News, January 4th

MEMORIAL FOR SNOWMASS SKI INSTRUCTOR TOMORROW

SNOWMASS (AP) – A memorial for the Snowmass ski patroller who died following an avalanche will be held tomorrow at the resort. Forty-nine-year-old Patricia Hileman died Sunday while skiing alone in a closed area. The 26-year veteran was swept over a cliff after triggering a small avalanche. The service will be held at the Elk Camp restaurant on the slopes of Snowmass. People attending are asked to wear pink and bring their best stories about Hileman.

OIL RIG EXPLOSION NEAR CRAIG KILLS WORKER

CRAIG – A Craig man was killed in an explosion at an oil rig site in Moffat County. A sheriff’s investigator says a tank that holds water left over from fracking g exploded yesterday morning. The explosion was reported at a rig maintained by Axia Energy. Investigators say it appears employees with Herod Industries were trying to offload water from another fracking site into the tank but couldn’t because the valves were frozen. Authorities suspect the explosion happened after a propane heater was used to thaw the valves. The victim was identified as 49-year-old Jon Herod.

COLORADO WEED REGS

DENVER (AP) – Colorado is considering allowing only state residents to use marijuana recreationally after voters approved a measure to legalize use of the drug for non-medical purposes. A marijuana regulatory group appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper began writing the details of pot regulation. The group members won’t make rules, but they will recommend to the governor and the Legislature how Colorado should become the nation’s first to regulate marijuana like alcohol. One of the topics before one of the working groups is whether there should be some sort of a residency requirement for growing, selling or even using marijuana.

BOULDER COPS ILLEGALLY SHOOT BULL ELK FOR MEAT

BOULDER (AP) – State wildlife officials are investigating whether any crimes were committed by two police officers tied to the death of an elk in Boulder. Boulder police confirmed yesterday that an on-duty officer shot and killed the bull elk late Tuesday but didn’t file a report with his supervisors or notify dispatchers. That officer has been placed on leave. City officials say a second off-duty officer took the elk home “to be processed for meat.”

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