the country to establish such a program.

For February, the midvalley region (comprising the intersecting regions of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties) showed a decrease in activity from January. February reported a total of $5.7 million in dollar volume and 11 total transactions. January’s numbers were $7 million and 15 transactions. Though the area overall showed a decrease, the Basalt area (both Eagle and Pitkin counties) showed an increase over January. The total Basalt area reported $3.43 million and 7 total transactions. By comparison, in the month of January that same area reported $1.3 million for 3 transactions. There was no activity in the El Jebel region for February. Carbondale was the area that caused the overall decrease. February numbers for Carbondale came in at $2.27 million and 4 transactions, versus January, which posted $5.7 million and 12 transactions. Through the month of February, midvalley activity totaled $12.7 million and 26 transactions. The average residential price is $536,923 and median is $515,000. The spring months have historically indicated increased real estate activity, so we’ll have to wait and see what the upcoming months bring.



The latest issues of two of the largest national magazines featuring the western lifestyle have released their reviews of the newest western adventure novel, “Kincade’s Fear,” written by longtime Roaring Fork Valley local and author Michael Chandler. American Cowboy magazine hails Chandler’s newest full-length novel as “a fast-paced adventure tale and a satisfying read.”The Cowboy Chronicle, national magazine of the 100,000-member Single Action Shooting Society, writes, “‘Kincade’s Fear’ is the heart-pounding continuation of Chandler’s ‘Kincade’s Blood.’ It’s gritty, with just enough tall, dark and handsome to interest the ladies.” Wagonmaster Books is just weeks away from releasing the third in the series of Kincade adventures titled “Kincade’s Early Years.” The hardback will be available at local bookstores, Barnes and Noble and globally through amazon.com.

Realtors around the nation will be holding open houses the weekend of April 10 and 11, during the first-ever Realtors Nationwide Open House Weekend. Thousands will be held right here in Colorado, including many in Garfield County.This is an incredible opportunity for consumers and their families to shop for a new home while inventory is high, prices are down, mortgage rates are near 50-year lows, and the expanded federal tax credit is still available. Right now first-time buyers can still qualify for up to $8,000 and current homeowners looking to move up can qualify for as much as $6,500, but they must have a contract in place by April 30, 2010.The Glenwood Springs Association Realtors, which was originally chartered in 1957, currently has a membership of more than 200 individual Realtors who work in 60 offices throughout Garfield County from Parachute to Redstone.



Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris Conservation District have recently purchased a Great Plains 6-foot No-Till Compact Drill. Mike Mello will host a demonstration at 0896 CR 266 in Silt on Friday, April 9, at 9 a.m. The date was changed from Monday due to the recent precipitation in the area. Travis Porter will be on hand to help explain how the drill works and answer any questions.We would like to encourage you to come and see how the no-till drill can work for you.Please call 945-5494, ext. 105, if you are interested in attending.

Stonebridge Companies, located near Denver, recently opened The Residence Inn by Marriott in Glenwood Springs near the Glenwood Meadows shopping area. “With all of the amazing activities and attractions in the area, and with the brisk commercial traffic on the Western Slope, we see the need for the quality of accommodations that Marriott provides,” said Kevin Mahoney, chief operating officer for Stonebridge Cos. “The location of our new Residence Inn near the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center and the Glenwood Springs Community Center, also just a short drive from busy downtown Glenwood Springs, and with easy access to I-70, will offer maximum convenience to tourists and business travelers alike.”The Residence Inn by Marriott is a four-story, 88,000-square-foot all-suite hotel with 124 units. Studios, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites are available.Each room is equipped with a 37-inch flat screen TV. Public spaces have been designed to enable guests to interact for both business and leisure. The lobby has a communal table, free high speed Internet, study pods, a double-sided fireplace and a 55-inch flat screen TV. Outside, guests can play a pick up game of basketball, tennis, volleyball or racquetball on the all purpose sports court. For more relaxing pursuits guests can unwind with a few laps in the indoor pool, soak in the whirlpool spa or gather with friends around the fire pit for social hour.Complimentary hot breakfast buffet and a Night Light Reception offering complimentary beer and wine are also offered. Every suite is outfitted with a full-sized, fully-equipped kitchen.The Residence Inn is next to the soon-to-open Courtyard by Marriott, Stonebridge Companies’ fourth hotel development in this market. The phone number for The Residence Inn by Marriott in Glenwood Springs is (970) 928-0900.


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