Some Basalt, Carbondale students struggle with language, official says By Katie Redding, The Aspen Times July 30, 2008 ASPEN — In Roaring Fork Valley education, state standardized test scores follow the geography. In Aspen schools, the number of students testing at or above grade level in reading, writing and… Read More
Sopris Foundation says high number of second homes means energy is being wasted By Scott Condon, Aspen Times, 7/21/08 SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The percentage of second homes sitting vacant and theoretically wasting energy is higher in Snowmass Village than in Aspen, a new study has determined. Between 61 percent and 68 percent of all single-family residences and condominiums in Snowmass Village are second homes, the Sopris Foundation reported Friday. A 2007 study by the nonprofit organization showed that 58 percent of residences in Aspen are vacation homes. Read More
Seven tips for homeowners who can’t wait until the market turns around, By David Crook, July 14, 2008; Wall St Journal PageR1 So you say you’re selling your house?… Read More
Figures show that tourism still pumps the local economy
By Carolyn Sackariason, July 13, 2008, The Aspen Times
ASPEN - Even though Aspen government is bracing for tough economic times in the near future, it is still enjoying revenue increases in sales and lodging taxes.
In his May consumption tax report, City Hall Finance Director Don Taylor said sales tax collections for May are up 7.5 percent from the same month in 2007 and year-to-date collections through May are up 10 percent from the first five months last year.
“In spite of recent national trends, Aspen's retail economy is continuing its positive economic trend with significant increases realized in almost all industry sectors,” Taylor wrote. Read More
Managing partner for family that owns the Skico owners outlines expectations By Scott Condon, July 1, 2008, Aspen Times ASPEN - The Aspen Skiing Co. is a rare bird in the ski industry these days. Big conglomerates that appear more interested in selling real estate and offering lift tickets as an amenity dominate the business. The Skico remains family-owned. The Crown family of Chicago owned 50 percent of the Skico from 1985 until 1993, when they assumed complete ownership. Lester Crown and his seven children, as well as several members of their extended family own the company. Jim Crown, one of Lester's sons, is the managing partner. Read More