Smoggy skies and smoke filled valleys welcomed valley residents as they drove to town yesterday morning and today. Fires in both Utah and California are producing a large enough amount of smoke to wander into Western Colorado via a westerly wind.
No wildfires are currently burning in Western Colorado, but fire officials say the risk is high due to the low humidity and high wind expected this week.
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Bulgari, a luxury jewelry store that occupied the space on the corner of Mill and Hopkins is the most recent Aspen business to close its doors. As fall off-season nears, local commercial brokers are predicting more high-end businesses to close.
Many landlords in Aspen are working with tenants to give them a temporary break on rent, but drastic rent cuts are unlikely. Most deals require the stores to make up for the off-season cuts during their busy winter months.
A years-long battle between Pitkin County and Bruce and Peter Droste has ended with the approval on nine homesites at the Brush Creek Ranch near Snowmass Village. The highly visible ranch lies on more than 900 acres along Brush Creek Road, about a mile off of highway 82. The approvals allow for each new home to be up to 10,000 square feet.
A number of factors have contributed to the final decision of owner John S. Edwards to close the book shop he has owned in the Little Nell lobby since 1989, but the deciding factor was the announcement that the Little Nell will undergo another renovation starting mid September and will require it's lobby business owners to close for a period of time.
The Viceroy is slated to open for the 2009-2010 ski season. They will be holding recruiting open houses for job seekers in order to fill over 200 job openings. The company's pay scale will be like those of similar luxury hotels in the area. The open houses will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 25-September 10th.
Lately, Aspen bears and people have been interacting more frequently as the bear population intensifies its foraging for food to help them survive the coming winter. Ask any Aspenite and they will tell you about their favorite bear encounter.
A new grocery store is slated to open in November at the Airport Business Center (ABC). The new store will be called Roxy's, according to owners, Roxanne and Mike Lawler, who also own similar stores in Telluride and Rangley. The couple is currently in the process of extensively remodeling the former site of Alpine Mountain Market, across the street from the ABC gas station.