News, March 26th

SIERRA CLUB HOSTING GLENWOOD EVENT

Glenwood Springs–Protecting lands and watersheds from energy extraction and water diversion will the focus of a three hour public meeting tonight at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The Sierra Club will host the event and a line up of experts including Shane Davis and Delia Malone of the Sierra Club’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. A panel discussion to identify possible solutions will wrap things up. Tonight’s event begins at 5:30.

GARCO COMMISSIONERS SEND BLM A MESSAGE ABOUT ROAN DRILLING

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution addressing the Bureau of Land Management’s supplemental environmental impact statement on the prospects of drilling on the Roan Plateau. The board says the Roan’s abundant resources are too valuable to ignore. Commissioners say the BLM’s suggestion to limit the drilling on the valley floor of the Roan is technologically impossible.

IN OTHER COLORADO NEWS….

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s medical marijuana regulations are badly enforced and in need of dramatic overhaul. That’s the conclusion of a state audit reviewing the troubled Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. The audit released today concludes that Colorado’s vaunted seed-to-sale tracking of marijuana plants never materialized because the regulators ran out of money to implement it.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins is requiring all concertgoers under age 21 to take alcohol level tests and submit to pat-down searches following a liquor license violation. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the concert venue was also ordered to stop selling alcohol for five days after police repeatedly found drunk, underage people inside or on the sidewalk in front of the theater. At a court hearing yesterday, Aggie owner Scoo Leary admitted violating liquor laws and agreed to the temporary sales suspension.

DENVER (AP) – A ban on tanning bed use by children under 15 and new limits on tanning by older teens have won initial approval in the Colorado House. A measure approved today would require a physician’s note for kids under 15 to use commercial tanning beds. For teens 15 to 17, parents would have to give permission every six months before the teens could use tanning beds.

DENVER (AP) – Dairy cows in Colorado won’t need anesthesia or a veterinarian before having their tails cut. That’s after the state House decided today not to pursue a bill to ban the practice. Animal advocates argued that tail docking robs cows of their built-in fly swatters and causes pain. Few farmers dock cow tails the old-fashioned way, but those that do insisted it isn’t cruel.

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