News, April 18th

GW COUNCIL HELPS OUT HANGING LAKE

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs City Council agreed to reallocate 25 thousand dollars in tourism funds to help the White River National Forest and the Colorado State Patrol with traffic and crowd control at Hanging Lake. Hanging Lake attracts over 130 thousand tourists annually and has a big impact on traffic and parking in the area.

RIFLE CITY COUNCIL ELIMINATES TEST FOR CONTRACTORS

Rifle—The Rifle City Council voted 3 to 2 to eliminate a test requirement for building contractors. Several contractors expressed their opposition to doing away with the B.E.S.T. test, saying it is a way of maintaining high standards for holding a license.

EDIBLE POT LABELING

Denver—Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to broaden a ban on certain types of edible marijuana to include products that mimic other foods or candies. A House committee unanimously approved the bill Thursday, sending it to the full chamber for a debate later. It comes amid concerns that children can accidentally ingest some kinds of marijuana edibles. However, some marijuana activists fear the bill could ban any type of edible pot. The bill would direct the state Department of Revenue to adopt rules requiring that marijuana edibles be clearly marked or designed to show that they contain pot.

COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES RELEASED

The Colorado labor department says the state had 3,300 more non-farm jobs in March than in the previous month, for a total of more than 2.4 million. The March employment report also says unemployment rose slightly, from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent as more people entered the labor market. But compared to March, 2013 unemployment was down from 7 percent. Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, construction and other services accounted for most of the increase. The largest declines were in professional and business services.

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