News in Brief

The city should not implement a grading system for restaurants in which stickers with a letter grade would be placed in the windows of each business, according to the Aspen Board of Health.

Board members met with the City Council on Tuesday on an issue that has come up several times over the past few years. The proposed system would require a new inspection process that mirrors that of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A letter-grading system was planned to allow customers to see how a restaurant is performing immediately, without having to request inspection reports, which are public record. But health board members said Aspen does not have enough staff to implement such a system.

They also said it would be a misleading program because restaurant customers might see a “C” grade in the window and not eat there, even though the restaurant is perfectly safe.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Labor Day Festival, slated Friday through Sunday.

In exchange for their services, volunteers will receive free admission to the event.

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