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News in Brief

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Aspen, CO Colorado

Winter-season lodging occupancy was up 10.7 percent in Snowmass Village and 4.3 percent in Aspen, according to the latest reports from Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program, or MTRiP, which analyzes data and issues forecasts for the destination mountain-travel industry.

The average daily rate collected on lodging in Aspen from November through April was roughly the same as it was in the prior winter – $401, according to MTRiP. In Snowmass, however, the average daily rate from November through March was $334 – up about 8 percent.

Given the late closing of the ski season this winter – the slopes at Aspen Highlands were open through April 24 – both resorts also saw higher April occupancies. April occupancy in Snowmass was up 9.7 percent, though the average daily rate was down about 23 percent, according to MTRiP. In Aspen, April occupancy was up 11.7 percent, while the average daily rate was down about 19 percent.

Looking ahead, bookings made in April for lodging nights in April through September were up 34 percent in Aspen. In Snowmass, booking made in April for arrivals extending into September were up 123.6 percent, MTRiP reported.

The award-winning documentary, “Bag It,” will be screened twice next week as part of the third annual Environmental Film Fest, hosted by the Roaring Fork Sierra Club. Additional, short features, will also be shown.

Screenings are planned May 17 in Rifle and May 18 in Carbondale.

“Bag It” follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of human dependence on plastic bags. He soon learns the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and human health. The single-use plastic bag mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean that is more than twice the size of Texas.

The film explores how daily reliance on plastic threatens not the environment, but health, as two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disrupters, which have been linked to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.

The public is welcome to attend and learn what can be done to reduce the impacts of single-use plastics.

Both film screenings are at 7 p.m. – at the Rifle Public Library, 130 W. Third St.; and the Third Street Center in Carbondale, at 520 Third St. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $5.

Tuesday’s article titled “Ireland foe to pay for vote recount” mischaracterized, from a legal standpoint, the manner in which Marilyn Marks took issue with the 2009 Aspen mayoral election. Marks did not legally “contest” the election results, as the article reported. Instead Marks, who lost to Mayor Mick Ireland in that election, challenged the conduct of the election in multiple ways. First, she unsuccessfully tried to persuade the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to charge city officials on 25 criminal counts connected to the election.

Marks also filed complaints with the Aspen Election Commission. “Aspen’s 2009 election suffered from a variety of administrative, legal and process problems,” wrote Marks in her complaint. “This complaint includes an array of violations of applicable state and local law, as well as significant administrative issues.”

Marks also is appealing a district judge’s ruling that the city of Aspen is not required to release ballot images from the 2009 election. That issue is pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

However, as previously stated, Marks did not legally “contest” the election results.

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