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Staff reportThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO, Colorado

Home & Garden Television’s “Bang For Your Buck” is seeking Aspen material for an upcoming program. A press release earlier this makes a plea for “enthusiastic homeowners in the Vail & Aspen areas” who’ve recently renovated their homes’ kitchens and entertaining space. “Each episode will tour three similar renovations at similar price points in the same city,” the press release says. “HGTV’s Vern Yip and a local real estate expert will determine how the renovations impact each home’s value, and the renovation they determine got the biggest bang for its buck will win a generous grand prize! Throughout the show, we’ll provide viewers with expert advice, answers on remodeling values, and inspiring design ideas.”Those interested in applying can contact Katie at or (303) 872-8678.High Noon Entertainment in Denver produces “Bang For Your Buck” for HGTV. More details are available at

Buttermilk chairlift work results in restricted accessPortions of Buttermilk Ski Area will be temporarily closed Saturday and Monday because of work on the new Tiehack chairlift, according to the U.S. Forest Service.The entire Tiehack side of the mountain and the summit area of Main Buttermilk will be closed to hikers, bikers and other visitors: “A recreational closure will be in effect due to the safety concerns associated with low-flying aircraft,” a press release from the Forest Service said.East Government Trail users coming from Snowmass will be diverted where the Government Trail intersects with the main Buttermilk summer road to the base of Buttermilk. There will be no westbound access to Government Trail from Tiehack during the two days of construction.The Aspen Skiing Co. is replacing the two old Tiehack lifts with one high-speed quad.

The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association’s 39th annual meeting is slated for Sunday, Aug. 28, in the Osgood Room at the Redstone Inn. A social hour and cash bar begins at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner to follow at 6 (cost is $21.50 per person). The business meeting, set for 7 p.m., will include speaker John Groves of the Division of Wildlife. New members are welcome to attend.RSVP for dinner before Aug. 21 by calling John Stickney at (970) 963-3584 or emailing beckstik@sopris.

An article and chart on season ski pass prices in the Aug. 15 edition didn’t provide a fair comparison between Aspen Skiing Co. and other Western destination resorts. The chart focused on Aspen’s pass price for businesses that belong to local chambers of commerce, but didn’t reflect merchant discounts for some of the other resorts. For example, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort gives discounts of 10 to 30 percent off its pass price of $1,195 to businesses that belong to a membership organization that supports airline service into Jackson Hole, a spokesman said. Aspen’s season pass price of $1,549 for buyers who don’t belong to a chamber of commerce was tied for the most expensive among the full retail prices for passes among the resorts in question.

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