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Twenty local artists, in collaboration with Restaurant Mogador in Aspen, are donating original works to be sold at a silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the restaurant.

All proceeds will be donated to the ASAFO Global Medical Trust Fund, which will ship medical supplies to areas in Southeast Asia impacted by tsunamis.

Participating artists include Doug Casebeer, Betty Farson, Scott Hollander, Gino Hollander, Barbara Hollander, Christie Interlante, Nancy Kullgren, Charmaine Locke, Alicia Matesanz de las Heras, Carol Miller, Jill Oberman, Susan Olsen, Helen Otterson, Rich Parsons, James Surls, Betty Weiss, Michael Wisner, Will Young and Amy Zausmer.

Anyone who has strained to hear Aspen City Council proceedings or grumbled about the cane chairs in the council’s chambers, take heart. The city feels your pain. And it might do something about it.

The city has put out a request for proposals for improvements to the council’s meeting room in the basement of City Hall.

“The idea is, see what we can do with the space,” said City Clerk Kathryn Koch.

“People have always complained that they can’t hear in the back,” she added.

There’s no money in the budget for changes, however, so the city may wind up making upgrades incrementally, if it does anything.

On the table for consideration, though, are new furnishings, an upgraded audio-visual system and improved lighting, among other things.

Any firm that wants to submit a proposal for the work is expected to meet for a conference in the council chambers on Friday to take a look at the space and its deficiencies.

COLORADO SPRINGS ” A man serving a life sentence for murder was sentenced to three additional years in prison for felony possession of cheese sandwiches while in jail.

Douglas Eugene Wilson, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of contraband and was sentenced by District Judge Thomas Kane.

Prosecutors said Wilson had the sandwiches while in jail awaiting trial on the murder charge and he tried to pass them to other inmates, which is a violation of jail rules.

A sheriff’s deputy testified at a hearing in May that they warned Wilson not to pass food to other inmates then shocked him with a stun gun when he ignored them.

Wilson was tackled and handcuffed after he reportedly charged a deputy. Second-degree assault and attempted second-degree assault charges against Wilson were dropped in exchange for the contraband guilty plea.

“Why are the taxpayers paying the judiciary to hold this hearing on some contraband sandwiches?” he said in a telephone interview with the Gazette of Colorado Springs. “Taxpayers want to know where their money is going ” there it is. Them cheese sandwiches ain’t cheap.”

Wilson, who was homeless before his arrest, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the strangling death of Liza Chavez, 37, who was also homeless. Her body was found Sept. 11, 2001, outside an office building in Colorado Springs.

Wilson, who represented himself during trial, said deputies were hassling him and shot him in the back with a stun gun for no reason.

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