People walk through the vendors during the first Aspen Saturday Market of the summer on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in downtown Aspen. Animals were not part of the attraction last summer amid the pandemic, but with restrictions having loosened this year’s market is seemingly back to normal. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)

Two reports issued since Friday show what has become fairly evident — Aspen’s economy not only is on the mend, it also is on the upswing.

Through June 30, lodge bookings in Aspen stood at 83.1% paid occupancy in July, according to a reservations update released Monday by central bookings reservation firm Stay Aspen Snowmass. That is a record-breaking pace, the report said, while noting Snowmass Village has a paid occupancy rate of 67.1% in July. Combined, the two resort towns are trekking at 77.1% occupancy this month.

“July continues to pace as…

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