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Pitco assessor: We goofedThe Pitkin County Assessor’s Office is sending out new valuations on personal property after an office glitch.According to Pitkin County Assessor Tom Isaac, the 1,800 notices sent out last week for business and residential personal property did not include depreciation of the property of the last year. Personal property for businesses includes fixtures in stores and offices like office equipment. The Aspen Skiing Co.’s personal property includes lifts, snowmaking equipment and groomers, Isaac explained. Residential property includes the furnishings in a unit that is rented out, Isaac said. “Everyone files information to us, and we send out valuations each year. But somehow we didn’t depreciate it, and they were mailed out with the same value on them as last year,” he said.The revised notices were mailed out yesterday, Isaac said, and will say “Special Notice of Valuation” for personal property. The valuation notices for the real property in the county, mailed in May, were corrected when they were sent out.Isaac said the assessor’s office is extending the time property owners have to protest these new values. The deadline to bring a protest into the office is July 11, or July 6 to mail a protest.

Executive Service Corps partners with CMCThe Executive Service Corps, volunteer consultants that offer management assistant to local nonprofits, has signed a partnership with Colorado Mountain College to operate under the auspices of the CMC Foundation.The corps was formed in 1998 as a program of the Aspen Community Foundation. Its goal is to strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofits – the corps consists of 40 volunteers from both corporate and nonprofit sectors who work with groups to improve organizational structure, fund-raising and financial reporting, and assist in longer-term strategic planning.”The CMC collaboration allows us to enhance our consulting services and educational offerings,” said Jinny Ditzler, the corps’ president. “For instance, we have an excellent series of workshops on management topics for nonprofits. This could allow us to expand their geographic reach.”For more information on the Executive Service Corps, contact Nolen at 920-6810 or

Writers’ summer program changesThe Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced a change in the program for its upcoming Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival. Frank McCourt, who was scheduled to be celebrated at the Gala Dinner on June 29, will not be able to attend because of a medical emergency. Filling in will be McCourt’s brother, Malachy McCourt, an actor, playwright, comedian and international best-selling author.The 29th Aspen Summer Words is set for June 26-30 at the Hotel Jerome. This year’s event inaugurated the World of Words theme, with each year’s festival dedicated to the literature of a particular country. This year’s festival celebrated Irish writing, with nine Irish-born authors set to attend.”Frank thought that I was gettin’ too big a head and that the atmosphere in Aspen, which is rarefied, would reduce me to size,” said Malachy McCourt, who co-wrote the play “A Couple of Blaguards” with his brother. “His first thought for an ebullient Irish replacement was Henry Kissinger, but he wasn’t available.”McCourt will participate in the Irish Author Salon on June 30, as well as headlining the Gala Dinner.For further information on Aspen Summer Words, go to


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