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Last year’s real estate market showed some positive news. Overall, the dollar volume and transaction activity was up over 2009. In fact, the month of December 2010 represented the highest transaction and dollar activity month since October 2008. Total dollar volume for 2010 came in at $248.9 million, an increase of 5.4 percent from 2009, and transaction activity came in at 699, up 10.8 percent from 2009.

For the year, Glenwood Springs led in transaction activity with 158, Carbondale and Rifle followed with 135 each, Silt reported 69, Battlement Mesa 48, Parachute 35, and rural Garfield County 4. Carbondale led the county in dollar volume with a total of $16.1 million for the year, Glenwood Springs $6.2 million, New Castle $5 million, Rifle $4.8 million, Silt $4.4 million, Battlement Mesa $1 million and Parachute $168,000.

Bank owned sales continued to rise over the months and through the end of the year represented 19 percent of the total transactions and 13 percent of the total dollar volume. For December totals, bank sales represented 30 percent of the transactions and 14 percent of the dollar volume.

As prices fall, overall dollar volume for the county falls. That being said, the average sold price for a single family home in Garfield County decreased by 7 percent from 2009 to 2010 with a total of $387,630. The median single family home sold price decreased by 12 percent from 2009 to a total of $297,500. Last year, 71 percent of the single family homes sold in the county went for $400,000 or less.

Home inventory levels continue to rise and interest rates are still attractive. It’s a great time to be a buyer.

Join the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association on Friday, Feb. 11, as chamber members Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Commonwealth Title and Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association host the next “after hours mixer” at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 931 Grand Ave.

At this Valentine’s Day-themed mixer attendees will enjoy appetizers catered by Dancing Pickle Catering Service, beer by Orrison Distributing, wine from Turtle’s Glenwood Liquor and fabulous door prizes. One lucky person will win a $50 gift certificate to one of the newest eateries in downtown Glenwood Springs, The Pullman.

Chamber members and their guests are invited to attend at no cost. No need to RSVP, just show up for a great night of networking with other business leaders.

For information on how to host a Business After Hours at your business contact Joni Bates, vice president of membership development, at 945-6589, ext. 104, or e-mail joni

Former 9th Judicial District administrator Timothy Fautsko and his wife, Dr. Marianne O’Carroll, an Aspen child psychologist, recently participated in the 2011 midyear Conference of Chief Justices in Washington, D.C., and attended a reception for conferees at the United States Supreme Court. The theme of the conference was “Working with Our National Government Policymakers to Help Formulate and Promote National Justice Policy.”

Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jan Napolitano were featured speakers during the conference. A longtime employee of the National Center for State Courts, Fautsko is a nationally recognized expert in courthouse security. In December 2010, he was awarded the Dale A. Sipes President’s Award for outstanding service by the center.

Nikkie, formerly from the mall, is now at nar.cis.sus Salon located at 726 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Call 945-HAIR for an appointment.

Posh Boutique just relocated to a larger space (from King Mall) and is having a re-grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 4-8 p.m.

Please joins us at our new location 809 Grand Ave. for some great fun, ribbon cutting, discounts and apps.

Two Rivers Natural Health opened its doors in the downtown area three years ago and has now moved to a larger and more convenient location at 1517 Blake Ave., Suite 203. This beautiful space has been remodeled to create a comforting and healing environment. Local artists display their art on the walls so patients can enjoy the beauty of the mountains, rivers and Aspens while spending time at the office. The husband and wife team, Aarin Meager-Benson, ND, and Tucker S. Meager, ND, have applied extensive learning from setting up two offices in Colorado and one in Seattle since they graduated from Bastyr University 10 years ago.

Some exciting additions at Two Rivers Natural Health include a wellness program and hydrotherapy. The wellness program involves monthly vitamins in a convenient daily pack, discounts on services and a free wellness visit and exam each year.

“Our goal is to support overall vitality with the highest quality nutrients at an affordable price as well as encouraging patients to approach their health from a mindset of wellness instead of disease,” Dr. Meager explains.

Hydrotherapy services are also in alignment with this intention because the therapeutic use of water is an effective way to stimulate the body’s healing pathways. “I have not felt this energized in years!” one patient declared after soaking in a tub full of peat moss mud. Various types of hydrotherapy sessions are available including peat moss and salt soaks, warming wraps and contrasting hot and cold applications. The effects include immune and circulatory stimulation, decreased inflammation, enhanced metabolism and a greater sense of well-being.

“We are fulfilling our dream of offering an integrated center where the community can utilize both naturopathic and conventional medical options,” Meager-Benson reveals with excitement. Dr. Gary M. Weiss, neurologist, has expanded his practice to Glenwood Springs and is sharing space with Dr. Benson and Dr. Meager. In Dr. Benson’s opinion, the ideal situation in medicine is an integrated approach where patients benefit from both natural and conventional modalities.

The Naturopathic Doctors at Two Rivers Natural Health specialize in allergies, fatigue, hormone and emotional imbalance and headaches in both kids and adults. Since the naturopathic approach is holistic and focuses on enhancing overall vitality, it can be beneficial for many conditions. Dr. Benson utilizes NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) to address allergies of any kind. An allergy test is included in the first office visit. Both doctors integrate craniosacral therapy to balance the nervous system and enhance the healing capacity of the body. Homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and counseling are also utilized to maximize patients’ success in reaching their health goals.

Members of the community are encouraged to stop by anytime for a tour of the new clinic and to pick up information on services at Two Rivers Natural Health. Dr. Weiss will be seeing patients on Wednesdays and naturopathic patients can schedule Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The clinic is located next to City Market on Blake Avenue, in the same office suites as Glenwood Chiropractic. If you are looking for a new approach to your health concerns Two Rivers Natural Health could be the perfect match for you. Learn more at or call (970) 948-9128.

New Castle Family Fitness is offering Titleist Performance Institute golf training. Certified personal trainer Nate Rand recently traveled to Phoenix to complete the TPI certification. Titleist Training is the latest and best way to dramatically improve your golf game. Once available only to professionals, Titleist training uses a physical analysis of your swing to identify weaknesses. Then, Titleist Training utilizes this information to create a custom conditioning program to help you maximize efficiency and power. For more information on TPI Training call New Castle Family Fitness at 984-3200 or swing in today.

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