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NEWS
8:24 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon/KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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NEWS
12:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Uranium Drive-In" Tells Story of Struggling But Hopeful West End

The proposed uranium mill would be located in Colorado's Paradox Valley in western Montrose county, but as for now Energy Fuels has no plans to move forward with the project.
Credit San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

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NEWS
11:52 am
Mon January 20, 2014

A Regional Look At Retail Marijuana

James Leonard, owner of the Doctor's Garden, Carbondale's first outlet for retail marijuana sales. Leonard's medical dispensary opened for recreational sales on January 15.
Credit Doug Tucker

The first batch of Colorado's recreational marijuana stores opened this month on New Years Day in Telluride, Breckenridge and Denver among other places, marking the beginning of what's expected to be a multi-million dollar industry.

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NEWS
1:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Roaring Fork Valley's First Recreational Pot Shop Opens

Doctor's Garden owner James Leonard on the first day of retail sales
Credit KDNK

The first recreational marijuana shop west of Breckenridge along I-70 is now open for business in Carbondale.

KDNK's Ed Williams reports that long lines and high taxes are not deterring a steady stream of customers at the shop, called the Doctor's Garden.

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NEWS
2:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

US 550 South Of Ouray Closed Through Weekend

Rocks falling onto US 550 created a 6" hole in the highway
Credit Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."

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NEWS
8:54 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Plan Looks at Future Oil, Gas Development in White River National Forest

Credit allvail.com

The White River National Forest is working toward the final stages of updating its oil and gas plan. 

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NEWS
5:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Investigating Aspen Plane Crash

Eye witnesses to the fatal plane crash at the Aspen Airport say the private plane "cartwheeled" before it burst into flames.
Credit Roger Adams/Aspen Public Radio

One person is dead and two have been injured after a fiery plane crash at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen has been following the story, and joined us this evening (Monday, January 6) to discuss the latest developments.

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NEWS
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Witnesses Say Plane Started to "Cartwheel" Down Runway

Eye witnesses to the fatal plane crash at the Aspen Airport say the private plane "cartwheeled" before it burst into flames
Credit Roger Adams/Aspen Public Radio

Wind has been cited as a possible factor in the plane crash that killed one person and injured two others on Sunday.

The Aspen airport can be a particularly challenging place for pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with some seasoned pilots from the area and eyewitnesses to the crash.

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NEWS
9:59 am
Thu January 2, 2014

"Amnesty Box" at Aspen Airport Considered for Weed Disposal

Law enforcement has been gearing up for the start of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

As Colorado ushers in legalized retail marijuana, law enforcement is preparing for how to handle it. Adults 21 years and older are now able to purchase recreational pot at shops around the state.

The first retail enterprise won't open in the Aspen area until later this winter. Still, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office there is preparing. Sheriff Joe Disalvo says he wants recreational weed to "succeed safely" in the resort town. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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NEWS
9:52 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website

Colorado made history on January 1st as more than three dozen retail pot stores opened across the state. The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor and launched a new website to track this new industry.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

Across the state, more than three dozen retail marijuana stores opened for business on January 1st, marking a historic milestone for pot advocates. News reports showed lines outside of some Denver-area stores. And, people from around the country traveled to the state to purchase pot.

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