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2020 EyeCare Welcomes Dr. David Werner

Dr. David Werner joined the practice of 2020 EyeCare last month. He will be seeing patients in the Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Aspen offices. Werner graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 1993 and completed a residency in Hospital-Based Optometry in 1995. He developed a strong interest in glaucoma and ocular disease after working for the Veteran’s Healthcare System of the Ozarks for more than 13 years. “My wife and daughter love hiking and outdoor activities and we are thrilled to join the wonderful Roaring Fork Valley community,” said Werner.

For more information, contact 970-945-2020 or visit

Sacred Grounds under new ownership

The building housing Sacred Grounds, a popular coffee and sandwich shop at 725 Grand Ave., is under new ownership, although the management and ownership of the business has not changed.

Sally Rue, who has owned and run Sacred Grounds for about three years, confirmed recently that he building where she does business is now owned by Charlie Jacobson. Jacobson bought the property from former owner Rob Chatmas, effective July 1.

Both Jacobson and Rue said they are planning changes to the business, including installation of a grill so Rue can begin offering traditional breakfasts and lunches as well as the bagels, wraps, soups and salads she now offers.

But, Rue stressed, “Only the ownership [of the building] has changed, not the quality and the service. The same friendly faces will still be waiting on you.”

The Sacred Grounds will continued to be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Locals open Sopris CrossFit

Locals Jon Lipp, Mike Conklin and Chris Butler recently partnered to build and open Sopris CrossFit at 1629 East Dolores Way in Carbondale (in the white building between NAPA Auto Parts and the Fold restaurant). Sopris CrossFit opened its doors on July 1. Jon Lipp has been busy coaching athletes of all levels — from first-timers to seasoned CrossFitters. Sopris CrossFit hosted a successful grand opening WOD (Workout of the Day) and lunch (catered by Mi Casita) on Saturday, July 6, which attracted an estimated 65 participants. Check out for more information.

Grand River Hospital District welcomes Dr. Alan Michael Vargas to family practice in Rifle and Battlement Mesa

Grand River Health is proud to announce the arrival of Dr. Alan Michael Vargas to family medicine at Grand River Primary Care in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. Dr. Vargas comes to Grand River from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., where he served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Vargas is married to Dr. Bonnie Walsh, who also practices family medicine in the Primary Care Clinic in Rifle. They currently live in Battlement Mesa.

When asked why he and his wife chose Grand River Health, he explained, “Family Medicine is supposed to be there for the entire family. In large urban settings, everything is so specialized you barely get to treat and get to know your patients. In rural settings, you get to practice family medicine the way it should be. You get to know your patients and their family and that is my passion. It’s why I went into medicine.”

“We have anticipated Dr. Vargas’ arrival for quite some time and are very excited to finally be welcoming him to Grand River Health.” says Lois Kame, administrative director of Clinic Services. “Not only does Dr. Vargas practice family medicine, he also has additional experience in rheumatological diseases and treatments, as well as small procedures. He will bring great energy and expertise to our clinics and our patients in the Rifle, Battlement Mesa/ Parachute areas. Dr. Vargas is also bilingual and will be a great asset in helping us to better serve our community,” adds Kame.

In his free time, Dr. Vargas and his wife Dr. Walsh both enjoy hiking. Dr. Vargas confesses that he is also an avid snowboarder and was a competitive boarder from 1998-2003. “In 1998-99 I competed in the Chevy Open in Breckenridge. That is where I first became enamored with Colorado and knew that one day I would settle here! When asked what he is looking forward to most, he replied, “First off, I am thrilled to be living in the same ZIP code as my wife! But all joking aside, I am looking forward to building a life here. I am passionate about rural medicine and about Colorado. This opportunity is like a dream come true.”

Dr. Vargas sees patients in the Primary Care Clinic in Rifle on Mondays and Tuesdays and in Battlement Mesa on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Call 625-1100 to make an appointment.

Greer among top 100 trial lawyers in Colorado

The National Trial Lawyers has selected local attorney Greg Greer as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Colorado. Greg Greer is also included as one of 30 of the top criminal defense attorneys by the same organization. The National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s top trial lawyers. Greg Greer has an office in Glenwood Springs and his practice is focused on just criminal defense in the area from Aspen to Vail.

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