FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (01/28/2011)

IT’S STILL IN THE EARLY PLANNING STAGES, BUT TOWN OFFICIALS IN SILT ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO ONE DAY BUILD A NEW RETAIL CENTER THAT WILL INCLUDE A GROCERY STORE.
NATURAL GAS DRILLING MAY ONE DAY TAKE PLACE AT COAL RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL. ANTERO RESOURCES HAS COME TO A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE RE-2 SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR HALF OF THE MINERAL RIGHTS UNDER THE SCHOOL PROPERTY.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES SAY THE PROPOSED STATEWIDE RULES THAT INCLUDE VIDEOTAPING EVERY TRANSACTION ARE AN INVASION OF PATIENT PRIVACY.
THE ACTING COMMANDER AT FORT CARSON SAYS THE ARMY HAS NO PLANS AND NO MONEY TO EXPAND THE PINON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.

DENVER (AP) – A suburban Denver pot grower who tried to use
state medical marijuana law in his defense is due to be sentenced
in federal court.
Christopher Bartkowicz is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Judge Phillip Brimer must decide whether to accept the five-year
prison term that’s part of a plea deal Bartkowicz reached with
prosecutors or impose a sentence of his own.
Bartkowicz pleaded guilty to three drug charges after federal
drug agents raided his Highlands Ranch home last February and
seized hundreds of pot plants growing in his basement.
The raid came after a Denver TV station promoted a story in
which Bartkowicz bragged about how much money he would make growing
pot under Colorado’s medical marijuana law.

MARIJUANA RULES
Colo.’s marijuana hearings wrap up

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) – Marijuana advocates aren’t done having
their say about proposed regulations to govern how pot is sold in
Colorado.
A two-day hearing concludes Friday for public comment on the
nation’s most sweeping marijuana regulations. Many have complained
that the drug surveillance proposed by the Department of Revenue
violates patient privacy.
However, state regulators say taping of marijuana transactions
is necessary to prevent marijuana from ending up on the black
market.
After the hearing concludes, the rules may be approved by an
official at the Department of Revenue without further debate by
state lawmakers.

CLIMAX MINE
Work continues at Climax mine; opening unclear

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) – Construction continues at the Climax
mine in Leadville, but it’s unclear when prices for molybdenum
(muh-LIB’-de-nem) will make it feasible to reopen the mine.
Mine owner Freeport-McMoRan says it has completed construction
of concrete foundations to install equipment. A spokesman for the
Phoenix-based company says all the old equipment at the Climax mine
has been decommissioned and all new equipment is being installed.
Currently, 60 regular employees and 450 contract employees are
working at the site. The company says the mine will employ 385
people when it’s in full production.

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