News, July 9th

GARCO BOARD APPROVES HWY 133 ACCESS CONTROL PLAN

Glenwood Springs—After a spirited debate with citizens and officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners agreed to re-adopt the State Highway 133 Access Control Plan.  The final vote was 2 to 1 with Commission Chairman John Martin in the minority.  Martin is against the plan because it doesn’t include a stoplight at Delores Way.  He says with two schools using that intersection, it poses a major threat to safety. 

OSHA FINES WILLIAMS COMPANY SUBSIDIARIES FOR PARACHUTE LEAK

Parachute—More fines are being imposed for the leak at Parachute Creek.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining a Williams Company contractor and subsidiary for their roles in the March leak that spilled some 10 thousand gallons of toxic material including benzene.  OSHA is calling for a fine of just over 10 thousand dollars against Badger Daylighting Corporation and nearly 8 thousand dollars against Bargath LLC for hazardous waste and emergency response violations.

GRAND JUNCTION BOMB MATERIALS STILL A MYSTERY

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Grand Junction authorities say no arrests have been made after bombs were found in a backpack near an apartment complex, but they do not believe apartment residents were targeted. Police described the devices as bottles and canisters filled with gunpowder, sealed by duct tape with fuses attached.  Police say the bombs could have caused significant damage if they had gone off on Sunday.

COLORADO POT REGULATOR STEPPING DOWN

DENVER (AP) – The director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division is retiring.
The decision by Laura Harris comes at a time when the division is taking on the task of regulating the state’s new recreational marijuana industry. No reason was given for her sudden departure. Harris was put in charge of regulating hundreds of medical-marijuana dispensaries and other businesses in 2011. The division was named the Marijuana Enforcement Division this year to reflect its expanded role overseeing all marijuana businesses, which voters approved in November.

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