NO BANKING FOR WEED MONEY
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s attempt to create a bank to service its marijuana industry has received a setback from the Federal Reserve. The guardian of the U.S. banking system said in a court filing that it doesn’t intend to accept a penny connected to the sale of pot because the drug remains illegal under federal law.
EPA TO BLAME FOR GOLD KING MINE DISASTER
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government investigators squarely blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying a cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid. The Interior Department probe concludes that the spill that fouled rivers in three states would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels before digging into the mine.
FIRST BIG SNOW CATCHES MOUNTAIN DRIVES OFF GUARD
DENVER (AP) — Authorities are blaming snow in the Colorado mountains for several accidents and the closure of part of Interstate 70. Interstate 70 was closed from Sliverthorne to the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels because of accidents and snow Thursday. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says two inches of snow fell on Vail Pass.