DENVER (AP) – Marches, rallies and a rodeo are planned to mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in Colorado. People were marching in Denver’s annual marade – a combination march and parade – from City Park to Civic Center today. Marches are also planned in Lafayette and at Colorado State University. The National Western Stock Show will host the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions at 6 p.m.
GARDEN CITY (AP) – The Greeley area is getting its first recreational marijuana shop. C-Nine Caregivers opened today in Garden City, a tiny town surrounded by Greeley and Evans. Both Greeley and Evans and other northern Colorado cities have banned recreational sales, as have many other cities and town across the state. Garden City is less than a square mile and home to about 300 people.
OURAY (AP) – U.S. Highway 550 in southwestern Colorado should be closed for at least another couple of days as workers bring down rocks from the steep slopes above the road. Crews are hoping to drop netting on the scree field on Red Mountain Pass tomorrow so they can bring down larger boulders. The ongoing rockslide started Jan. 12.
DENVER (AP) – An unlikely partnership has helped block recent attempts to limit tanning bed use by Colorado teens. But supporters this year hope a new proposal can break the alliance of skin cancer survivors and the indoor tanning industry. A House bill up for its first hearing next month would ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds in Colorado without a doctor’s prescription. The measure goes further than previous attempts, which sought to require parental permission.
FORT CARSON (AP) – Fort Carson is set to welcome home about 90 soldiers who have spent the past several months serving in Afghanistan. The soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion are the last of about 180 HHBN soldiers to redeploy as part of a phased reduction of troops in Afghanistan. The homecoming ceremony will be held at the Special Events Center on post at 9:30 tomorrow night.