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Matt Lucero joined Melody Living in November. Melody Living is an assisted living, memory support and independent living community in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Lucero is the new Executive Director. Matt will train and manage staff in addition to overseeing daily operations of the community, which is set to open Spring 2018.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc., closed today on Western Hills Apartments for $21 million, its’ second Colorado Springs multifamily community purchase of 2017. 

“This acquisition allows us the opportunity to continue to position ourselves as a leader in owner-operated property management in southern Colorado,” says William J. Hybl, Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing. “We have a substantial track record of improving operations and controlling costs, while synchronously enhancing the experience for residents.”

Built in 1985, Western Hills is comprised of 152 units, with a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, averaging 849 square feet, in eight buildings on 7.48 acres. Each apartment home has a washer and dryer, spacious closets, a private balcony or patio, and a wood-burning fireplace. Community amenities include a clubhouse with media room and kitchen, 24-hr fitness center, heated outdoor swimming pool, barbeque and picnic area, courtyard, and playground. Additionally, the property sits adjacent to World Golf and Sand Creek Golf Course with a 9-hole executive length course, miniature golf, and driving range.

“The multifamily market in Colorado Springs has experienced strong rent growth over the past several years, and we believe Colorado Springs is poised for that rent growth to continue. Western Hills should be a solid investment with strong job growth nearby,” said Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services of Griffis/Blessing. “This community is perfectly positioned for our proven value-add strategies. Our plan is to upgrade unit interiors, including the installation of air conditioners, currently lacking at the community. We also intend to renovate the clubhouse and fitness center, the pool area and other community amenities, creating a positive impression not only for potential renters visiting the property, but for current residents too.”

Simone Headen, CAM will serve as the Regional Manager for the community, with day-to-day operations headed by Property Manager, Christina Gibson, CAM.

CB was the listing broker, and Brady O’Donnell of CBRE arranged the FMAC mortgage.

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with additional offices in Denver. Griffis/Blessing currently manages over four and a half million square feet of commercial space and more than 9,300 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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Press Release (Colorado State Forest Service)

Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs from the Colorado State Forest Service Woodland Park District are now available for order, as part of the 2018 Trees for Conservation seedling tree program. The program aids landowners, including those impacted by recent high-wind events or other natural disasters, to obtain seedling trees at a minimal cost to replace damaged or lost trees. The seedlings also can be used for conservation and land rehabilitation purpose.

New for the 2018 season, the CSFS Woodland Park and Cañon City seedling programs have merged to increase consistency and efficiency. The program now serves Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Park and Teller counties. This year, April 4 is the order deadline but early orders are encouraged while a larger selection is available.

The focus of the program is to help landowners to meet conservation goals, restore forests impacted by wildfire and other disturbance, reduce soil loss, and enhance wildlife habitat. The program also allows landowners to plant vegetation in areas impacted by tree insects and diseases.

Michael Till, a forester with the CSFS Woodland Park District, hopes the program will inspire landowners to take personal pride in the care of their properties through planting trees or shrubs. Planting seedlings can help increase the resilience of the forest to natural disasters by re-establishing lost vegetation; reducing soil erosion; improving air quality; and improving regional species diversity.

When considering which species to plant, landowners should consider elevation, aspect and soil type. Some of the most successful species for these counties are caragana, New Mexico privet, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Rocky Mountain juniper. The Woodland Park and Canon City Districts also sells a variety of seedling survival accessories, including wind shades, tree guards, fertilizer tablets, weed barriers and pest repellents.

Orders made by April 4 will be available for pickup at the district offices in late April. For more information or to obtain an order form, go to, click on “Districts & Field Offices” and select the Woodland Park District, or call (719) 687-2921.

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Griffis/Blessing has been selected to manage Claremont Marketplace, centrally located at 7935 Constitution Ave in Colorado Springs new owner, Junipero Properties, LP. Claremont Marketplace is a 15,209 square-foot retail center that is 75% occupied and anchored by Dickey’s BBQ, Subway and Great Clips.

The day-to-day operations of the property will be handled by the Commercial Services team of Portfolio Manager Dixie Snyder, CPM®, ACoM, Management Assistant Elizabeth Taylor, and Property Accountant Tiffany Koschwitz.

“With the addition of Clarement Marketplace, Griffis/Blessing manages over 1.1 million square feet of retail property along the Front Range. Our proven success and experience in managing retail property in this market make us the ideal fit for this assignment,” said Senior Vice President Richard K. Davidson, CPM®.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing current manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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VegNews, America’s #1 vegan magazine, announces The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors by JL Fields, a Colorado Springs author and culinary instructor, as the Editor’s Pick for 2017 Veggie Award™ Winner for Cookbook of the Year. In our 16th annual Veggie Awards™, a record-breaking 2.4 million votes were cast in categories ranging from cheese, ice cream, and restaurant to celebrity, website, and even most veg-friendly city. The Veggie Awards™ is the largest survey of its kind in the world.

“JL Fields is a leader in the plant-based movement and continues to create stellar vegan cookbooks. We are pleased to honor your accomplishments with a 2017 Veggie Award™,” says VegNews Publisher Colleen Holland.

The Vegan Air Fryer (Vegan Heritage Press, $21.95, June 2017) is the only plant-based cookbook that can satisfy your fried food cravings in a healthy way, by showing you how to “air fry” foods with little to no cooking oil. This amazing air-fryer appliance cookbook

contains 80 recipes for delicious “fried” foods like:

• Jalapeño Poppers

• Fried Chick’n

• Vegetable Tempura

• Corndogs

• Buffalo Cauliflower

• Fajitas

JL Fields, the cookbook author is a culinary instructor, columnist, speaker, activist, and radio personality. She is also the blogger of, and a brands consultant for a variety of national companies. She has received culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute and the Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies. She is a Main Street Vegan Academy-certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and a certified Food for Life instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She writes and broadcasts from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The VegNews Veggie Awards™ recognize excellence in the plant-based industry. VegNews readers submit their ballots online during the month of August, and winners are announced in the November+December Holiday edition of the magazine. The annual celebration of the best that veg living has to offer has become one of the most popular features in the publication. The issue is available on newsstands everywhere beginning November 1.

VegNews has a readership of 240,000 and is read around the world. Each issue is filled with the latest in news, recipes, beauty, fashion, travel, and so much more. The magazine has won dozens of national awards since beginning publication in 2000, and reaches 2.4 million people every month through its digital properties.

Learn more about the JL Fields' award-winning cookbook and her Colorado Springs-based culinary program at and