News, December 14th

POT SMOKERS CAN BREATHE EASY FOR NOW

Undated–Colorado pot smokers can breathe easy for now. President Obama revealed in an ABC interview with Barbara Walters last night that he won’t aggressively enforce a federal law outlawing marijuana in the wake of amendments that passed in Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational weed. In response to a question, Obama said, “”It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view” to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal. There are still many questions to be answered about state regulation of recreational pot. State lawmakers will tackle that issue in January when the new session begins.

GARCO PHONE SCAM

Glenwood Springs–If you get a call from someone with a foreign accent who claims to be calling on behalf of an attorney in Dallas, Texas…hang up immediately. According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, it’s another holiday time phone scam to make a quick buck. Several people in the county have reportedly been called and told that they are under investigation and they will be arrested at their workplace and put in jail. The phony caller with the foreign accent then tries to convince people through scare tactics to give out personal information including banking and credit information. Sheriff Lou Vallario says the county is seeing an alarming increase in the number of victims being scammed. He says if it’s an e-mail, delete it right away or hang up if it’s over the phone and report it.

NEW STATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN IN PLACE

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper and C-DOT Director Don Hunt say more construction projects will get under much sooner because of a new budgeting plan expected to free up 300 million
dollars a year over the next five years. Hickenlooper and Hunt say projects will begin based on the money the state currently has saved up and earmarked. It’s a change from the current system of waiting to save all the money needed to begin a project, which takes years. The change is expected to free up the money over five years. The governor’s office says speeding up construction is expected to create or sustain more than 10,000 jobs during that time. The new budgeting plan being implemented now.

COLORADO COMPANY MAKES GENEROUS SHOE DONATION

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A Colorado-based construction company working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has donated more than 400 pairs of shoes to students at a local school. Arvada, Colo.-based Milender White Construction Co. and its subcontractors donated 435 wrapped boxes of shoes to students at Pine Ridge Elementary. Milender White is overseeing construction of the $31 million Pine Ridge Justice Center going up on the southern edge of town. Vice President Adam Mack says the gift giving is part of the company’s mission to give back to the community they have been working in.
Nine-year-old Cante Long Soldier is a third-grader. She says the new pair of Nikes she received was probably the nicest pair of shoes she’s ever owned.

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