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Bed tax boom in GlenwoodGLENWOOD SPRINGS Last year was a good one for Glenwood Springs lodging industry, but not nearly as good as November in particular.The city experienced an increase of nearly 34 percent in accommodations tax revenues in November over November 2005. That compared to a cumulative increase of about 18 percent for the first 11 months of the year, versus the same period of 2005.We dont know quite why that happened, Marianne Virgili, CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said of Novembers big jump.But shes not complaining about the stellar results, which only add an exclamation point to the strong monthly results the citys lodging industry has been posting.Its been excellent the last couple of years, just steady growth, Virgili said.The city contracts with the chamber to use revenues from its 2.5 percent lodging tax for tourism promotion.Kate Collins, Glenwood Springs new tourism marketing director, thinks the lodging industry is reaping the rewards of past promotional work.Its like all the efforts of marketing over time are starting to pay off, she said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Crested Butte Academy skier dies after fallDENVER (AP) A 17-year-old Crested Butte boy died Sunday after falling on a jump in the Copper Mountain Terrain Park a day earlier, Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said.Asher Crank, who was wearing a helmet, apparently fell on his head from a height of 30 feet, Richardson said. The accident happened during the warmup and inspection period for a sanctioned competition in the terrain park, the resort said.Crank was flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver on Saturday and was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Richardson said.Crank skied competitively for the Crested Butte Academy team.

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