Marijuana

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Communities across Colorado are taking different tactics to the sale of recreational marijuana, which will officially begin in January. In Colorado’s high country, most resort towns support pot legalization and they don’t see it hurting the state's multi-billion dollar tourism business.

Last November, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 by a healthy margin. In resort towns such as Telluride, nearly 80 percent of voters said yes to legalization.

Headlines:

  • Jury Summonses Go Out for Case of Accused Palisade Mother
  • Over 1,000 People Gather to Remember Family Lost in Chaffee County Rockslide
  • Mesa Verde National Park Will Back Away from Managing Wild Horses
  • Most Colorado Resort Towns Welcoming Retail Marijuana
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Begin Campaign for Utilities Tax Increase

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  • Former EPA Official Sees Lesson in Unprecedented Floods
  • Poll Says Coloradans Likely to Vote Against Amendment 66
  • State Lawmakers Aim to Tackle Rising Wildfire Risks
  • Arguments Heard Over Lawsuit Against TABOR
  • Wright Opera House Receives $60,000 Grant from Gates Family Foundation
  • Olathe Police Chief Suspended Without Explanation
  • San Miguel County Approves Retail Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas
  • Colorado Goes To Pot, Becomes First State With Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales

Headlines:

  • “Significant” Marijuana Patch Discovered in White River National Forest
  • House Passes Tipton-Led Bill to Increase Logging Activity, Prevent Wildfires
  • Class-Action Suit says Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is Unconstitutional
  • Vice President Biden to Visit Colorado, View Flood Damage
  • Hickenlooper: State Will Help Pay for Flood Recovery
  • Western Slope Water Storage at Normal Levels, Despite Floods
  • NFL Says Von Miller Tried to Cheat Drug Test
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Though voters in Paonia last November approved Amendment 64the measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado - the Paonia Town Council last night approved a moratorium on all commercial marijuana activity within town limits, until the issue can be put to voters in November of next year. Towns and municipalities across the state have been grappling with whether to allow marijuana legalization, a right given to them by Amendment 64.

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A U.S. Department of Justice official told members of Congress yesterday that it wouldn't prosecute banks for doing business with the recreational marijuana industry. As Bente Birkeland reports, Colorado took center stage during the Senate discussion on state and federal marijuana law.

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate committee meeting, Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, was aptly named. At issue was the conflict that now exists on the federal level with Colorado and Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

Headlines

  • Morse and Giron Defeated in Historic Colorado Recall Election
  • State Approves Final Rules for Commercial Marijuana Industry
  • Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Banks for Doing Business with Marijuana Industry
  • Paonia Town Council Approves Moratorium on Marijuana Activity
  • Ouray School First in Region to get High-Speed Fiber Optic Internet Connection
  • Cedaredge High School Student Dies from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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  • Crowds Gather for Marijuana Giveaway, Tax Protest in Denver
  • Colorado Lawmakers Facing Recall Elections Today
  • Two Men Sentenced to Prison after Seeking Sex with Children in Grand Junction
  • Secret Report on James Holmes' Mental Health Delivered to Legal Teams
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High CountryJosh Zaffos on Fracking
  • Voers in Five Colorado Communities May See Fracking Questions

Headlines:

  • Nonprofit Group Says Getting Young People Interested in Healthcare is a Challenge
  • State Health Officials Investigating a Rise in Synthetic-Marijuana-Related Illnesses
  • Settlement Reached Between FAA & Montrose-Based Engine Repair Station
  • Colorado Political Coalition Hopes to Push Tax Increase for Road Projects
  • Alleged Carbondale Drug Kingpin Could See Trial Soon
  • Drive-ins, from the past, may soon be a thing of the past

Headlines:

  • State May Rate Thousands of Homes At Risk for Wildfires
  • US Forest Service Auctions Off Aspen Property for $7 Million
  • Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan
  • Study Claims Legal Pot Could Create Risks for Children
  • City of Grand Junction Bans Retail Marijuana Activity
  • Roundtable Discussion with Reporters Covering Colorado Recall Elections
  • Grand Valley Water Officials Say State Should Import Water to Meet Demand
  • Delta County Commissioners Discuss Efforts to Protect Sage Grouse
  • Mountain Village's Green Gondola Project to Install 10 New Solar Panels
  • More Colorado Marijuana on Black Market Than Ever Before
  • Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk
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The U.S. Department of Justice says it won’t stop marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. Thursday’s announcement means Colorado’s pot shops could open as early as January.

“I’m really pretty ecstatic with this announcement. It signals a very positive shift on marijuana laws,” said Brian Vicente with Amendment 64 supporter Sensible Colorado. “This really answers the unanswered question for years, what happens if Colorado legalizes Marijuana?”

Headlines:

  • BLM Announces Five New Members to Southwest Resource Advisory Council
  • Colorado Recall Elections Face New Legal Questions
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Short on Funds
  • Bennet Staff Hosts Farm Bill Listening Session in Paonia
  • Ridgway Approves Revised Regulations on Retail Marijuana
  • State to Receive Full Mineral Lease Revenue Again
  • Was Judge Targeted by White Supremacist Gang?
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This fall voters across Colorado will decide how recreational marijuana should be taxed.

