News, January 7th

ASPEN AIRPORT UP AND RUNNING AGAIN

Aspen—Two days after the plane crash that left one man dead and two critically injured, operations at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport are back to normal.  The airport was able to resume a regular flight schedule this morning at 7 o’clock thanks to crews working late last night to remove the charred wreckage of the Bombardier CL 600 jet.  National Transportation Safety Board Lead Investigator Cortney Liedler says few details about the crash are available at this point.  She says completing the investigation could take up to a year and a half.

GARCO BOARD APPROVES RX WEED GROW OP

Glenwood Springs—Green Essentials got the green light from the Garfield County Board of Commissioners to grow medicinal weed.  The vote was 2 to 1 with Commission Chairman John Martin in the minority.  Martin praised owner Ron Radkte for his thoroughness and dedication in jumping through a lot of hoops to get the business off the ground.  However, Martin says he’s reluctant to approve the land use change permit when it’s still in violation of federal law.  Radkte’s grow operation will be on a nearly 4-acre site in Red Canyon Plaza south of Glenwood Springs.

CARBONDALE MAY BE HOME TO THE VALLEY’S FIRST RECREATIONAL POT SHOP

Carbondale—Right now if you want to buy some weed for non-medicinal purposes, you have to drive to Denver, Telluride or Breckenridge. That may change next week.  The owner of Carbondale medical pot shop “Doctor’s Garden” is hoping to be approved for a retail license to sell the drug for recreational use.  The Carbondale Board of Trustees will consider the license request during a January 14th meeting. If approved, Roaring Fork Valley residents will be able to buy weed the next day.

WASTEWATER AS FUEL CONSIDERED IN GRAND JUNCTION

GRAND JUNCTION. (AP) – The Grand Junction City Council is moving forward with a project that would take methane gas produced at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility for fuel.Wastewater Services Manager Dan Tonello says it will save money and protect the environment. City officials said Monday they are hoping to get grants to develop the process. The gas will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of vehicles.

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