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Vitamin B12 clinics now available in Carbondale

Jade Wimberley, a naturopathic doctor, is offering vitamin B12 injections at Lux Chiropractic Studio in Carbondale. The vitamin B12 clinics are held every Wednesday between 3 and 6 p.m. and appointments are not necessary.

Vitamin B12 is commonly used as a way to boost energy and cognitive functions and as a therapy for depression. It also has been shown to be beneficial for patients who have digestive issues, thyroid disorders, diabetes or migraines; are vegetarian or vegan; are older than 60; consume alcohol; or have undergone chemotherapy or radiation.

The human body does not make vitamin B12; it is attained by eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy fortified with the vitamin. Americans today have a plethora of digestive issues, and even if they eat plentiful amounts of food rich in B12, they can still be B12-deficient, according to Wimberley.

“I have seen my B12 patients benefit greatly, as they sleep better and have a lot more energy. They also have found relief from non-optimum conditions ranging from panic attacks and PMS to tremors due to neurological disorders and wound healing for diabetics,” Wimberley said. “But one of the most remarkable benefits is that folks get more motivated to stay healthy overall. I see patients begin running, join an exercise class, clean out their cupboards. The energy from the B12 seems to be a catalyst to healthier living in general.”

Wimberley is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is licensed in Colorado, Utah and California. She said she believes nature is a primary aid to healing and that this tenet guides her practice. For more information on vitamin B12 clinics, contact Wimberley at 970-759-9733 or email her at jade@thehealthrevolution.com.

CORE funds more than 450 solar arrays in the Roaring Fork Valley

Since 2002, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency has provided $2.6 million in rebates and grants to support the installation of 465 solar photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. By the end of the year, the nonprofit will have provided funding for about 40 additional systems, bringing the total number to more than 500 installations in 14 years.

In May, the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that 1 million solar arrays had been installed in the United States. It took the country 40 years to reach this point, but it is estimated that the number of arrays will double in just two more years. The uptick in the Community Office for Resource Efficiency’s rebates for solar power is reflective of that trend — the organization experienced a 42 percent increase in the number of renewable-energy projects it provided rebates for in 2015 as compared with 2014.

By 2020, the association estimates that the total capacity of solar will nearly quadruple to 100 gigawatts from just more than 27 gigawatts today. The solar arrays that CORE has helped support are producing 2.8 megawatts of solar power annually, enough energy to power approximately 460 average homes.

Out of the $2.6 million CORE provided in funding, $1.3 million was provided in rebates to homeowners. Between additional rebates from utility companies and the federal tax credit, Roaring Fork Valley residents can often receive funding for more than half of the cost of their solar system. For example, at $3.50 per watt, a 5-kilowatt photovoltaic system would cost $17,500. With $3,000 in rebates from CORE and between $3,000 and $3,750 in rebates from either the city of Aspen, Holy Cross Energy or Glenwood Springs Electric, the out-of-pocket cost to the homeowner could come down to between $10,750 and $11,500. With a 30 percent federal tax credit of an additional $3,225 to $3,450, the system would end up costing about $7,500 to $8,000, a 54 to 57 percent reduction in cost.

Last year, local rancher Bill Fales installed 16 kilowatts of solar energy on his home and barn and received rebates from CORE and Holy Cross Energy. Fales was motivated to lessen his reliance on fossil fuels, stating, “We support protection of the Thompson Divide. One way to protect it is to reduce our demand,” he said. “CORE and Holy Cross Energy were so awesome to work with, and the rebate process was incredibly easy.”

CORE also has provided rebates for 25 solar arrays for businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley and $1.2 million in grants for more than 40 solar systems on schools, libraries and government buildings. Funding for CORE’s rebates has come from a variety of sources but is mainly derived from the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program.

The price of U.S. solar power has dropped 70 percent since 2009, making it much more affordable. In December,Congress voted to extend the 30 percent tax credit for solar through 2019.

Beverly Purcell to retire from Devlin Financial Services

After 41 years of serving the insurance needs of individuals and businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley, Beverly Purcell has announced her upcoming retirement from Devlin Financial Services. Purcell will be handing over the reins from her lengthy career effective June 30. Her longtime colleagues Mark Devlin, Sharon Cook and Katie Leto Fightlin will be stepping in to assist her clients and match the level of care her clients have grown to expect.

Call Devlin Financial Services offices with questions at 970-925-9090.

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