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City accepting nonprofit grant applications

The city of Aspen is accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations for funding in 2014.

Nonprofits that are dedicated to working together to strengthen the quality of life in the Roaring Fork Valley are eligible to apply. A committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations for funding to the City Council.

For more information or to receive a grant-application packet, call Sheila Babbie in the Finance Department at 970-920-5040. The deadline for completed applications is Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. Grant information is also available at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Finance-City-of-Aspen/Grants.

Late applications will not be considered, according to a city statement.

Occupancy report suggests busy end of June

According to the monthly reservations-activity report released last week by the Mountain Travel Research Program, Aspen should be full of visitors on the weekend of June 28.

As of May 31, occupancy rates were approaching 80 percent for the last weekend in June. The weekend coincides with the Aspen Ideas Festival period, which runs from June 26 to July 2.

While Ideas Fest week is typically busy for Aspen, Bill Tomcich, president of reservations firm Stay Aspen Snowmass, wrote in a report summary that what seems to be capturing many by surprise is how soft advance bookings are for the Fourth of July weekend. The holiday falls on a Thursday this year, presenting an opportunity for travelers to stay in Aspen for a four-day weekend.

Advance bookings are still below 60 percent overall, Tomcich wrote.

“I do expect this to fill in as word starts to spread, as I would think that the calendar this year lends itself toward an ideal four-day holiday weekend that does not conflict with any other events at all this year,” he wrote.


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