The City of Glenwood Springs continues positive economic news comings. In the trends report released yesterday. the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (GSCRA) is celebrating its 100th year of existence in 2019 and hopes to ride the positive direction of the areas economy highlights of the report include:

  • Unemployment rate remained at 2.9%. near the historic lows in April.
  • City sales tax figures show October 2018 is up 15.05% over October 2017 and up 5.83% YTD
  •  Lodging tax revenues continue steady increase with October 2018 up 12.29% over October 2017 and 8.84% YTD.

Annual Sales Tax Revenues Show Slight Decrease After Several Years of Growth Annual 2017 figures down 1.93% over 2016, a decrease that is likely due to the construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge, which caused detours and delays that impeded traffic to Glenwood retail and grocery stores.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued avalanche warnings Monday morning for the Aspen area and most of the northern and central Colorado mountains.

After Sunday’s snowstorm dropped a foot of new snow in some areas, the CAIC said travel is not recommended in avalanche-prone areas, even below treeline, and added that slides could happen on their own.

“We are on the cusp of a dangerous avalanche cycle. Naturals avalanches are likely today, and where avalanches don’t release naturally, you can easily trigger one,” forecaster Brian Lazar wrote in the Monday morning update. “Avalanches in the storm snow could break one to four feet thick. The thickest, stiffest, and most dangerous slabs are on north and east-facing slopes due to loading from strong southwest winds.”

A 40 year old backcountry skier was killed in a slide Saturday on Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains.

According to the CAIC preliminary reportissued Monday morning, the group was part of an avalanche safety course and two slides occurred.

The skier who passed away at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Monday has been identified as 71-year-old William Hass of Northbrook, Illinois, according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood. Hass’ death represents the fourth fatality to take place on the ski slopes in Summit County  On Christmas Day, 66-year-old Durwood Marshall, a New York transplant living in Silverthorne, also passed away after suffering a cardiac event.