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SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” The Academy of Magical Arts and The Magic Castle has nominated local entertainer Doc Eason for Closeup Magician of the Year.

A regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Eason won the inaugural Bar Magician of the Year in 2004. The results of this year’s ballots will be announced April 7 at the gala banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

For more information about Doc, visit or catch his act at the Artisan Restaurant at the Stonebridge Hotel in Snowmass Village. For details, call 923-2420.

RIFLE ” Willow Ranch at Rifle will break ground this month on construction for a community of 60 single-family attached homes. The new homes, on the west side of State Highway 13 at 26th Street, are two blocks from Wamsley Elementary School and the new Deerfield Regional Park.

“Willow Ranch is proud to be Rifle’s newest community and is designed for western living in a location that offers the very best of lifestyle and recreation,” said Willow Ranch Development LLC partner Jeff Koch.

Willow Ranch features pocket parks and homes with front porches. The first homes are slated for completion in late summer of this year, and phase one is already sold out.

Stryker/Brown Architects of Aspen designed the site plan and architecture for Willow Ranch. Among its many projects are the Timbers Club in Snowmass Village, the Silver Lining Ranch in Aspen and the Wilds townhomes in Basalt.

All the homes will have three bedrooms and two or three bathrooms; sizes range from 1,360 to 1,450 square feet. Pricing will start in the mid-$200,000s. Six phases of ten units each will be offered.

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CARBONDALE ” American National Bank broke ground March 6 on its new banking center at 409 Dolores in Carbondale. The single-story banking center off Highway 133 near Ajax Bike and Sports will offer three drive-up lanes, including a commercial lane and 24-hour ATM lane. The new facility is scheduled to open during the fall of 2007.

“This is an excellent opportunity to provide even more convenient banking to our community,” said John Stelzriede, Carbondale market president. “As our community continues to grow, we are excited to be growing with it. We’re very excited to be moving forward with our investments in this community.”

The western Colorado region of American National Bank operates 15 locations in Grand Junction, Fruita, Telluride, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Aspen, Eagle and Avon.

The bank is a member of the Sturm Financial Group, consisting of 37 community banks in Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. The Sturm Financial Group has approximately $2.1 billion in assets and $139 million in capital.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The ICBA has selected Michael Chandler, president of the Chandler Marketing Co. in Glenwood Springs, to address its national convention for the 12th consecutive year. Chandler joins Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and other banking industry experts as guest speaker.

The ICBA hailed Chandler’s communication strategy, Dreamweaving, as “the country’s most powerful bank marketing strategy.” Chandler is the creator and author of the best-selling Pelican Publishing book by the same name. “ABC World News Tonight” has aired features on Dreamweaving tactics.

The 2007 Annual ICBA National Convention in Hawaii attracts thousands of bankers across the nation.

For more information, contact Michael Chandler at 945-2706.

BASALT ” The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program recently granted Basalt-based Cottle Carr Yaw Architects a Gold Certification for the Discovery Center.

CCY designed the community building in the heart of Brasada Ranch, a new residential-golf resort 16 miles northeast of Bend, Ore.

This is the third LEED certification a CCY-designed building has received since the program started in 2000. It is the second major recognition for the Discovery Center, which earned an American Institute of Architects Merit Award in 2006. LEED is a widely recognized accreditation body for sustainable building and design in the country, and it is the benchmark for high performance green buildings.

“Sustainability is a core value at CCY and important in the design of all our projects,” said CCY principal Rich Carr. “We had the advantage of being part of the Brasada Ranch vision early on and working closely with the developer in designing all the community buildings with a focus on sustainability.”

The resort boasts a low-density planning strategy and has set aside 1,000 acres of open space. The exterior siding and heavy timbers in the Discovery Center were salvaged and reclaimed from a defunct lumber mill, and the remainder of the framing materials are Forest Stewardship Council-certified. A ground source lake loop system tied to the golf course ponds provides the building’s heating and cooling needs.

To learn more, visit or call 927-4925.

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