Carbondale–The one thousand foot spacing requirement between medical marijuana businesses in Carbondale will remain in place. After a angry debate between trustees Frosty Merriott and Ed Cortez, the board voted 4 to 2 to keep the rule in effect. Merriott wants to cut the distance requirement in half.

Rifle–The Wall Street Journal wants to know more about the oil and gas industry. A reporter from the Journal is coming to Garfield County to interview residents and industry officials for a story.

Grand Junction–Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton says the Obama Administration is dragging it’s feet when it comes to oil shale research and development.

Aspen–Aspen’s top chefs are being challenged to make a nutritious meal that actually tastes good. A cook-off is being held in Aspen this Saturday to see if they can pull it off. The rules say they can’t use butter or cheese.

In other news…

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Department of Revenue has
closed three restaurants in Montrose over failure to pay state
taxes. Downtown Development Authority director Scott Shine says the
seizures are a temporary setback in the city’s plans to revitalize
downtown. Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch says that Damiano’s on Main, Sushitini and Cafe 110 were all closed because of nonpayment of state sales taxes.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking state
employees if they are satisfied with their jobs. Hickenlooper is spending more than $200,000 on a survey asking employees how their supervisor treats them and if the amount of work they’re given is satisfactory.
State employees have until Sept. 16 to complete the survey. The results should be available by October.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – The Breckenridge Town Council is
considering asking for a cap on daily skier visits to reduce the
impact on the community on peak days.
The recommendation is among a list of requests to be sent to the
Forest Service, which is considering allowing the Breckenridge Ski
Resort to add about 550 acres of skiing on Peak 6 within its
existing U.S. Forest Service permit. A recent study of the proposal indicates a possible increase in the number of annual peak days for the town and the mountain, but also shows the expansion will likely pour millions of dollars into the local economy.