News, September 11th

NO REC CENTER FOR RIFLE /COUNCIL SEATS FILLED

Rifle—Voters in Rifle rejected a sales tax hike to build a new recreation center in yesterday’s municipal election.  Ballot question D was shot down by nearly 400 votes.  In the city council races, seven candidates were vying for four open seats.  The winners in order of vote tallies were incumbent Randy Winkler and newcomers Dirk Myers, Barbara Clifton and Hans Parkinson.

MORSE / GIRON RECALLED

Colorado Springs / Pueblo—State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron have been ousted from office.  Both Democrats were successfully recalled by voters who were upset over their staunch support of stricter gun control laws. 

REC WEED REGS APPROVED BY STATE

DENVER (AP) – Colorado has become the first state in the country to adopt final rules for recreational marijuana businesses.   The rules released Monday cover licensing, tracking, packaging and advertising. The first stores are expected to open around Jan. 1.

POISON ARROWS USED BY HUNTERS

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Authorities say one of four South Carolina men who used poison arrows to hunt deer, elk and bears told them he has been using the illegal equipment in Colorado for at least 20 years.  George Plummer and Joseph Nevling, both of Timmonsville, S.C., Michael Courtney, of Florence, S.C., and James Cole, of Sumter, S.C., all pleaded guilty Tuesday to a variety of wildlife charges, including illegal taking of wildlife and illegal use of toxins in hunting. They were arrested Saturday.  Authorities said Plummer admitted using toxic arrows for years.  All four were ordered to pay several thousands of dollars in fines and court costs. The men also agreed not to hunt in Colorado over the next four years.

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