News, November 28th

OBAMACARE IN COLORADO

DENVER (AP) – State health activists are meeting to discuss what Colorado needs to do now that the election is over and new federal requirements are a certainty.
Democratic state lawmakers and advocates for the new law plan to talk Wednesday about where Colorado stands on implementing the law. Colorado unsuccessfully challenged the federal health care overhaul in court, but state officials also set up an insurance exchange and took other steps to comply with the law. The daylong meeting in Denver is sponsored by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

COLORADO’S WEED LAW; WHAT NOW?

DENVER-A marijuana task force is being formed by Governor John Hickenlooper while the state awaits federal response to a vote earlier this month to allow recreation use of the drug. A spokesman for Hickenlooper says the task force will include state lawmakers, marijuana advocates and state agencies that could be affected by the vote. Hickenlooper and officials from Washington state have asked for federal guidance on the marijuana votes. But there is no announcement yet whether the federal government plans to sue to block implementation of the pot measures. Washington’s takes effect next week.

MOONLIGHT HIKERS WARNED BY SKICO

Aspen–Hikers looking to catch tonight’s full moon atop Buttermilk Mountain are being asked to show some respect for the property when the leave. Officials with the Aspen Skiing Company expect a big group of star gazers and full moon gawkers to hold a party tonight. Skico is hoping they won’t trash the place like they’ve done in the past. Last year over a hundred people stopped at teh hut and bonfire pit atop Buttermilk’s Western Peak to check out the full moon before heading down the mountain. Skico officials are urging people to clean up after themselves.

FATHER OF MISSING COLORADO BOY ASKS FOR SUPPORT

DURANGO (AP) – The father of a 13-year-old boy missing for more than a week in southwestern Colorado is asking for support while volunteers and authorities try to find his son. Mark Redwine said Tuesday he didn’t want to respond to comments from his ex-wife that she fears he may have had something to do with Dylan Redwine’s disappearance. Redwine reported his son missing after he left the boy at home Nov. 19 to run errands. The boy’s mother, Elaine Redwine, told ABC News she fears the worst and believes her ex-husband may be involved.

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