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Mill Street construction and detour begins today

This spring several construction projects will impact North Mill Street traffic and parking in the area. Starting today and running through April 10, there will be a detour in place as North Mill Street, between Bleeker and Main Streets, is closed to through traffic. Detours will allow all traffic to enter and leave the surrounding area. Outbound traffic from North Mill Street will route through Bleeker Street to Aspen Street. Inbound traffic to North Mill will be routed on Spring Street to Rio Grande Place. Most parking along the detour streets will be removed to allow large trucks to move through the area. Please note the Hunter Creek and Galena Street Shuttle routes will be detoured along Rio Grande Place. See bus stops for signage and information.

CDOT also will start work today to replace traffic signals at the Main and Mill Streets intersection. Traffic impacts include parking lane and right lane closures between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Find maps, fliers on all the projects and the most up-to-date information at and click on Mill Street Construction. For questions call City of Aspen Engineering at 970-920-5080.

Fourth of July parade registration now open

The city of Aspen announced that parade registration for the 2015 Old Fashioned 4th of July is now open.

The 2015 application can be found online at the new website http://www.aspen This also is where to get a parade map and information, fireworks information, past winners, nominating the 2015 grand marshal and more.

Food tax refunds

Aspen residents who lived within the city limits for the entire year of 2014 and are registered voters are eligible for a $50 Food Sales Tax Refund, including their dependents. Residents 65 or older and residents that are legally blind are eligible for additional refund payments.

All applicants will be required to be a registered voter in the city of Aspen by Jan. 1, 2014, to qualify for the food sales tax refund. Limited exceptions for persons barred from registering to vote may qualify.

The city created Food Sales Tax Refunds as an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales-tax referendum. It was intended to reimburse voters for the approximate amount of sales tax that they would pay annually on grocery purchases due to the imposition of a 1 percent city sales tax.

To find out more information, or to complete an application, visit the website at Applications also are available at the Finance Department window, first floor of City Hall at 130 S. Galena St., or by calling Finance at 970-920-5040. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. No postmarks will be accepted after the deadline.

Aspen Golf Club is open

The Aspen Golf Club has opened early due to the warm weather. Director of Golf Steve Aitken said renovations on holes 2 and 3 are underway and will be a tremendous improvement when completed. Golf operations are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day. Early season green fees are $29. Discounted season passes are available through March 31 at the Red Brick Gym, Aspen Recreation Center or online at

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