News, March 27th




Glenwood Springs—“The Grand Avenue Bridge: Myths, Realities and Opportunities.” That’s the subject of next week’s town hall meeting being put on by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.  A panel of experts will be on hand to discuss the details of the new bridge,  dispel some of the doom and gloom rumors and correct some of the bad information that’s raising the tempers and blood pressure of many locals.  The chamber is collaborating with the Downtown Development Authority to provide accurate information to the business community and the general public.  The town hall meeting is being held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center next Tuesday night, April 2nd at 6 o’clock.




Denver—One thousand dollars for an office chair? Cars for staff members? State auditors say it’s no wonder the agency charged with overseeing Colorado’s medical marijuana regulations ran out of  money.  In a scathing, 89-page report auditors say the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division has done a horrible job keeping track of activity around the state including seed-to-sale accountability and issuing licenses to unqualified applicants.   The division complained about not having enough money but the audit reveals millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on unnecessary luxuries.  The audit calls for big changes and accountability because the division will likely regulate the sale of recreational weed which will begin next year.


In other Colorado news…


DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s largest water utility has declared a Stage 2 drought, saying March snows were not enough to improve the current conditions.
The decision announced Wednesday means mandatory watering restrictions will kick in Monday. Starting next week, customers will be assigned two days a week for lawn watering. Other restrictions also will take effect, including no lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought. The statewide snowpack was 79 percent of average as of Tuesday, and reservoir levels around the state are low. Colorado Springs Utilities also is limiting outdoor watering starting Monday. It is also charging higher rates to residential customers with high monthly water usage.


DENVER (AP) – Tanning bed limits for minors are closer to approval in Colorado.
The state House voted 39-23 to ban people under 15 from using commercial tanning beds without a doctor’s recommendation. Teens from age 15 to 17 would need parental permission every six months to use commercial tanning beds. Colorado is one of the few states with no law limiting tanning bed use by children, though most commercial salons request parental permission for underage clients. The tanning bill limit was opposed by some dermatologists, who said everyone under 18 should be prohibited from commercial tanning beds.  The bill now heads to the Senate.