Carbondale–Plastic shopping bags will be banned and paper bags will cost shoppers an extra 20 cents next year under an ordinance passed last night by the Carbondale Town Board. The ban and fees take effect in May.

Aspen–Plans to build a gondola linking Aspen’s four ski areas was rejected by a transportation committee last night. Officials say it would be too risky in bad weather.

Palisade–A rock slide closed eastbound I-70 near Palisade early this morning. The interstate was shutdown for over an hour while crews cleaned up the mess. Fortunately, no vehicles were caught in the slide.

Denver–Colorado will play a much more active role in overseeing the cantaloupe industry following the listeria outbreak that has claimed over two dozen lives in several states. The outbreak was traced to Jensen Farms in Holly, Coloradeo.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – Northern Colorado is getting the brunt of a winter
storm that has knocked out power to at least 62,000 homes and
businesses along the Front Range.
The area from Boulder north to Larimer County has gotten most of
the snowfall in the eastern half of the state. There’s about a foot
of snow in the Greeley area.
All the snow has caused power outages by snapping tree limbs and
power lines.
The state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, said about 62,000 of
its customers are without power. It wasn’t immediately clear how
many people who get their power elsewhere were also without
Xcel has brought in crews from Grand Junction and Texas to help
with repairs.
Power outages have shut down the University of Northern Colorado
in Greeley.

2 Denver protesters treated for hypothermia
DENVER (AP) – Two Occupy Wall Street protesters sleeping through
a Denver snowstorm have been hospitalized for hypothermia.
Protesters said they took two people to Denver Health Medical
Center because they showed signs of hypothermia. Activists said
they tried to set up tents as temperatures dropped Tuesday night,
but police officers forced them to take down the shelters in
Denver’s Civic Center Park.
The hypothermia victims were not identified by the protesters,
but organizers said they will be OK. About 30 people slept
overnight, bundled up on the ground under tarps. Protesters took
turns shoveling the sidewalk and checking on others for signs of
Denver saw between 2 inches and 4 inches of snow overnight. The
city was expecting more snow through Wednesday afternoon, with 4 to
8 inches expected before skies cleared.
Protesters said about 50 sympathizers stopped by overnight to
drop off blankets, gloves, chili and hot chocolate.

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