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Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation hosts lecture on breast cancer

The Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is hosting its third lecture in a Surgical Grand Rounds series titled “Multidisciplinary Treatment of Breast Cancer” on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome. A panel of five experts from several specialties involved in the care of a man or woman with breast cancer will discuss a comprehensive solution to the disease. The presentation is open to clinical staff as well as the general public. Reservations can be made by calling 970-544-1302 or emailing

Dr. Les Fraser will moderate the panel discussion, which starts with a brief meet and greet session from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Fraser is a general surgeon at Aspen Valley Hospital who has performed hundreds of breast surgeries and is recognized as a leading expert on the topic. Other panelists include Dr. Doug Rovira, medical oncologist at Aspen Valley Hospital; Dr. Bruce Greene and Dr. David Marcus, radiation oncologists with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs; and Dr. Jason Martin, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Aspen Valely Hospital.

While the topic will be geared toward a clinical audience, the public will learn about a coordinated-care approach to breast cancer and discover leading-edge treatments available at Aspen Valley Hospital and in the Roaring Fork Valley. While breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the U.S., new advances are creating better outcomes for both early and late stages of the disease.

Grand Rounds have been a mainstay in the medical world for more than 100 years, where doctors gathered to discuss the most difficult cases. Today, they gather to discuss the latest advancements in treatments and technologies.

This lecture series is underwritten with a gift from an anonymous donor and through sponsorship support from the Hotel Jerome.

Sun Dog Athletics celebrates 20 years

Sun Dog Athletics adventure-sports school and instructors are celebrating their 20th anniversary this month. With an extensive background in bike racing, Erik Skarvan founded the business in 1996 as the area’s first mountain-biking instructor when there were only guided tours at the time. Focusing on quickly enhancing its guests’ skills, Sun Dog Athletics has grown through the years to include a tight-knit group of longtime local instructors, many with competitive racing backgrounds, pioneering adventure-sports programs including mountain biking, road biking, fat biking, fitness hiking, canoing, fitness snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Following their pioneering spirit, Sun Dog Athletics brought the first fat-biking adventures to Colorado five years ago. The adventure-sports school, with a 100 percent clean safety record, was rated top five in the U.S. by W magazine for its unique and professional adventure-sports opportunities for both residents and visitors from around the world.

As appreciation for local support, Sun Dog Athletics is offering Roaring Fork Valley residents 1996 hourly rates ($70 per hour) for road and mountain-biking instruction in May. More information at 970-925-1069.

Decypher Technologies operating independently

Glenwood Springs-based Decypher Technologies recently announced that the company is now operating independently.

Farr Shepherd, founder of Decypher Technologies, repurchased the division Feb. 27. Decypher’s team is working to ensure a seamless transition back to the Decypher brand for its longtime clients.

“We will continue to improve, with the goal of providing best-in-class service,” Shepherd said.

Decypher will continue to operate in Aspen; Denver; Palm Beach, Florida; and Vail.

Decypher Technologies, an IT and networking-communications company, has been providing residential and business technical solutions for more than a dozen years. For more information, visit

Timberline Bank receives Colorado award

The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Timberline Bank as Colorado’s 2015 community rural lender of the year in a ceremony May 4 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

The award recognizes a Colorado lender that is dedicated to small-business lending in the community it serves. Judging criteria paid note to the number of rural Small Business Administration loans made, and according to James Van Horn of the SBA/Colorado District, Timberline Bank impressed the agency with its consistent commitment to the rural population of the area, dedicating 50 percent of its SBA loan portfolio to rural lending. Lenders can provide SBA-guaranteed loans for most business needs but typically turn to SBA for new businesses with less collateral and/or smaller equity generally required for traditional business loans. SBA-backed loans are an indicator of the bank’s willingness to lend to small-business entrepreneurs.

“We are honored to be named SBA Colorado’s community rural lender of the year,” said Mike Taets, CEO and president of the Aspen branch. “Our small community bank is a small business, which is similar to the businesses owned by the clients we serve. Small business is our business. Our clients are business owners and professionals who want personalized, quality service. Our bankers work with their clients to find solutions to their financial needs. Many times the solution just happens to be a small-business loan.”

Timberline Bank is an independent, community bank that was founded by its employees and Western Slope investors in 2004 and has locations in Grand Junction, Aspen and Montrose, allowing for western Colorado convenience. A total of 39 team members are employed at the three locations.


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