Residents in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties will hopefully know by Tuesday who their next district attorney is as election officials finish tallying hundreds of provisional ballots.
And the same holds true for Snowmass Village residents who are waiting to see who will be elected to a Town Council seat.
District attorney candidate Sherry Caloia had, after preliminary tallies, a 134-vote lead over incumbent Martin Beeson out of more than 34,000 votes cast.
Garfield County election staff on Wednesday were continuing to count 560 provisional ballots, said Clerk Jean Alberico.
Voters cast provisional ballots whenever a problem is encountered when they show up to vote in person.
The process of verifying whether a provisional ballot is valid is “really slow, time-consuming and tedious,” Alberico said. “We’re required to do everything we can to get verification ... to determine [if] their ballots can be counted.”
She expects the final results to be certified by Tuesday.
Rio Blanco County Clerk Nancy Amick said her county’s tally of 77 provisional ballots could be ready today or Friday.
Pitkin County elections manager Dwight Shellman III said local DA results, as well as those for the Snowmass Village council race, will be certified by either Tuesday or Wednesday. Pitkin had 215 provisional ballots, including 64 for Snowmass.
In Snowmass, incumbent Markey Butler kept her seat on the Town Council, and Chris Jacobson was winning — by four votes — the race for the other open council position.
A report released Wednesday shows that Aspen’s overall occupancy from May to October was up 7.8 percent over last year during the same time period, from 49.5 percent in 2011 versus 53.3 percent in 2012.
It is the best overall summer occupancy since MTRiP, which collects data from 16 destinations in the West, began tracking the metrics, according to Bill Tomcich, president of central reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass.
Based on data provided by up to 10 properties in Snowmass, the overall occupancy between May and October was 23.3 percent versus 27.1 percent — a decrease of 14 percent. However, available room inventory was temporarily reduced by nearly 25 percent this summer with the remodels of the Silvertree and Wildwood hotels.
Based on data taken from up to 17 properties in Aspen, October occupancy was down 3.3 percent versus the same month last year. In Snowmass, occupancy rates for October were down 10.5 percent compared to the same month last year.
Aspen saw a considerable average daily rate increase in October over 2011 — 7.8 percent. Rooms in Aspen went for an average of $147 this past month compared to October 2011 when it was $136. The average daily rate over the summer experienced a 7.3 percent gain, from $240 last year to $257 this year.
In Snowmass, the average daily rate in October was up 32.2 percent compared to last year during the same time period — $82 in 2011 and $108 this year. The summer also saw an increase in the average daily rate in Snowmass — 14. 3 percent — from $108 in 2011 to $123 this year.
Occupancy rates for November in Aspen are showing a 4.2 percent gain over last year. In Snowmass, November bookings are down 29.5 percent from last year.