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ASPEN – The Aspen Volunteer Fire Department will hold a ceremony remembering the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, at the fire station, 420 E. Hopkins Ave., at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Events will include a lowering of the flags, and a welcome from Deputy Chief Rick Balentine on behalf of the department and the Aspen Fire Protection District. Fire chaplain Roy Holloway will offer a prayer on behalf of the fire department, and Rabbi David Segal will provide a 9/11 blessing. Other members of local law enforcement, photographer Andrea Booher and retired military will share their stories during the ceremony.

The Aspen Chapel invites all emergency responders and the public to a 9/11 interfaith service at with Rabbi David Segal and the Rev. Gregg Anderson at 9:30 a.m. Also, the Wheeler Opera House will offer a free screening of Booher’s film, “Portraits from Ground Zero,” at 5 p.m.

See Saturday’s edition of The Aspen Times and Sunday’s Aspen Times Weekly for more stories about ceremonies and Booher, who was at Ground Zero for days after the attacks.

ASPEN – Retail sales in Aspen improved by nearly 7 percent in July compared with the same month last year, according to the city’s monthly consumption tax report.

The report shows that city retailers, lodging facilities and restaurants/bars collectively garnered $53.47 million in July, a 6.7 percent increase compared with the $50.13 million collected in July 2010.

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Accommodations were up 5 percent. Clothing sales rose 14 percent. General retail was 35 percent higher.

The city’s 2.1 percent sales tax generated $1.13 million, an 8.3 percent increase over $1.05 million collected in July 2010.

July is one of the strongest months of the year in terms of retail sales and sales-tax revenue, according to Ashley Ernemann, the city’s assistant finance director.

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority promoted two interim members of its executive team to permanent status, the bus agency announced this week.

Michael Yang was hired as director of finance after serving as the interim director of finance for four months. RFTA’s recruitment committee interviewed the top three candidates for the position, then unanimously recommended hiring Yang, according to a memo by CEO Dan Blankenship.

Linda Forgacs received a promotion to director of human resources and risk management after serving as the interim director of HR for the past year. “Linda’s promotion followed an extensive recruitment process and review of qualified applicants,” Blankenship wrote.

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