GLENWOOD SPRINGS EXTEND REC WEED MORATORIUM
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Glenwood Springs city council decided to extend a moratorium on accepting applications for retail marijuana businesses through the end of the year. The council said it cannot meet an Oct. 1 deadline to put local regulations in place. The council voted 4-1 at a special meeting Tuesday to continue the moratorium until Dec. 31. The vote reverses an earlier decision to let the current moratorium expire on Oct. 1. Mayor Leo McKinney cast the dissenting vote.
LOCAL ENTERTAINER INJURED IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS PARAGLIDING CRASH
GLENWOOD SPRINGS– A paraglider is lucky to be alive after crashing halfway up Red Mountain. 49 year old John Goss was placed on a stretcher and taken away in a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter yesterday afternoon. Goss, well known song and dance man in the popular Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, had to cling to a steep grade of soil before he could be rescued. Officials say he was complaining of back pain and difficulty breathing.
FEDERAL FIREFIGHTING MONEY BURNING UP
Undated—The U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap. The nation’s top wildfire-fighting agency was down to $50 million after spending $967 million so far this year according to Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers. Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion. Chambers says the $50 million the Forest Service has left is typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires when the nation is at its top wildfire preparedness level, which went into effect Tuesday. There are 51 large uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.
MOFFAT COUNTY CONSIDERS SECESSION FROM STATE
CRAIG (AP) – Moffat County could be moving toward secession from Colorado under the 51st State Initiative. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid announced his intention Tuesday to write the ballot language that would ask local voters on the Western Slope whether they want to join the secession movement that has gained momentum on the Front Range on the other side of the state. Kinkaid says Moffat County could either join up with the 51st state proposed for the Front Range or maybe become part of Wyoming. There was no immediate response from Wyoming lawmakers. Colorado lawmakers in northern counties say they are being ignored by the Colorado Legislature and they want more representation.