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Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hot Springs

Glenwood Springs to the north and Aspen to the east get far more attention than Redstone, the quaint town along Colorado 133. But treasures lie within, such as Avalanche Ranch's hot springs, overlooked by the dramatic Mount Sopris. A family tapped a well in 2010, releasing the geothermal waters that flow into three pools stacked on top of each other.

But the soaking spots aren't the only draw at Avalanche Ranch. Several rustic cabins, three wagons, a ranch house and a cottage are some of the accomodations to be reserved by hikers and cyclists who want more than a day to explore area trails. The ranch is along the Crystal River's Gold Medal waters, and anglers staying the night can keep up to four trout stocked in the private pond. Guests are welcome to canoes. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Book a massage or join a yoga session for optimum healing, though the mineral-rich waters should do the trick. The upper two pools are kept at 103 to 105 degrees, while the biggest one is about 88 to 94 degrees.

Rules: Suits required. Pools closed on Wednesdays for cleaning, opening for lodging guests after 5 p.m. All-day visitors must make reservations. No pets by pools. No glass, no smoking.

Address: 12863 Colorado 133, Redstone, 81623

Hours: Day visits made for four-hour slots, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: 970-963-2846,

Getting there: Off Interstate 25, exit for U.S. 6 west and follow to Interstate 70 exit toward Grand Junction. Continue west to exit 116 for Colorado 82 east to Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Turn for Colorado 133 south and go about 13 miles to hot springs.


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SNOWMASS, Colo. (CBS4) – Supporters of the deaf and hearing-impaired community are coming together to help a camp hit hard by thieves and vandals.

Aspen Camp, located in nearby Snowmass, rents out cabins between sessions for the hard of hearing to help support the nonprofit organization’s operations.

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Hundreds of children and their families visit the camp each year from across Colorado and even internationally.

The damage that occurred during this year’s X Games has put camp staff in a bind to get the facility ready for its next group of deaf campers.

The year-round, one-of-a-kind retreat teaches life skills to deaf youth, adults and families.

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A camp spokesperson said that some X Games fans renting out a couple of the camp’s cabins through Airbnb apparently did not respect the valuable programs.

Ryan Commerson, Aspen Camp’s board president, spoke to CBS4’s Melissa Garcia through an interpreter.

He said the rowdy party-goers trashed the camp, broke an electric wiring outlet and damaged a door frame. They also left a sticky mess on cabin floors, scattered fpod along trails, and stole meals meant for deaf families from the staff kitchen after breaking into the main lounge.

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“Everything was locked,” Commerson said. “The doors and the windows were locked. And it was a smaller window that they really had to work hard to have squeezed themselves into.”

One vandal wrote a disparaging message on the kitchen’s fridge that read, “We are not deaf.”

Vandalism left at Aspen Camp (credit: Aspen Camp)

“(It was) a classless act,” Commerson said. “It’s just another example of what we always face every day of our lives as we’re growing up.”

Aspen Camp volunteers and staff members worked tirelessly to clean, repair, and restock.

“An additional unnecessary stress,” Commerson explained.

CBS4’s Melissa Garcia interviews Ryan Commerson. (credit: CBS)

The several-thousand dollars in damage were a big blow to the nonprofit that was already struggling to break even.

An outpouring of support since the vandalism, however, will revamp not only the facilities, but also scholarship funds for the 70 percent of deaf youth campers who otherwise can’t afford to attend.

“We teach (the deaf and hard of hearing) to advocate for themselves. And this situation is just an example of the types of things that we’re wanting to practice with them to know how to deal with when they’re out in the world,” Commerson said of the adversity.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating, but has not said if deputies have been able to identify who broke in and caused the damage.

An Airbnb spokesperson provided the following statement:

“We take incidents like this extremely seriously and are urgently investigating what happened. We are in touch with our host and are giving them our full support. Additionally, we have reached out to local law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation. Our community standards prohibit behavior like this and if a guest violates our policies, we will take action including suspension or permanent removal from our platform. There have been more than 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are extremely rare, but even so, we’re constantly working to improve our policies, and our protections, because even one incident is one too many.”

Commerson encouraged anyone interested in learning more to reach out to the camp.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to

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The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is taking public comment on proposed fee increases for multiple recreation sites and rentals, as well as the opening of three new rental cabins.

Fees would increase at 25 campgrounds, 19 rental cabins and two group use sites under the proposal. In addition, Indian Meadows, Nevada Creek and Mergenthaler cabins, if approved, will open for public rental.

The proposed fee increases come as part of a regional look at site fees, maintenance costs and an effort to charge similarly for comparable sites.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is taking public comment on proposed fee increases for multiple recreation sites. Fees would increase at 25 campgrounds, 19 rental cabins and two group use sites under the proposal.

