News, October 17th

RIFLE BANS NEW RETAIL WEED BUSINESSES

Rifle—Marijuana will be tough to come by on the retail market in Rifle.  Wednesday night, the city council voted 6 to 1 to ban any new businesses from setting up shop.  Barbara Clifton cast the dissenting vote.  The council also passed on the first reading, an ordinance limiting retail weed cultivation businesses.  A second reading and vote will take place November 6th.

EXPLOSIVES FOUND NEAR NO NAME CAMPSITE

No Name—Explosive devices were found at an abandoned campsite near No Name, forcing the closure of a popular hiking trail.  According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, a man hiking along the Jess Weaver Trail stumbled across the devices along with an abandoned tent nearby.  Deputies and two members of the Grand Junction Bomb Squad determined the items were used for clearing tree stumps and rocks on trails.  The trail was reopened around noon Wednesday.

PITCO CONSIDERS NEW CELL PHONE TOWER RULES

Aspen—New regulations for cell phone towers are being considered by the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners.  Commissioners are leaning toward being more flexible with the land use code to entice more cell phone carriers and companies to build towers in the area.  Current height restrictions limit capacity to one cell and broadband carrier.  Right now, cell phone towers in Pitkin County cannot be taller than 43 feet.

ANOTHER SNOWSTORM HEADED TO COLORADO

DENVER (AP) – Another snowstorm is moving across Colorado.
The National Weather Service says a storm developing over Wyoming and northern Colorado on Thursday will bring snow to the mountains and foothills, and could be heavy at times. Snow accumulations in some areas could top 7 inches by Friday morning.
The latest round of snow comes as Loveland Ski Area opens for the season Thursday. Wolf Creek will open this weekend. Arapahoe Basin became the first resort to open in the state on Sunday.

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