News, February 11th

STATE SUPREME COURT RULES ON ENTRANCE TO ASPEN

Denver–The state-designed entrance to Aspen cannot be challenged by voters according to a ruling handed down this morning by the Colorado Supreme Court. The justices ruled that a 2007 petition asking voters about C-DOT’s plans was out of line because the design was chosen by administrators and therefore not subject to voter initiatives. Supporters of the petition say since the process was approved by the state legislature they had the right to challenge the Highway 82 entrance to Aspen. The court said today that voter initiatives would circumvent the administrative process.

ACCESS CONTROL PLAN CAUSING A STIR IN GLENWOOD

Glenwood Springs–Glenwood Springs citizens and business owners have a lot to say about the proposed Highway 82/Access Control Plan and not much of it is positive. Several people spent the first 40 minutes of last week’s city council meeting deriding the council for not taking a stand against C-DOT’s plan covering the I-70 interchange to Orrison Distributing in south Glenwood Springs. Two public open houses will be held tomorrow at the Glenwood Spring Community Center. The first one
will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. The second,two-hour open house begins at 5.

STATE WEED REGULATIONS

DENVER (AP) – A marijuana regulatory group appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper is still working out the details of pot regulation. The group members meeting today won’t make the rules but they will recommend to the governor and the legislature how the state should become one of the nation’s first to regulate weed like alcohol.
The task force has less than a month to forward proposals to lawmakers.

STATE EXPORTS ON THE RISE

DENVER (AP) – Colorado officials say state exports set a record high last year, led by strong gains in computers, electronics, food, machinery and chemicals.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade says shipments from the state increased 11.3 percent in 2012, growing from $7.3 billion to $8.1 billion. That topped the 4.4 percent national growth rate.

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