“The combination of funding trends, increasing costs to maintain these sites, and higher demand for quality recreation experiences, has resulted in the need to reevaluate the management and associated costs of some of sites,” Forest Supervisor Bill Avey said in a statement. “It’s been at least 10 years, and in some areas closer to 20 years, since the forest has increased its recreation fees. The changes we’re proposing range from $2 to $45 increases, and will help the Forest achieve more consistent pricing for sites with similar levels of amenities and capacity.”

Not all recreation sites on the forest are proposed for increases. The forest says it has invested in items such as potable water, increased recreation site capacity and amenities at group sites, improved toilet facilities, new picnic tables and other infrastructure.

Proposed campgrounds could see bumps from $2 to $10 and cost $10-$15 to camp.

As for group use sites, Aspen Grove Picnic Area near the Blackfoot River would increase $20 to $50 and the Quigley Group Use Site on MacDonald Pass would institute a $50 fee.

Cabin rental increases are proposed from $5 to $45, costing $45 to $65 to rent.

The Forest Service also proposes offering two of its administrative cabins for public rental.

“Those cabins have been used for things like trail crews and administration, but now we’re finding these cabins serve the public really well for recreation, so we’re starting to develop more of these sites into recreational opportunities for the public,” said Rory Glueckert, the project lead for the Forest Service. He added that 95 percent of the rental fees go back into the sites for maintenance or upgrades.

The Indian Meadows Cabin is located north of Lincoln and would cost $65 to rent.

The Indian Meadows Cabin is located north of Lincoln and would cost $65 to rent. The cabin provides access to the Scapegoat Wilderness and is typically only accessible to passenger vehicles by late May.

The Indian Meadows Cabin provides access to the Scapegoat Wilderness and is typically only accessible to passenger vehicles by late May.
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The Nevada Creek Cabin is located in the Nevada Creek drainage and would cost $45 to rent.

“The accessible forest landscape here provides abundant opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy our wildlife, history and scenery,” according to the Forest Service’s description. “Roads and trails support a balance of motorized and non-motorized recreation including: hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, OHV riding, snowmobiling and driving for pleasure.”

More information on individual site fee proposals and to comment is available at Comments can also be emailed to or mailed to Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, ATTN: Rory Glueckert, 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602.

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With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how best to take advantage of the snow season. You won’t find many destinations in North America that beat Utah for a ski trip with friends or family; after one of all the state’s official slogans is The Greatest Snow on Earth. And one of the beauties of this snowy state is that it’s more than just a ski destination: it has chill resort towns, miles of unspoiled nature to explore, and cozy cabin rentals to meet your high expectations. Here are 7 suggestions for a ski trip you’ll never forget.

Eagle’s Nest, Sundance Resort

We may have found the perfect winter getaway for a big group. Eagle’s Nest lives up to its name—just step out onto the elevated deck to see what we mean. Perched high up in the trees, you’re surrounded by forest and have amazing views of the mountains. Stay warm in the hot tub, around the fireplace, or under heat lamps, and make use of a BBQ and wet bar that invite you to cook a home-cooked meal with the appropriate refreshments. If your group doesn’t include an amateur Anthony Bourdain, you can hire a private chef to cook for you right there in your villa. Eagle’s Nest is just 22 miles northwest of Provo and less than a mile outside of the Sundance Mountain Resort, a top global destination for skiing, snowboard, hiking, and biking. Modeled after Aspen, Colorado, the resort was founded by All the President’s Men actor Robert Redford in 1969 and reflects his vision of unspoiled nature.
Be one with nature at Eagle’s Nest

Modern Norfolk Estate, Park City

This cozy home is perfect for two close families, couples, or a tight-knit group of friends. Less than a mile from the world-class mountain resort town, Park City, this home is best enjoyed by the ski-crazy. While Park City’s 19th-century silver mining roots are still evident in some corners, since hosting the ski portion of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics it has built itself into a renowned event town and one of America’s top ski destinations. Modern Norfolk Estate is just two blocks from Main Street, where you can jaunt down to fun spots like High West Distillery & Saloon and Riverhorse on Main. Restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are just minutes away, and this modern luxury villa is fully equipped for your group.
Bring your family to Modern Norfolk Estate

