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APR Local News
6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Marijuana Education Effort Underway Ahead Of Ski Season

The Valley Marijuana Council plans to distribute these brochures to restaurants, bars and hotels ahead of ski season in Aspen.
Credit Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Even though snowfall is likely weeks away, law enforcement and businesses in Aspen are gearing up for winter and for tourists trying marijuana. A local marijuana safety group is drawing up a pamphlet it plans to place in hotel rooms throughout the resort. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen explains.

The Aspen Square Condominium Hotel is a short walk from the ski gondola and, from a retail marijuana store. Now that pot’s legal, General Manager Warren Klug says he’s concerned about people smoking in their rooms and staff taking home what guests leave behind.

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APR Local News
7:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

2013-2014 Ski Season Brings Plentiful Snow, A Boost In Business

Plentiful snowfall this winter season kept skiers and riders happy and helped boost business in Aspen.
Credit Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

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USA Pro Challenge
6:21 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Pro Cycling Challenge: Mixed Feelings from Aspen, Snowmass Business Community

The riders participating in the USA Pro Challenge race down part of the course in Monday's stage one event between Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Credit USA Pro Challenge

For two days this week, the upper Roaring Fork Valley played host to more than one hundred professional cyclists, their staffs and lots of fans. It was the third year the USA Pro Challenge brought this contingent through Aspen. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the race’s economic impact is good and bad, depending on whom you talk to.

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Aspen Challenges #2
11:19 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Aspen’s Economic Challenges: Part #2 - Small Business

Nick Russo
Photo by Marci Krivoen

Part 2 of a 3 part series.

It’s tough to open and run a business in Aspen these days. New business owners must navigate a web of regulations and fees. And, stores already in operation are battling a tough economy nationally, and within the resort itself. Retail sales are a good indicator of a resort’s economic health. And, while sales data show Aspen has largely recovered from the recession, the retail sector has seen no real sales growth for six years.  Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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