News, July 18th

WEST NILE VIRUS WARNING FOR GARFIELD COUNTY

Glenwood Springs—Protect yourself from mosquitoes.  Garfield County officials say several hot spots have been found where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.  A human case of the mosquito-borne disease hasn’t been reported in Garfield County for over 6 years but officials say now is not the time to let your guard down. 
The recommendations are to avoid going out at dusk and dawn, apply insect repellent containing Deet and empty all containers on your property of standing water.  The first human case of West Nile was reported two weeks ago in Delta County.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL TO TACKLE RECREATIONAL WEED

Glenwood Springs—How to regulate recreational marijuana businesses in Glenwood Springs.  That’s on the agenda tonight for the Glenwood Springs City Council.  Glenwood Springs is one of many local communities around the state grappling with the decision to either tightly regulate recreational weed under Amendment 64 or ban the establishments altogether.  The council meeting begins at 6 o’clock.

TOXICOLOGY LAB REPORTS WERE TAINTED, BIASED

Denver—Blood tests for drugs and alcohol were doctored at the state toxicology lab to favor law enforcement.  So says a former lab supervisor who has since retired.  Since the supervisor’s testimony that the tests were doctored, Attorney General John Suthers suspended all blood-alcohol and blood drug tests and sent them to a half dozen private labs. 

THREE FRUITA COPS CLEARED IN SHOOTING OF MAN

Grand Junction—The three Fruita police officers involved in the deadly shooting of a fleeing man last month have had their names cleared of any wrongdoing.  Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says Fruita Sargeant Kevin Paquette and officers Andrew Courtney and Steve Lentz were justified in shooting Lewis Pollard on June 15th.  According to reports, Pollard sped away after being pulled over and drove to his trailer home.  Officers says he went inside and emerged pointing a gun and that’s when they opened fire.  Pollard was 61 years old.

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