News, March 5th

HUGE PILEUP SHUTS DOWN I-70 IN SUMMIT COUNTY

Summit County–Remarkably, no one was seriously hurt in yesterday’s massive, vehicle pileup involving over 50 vehicles on I-70 in Summit County. According to the Colorado State Patrol, heavy snow, icy roads and high winds led to two separate chain reaction smash ups. The first one, involving 25 vehicles, occurred on the westbound side at Silverthorne. Minutes later, 29 vehicles slammed into one another on the eastbound side near Frisco. I-70 was closed in one or both directions at times from Floyd Hill to Vail Pass because of accidents and adverse driving conditions.

NEW NAME FOR GARCO BUILDING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Glenwood Springs–The name has changed and so has the focus. Garfield County’s Building and Planning Department is now the Community Development Department. With an added emphasis on customer service, Community Planning Department Director Fred Jarman says the county will continue to deal with building permits, land-use applications and other services while focusing less on rules and regulations.

BURLINGAME RESIDENTS SAY NO DOGS

Aspen–No dogs allowed. Residents of the Burlingame affordable housing complex in Aspen have spoken and the city is listening. The Aspen City Council chose to let the homeowner’s association decide whether dogs should be allowed in the next phase of the project and about 70 percent of the 91 homeowners are saying no to Fido. A dog ban was part of the original agreement with neighboring ranch owners in 2007 over fears that dogs would scare wildlife, spread disease and attract predators like mountain lions and coyotes.

CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT BILL

Denver–If you want a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Colorado, you’ll have to take a firearms safety class in person, not online according to a bill gaining support in the state legislature. Supporters of Senate Bill 195 say a one hour, online course isn’t sufficient to merit the right to carry a concealed weapon. Critics say it places one more burden on law abiding citizens who want permits to protect themselves. The measure was
passed by a Senate committee on a 3 to 2 party line vote.

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