Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners voted to continue a discussion about medical marijuana grow operations. Commissioners are considering whether to adopt a final set of regulations recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The board is seeking additional legal advice before taking a final vote. The discussion was continued until June 18th.
Glenwood Springs–Longtime West Divide Creek resident Lisa Bracken is challenging recent test results of groundwater around her home for toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling activity. Bracken gave a power point presentation to Garfield County Commissioners that contradicted the findings of previous studies. The discussion between Bracken and the Board will continue July 2nd.
Glenwood Springs–A debate between the Republican candidates for Colorado's Senate District 8 will be held tonight at 7 at the Garfield County Commissioner's meeting room. It will be televised live on Glenwood Springs Channel 10.
In other news….
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Police are investigating a shooting
at a motel in Grand Junction. Authorities say a man was shot in
his room at the Affordable Inn on Monday. Witnesses say they heard two gun shots and saw the wounded man chasing another man before falling to the ground. His condition wasn't immediately known. Police believe a man and a woman fled after the shooting.
DENVER (AP) – Sloppy accounting and staff turnover are being
blamed for a $32 million miscalculation at Colorado's Division of
Wildlife. In an audit released Monday, lawmakers were told that the new
merged state agency overspent because it was relying on bad numbers
between 2007 and 2011. The errors led officials to think they had
more available money than they did. Department of Natural Resources executive director Mike King said the accounting error was “simply inconceivable” and has been corrected. He pointed out that no money was improperly spent, and that the $32 million overrun came from the agency's own reserves.
But lawmakers were highly critical of the Division.
Some lawmakers also raised concerns about declining numbers of
hunters and fishermen, whose licenses fund the Division of
DENVER (AP) – A settlement is in the works in lawsuits against a
Colorado farm identified as the source of a nationwide listeria
outbreak last fall that killed at least 30 people.
Attorneys for Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., and for 39 people
who were sickened or died said Monday a deal could be worked out by
this fall. Bill Marler, the lawyer for 39 plaintiffs, says the settlement
could also include a food-processing equipment manufacturer and a
company that did a safety audit of the farm. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in December that 30 people died and 146 were sickened. Marler believes 36 deaths can be attributed to the outbreak.
The FDA has said dirty water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean
equipment probably were to blame.