News, September 27th

GLENWOOD CITY COUNCIL WORKING OUT REC WEED REGS

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs City Council is still trying to hammer out final regulations for recreational marijuana.  The council held a second work session last night to go over various zoning regulations such as how far retail pot establishments should be from K through 12 schools and buffer zones between shops.  The state is recommending a separation of at least one thousand feet from schools and 400 feet between retail establishments.  The city expects to begin issuing retail licenses by October of 2014.

NO WEED IN THE FOREST

Aspen—You can’t grow marijuana in the forest and you can’t smoke it there either.  Officials with the White River National Forest say apparently some campers are getting the wrong idea about legalized weed in Colorado. Marijuana possession is still against federal law.  Rangers have been issuing citations to campers looking for that true Rocky Mountain High.  Officials say rangers are actively looking for people smoking joints in the forest but they will enforce the law for flagrant violations.

WESTERN SLOPE WEST NILE DEATH

Grand Junction—A West Nile virus in western Colorado was reported.  Health officials in Mesa County say a man died from the mosquito-borne illness this week.  It was the first West Nile death in the county this year.  So far this year, a half dozen Mesa County residents have been diagnosed with the virus.  Four cases of West Nile have been confirmed in Garfield County, 72 statewide.  Health officials expect the number of cases to drop as evenings get cooler.

WET WEATHER SENDS FALL COLOR SEEKERS TO THE WEST

Denver—The wet weather and warmer temperatures on the front range are sending people to the western slope to catch a glimpse of the fall colors.  Typically, the last weekend of September is a good time to see the autumn splendor from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins but the leaves are still too green.  Fall color-seekers are expected to flock to Western Colorado over the next couple of weekends.

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