NEWS, OCTOBER 31ST

Glenwood Springs–Law enforcement officials are reminding folks to be aware of trick or treaters wandering around neighborhoods tonight. Adults planning to party on Halloween night should also be careful not to drink and drive.

Aspen–There’s been an increase in vehicle break-ins in Pitkin County lately. Law enforcement agencies are warning people to not leave their keys inside an unattended vehicle.

Grand Junction–There are lingering questions about the future of oil and gas leases after a recent federal court ruling upholding the 2001 roadless rule prohibiting commercial development on some 50 million acres of national forest land.

Denver–Colorado’s tax amnesty program has collected over 800 thousand dollars in the last month. The program expires November 15th.

DENVER (AP) – Marijuana advocates working to put a legalization
measure on Colorado ballots next year are complaining that the
state’s top lawyer has a double standard on pot.
Republican Attorney General John Suthers says he opposes the
proposal to make pot legal for recreational use.
Suthers has criticized the head of the state’s medical marijuana
enforcement agency for appearing to take a stand on local marijuana
initiatives up for a vote Tuesday. Suthers called the letter from
Dan Hartman “unethical.”
Legalization backers planned to meet with reporters Monday to
decry what they call hypocrisy from the attorney general. A Suthers
spokesman insisted the attorney general has given his opinion only
when asked by reporters or in response to pending legislation,
while Hartman’s letter came at the request of marijuana
dispensaries.

DENVER (AP) – A trial over how to draw the new boundaries of
Colorado’s congressional districts is wrapping up in Denver.
Attorneys for Democrats, Republicans and other political
interests were delivering their closing arguments Monday in a case
that could impact political races next year.
A judge is considering about a half-dozen maps, including
proposals from both major parties and Latino groups who say they
want to make sure the growing Hispanic population is fairly
represented. Democrats and Republicans filed lawsuits after the Legislature
failed to agree on new districts this spring to reflect population
changes in the last decade. Republicans say they want minimal
changes to the current districts. Democrats say districts should
change to make races more competitive.
The state’s House delegation has four Republicans and three
Democrats.

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