White Oak Haven, Deer Valley

There are some great reasons for a winter sports enthusiast to pack up their blades and head to Deer Valley; 7,000 square feet of ski lodge luxury is as good as any. White Oak Haven’s best chill spot is the balcony with the mountain view, but don’t sleep on the idea of the outdoor hot tub, even when average temperatures dip below 20°F. During the winter months, you’ll love grabbing a hot cup of cocoa, then cozying up to the spacious living area’s fireplace or in front of the projector screen for a feel-good movie. Deer Valley Resort—just a hop, skip, and a ski jump away—set a record by winning Ski Magazine’s reader resort survey five years in a row. It’s received many other accolades besides, so go experience it for yourself!
Experience ski lodge luxury at White Oak Haven

Amangiri, Utah South

‘Stunning’ is the best word to describe Amangiri, a secluded home that showcases a different side of Utah. From its night-lit infinity pool to the massive rock formations that surround the property and are visible from many of its windows, this place is surreal. We can’t get enough of its sleek, modern decor both inside and out; white sofas, an espresso-hued coffee table, and buttery leather chairs soothe the soul. Peaceful surroundings will encourage you to focus your trip here around hiking, yoga, and pilates. As part of the Amangiri resort, all those amenities and more are available to you. Just minutes from the Arizona border in Utah South, you’re a drivable distance from Grand Canyon National Park. If you’re really ambitious, the Las Vegas Strip is four hours away by car. But the real place to be might just be right here at Amangiri, where you can gaze at the stars on your terrace at night under a blanket and a cool, desert breeze.
Find a different side of Utah at Amangiri

Stein Eriksen, Deer Valley

The Stein Eriksen Residences in Deer Valley are the brainchild of the late Norwegian ski superstar, Olympic gold medallist, and ski school director and ambassador that they are named after. Eriksen’s legacy lives on in these homes, and this villa is one of the most spectacular. With trails and runs surrounding your property, including direct access to Silver Dollar Ski Trail, its location is perfect for a ski vacation. During your stay, relax in the resort spa, soak in your private hot tub, and get a workout at the shared fitness center. Take a tour of your villa and reserve time to admire and ponder some of the eccentric artwork on the walls. And for some real-life art, stare out at the mountains while taking a warm bath in the master bathroom.
Honor the late, great ski legend at Stein Eriksen

Creek Crossing, Park City

In planning for your next Utah ski vacation, consider Canyons Village at Park City. With Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort both within walking or driving range, you have more than enough skiing at your disposal to last your group the whole trip. And the Utah Olympic Park is nearby too, where you can partake in high-octane winter activities like bobsledding or extreme zip line. Back at Creek Crossing, high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows offer pretty forest views that pair nicely with a carefully-selected glass from the villa’s wine cellar. The master bedroom features a faux fireplace to create the perfect nighttime ambiance, while the kids can have a slumber party in their bedroom that includes five double beds, four of which are bunk beds. Start your mornings with a cup of coffee on the large wraparound deck and plan your day out on the slopes.
Take your friends to Creek Crossing

2071 Solamere, Deer Valley

Everything about this place feels just like home—the cozy living room’s soft rug and fluffy pillows warm the soul—but unless your home has its own elevator, this place may be a step up. Overlooking Park City’s vibrant downtown, this five-bedroom luxury rental accommodates 14 and boasts views worthy of any group. At ground level, an outdoor nook will keep you warm as you alternate between the hot tub and fire pit. After a long day on the slopes, keep the energy high by competing in the villa’s game room, or simply relax and wind down around the wood-burning fireplace. Enhance your winter trip with a Utah chalet with a distinctive ski lodge vibe.
Feel like you’re home at 2071 Solamere

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Our working culture typically puts people in cubicles and deprives them of natural sunlight. But in a strange twist, your life as an office vampire could all change thanks to the sprawling bureaucracy of the United States government. Like we said, this isn't a typical situation.

That's because the US Department of Agriculture wants to pay you to go full Walden by managing two of its guard cabins located in Colorado's San Juan National Forest. The role, which involves prepping the Aspen and Glade Guard Stations and renting them out to the public, is something of a nature-buff's dream. If selected, your workplace would go from mundane to downright serene, as you'd be tasked with maintaining the historic facilities like the human counterpart of Smokey the Bear, or something.

The San Juan National Forest is basically a massive recreation facility, as people regularly use the scenery as the backdrop for various activities, such as hiking, boating, picnicking, horseback riding, and fishing among many others. Consider this a cue as to how you'll be spending your weekends and free time away from the cabins.

For maintaining the properties, which count complete kitchens and wood-burning stoves among their amenities, you'd receive additional compensation from any leftover revenue after the government takes its share from the rental fees. Plus, you'd probably get to wear a big ol' ranger hat while on the job, and use it to command respect from tourists. Sounds like a win-win.

