News, August 20th

GARCO COMMISSIONERS SAY NO TO WEED

Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to ban recreational weed in unincorporated areas.  The ban prohibits recreational marijuana growing, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail stores.  Commissioner Tom Jankovsky voted against the ban saying he couldn’t ignore the will of the voters who approved Amendment 64 last year.

DEADLY GRAND AVENUE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol are investigating the cause of a gruesome motorcycle accident that killed a man last Saturday afternoon on Grand Avenue. According to police reports and witness accounts, 49 year old Lance Curry of Delta was heading north on Grand and swerved around a RAFTA bus that had stopped near Taco Bell to pick up passengers.  Curry was thrown from the motorcycle when he clipped the left rear bumper of the bus and then was run over by a car in the left lane.  Curry was pronounced dead at Valley View Hospital.  Officers aren’t sure yet if he had been drinking or using drugs.

SMALL GRASS FIRE CLOSES WB I-70 IN WEST GLENWOOD

Glenwood Springs—A small grass fire near Ami’s Acres forced authorities to close westbound I-70 in West Glenwood Springs last night.  The fire was first reported around 7 o’clock on the shoulder of the highway.  Firefighters were able to snuff it out fairly quickly and prevent it from spreading to homes or other structures.  The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

COLORADO SUICIDES ON THE RISE

DENVER (AP) – State officials are concerned after Colorado recorded more suicides in 2012 than ever before. The state’s suicide death toll has been climbing for the past decade, giving Colorado one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. In 2012, more than 1,000 Coloradans committed suicide, a 16 percent increase over 2011.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says there are still plenty of resources available to help people struggling with mental health issues.

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