Headlines:

  • Thousands of Public Comments Against FRAM Whitewater Oil Project Delivered to BLM
  • State Mining Authorities Ask EPA to Handle Rogue Gold Mill Contamination
  • State Taking a Closer Look at Medical Marijuana Recommendations
  • Governor John Hickenlooper Sees Mediocre Approval Ratings
  • Organizational Assessment Completed for DMEA
  • Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College Team Up for Compost Project
  • USA Pro Challenge Race Concludes in Denver
  • Allegiant Air Again Offering Flights from Arizona and California to Montrose This Winter
  • 200 Million Gallons of Contaminated Groundwater Removed During Uranium Mill-Tailings Cleanup
  • Western Slope Skies – Meteor Showers in August
  • Billion-Dollar Tax Increase for Education Likely to Appear on Ballot
  • Controversial Grading System for Colorado Teachers Begins This Fall
  • Delta County November Ballot Likely to Include More Questions than Usual
  • Report: Illegal Exports of

Headlines:

  • West Nile Virus Found in Delta County Mosquitoes
  • Hotchkiss Moves Forward with Ban on Commercial Marijuana Sales
  • Paonia’s Historic Paradise Theater Set to Reopen
  • State Lawmakers Begin Summer Committee Meetings
  • Craft Breweries Across the State Issue Letter Opposing Fracking
  • State of Colorado Joins Lawsuit Against Fracking Ban in Longmont
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In a narrow 2010 vote, Paonia residents approved a measure to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. This year, the question is whether to allow commercial marijuana sales in town. But after a decision by the Paonia Town Council yesterday  evening (Tuesday July 9), that issue won't be on a ballot this year. 

The Paonia Town Council on Tuesday evening voted to approve a "No Action" plan regarding Amendment 64, the Colorado constitutional measure that legalizes commercial marijuana activity in the state. 

Headlines:

  • BLM Approves Plans for Exploratory Coal Drilling East of Paonia
  • Department of Revenue Releases Rules for Recreational Marijuana Sales
  • Funding for Meals on Wheels in Delta County Runs Out of Gas
  • Two State Democratic Lawmakers Fight Recall Elections
  • Colorado Wildfire Update
  • Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Flash Flood

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  • Drones in Mesa County
  • Commissioners require air pollution testing for hen-laying facilities
  • Lawyers defend first amendment rights for marijuana publications in Colorado
  • Delta County Housing Authority spearheads grants for area counties to rehab low-income residents’ homes
  • Red flag warning again today

Headlines:

  • BLM faces threat of lawsuit over oil shale
  • Magazines sue over reefer madness
  • Sequestration Effects Local Parks
  • Recall petition fails
  • Fire Danger Increases
Brian Cambria

Headlines:

  • Colorado Now Has Elder Abuse Law
  • New Marijuana Measures Signed Into Law
  • Delta County Commissioners Approve Hen-Laying Facility, Again
  • KPP dinners benefit local needs

Headlines:

  • Stahl shed burns in Paonia
  • State’s fire-fighting fleet is unfunded
  • Stoned while driving bill passes, along with other marijuana measures
  • Hotchkiss dog trials this weekend
  • CHC launches air-monitoring baseline study
  • Antero fined by COGCC for Rifle pipeline leak in 2010

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Rock slide closes McClure Pass at Paonia Reservoir

News from the Legislature as the session winds down:

  • Elections bill passes, heads to Governor Hickenlooper
  • Medicaid Expansion passes both Houses  
  • Gray water bill passes

Other News:

  • Local farmer Jere Lowe on how marijuana should be regulated
  • ISeeChange: Carrots, tulips, cherries, kestrals, the First Red Flag Warning and other signs of spring

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  • Renewable Energy bills for rural electrical associations awaits governor’s signature
  • Small plane crash-lands on Highway 50 in North Delta
  • Williams cited for leak by state
  • NASA and CU invite you to send your name to Mars (find web link below)
  • Migratory Bird Day is May 11 (find web link below)
  • Legislature to end on a High Note

Headlines:

  • Marijuana tax becomes a sticking point in the Legislature
  • Billionaire land swap proposal  – but it’s not from Bill Koch
  • No charges for Delta cops accused of excessive force
  • High Country News’ Emily Guerin on training ranchers to be firefighters

Headlines:

  • Pinon Ridge approved by state; first new uranium mill in the U.S. in more than three decades
  • Authorities tie Grand Junction drug ring to Mexico kingpin
  • Court upholds firing of medical marijuana patient for off-the-job use
  • CU President won’t honor student wishes to divest fossil fuels companies
  • Western Slope Skies: Viewing Saturn will be a treat in the next few weeks

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  • Gas and oil bills pending, but will the governor sign them?
  • Bill would make it illegal to have marijuana if children live in your home
  • Two more gun bills pass State House
  • Avalanche danger remains high following last weekend’s tragedy near Loveland Pass
  • Recycled latex paint is cheaper, eco-friendly

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley

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