Crested Butte, CO

Steamboat Pilot & Today

Is a 20% tax on STRs too much? Not for Crested Butte and Ouray

Before the Steamboat Springs City Council progressed toward asking voters to put a steep tax on short-term rentals, members of the lodging community warned the hike would be detrimental to the local economy. The majority of council members favored asking voters for a 9% tax on short-term rentals specifically, carving...
Picture for Is a 20% tax on STRs too much? Not for Crested Butte and Ouray

Two Colorado towns among ten snowiest in US during 2021-22 snow season

According to data from the National Weather Service (NWS), two towns in Colorado were the snowiest in the country, excluding Alaska, over the 2021-2022 snow season. Between August 1 and May 31, it snowed 283.1 inches in Crested Butte, making it the sixth snowiest town in the United States. The snowfall total was also well over the town's average of about 203 inches each year, though the seasonal snowfall record on Mount Crested Butte was set during 2015-2016 season, when an estimated 335 inches fell.

Western Dominates Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge

Western Colorado University students continue a three-year winning streak by taking top honors this past spring at the Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge. The challenge invites teams of business school students from all over the Rocky Mountains to compete by demonstrating their keen investment skills. Teams are asked to evaluate a stock and make a pitch to a judges’ panel as to why it will rise in value by 15%.

City of Aspen predicting economic slowdown

City of Aspen financiers are heading into the second half of the year bracing for a slowdown in the local economy. That’s based on several factors, including a slow-down trend in sales tax revenues for the first four months of the year compared with the same time in 2021, City Finance Director Pete Strecker told Aspen City Council during Monday’s work session. While sales tax collections are up for the first four months, those figures are skewed because of the underperformance of lodging and restaurant industries from January through April of 2021.

KVNF Regional Newscast: June 28, 2022

Today we hear another edition of The Colorado Howl, by Raymond Toney and KDUR. Plus, the streams, creeks and rivers that run from jagged mountains into Crested Butte’s watersheds are iconic. At a glance, water in creeks and streams around the area is clear and pristine. But the legacy of mining tells a different story. For the Headwaters series, Stephanie Maltarich reports on the continued progress being made by the area’s most upstream stewards.
Aspen Daily News

Worker shortages continue to pose problems for city of Aspen

The city of Aspen boasts one of the most competitive compensation plans in the region and a fairly low unemployment rate, but worker shortages are continuing to prove to be a challenge. At Aspen City Council’s Monday work session, city staff presented an overview of the city’s 2022 finances and...
Aspen Daily News

Marolt: You can’t turn this around by twisting words

I’m not sure The Aspen Times can survive last Saturday. It was then the newspaper made an attempt to restore its reputation and resuscitate its useful life in Aspen. Unfortunately, it was not a proactive step forward in its battle for survival, but more an ungraceful stumble that left it slipping onto its backside in an icy intersection as it attempted to cross Main Street against the “don’t walk” signal.

5 Colorado Locations Make the Top List for Snowiest Towns

We might have had a below-average winter in Colorado when it comes to snowfall, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from dropping feet of snow on some locations in Colorado. According to Meteorologist, Cory Reppenhagen, Colorado towns took up 25 percent of the top 20 snowiest small towns in America. The list of the top 20 small towns includes the upper peninsula of Michigan and Alaska.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Aspen’s Adam Frisch likely winner of democratic nomination for CD3

With over 95% of votes counted, Adam Frisch led with roughly 1,300 votes over Soledad Sandoval Tafoya, meaning he will most likely be facing off against Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., this fall. Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member, told the Post Independent on Tuesday evening that everyone in campaign hustled...
Aspen Daily News

Obituary: Richard “Ric” Scott McClain

Richard “Ric” Scott McClain died peacefully surrounded by family on June 20, 2022, after falling while trimming his trees. He was 69 years old. Ric was born to Norma “Shane” Jane McClain, and William Burton McClain on Jan. 5, 1953, in Denver, Colorado. After spending his early childhood on the Front Range, he moved to Aspen and graduated from Aspen High School in 1971. Growing up in Aspen, he was a passionate skier and raced for several years. He then began his college career, first attending the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Copenhagen before ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in architectural design.
Aspen Daily News

Pulling back the curtain on a complex industry

Aspen Film and Anderson Ranch Arts Center will present the 2021 documentary “The Art of Making It” tonight at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass. Kicking off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception by Doña Vega Mezcal, the film screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Producer Debi Wisch and three artists from the film, Felipe Baeza, Andrea Bowers and Lisa Corinne Davis.
Aspen Daily News

Menter: How to cancel a newspaper, Aspen style

Last week, 18 current and former local elected officials signed a letter threatening punitive action against Aspen Times’ parent company Ogden Newspapers unless they meet specific demands within two weeks. The letter comes in the wake of the Times’ firing of recently promoted Editor Andrew Travers, the pulling of...
Aspen Daily News

Aspen City Council passes short-term rental regulations

The Aspen City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 9 on second reading during Tuesday’s regular meeting, regulating short-term rentals once the current moratorium sunsets. Ordinance 9 includes occupancy limits, night rental limits and a new permitting system. After the first reading, the council altered the occupancy limits to two people plus one for studios and two people per bedroom plus two for one-bedroom units and anything larger. Staff also updated the administrative fee to $148 for lodging-exempt STRs like condo-hotels, and $349 for owner-occupied units and classic STRs.