NEWS, OCTOBER 12TH

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – The Aspen City Council has voted to ban
plastic bags from its two grocery stores and place a 20-cent fee on
paper bags. Basalt has already approved a fee of 20 cents on plastic and
paper bags, and Carbondale has been moving toward a ban on plastic
bags. The Boulder City Council is considering a fee on plastic
bags. Supporters say the goal of the ordinances is to reduce the
amount of paper and plastic waste ending up in local landfills.
They say research shows that only a small percentage of consumers
recycle their grocery bags.

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is
considering a proposal to create a roughly 30-mile single-track
trail system in the White River National Forest for motorcycles.
The plan for about 15 miles of new trail and about 15 miles of
reconstructed trails is to create a managed system of trails rather
than having users create their own.
The Tenderfoot Mountain trail proposal encompasses about 4,000
acres near the town of Dillon. Construction would take three to six
years and could start in June.
The Forest Service says there would be no motorized use during
the elk calving season, and steps would be taken to protect habitat
for greenback cutthroat trout.
The public can submit comments on the proposal by Nov. 20.

DENVER (AP) – At least nine counties plan to mail ballots to
inactive voters for the Nov. 1 election after a judge denied the
Colorado secretary of state’s attempt to block the practice.
Opponents say allowing some voters to participate while denying
the rights of others is unfair. Supporters say that
barring mail ballots for inactive voters would discourage voter
participation. The counties taking part include Denver, Pueblo, Boulder,
Pitkin, Eagle, Conejos, Costilla and Huerfano. Mesa County plans to
mail ballots to inactive military and overseas voters.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A Grand Junction, Colo., mother is
facing charges after witnesses reported seeing her 9-year-old
daughter driving her across town at least twice last week.
Police say 36-year-old Lori Ann Rogers was cited on suspicion of
two counts of permitting an authorized minor to drive, four counts
of child abuse, four counts of reckless endangerment and two counts
of operating an uninsured vehicle.
Witnesses say the mother was in the car at the time.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/p8fTdI
) that Rogers also is accused of letting her daughter drive with a
10-month-old child in a car seat.

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