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Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Glenwood Springs officials are looking for ways to get people out of their cars in advance of the Grand Avenue Bridge being closed two years from now.

And, two new city council members were sworn into office Thursday night.

After a long and protracted criminal prosecution, the owner of Krabloonik dog sledding kennel was sentenced on his animal cruelty charge.

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The candidates running for Aspen City Council and mayor were grilled Thursday night at the annual Squirm Night forum. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Affordable housing, development and the residency of one candidate came up during the two hour forum in council chambers. Editors from local newspapers grilled the seven people running for two open seats on council.

One question asked the candidates to grade the City Manager’s Office. Retired affordable housing director Tom McCabe and former mayor Mick Ireland:

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Glenwood Springs swears-in two new city council members.

Pitkin County judges rule on three high profile cases.

Ballots go in the mail to voters for Aspen’s spring election.

As the Aspen chamber of commerce comes under fire for a campaign.

We’ll find out which candidates in the Aspen race have raised the most money so far.

Questions are raised about the main affordable housing program in the Upper Valley.

We hear from a Forest Service District ranger about controlled burns.

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  Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and there’s a small gathering in Aspen hoping to raise awareness about the atrocity that took place in the first half of the last century. Members of Aspen’s faith community spent several hours on the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall, handing out pamphlets.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding an open house next week, about construction on Highway 133. Next Thursday, April 23rd, CDOT and contractors are hoping to entice locals to spend an evening at Carbondale’s Town Hall. They’re presenting information about what’s happening during the project.

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Last year the Aspen Police Department saw its highest number of calls for service in a decade. The department recently released its crime statistics for 2014. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Police Chief Richard Pryor.

To view the full list of crime statistics for 2014, click here.

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Officials say there's nothing illegal going on with how a local affordable housing program is being governed. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at last night’s Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority meeting and has this story, and a full copy of the memo.

One of three construction projects at the busiest intersection in downtown Aspen is almost done with its first phase. But it won’t be entirely finished until the middle of next month. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

A group of children exits the Pitkin County Library. They may unfamiliar with the sounds on the street, but any pedestrian or motorist who’s been on Mill Street lately has no doubt heard all kinds of construction activity. From catering trucks and backhoes to jackhammers and massive drills, welcome to the sounds of spring in Aspen.

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The candidates running in Aspen’s spring election are already raising thousands of dollars in the race for elected office. The first of three campaign finance reports was filed Tuesday.

On today's CrossCurrents, Elizabeth Miller of Pathfinders talks about ForeverLove, a community day of remembrance for grief and loss at Paepcke Auditorium this Saturday.

Also, Skippy Mesirow, chair of the Aspen NextGen Advisory Commission on a candidate forum on April 22nd at the Sky Hotel.

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