News, September 4th

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners officially took a stand against a Colorado ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. The Board unanimously supported a resolution to oppose Amendment 64.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners reluctantly agreed to rescind a resolution today that opposed the federal government’s plan for limited oil shale research and development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The vote to rescind their opposition came in the wake of a recently filed lawsuit on behalf of the Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance that called for it. The suit also claims the commissioners’ meeting in Vernal, Utah last March was illegal. The Board’s stance today does not admit any wrongdoing.

Charlotte, North Carolina–Former Colorado U-S Senator Ken Salazar will be one of the featured speakers at tonight’s Democratic National Convention. The current Interior Secretary spoke with KMTS news this morning and says he plans to portray President Barack Obama as a regular guy who cares about America’s middle class. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will also take the podium at the DNC.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is announcing a voter registration initiative. The Republican elections chief did not give details of the initiative. His office says the information will be released Tuesday afternoon. Gessler has been criticized recently for his plan to check the citizenship of registered voters by sending letters to people who once presented proof of non-citizenship, such as a green card, when they applied for a driver’s license. The search has yet to yield evidence of a case where an illegally registered voter cast a ballot. Gessler’s office announced last week that 16 people out of 3,903 who received letters voluntarily withdrew their registration. Another 482 verified that they were U.S. citizens and others did not respond. Democrats question Gessler’s political motives in a battleground state.