Local News Briefs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Retail sales in Glenwood Springs leveled off some in September, after multiple months of 3 percent growth or more.According to the city of Glenwood Springs sales tax report for September, retail sales were up 0.67 percent compared to the same month last year.The city took in $1,255,456 in sales taxes for the month, up from $1,247,118 in September of 2011, according to the monthly report.Sales remain up 6.12 percent for the year to date through September.The city’s lodging tax also remains up 13.5 percent through nine months of the year.Proceeds from the 2.5 percent tax on overnight stays were up 5.4 percent in September, over September of last year, from $69,347 to $73,069.
In observance of Veterans Day, many federal, state and local government offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12.State driver’s license offices, the department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Division of Wildlife Service Centers and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.History Colorado and all Colorado State Parks will be open and staffed, but administrative offices and visitor centers will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.
With a winter storm expected to hit western Colorado tonight, the Colorado Department of Transportation will close Independence Pass at 1 p.m. today.”We left the pass open two days beyond our annual goal date of Nov. 7, but this is a significant storm that’s headed our way and it’s time to close it,” CDOT Section 2 Deputy Maintenance Superintendent John David said. “For safety reasons, motorists can expect that pass will remain closed now for the season.”For current road conditions and closures, log onto CDOT’s traveler information website at http://www.cotrip.org or call 511 from anywhere in the state. Frequent travelers can sign up on the CDOT website to receive wireless text alerts or e-mails. Look for the green phone icon in the upper right corner.
This weekend will be the last chance to buy the Classic Pass in the Roaring Fork Valley. The pass will be on sale at the Buttermilk ticket office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.A four-day Classic Pass is $219. The seven-day pass is $349.The sale of the pass coincides with the annual sports sale by D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop and Four Mountain Sports. The sale offers 40 to 70 percent off winter and summer gear and clothing. Sale items include skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, kids gear, summer and winter streetwear, shoes, helmets, goggles, downhill bikes, cross-country bikes and road bikes.For more information about four- and seven-day Classic Passes, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass.
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Over 75,000 hikers visited Hanging Lake during this year’s peak season. Via signage, the city hopes to point more of those hikers also in the direction of downtown Glenwood Springs.