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BABY SARAH MEMORIAL TONIGHT

Parachute—The memorial for Sarah Ogden will be held tonight at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.  Sarah was only four weeks old when she died June 20th after allegedly being beaten by her father.  While her parents sit in a jail cell in Minnesota awaiting extradition back to Garfield County, family, friends and the community will gather tonight to remember her. The service will also be a fundraiser for Sarah’s twin baby brother that includes a college fund.  The service begins at 6:30.

NOT ENOUGH SIGNATURES FOR WEED/CONCEALED CARRY MEASURE

DENVER (AP) – Organizers of a push to ask Colorado voters to let marijuana users carry a concealed firearm say they didn’t collect enough signatures for their effort this year.  But they say the goal remains to put the question on the November 2016 ballot and they’ll relaunch a signature-gathering campaign next year. The deadline to collect 98,492 signatures this year is July 29 and organizers say they’ll fall short.  The proposal by the “Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights” would change state law to prevent sheriffs from denying concealed carry permits because of marijuana use.  Despite the drug’s legality in the state, the campaign would put Colorado in direct conflict with federal guidelines to keep guns away from marijuana users.

DEFENSE RESTS IN HOLMES TRIAL

CENTENNIAL (AP) – The defense in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after trying to show gunman James Holmes was insane at the time of the 2012 attack.The defense wrapped up Friday after two weeks of testimony that featured a pair of psychiatrists who examined Holmes and found that he was insane. Earlier in the case, two court-appointed doctors testified for the prosecution that Holmes knew the difference between right and wrong at the time of the killings and therefore was sane under Colorado law.

HUGE WESTERN SLOPE POT FARM BUSTED

MONTROSE (AP) – Authorities seized 2,700 pot plants that they say were part of an illegal grow operation in western Colorado between Grand Junction and Montrose. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said tips from neighbors led authorities to the property and that it became pretty obvious what was growing there after a National Guard helicopter provided an aerial view. A search warrant was served and McKee says more than 3,000 pot plants were found. Investigators seized all but the 300 plants allowed under the state’s medical marijuana law. McKee said the agencies worried the marijuana was being processed with the intent to distribute, which is banned in Delta County. Two people were investigated, but charges or citations have yet to be issued.

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