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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Regular season bus schedules will take effect on Saturday, according to the city of Aspen.

New this summer: The Burlingame/Highway 82 route, will operate once each hour from 6:15 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.

Free Aspen shuttles also begin their summer schedules on Saturday, including increased hours of service and the return of the seasonal Crosstown Shuttle. However, as previously reported, the Galena Street Shuttle service, which ended in April, won’t return until late November. The service also was not available in summer 2010.

The city also issued a reminder about summer parking policies, which are as follows:

• Saturday paid parking is in effect now. Sundays and holidays remain free.

• Carpools of two or more adults may pick up a free carpool parking permit at the Airport Parking Kiosk on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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• Visit http://www.commuterconnect.net for help with locating carpool partners.

• Drivers can pay for parking quickly and easily via cell phone. Visit http://www.paybyphone.com to set up a free account.

Also on Saturday, bus service to the Maroon Bells begins daily through Labor Day. After that holiday weekend, service is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 2.

All buses depart from Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Buses will leave every 20 minutes starting at 9:05 a.m. until 2:05 p.m., then on the hour and half hour until 4:30 p.m., with the last bus returning to Highlands at 5 p.m. Riders can take the free Castle Maroon Bus from Rubey Park to reach Aspen Highlands.

Call 925-8484 for more information on bus routes and schedules.

BASALT – Basalt experienced a slight increase in sales tax revenues in April compared to last year, the town government finance department reported Tuesday.

Sales tax revenues for the month were $225,168. That is an increase of nearly 2 percent from $220,810 for April 2010, the report showed.

For the fiscal year to date, December through April, sales tax collections are down 1.78 percent in Basalt.

The retail food category – the biggest contributor to Basalt’s sales tax revenue pie – has stabilized after big drops in 2009 and 2010. The town has collected $593,995 so far this year from retail food establishments, which include City Market and Clark’s Market. That is up 2.5 percent from the prior year.

Grocery stores and other retail food sales have accounted for 46 percent of all town sales tax revenues so far this year.

Other major categories aren’t faring so well. Restaurants with bars are down 3.6 percent for the fiscal year to date through April. General retail stores are down 15 percent. Sales of building materials are down 14.4 percent.

On the other hand, lodging sales are up 49 percent. Sales by sporting retail stores are up nearly 11 percent while liquor store sales are up 2.6 percent, the report showed.

Basalt business leaders hope for a boost this summer, when fishing and golfing typically energize the town’s economy.

BASALT – Volunteers are needed Saturday to help construct a new outdoor performing stage in Lions Park.

The town of Basalt enlisted Habitat for Humanity as the contractor on the project. Habitat is organizing a “Community Build Day” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers should sign up at http://www.habitatroaringfork.org/sys-php/matrix/view.php or call 319-1884. No prior construction experience is necessary, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Habitat’s construction supervisor is also at the site and volunteers are welcome on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The goal is to have the stage completed by June 30, so labor is essential.

BASALT – The Sunday Market will resume for the summer in Basalt on June 19, featuring an assortment of vendors of produce, prepared foods, merchandise and art.

The event will also feature rotating demonstrations ranging on topics from cooking to planting to creative dance. There will be live music and kids’ activities each week as well.

The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lions Park and Midland Spur by Town Hall throughout the summer.

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