According to the job listing, applicants must apply before October 27, and prospective candidates must be ready to send in their applications via regular, old fashioned mail. The tenure of the job is a mandatory two-years, with the option to make it a five-year saga if you choose to extend your stay at the park, which is located about 10 miles outside the nearest city.

In any case, if you're looking to escape the monotonous slog of laboring in front of a computer, the Colorado wilderness probably sounds like a welcome departure from the confines of your office.

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If you love nature and solitude, and want to share it with the public, the U.S. Forest Service wants to hear from you.

Aspen Guard Station

Wake up on nearly 600,000 acres of pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness—and get paid for it.

That’s the big perk of the U.S. Forest Service’s job posting, seeking someone to manage the Aspen and Glade Guard Stations in the San Juan National Forest.

For a term of no less than two years—and up to seven—the chosen applicant will maintain and rent out both properties for public use.

Duties include removing hazardous trees, keeping campsites clean and free of garbage, mowing and weeding, and renting out the cabins to visitors for “the lowest price possible.”

Glade Guard Station
San Juan Guard Stations

The properties both cater to outdoor recreationists year-round. Campers, hikers, skiers, dog-sledders, and others rent out stays at the rustic cabins.

The Depression-era log Aspen Station has a solar-powered, potable water well. It features a kitchen, three bedrooms, and sits 10 miles northeast of Mancos, Colo. It also serves as home for the San Juan National Forest Artist in Residence Program.

The Glade Station is 30 miles north of Cortez, Colo., and has more modern amenities than Aspen, including propane heat. It also features a corral and barn.

The U.S. Forest Service will accept applications to work at these offices in the woods through October 27th. Applicants can schedule “show-me” field trips to view the properties and walk through responsibilities with the Dolores Ranger District.

Check out the comprehensive job posting here.

Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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by Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Zupancis structures get concrete foundations, consultant’s input

Structures dating to the 1880s that were moved from their original location on Main Street to the outskirts of town are being placed on new foundations, as the Aspen Historical Society explores how to best interpret what will eventually become the community’s newest historical exhibit.

A house, shed and barn came with the Zupancis property at 540 E. Main St. when the city acquired it in 2005. A new 18,000-square-foot home for the Aspen Police Department is under construction on the site and is expected to open in the spring.

As the police project was ramping up, officials decided that the best way to preserve the historical structures would be to move them to a new location. They determined that city-owned land around the Holden-Marolt Mining Museum would be the best place to land the structures, and they were moved there in December.

Crews working for Shaw Construction have been digging new foundations for the buildings this summer and poured the concrete this week. The goal is to have the structures sited on the new foundations and ready for winter before the snow starts to fall.

The Aspen Historical Society is working with a historical-buildings consultant on determining how much work the interiors need to ensure safety for a museum exhibit. Another task is to determine what historical stories the society wants to tell as it brings the cabins on line as an interpretive exhibit, said Lisa Hancock, vice president and curator of collections for the historical society.

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A construction crew works on a concrete foundation for one of the Zupancis structures. The Aspen Historical Society is exploring how best to display buildings that date to the 1880s. A house, shed and barn were moved from their original site on Main Street to the outskirts of town, and the historical society is planning to make them an interpretive exhibit.

“There are several stories to tell,” she said. “When you see an original cabin from 1885, that is one of the coolest aspects.”

The house was first built in 1888 and later expanded, Hancock said. The sites serve as examples of how Aspenites of the late 19th and early 20th centuries lived. When the Zupancis family sold the land to the city in 2005, the historical society inventoried and took possession of many of the items inside the buildings. Some of those items will be “repatriated” into the restored structures, she said.

In the mid-1880s, the property at the north end of Hunter Street, then owned by the McMurchy family, was considered the outskirts of town. The site was on a bluff overlooking a mining-ore processing operation, which was across the Roaring Fork River near what is now the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood.

Preservationists generally frown upon moving historical structures from their original location. However, in this case, it is fitting that the buildings that were once on the outskirts of town on a bluff overlooking an ore-processing site have been moved to a new site with similar characteristics. The new location of the cabins, chosen in consultation with the city of Aspen’s historic preservation officer, Amy Simon, overlooks the Holden Lixiviation Mill site.

The city and historical society are still awaiting an estimate on restoration costs for the buildings’ interiors. Hancock said she had initially hoped to have the site open in summer 2018, but conceded that might be optimistic.

The last new site the historical society converted into an interpretive exhibit was the Holden-Marolt Mining Museum, located next to the cabins, which came online as a historical society exhibit in 1991, Hancock said.

