Market Recap – August 16, 2010

MARKET RECAP Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been saying the housing recovery is predicated on a jobs recovery. And although we’ve been encouraged that we’ve been making progress on the jobs front in recent months, the latest weekly unemployment-insurance claims news leaves us a little concerned – with claims growing to a six-month…

Shorter-term mortgages gain favor for refinancing

By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY More homeowners are refinancing into shorter-term loans, saving a bundle by taking advantage of the lowest mortgage rates in decades. Nearly a third of borrowers refinancing fixed 30-year loans in April through June picked loans with 15- or 20-year terms, according to mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac. It was the…

Sirko steps into statewide role

Sirko steps into statewide role Aspen Schools Superintendent Diana Sirko left the Aspen School District last month to become a deputy commissioner with the state department of education in Denver. She is tasked with developing and implementing a new statewide testing program to replace the Colorado Student Assessment System. The new system, one of the…

Hidden Gems Catches Attention of Congressman

[fusion_text]Hidden Gems catches attention of Congressman, SkiCo and Pitkin BOCC The 342,000-acre Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal dominated headlines last month, as Congressman Jared Polis began a public input process to consider the possibility of legislation to protect some or all of the proposed wilderness in his district. The Pitkin County Commissioners and Aspen Skiing Co.…