News, August 19th

GARCO COMMISSIONERS BAN RECREATIONAL WEED

Glenwood Springs—Recreational marijuana has been banned in unincorporated Garfield County. The board of commissioners approved an ordinance today to prohibit marijuana facilities for cultivation, manufacturing, testing and retail sales.  The vote was 2 to 1 with commissioner Tom Jankovsky in the minority.  Jankovsky says while he voted against Amendment 64 last November he believes he needs to represent the voters desire to legalize weed.  According to the count, 57 percent of the voters in Garfield County voted in favor of legalizing recreational pot. 

VALLEY UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS IMPROVED IN JULY

Undated—Unemployment in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties bucked the statewide trend with improved numbers for the month of July.  Statewide, the jobless rate jumped from 7 to 7.1 percent.  In Garfield County unemployment dropped nearly one full percentage point from 7.3 to 6.4 percent.  In Pitkin County the unemployment rate plummeted from 7.2 percent in June to 5.8 percent last month while Eagle County’s jobless rate dropped from 7.8 to 6.2 percent. 

LAWSUIT FILED IN ASPEN OVER FELLED TREES

ASPEN. (AP) – An Aspen attorney has filed a lawsuit after he claimed his aspen grove was cut down by a neighbor for a better view of Mount Sopris near Aspen.
The lawsuit by Gerald Hosier lists as defendants, part-time valley resident Walter Stuart,   and Carbondale landscaper Mitchell Giannetti.  Hosier is seeking at least $1 million in damages, the amount he says Stuart gained in property value after he cut down 39 aspen trees, some of which were 90 feet tall and up to 70 years old. Stuart’s attorney,  says it was an unfortunate mistake.

ALMOND BUTTER RECALL

BOULDER. (AP) – A Boulder-based food manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall of some lots of maple almond butter and chocolate hazelnut butter because of metallic fragments.  The company said Monday no metal has been found in any individual jars, but Justin’s of Boulder and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said they wanted to take precautions.  No consumer complaints, illnesses or injuries have been reported.  The products were distributed nationally to numerous retailers and were available for purchase on the Internet from July 18 to Aug. 14.

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