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If you are ready to enjoy some time on the slopes, you should think about renting a cabin in Aspen. Aspen offers some of the best skiing in the entire world and it is a place where celebrities and the elite go to ski. Aspen is beautiful and it is a great place to spend time. If you want to enjoy it to its fullest, you need to rent your own cabin when you visit Aspen.

Aspen has some of the best skiing in the world and it is a great place to visit in the winter. There are so many things to do in Aspen and the food is some of the best in the world. Aspen is a great place to ski and the town is charming. You can enjoy a great vacation and when you rent in a cabin you get to enjoy a cozier situation than if you were renting a hotel.

Hotels are a great option, but a cabin is even better. You will have a space all to yourself and you can walk out your door and be close to the slopes. Aspen is one of the best places to hit the slopes and you can't beat the beauty of the mountains.

If you want to rent a cabin in Aspen you should start your cabin search early because they are popular and tend to get rented quickly. You can find cabins for rent online. Make sure to spend time looking through all the listings so you find the cabin you love.

Cabins are the way to go when you ski in Aspen. You will love your trip and you won't find a better place to ski. Make a ski trip to Aspen and make sure that you stay in a cabin.

If you really want to have a great time on your trip, you should put some effort into choosing the right cabin. Finding the best cabin rentals Aspen has to offer is easier than you might think. The Internet has made it possible to access a wealth of information about the cabins that are available for rent in the area.

When it comes to cabin rentals Aspen is one of the most incredible places to stay. The beauty of the surroundings combined with the incredible skiing and other activities that are available in the area make traveling to this part of the country a truly unique adventure.

There is no better way to experience everything that Aspen has to offer than by staying in a rental cabin. Most cabins are tucked away in secluded areas, allowing you to enjoy nature far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

If you really want to have a great time on your trip, you should put some effort into choosing the right cabin. Finding the best cabin rentals Aspen has to offer is easier than you might think. The Internet has made it possible to access a wealth of information about the cabins that are available for rent in the area.

For instance, most cabin owners will provide detailed photographs of both the interior and exterior of their cabins. In some cases, they may even provide video tours so that you can get a sense of what the cabin is actually like. This information can help when trying to decide exactly where you want to stay.

You can also use online mapping tools to determine where the cabin is in relation to Aspen's other amenities. That way, you can make sure that the cabin is out-of-the-way enough that you will have privacy but close enough that you can easily take advantage of all of the amazing things that there are to do in the area.

Don't forget to read customer reviews when choosing a cabin. Reviews can help you determine which cabins are worth renting and which ones you should skip. Remember, even if a cabin looks great in photographs, it may not turn out to be so great in person. This is where reviews can help.

Listing of the Day

Location: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Price: $23 million

“Pristine, pristine, pristine,” is how broker Billy Long of Ranch Marketing Associates described Inyanga Ranch’s 530 acres of land. Resting in a secluded box canyon, the ranch includes several historic cabins, in addition to a chic, modernist home designed with an earthen palette reflective of the surrounding landscape.

In keeping with the canyon’s essential tones, the home is tastefully constructed of vibrant wood, subdued metal and layered granite that frame over-sized windows opening up to both impressionistic vistas and the nearby, modern swimming pool. Lying in the center of the vast property, the home offers the perfect opportunity to both reflect on the natural beauty of the surrounding world and to hang up your boots after a long day of adventuring.

“The property is a huge playground,” Mr. Long said. “You can’t find anything with this kind of geological amenities. You’re surrounded by forest, river, lush meadows.”

Indeed, the property is home to nine trout-filled ponds, a diverse and abundant wildlife, and acre-after-acre of sublime American land typically only seen on museum postcards or read about in the works of such great American writers as Walt Whitman or Henry David Thoreau. Appropriately, the property is bordered by White River National Park–America’s most visited National Park–and Western Colorado’s own Flat Tops Wilderness, flanked by the property’s sandstone cliffs.


The property includes 530 acres with one main residence and several additional buildings, including a lodge and cabin. While the modern main residence, features two-bedrooms and one bathroom, the property has eight bedrooms and five bathrooms in total.


Redesigned with a keen eye to both the surrounding area and the comforts of modern life by Jack Snow of Colorado-based RKD Architects, the main residence includes a pool, soothing steam shower and modern fireplace.

Neighborhood notes

Whether it’s a gondola ride to the top of a world-class ski slope in the winter or a hike through beautiful natural vistas in the summer, nearby Aspen offers a variety of year-round activities for those wishing to take a break from their ranching wonderland. Filled with luxury ski resorts, fine-dining, and an extensive downtown shopping district, Aspen’s quaint charm mingles with the very best of contemporary life effortlessly—a perfect way to entertain visiting family and friends.

Agent: Billy Long, Ranch Marketing Associates

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