Due to declining numbers of foreign travellers into the United States, The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (TPA) is being proposed to help increase tourism revenue and reduce the national budget deficit by $425 million by 2019 if the bill is singed into law according to the congressional budget office.
The TPA would create a non profit within the Department of Commerce devoted to marketing tourism. The organization is funded by a $10 per person fee on those visiting America from out of the country, and that money would be matched by private travel promotion companies.
The Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain is open for the summer season. The gondola runs daily from 10am-4pm. Enjoy lunch at the Sundeck (open daily 11am-3pm) or bluegrass music on Sundays along with a large list of other activities available for people of all ages. For a full list visit www.aspensnowmass.com
There is a new location for valley farmer's and craftsmen to sell their goods. The first Basalt farmer's market last Sunday, June 21st, and was a huge success with over forty vendors. The Basalt market will run every Sunday from 9am-2pm in the downtown area.
For more information visit: www.basaltsundaymarket.com
This weekend is not only the official start to summer, but for Aspentites, it is traditionally the kick of to our summer season of festivities. This weekend, June 19-21 is both the Jazz Aspen Snowmass music festival and the Food & Wine Classic. The weather is finally sunny and warm and people are starting to flood into town for the flurry of activity. For more information on these events and events throughout the summer, visit the following websites:
Morrow Wingo Junction Ranch Subdivision, Lot 1
Chateau Snow, Unit 101
Chateau Roaring Fork, Unit 30
Aspen Historic Cottages, Unit B1
Residences at the Little Nell, Unit F203
210 Cooper, Unit 1A
Residences at the Little Nell, Unit F304
Meadowood, Lot 7, Block 1
Stage Road PUD, Lot 7
The summer bus schedule is now in effect throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The Galena Street and Cross Town, and Woody Creek shuttles have resumed their routes. Late-night service on in town shuttles has also returned. Free rides between Aspen and Snowmass run every 30 minutes through 12:30am. Music School routes begin June 16 and the shuttles to and from the music tent will run before and after performances.
Colorado recently enacted a state law that requires condominium associations to have a capital reserve policy. The law does not actually force associations to maintain a capital reserve minimum, but it does require that they have a policy in place to deal with major complex repairs. Recently some Pitkin County Housing Authority complexes have suffered because of a lack of funds or strategy to deal with major repairs needed on units and common area. The law will effect both free market condominium complexes and those managed by local housing authorities.
Unseasonably cool, wet weather arrived in Aspen several weeks ago and it seems like it is hear to stay. In an average year, monsoon season hits Aspen mid to late summer which brings late afternoon thunderstorms that typically leave the valley before you know they arrived.