GARCO JOINS NEIGHBORS IN PROTEST OVER METHANE RULES
Glenwood Springs—Garfield County joined neighboring counties in opposing the Bureau of Land Management's proposed rules dealing with methane and waste reduction. A letter addressed to BLM Director Neil Kornze was originally drafted by the lead entity, Mesa County stating opposition to the “Waste Prevention, Production, Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation Rule.” The letter tells the BLM that the oil and gas industry is already reducing emissions through voluntary action and that more regulations would be redundant and would conflict with existing rules. Other counties joining Garfield County include, Montezuma, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Dolores.
POT SMOKING UP WITH ADULTS SINCE LEGALIZATION
DENVER (AP) – Colorado kids aren't smoking more pot since the drug became legal – but their older siblings and parents certainly are. That's according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of Colorado's 2012 recreational marijuana law. The state released a report Monday detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control. It says marijuana use by people under 18 didn't rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote.
FEDS BOW TO PRESSURE FROM D.C. GROUP OVER GRAZING
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Federal land managers have agreed to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 western states after a public lands advocacy group complained about the omission. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed the information covering 150 million acres is needed after Washington, D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed an administrative complaint.
COLORADO PANEL FROWNS ON NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS
DENVER (AP) – A panel appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper is recommending the elimination of American Indian mascots, imagery and names at public schools. The panel says schools that want to keep their mascots should enter partnerships with Native American tribes to ensure they are not derogatory.