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Garfield County figures for July posted an ever-so-slight increase over June to become the strongest real estate month of the year. July’s transaction total came in at 69 compared to June’s 68. The total of 69 is an increase of 7.8 percent over July 2009’s total of 64. Dollar volume also came in stronger in July than any other month in 2010 with a reported $24.7 million. July’s total is a very slight decrease, 0.21 percent from July 2009’s total.Year to date through July, dollar volume totals $132.8 million, an increase of 1.36 percent over 2009, same time frame. Transaction activity of 389 through July reflects an increase of 13.7 percent over the same time period of 2009.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. recently brewed a special All-Colorado beer to celebrate Glenwood Springs 125th birthday.On Wednesday, Aug. 25, it will be on special at an old-fashioned price of $1.25 per pint to celebrate the actual anniversary date. Warm beer pretzels will also be specially priced for that day at two for $1.25, accompanied with a honey mustard dipping sauce. The 125th Anniversary Ale is an easy drinking session beer with a light golden color and 4.1 percent alcohol by volume. All the ingredients for this brew came from Colorado, including 2-row barley and white wheat from Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa, organic Centennial hops from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, ale yeast from the Brewing Science Institute in Divide, and world class municipal water from the city of Glenwood Springs.Specially printed commemorative logo pint glasses are also still available, with the official 125th anniversary emblem on one side and the brewpub logo on the other.

Each quarter, American National Bank recognizes employees who have gone above and beyond in providing an exceptional service experience during every interaction with their customers and co-workers. Nominations are submitted by co-workers, and a winner and runner-up are chosen. In the second quarter of 2010, the Glenwood Springs Banking Center’s Deana Hermanson was honored by receiving the Employee of the Quarter Runner-Up Award. As the branch manager for Glenwood Springs, Deana goes above and beyond when it comes to teamwork and is always offering help to her colleagues. She puts customer service first and is always on hand at a moment’s notice to help. She is professional, friendly and outgoing, and co-workers and customers know they can come to her with questions and she will listen and be willing to offer her help and time. Congratulations, Deana!American National Bank is a member of the Sturm Financial Group Inc. Sturm Financial Group (SFG) consists of 42 community banking centers located in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri. SFG maintains financial strength embodied in approximately $2 billion in assets. The banking centers proudly offer personalized, quality service to their customers, with local staff and responsive decision-making. ANB offers a full line of financial services for personal and business needs, e-Services for online banking needs, Cash Management, Wealth Management and Loans for Commercial, Consumer, SBA, and Mortgage needs.

Dalby, Wendland, & Co. P.C. announces Lynn A. Kleager, CPA/ABV/CFF, and Greg A. Keller, CPA/CITP/PFS/CFF, have become Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lynn Kleager also became accredited in Business Valuation Services (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).The AICPA began developing its Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) certification in 2008. The AICPA has recognized forensic accounting services to generally involve:• The application of specialized knowledge and investigative skills possessed by CPAs; • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating evidential matter; • Interpreting and communicating findings in the courtroom, boardroom or other legal/administrative venue.The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential program in 1998 for CPAs who specialize in valuation. The ABV Credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in valuation through their knowledge, skill, and experience.Lynn Kleager, a principal in the Glenwood Springs office, who has more than 35 years of experience and expertise in tax and accounting, says that Dalby, Wendland is seeing more of a need for financial forensics and business valuation services within the industry. “There is a demand for qualified CPAs with experience and expertise in business valuation and forensic accounting,” Said Kleager. “When someone is selling a business or going through a divorce the attorney will hire us to come in and try to find the assets or sometimes we are called as an expert witness to assess how much money a business really has.”

Greg Keller, also a principal in the Glenwood Springs office, has more than 25 years experience in tax and accounting, and says that he has also seen a shift in the business landscape that relates to forensic accounting. “Businesses are doing more on the front end to prevent fraud than they have in the past,” said Keller. “Up until a few years ago, many companies really weren’t paying attention to it at all.”

Dennis Wagner, CPA/CFE/CVA, the firm’s director of audit and assurance services, has more than 35 years of experience and expertise in the areas of financial audits and is also a certified fraud examiner and a certified valuation analyst. “Even the smallest organization can practice good internal controls which help protect and safeguard assets,” said Wagner. “The Audit and Assurance professionals at Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C. can assist organizations of all sizes and types with establishing a good system of internal controls without having to add staff or incurring significant additional expense.” Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. provides audit and accounting services to businesses and organizations operating in a wide variety of industries.Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. has served Western Colorado for more than 60 years. Headquartered in western Colorado, Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. is a full-service accounting firm with offices in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose, Rifle, the Vail Valley and Telluride. The firm is consistently ranked among the top accounting firms in Colorado. Visit for more information.

Judy Haynes and John Norton of Accelerate Human Performance recently returned from the IDEA Fitness World Convention in Los Angeles. IDEA is an international organization that provides education to health and fitness professionals. They received CEU’s in The Gray Institute’s Applied Functional Science, youth sports speed and strength training, and metabolic conditioning. Accelerate Human Performance is now expanding its offerings to include the newest state-of-the art information.New Classes:”No more Knee Pain,” Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8.Authentic functional training is based on proven scientific principles of movement and is applied to individuals to create efficiency for an individual’s body and lifestyle with verifiable and measurable results. Accelerate HP will offer small group training based on the sound principles of Applied Functional Science. Each registrant receives an assessment to ensure an individualized plan and workout.”In-Season Speed, Agility, and Quickness,” Monday at 7:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 13.In-season sports training for youth used to be problematic. It would take up valuable practice time and when not done properly, it could result in injury, fatigue and declines in performance on the field. John has done extensive research in how to maintain and even continue power and speed gains while a young athlete is playing his sport. He has designed a program that enhances a player’s power and quickness even if she is still sore from workouts. This program is able to support the player without interfering with her coach’s program or practice time and still get great results.”Superfoods Weight Loss Program,” beginning Sept. 27. Monday at 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. This program will teach how to eat and feel better than ever before for optimal health. Tools to evaluate and choose food based on nutrient density rather than calories, carbs and fat. This program is based on the works of Joel Fuhrman M.D. and Dean Ornish M.D. Join us for discussion, menus, and practical shopping and eating tips to dramatically change your life.Ongoing classes at Accelerate: “Functional Training for Adults”, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:40 a.m.; “Accelerate Express”, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12:15-12:45 p.m.; “Varsity Sports” for seventh through 12th grade, Monday and Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.Contact info: 970-618-106

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