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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. 

Glenwood Springs will hold a swearing-in on Thursday, for new City Council members. One of them is Kathryn Trauger, who won the At Large seat in the recent election. She says she feels ready to join Council.

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Aspen City Council candidate Tom McCabe is the former director of Aspen’s affordable housing department. He’s running for city council and opposes Referendum One. He served on council before in the early 2000s. He told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen his perspective is unique.

  Concerns about  Aspen's Chamber of Commerce and a ballot referendum got a close look at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Backers of the referendum argue it's inappropriate for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association to lobby against the local measure, since the group receives public funding through the City of Aspen. They also point out it looks shady that two City Council members are part of the Chamber's campaign.

A judge moved today to have the court civilly commit an elderly man who killed a motorcyclist on Highway 82 last summer. Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely says it’s necessary for John Walls, who is 89 and lives in Carbondale.

Walls, appearing frail and using headphones to hear the proceedings in court today, had been charged with misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death and reckless endangerment for the Aug. 23 accident just west of Basalt. He killed Patrick Dunn after his car hit the motorcycle head-on.

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The former owner of Krabloonik dog sledding kennel was sentenced today to 30 months of probation, with a condition that he cannot own a dog or have any interest in a business that has them.

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