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Business Beat: Craig Realtor awarded statewide distinction

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Providing people in Northwest Colorado with good service on their real estate transactions is something the staff of Brass Key Realty, 840 W. Victory Way, does regularly, but it never hurts to get an acknowledgment of how their talents are appreciated.

Brass Key broker Otis Lyons recently received the Land Realtor of the Year award from the Colorado Chapter 5 Realtors Land Institute.

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Lyons first learned of the honor at the RLI quarterly meeting in Grand Junction in September. He was presented with a silver cup complete with his name inscribed on it during the Colorado Association of Realtors meeting Oct. 3 in Denver.

"It's probably one of the best things to happen to me," Lyons said. "It's pretty prestigious and the officers who give it out are some of the best men in the business."

Lyons specializes in working with rural land used for farming, ranching and hunting.

Though he has worked in real estate in the region for more than 35 years, he frequently attends classes provided by RLI — an organization for which he also serves on the board — to stay aware of all developments in the field.

"They're some of the most educational classes about land brokerage," he said.

Lyons' long-term goal is to achieve the RLI Accredited Land Consultant designation.

"It's like the equivalent of a Ph.D in real estate, only about 3,500 people in the country have it," he said. "It's something that everybody in the business should try to get in their career."

For more information on Brass Key Realty's services, call 824-7086 or visit http://www.brasskey-realty.com.

Clinic promoting Alzheimer's awareness

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, something staff members of Craig's Kinder Family Clinic want the people in Northwest Colorado to keep in mind.

Neurologist Pamela Kinder encourages the elderly members of the community and their families to drop by the clinic, 595 Russell St., to keep up on the neurological disorder.

"We can provide evaluation and help with treatment for people who come in," Kinder said.

Kinder, who has been a part of the local medical scene for 16 years, said keeping up with the disease is more important than ever because of the increasing population of seniors in the area, which she learned about from a report by the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership.

"In 20 years, we'll have the highest population ever of people over 60," she said.

Alzheimer's typically takes effect after age 65, growing exponentially in risk every year.

Kinder said the likelihood of developing the disease is 15-percent at age 70, 30 percent at 80 and 50 percent by 85.

However, the onset of Alzheimer's can start even earlier in life for some people.

"We've seen younger people affected by it, some of them are only in their 50s," Kinder said.

Kinder also focuses on other neurological body issues, as well as general practice.

She recently attended a conference in Denver focusing on movement disorders.

"They mostly talked about Parkinson's disease, tremors, reviewing diagnoses and surgical treatment, things like that," she said. "We see a lot of people with Parkinson's and tremors. Another big one around here that I don't think a lot of people know about is restless leg syndrome."

For more information on Kinder Family Clinic's services, call 826-0911. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information about Alzheimer's, visit http://www.alz.org.

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