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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

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

It looks like CDOT has set a date for the new bridge in Glenwood Springs.

Construction season has already begun in Aspen and it isn’t going to let up anytime soon.

And neither will the endless effort to preserve our water in the valley and around the state.

Meanwhile, property values are on the rise in the mid-valley.

What should be done about the marijuana odor emanating from a grow operation in the Holland Hills area?

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    Aspen’s Fire Department is doing extra fire prevention near Snowmass Village this spring, and expanding ongoing efforts on Red Mountain in Aspen. The goal is to limit the amount of fuels--or things that can burn-- near homes.

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The head of of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was in Snowmass Village Thursday. Secretary Robert McDonald visited vets at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Flanked by his handlers, V.A. Secretary Robert McDonald makes his way toward the Snowmass ski area where veterans are preparing to ski. He stops to speak with David Williams from Florida.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

The top official for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs visits disabled vets in Snowmass.

The former owner of an embattled dog sledding operation appears in court.

And, it’s fire season in Colorado. Local firefighters are preparing at specific locations.

Potholes are forming on local streets. We’ll tell you why the deep caverns are particularly pronounced in the high country.

State lawmakers spend nine hours debating the budget.

An Aspen nightclub is the first of several local businesses to end its lawsuit against two firms that caused a 12-hour power outage last summer. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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Students at Aspen High School are ringing a bell in the school commons quite often this spring. The ringing signals the next step in the student’s journey toward college. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the tradition was started by college counselor Kathy Klug.

This is the week students begin to hear from the schools they applied to, according to college counselor Kathy Klug. When it’s good news, the students ring the silver bell near Klug’s office.

Aspen City Council is considering eliminating a longtime housing option for local workers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

It’s called the “Accessory Dwelling Unit” program and it’s been around for decades. The idea was that wealthy homeowners would offset their development impacts by building a separate dwelling unit from the main house so a local worker could live there. But it’s a voluntary program and many of them remain empty. At Tuesday’s work session, City Councilman Adam Frisch told his colleagues that the program should be eliminated.

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Eagle County’s Head Start released its annual report for families helped in 2014, showing that the program serves ten families in the El Jebel and Basalt area. Maggie Swonger is Early Head Start Manager for the county, which presented its latest report to Eagle County Commissioners this week.

On today's show, Shirley Tipton and Jim Salan from the Aspen Elks Lodge on the lodge's volunteer efforts with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Also, Rob St. Mary with Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest, April 7-12th.

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It’s that time of year...when the weather’s freeze-thaw pattern causes deep caverns to form on city streets and state highways. Potholes are ubiquitous almost everywhere but in the high country, the weather’s more extreme so the roads are ripe for ripping open. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s the morning rush hour on West Main Street in Aspen. Buses, cars and construction vehicles stream into town.

Reporter: "So this is the problem area?"

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