News, December 27th

EXTRA COPS WILL BE PATROLLING COLORADO ROADS THIS WEEKEND

Glenwood Springs—Two people were killed by drunk drivers last New Year’s Eve and 501 Coloradans began 2013 behind bars with a DUI charge.  This New Year’s Eve, Colorado law enforcement officers are hoping far fewer people will drink and drive.  Starting tonight, 76 law enforcement agencies will team up with the Colorado State Patrol for the final “Heat is On” DUI campaign of the year.  Locally, increased patrols will be implemented tonight through 3am, January 2nd by the Garfield and Pitkin County Sheriff’s offices, the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Snowmass Village PD.  The Basalt Police Department will increase DUI patrols on New Year’s Eve.  State Troopers from the Glenwood Springs division will begin increased patrols Monday, the 30th and will continue through Sunday January 5th.  The statewide, holiday party crackdown between December 6th and the 16th resulted in 652 DUI arrests.  Two people were also killed during that span by drunk or drug-impaired drivers.  2012 was an especially bad year for DUI arrests in Colorado with close to 10 thousand.  If you plan to toast in the new year with a few adult beverages, officials recommend giving your keys to a designated driver, using public transit or calling  a cab.

DENVER BUSINESSES GET LICENSES FOR RECREATIONAL WEED

DENVER (AP) – The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana are getting their licenses today as the city issues the permits to 42 medical marijuana shops and growers. Denver is one of 19 municipalities and seven counties in Colorado that will allow retail sales of recreational pot.

JERSEY FAMILY MOVING TO COLORADO FOR DAUGHTER’S MEDICINAL POT NEEDS

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) – The family of a New Jersey toddler who became a symbol in a push to change the state’s medical marijuana laws this year is moving to Colorado. Meghan and Brian Wilson tell The Philadelphia Inquirer they’re heading to Colorado because there they can buy an edible form of a strain of marijuana that they believe could help their 2  1/2-year-old daughter Vivian with her severe epilepsy.

DOUBLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATED IN DENVER

DENVER (AP) – Denver police say two men found inside a home were apparently shot to death. Their bodies were found after police were called to investigate a burglary there yesterday afternoon. Police said Friday that the deaths are being investigated as homicides and the slayings appear to be isolated. The men haven’t been identified yet.

CHRISTMAS TREES A TREAT FOR GOATS

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Your trash could become a holiday treat for some goats in western Colorado. The Top of the Hill Ranch in Collbran, is offering to pick up discarded Christmas trees from nearby homes to give their goats some extra roughage during the winter. Rancher Teresa Fletcher says goats can devour a tree in less than an hour.

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