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U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are hosting a workshop at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Monday, May 24, to provide area businesses with information and assistance on how to obtain business contracts with the federal government. The workshop is from 1:30-4 p.m. and is intended to connect businesses interested in the federal contracting process with resources and assistance made available by the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which opened in December 2009. Small-business owners interested in contracting opportunities with federal departments and agencies should RSVP online at http://www.bennet.senate.gov/services/workshops or by calling Sen. Bennet’s Western Slope Office at (970) 241-6631. Space is limited, and spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 113th annual Strawberry Days is set for June 18-20. The entertainment lineup for Sayre Park will be filled with a wide spectrum of music and entertainment. Music begins Friday, June 18, with Slightly White, a young and talented three-piece rock band out of Aspen. The crowning of Miss Strawberry Days will take place following the first musical act, and Judge Roughneck will play at 7 p.m. Judge Roughneck has been voted Denver’s best ska/reggae act in the past. The GSHS Percussion Ensemble will also play an original composition “Where the Rivers Meet: A Celebration of 125 Years of Glenwood Springs.” Following the parade on Saturday, the 101st Army Band returns to the stage to entertain crowds with a variety of musical styles. The fun and messy Village Inn Pie Eating Contest takes stage Saturday afternoon, followed by Starcher Hutson, a progressive acoustic band based in Glenwood Springs. Encore, the headline act, fuses a live band, a great DJ, and two amazing stars to create a truly unique classic and modern musical experience. Sunday is “locals day” featuring purely local music and entertainment. There will be performances by the Earthbeat Children’s Choir, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Dance Company and Glenwood Dance Academy. The afternoon will be filled with music by Defiance Stringband, Bright Henry, Rush Street and Steve Skinner’s Stimulus Package. For more information visit strawberrydaysfestival.com or contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589.
The weather over the next week will determine if the top of Aspen Mountain will be available for lift-served skiing on Memorial Day Weekend, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Monday.The Skico has groomed the fresh snow that fell on the mountaintop over the last few weeks to keep options open, Hanle said. But skiing probably won’t be an option if the weather remains as warm as it was on Monday, he cautioned.A decision probably won’t be made until Tuesday, May 25. If skiing can be accommodated, it would be Saturday through Monday, May 29-31. The Silver Queen Gondola would be used to download customers.The forecast from the National Weather Service looks favorable over the next few days. There is a winter advisory for the Aspen-area. Higher elevations of Colorado’s central mountains are supposed to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s will return starting Friday.
Ann Denver, who was once married to the late John Denver, has sold her Starwood home for $7 million, according to public records.The home was bought by Eugenia and Thomas Carter Jr. of Houston. The sale was recorded Friday in the Pitkin County Clerk & Recorder’s Office.Located at 2480 McClain Flats Road, the four-bath, five-bedroom, 4,705-square-foot house was built in 1985. The assessor’s office lists its actual value at $8.8 million and its assessed value at $700,670.Ann was the subject of the hit tune “Annie’s Song,” written and sung by John Denver. John Denver was killed in a plane accident on Oct. 12, 1997, in the Pacific Ocean. He was flying a plane solo near Pacific Grove, Calif.
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