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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.

Karen Schroyer is the ranger for the Aspen and Sopris district in the White River National Forest. Her agency, along with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Elk Foundation, the Basalt and El Jebel fire departments and the Upper Colorado River Fire Agency, burned between 1,100 and 1,300 acres on Basalt Mountain last weekend. She wants the public to know the facts behind Sunday’s prescribed burn on Basalt Mountain. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

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The legal status of Aspen's local housing authority is in question and its board of directors will discuss the problem tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

A 2012 memo from a Denver attorney says the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority has been stripped, over time, of its policy-making functions, so that its board doesn’t have the power it’s supposed to have under state laws. Instead, the city manager’s office controls the housing agency.

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The Aspen Chamber Resort Association has detailed how it’s not spending tax dollars on a campaign against a city ballot question.  The Chamber is under fire for participating in a push to defeat Referendum 1. If passed, it would require a public vote for certain kinds of development. Critics say a publicly funded organization like the Chamber should not be using taxpayer dollars to defeat the referendum. 

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