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Aspen seeks to limit downtown housing

  The Aspen City Council is moving forward with a policy that would limit construction of housing over commercial buildings.   Mayor Mick Ireland argued Monday that top floor residential units drive up real estate prices and push out commercial businesses on the lower floors. Business leaders told the council they need residential housing to… Continue Reading Aspen seeks to limit downtown housing

Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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  An Aspen hotel is counting on Chinese tourists to fill rooms.   The Little Nell hotel recently sent representatives to China, hoping to lure wealthy Chinese tourists looking for a Western mountain town experience.   Hotel officials believe many wealthy Chinese who send their children to U.S. schools could be sold on a North… Continue Reading Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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Aspen tourism officials are scrambling to ensure service after Frontier Airlines begins discontinuing flights on Monday. The Denver-based carrier told Aspen officials this winter that it no longer makes enough money on the route. According to the Denver Post, Aspen tourism officials are confident they can secure other carriers to make up for the two… Continue Reading Frontier Airlines discontinues flights to Aspen

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The Aspen City Council is taking up a proposal that would force homeowners who offer their properties as vacation rentals to pay sales and lodging taxes. The homeowners may also be forced to get an annual business license and a related permit under a plan coming up at Monday’s meeting. Aspen officials are trying to… Continue Reading Aspen homeowners may be taxed on vacation rentals

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The brightest minds in politics, technology, academia and economics are among those in Aspen this week for the annual Ideas Festival. As always, it’s an eclectic lineup of speakers. This year’s roster ranges from Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter. There will also be two Supreme Court justices on… Continue Reading Aspen’s Ideas Festival draw big names on economics, technology

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Demographer: Super-rich declining in Aspen

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A demographer says the super-rich are likely to have less impact on Aspen’s economy in the future and that tourists and retirees will play a bigger role. Jim Westkott, the former senior demographer for Colorado, told local officials Wednesday the recession has changed his outlook for Aspen and other resort areas. Westkott says construction of… Continue Reading Demographer: Super-rich declining in Aspen

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Aspen looking to ban plastic bottles

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Aspen city officials are looking into a possible ban on bottled water in plastic, disposable containers. The City Council has directed staffers to investigate options for prohibiting or discouraging single-use plastic containers. The Aspen Daily News reports that Councilman Torre suggested a possible ban Tuesday, saying he was astounded by all the plastic bottles he… Continue Reading Aspen looking to ban plastic bottles

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Aspen Skiing Co. extending ‘sunset skiing’

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Aspen Skiing Co. plans to keep the chairlifts running a little longer at one of its four ski areas each Friday for spring skiing. Starting March 18, it plans to keep some limited terrain open at one of its mountains on Fridays until 6 p.m. Aspen Skiing Co. operates Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and… Continue Reading Aspen Skiing Co. extending ‘sunset skiing’

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Aspen Skiing Co. expanding helmet policy

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Aspen Skiing Co. is expanding who must wear helmets on its mountains. Starting next season, its roughly 500 salaried employees must wear helmets while working on the slopes, and helmets will be required for ski school students ages 17 and younger, not just 13 and younger. Terrain park or halfpipe students and instructors teaching someone… Continue Reading Aspen Skiing Co. expanding helmet policy

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The 81611 ZIP code, which is the south end of Aspen, is the most expensive neighborhood in the country, boasting a $6.5-million median home sale price, according to the Forbes luxury home index, a list of the 500 priciest ZIP codes in America. Snowmass, 81654, and Snowmass Village , 81615, and aren’t far behind, landing… Continue Reading The most expensive neighborhood in the nation: Aspen

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