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BASALT The Basalt town government is urging residents to take special care to secure garbage after the number of bear encounters with humans jumped lately.Basalt largely avoided the problems that Aspenites experienced all summer and continues to experience with hungry bears roaming the streets.Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting informed the Town Council Tuesday night that more bears are suddenly being spotted in that town as well. He said most of the encounters have been in residential areas rather than the town core. He said people must prevent access to human food sources and avoid placing their garbage on the curb until the day of pickup.The police department has written a handful of citations to businesses that haven’t secured their garbage. There have been no reports of bears breaking into homes in or around Basalt.”We’re fortunate they haven’t been doing the Aspen thing,” Efting said, referring to break-ins at homes.
CARBONDALE The Aspen Skiing Co. and some partners will unveil a plan Thursday for construction of an affordable housing project in Carbondale.Representatives of the Skico, a company called Keator Grove LLC, Alpine Bank, the town of Carbondale and the nonprofit Mountain Regional Housing are hold a noon press conference to announce details.The Skico previously disclosed it was helping with financing of an affordable housing project on a 5.5-acre site in Carbondale. Up to 52 units were being considered for the site.
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Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that via executive order he has suspended collection of the 2.9% sales tax that businesses must typically return to the government. That means businesses affected by the executive order — bars, restaurants and food trucks — can hang onto an extra $2.90 per $100 in revenue.