CITIES COMING UP WITH MORATORIUMS AGAINST RETAIL POT STORES
The passage of Amendment 64 has some Colorado communities scrambling to figure out how to deal with retail marijuana shops. City of Craig staff will meet today to draw up an emergency moratorium, preventing retail shops from popping up within City limits. Steamboat’s staff is doing the same, and both will introduce those moratoriums during City Council meetings on Tuesday. Amendment 64 allows for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes. It also allows for adults to grow their own supply, and allows for retail shops in the state. However, the state will have to come up with regulations before allowing retail shops to open. That could take over a year. State Attorney General John Suthers has said, while he doesn’t agree with the law, his office will follow it, and will fight the federal government if it tries to block implementation. He says his office can’t ignore the will of the people. More people in Colorado voted for Amendment 64, than did for Obama. The law goes into effect as soon as it is certified by the state next month.
WILDFIRE THREAT STILL VIABLE IN NORTHWEST COLORADO
Recent wildfires in Northwest Colorado highlight the persisting dry conditions that are keeping fire risk unusually high for this time of year. That’s according to representatives of the Bureau of Land Management, who say earlier this week firefighters worked a 40-acre fire near Sleeping Giant in Routt County. Yesterday highway 131 was closed by Yampa while firefighters put out a small wildfire. BLM reps are urging everyone to remain aware of the danger and use common sense with fire. They say you should not burn fields or leaves on windy days, and you should make sure your campfire is completely out before you leave camp. Any agricultural burns should follow the local county or fire protection district requirements for permits or notification. The public should be aware that strong winds are forecast today and tomorrow ahead of the front moving in over the weekend.
ELKHEAD RESERVOIR IS CLOSED TO BOATING
Elkhead State Park has closed to boating for the season. That’s according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. However, authorities say the lake will remain open to hand launched vessels as weather permits. The closure is effective immediately. Boat ramps will reopen in the spring. For a list of additional closures around the state, click here.
PUBLIC INVITED TO TELECOM MEETING NEXT WEEK
The public is invited to join EAGLE-Net Alliance and other community leaders in an informational and planning session to review and plan for regional telecom infrastructure in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. The meeting is being held to discuss details of the planned EAGLE-Net project scheduled for 2012 and 2013. They will also address future regional telecom infrastructure planning, and identify long-term goals for improving broadband connectivity in the region. EAGLE-Net Alliance received a $100.6 million federal infrastructure grant, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program (BTOP) to build a Colorado statewide broadband network to all corners of the state. The meeting will take place Tuesday from 1 to 3 in the Conference Room of the Moffat County Courthouse. You’ll find an agenda for the meeting, as well as a link to more information about the EAGLE-Net project below.
GROUP SAYS OBAMA’S WIN MEANS THE STATE NEEDS TO PREPARE FOR OBAMACARE
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy says now that the election is over, Colorado should continue moving quickly with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The group says the law requires states to boost their Medicaid programs in 2014 by providing coverage to everyone who has income below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The development of the Exchange is well under way. Still, the Center says more work needs to be done in order for the Exchange to be up and running by the 2014 deadline.
KING SOOPERS/CITY MARKET RECALLS ICE CREAM
King Soopers and City Market are recalling ice cream because of concerns over pecan allergies. The recall involves Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla ice cream sold in several states including Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The federal Food and Drug Administration says people who are allergic to pecans could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat the ice cream. The recalled ice cream may contain pecans not listed on the label. It was sold in 48 fluid ounce cartons with a sale date of June 12, 2013, under the following UPC Code: 11110 50718.
In high school sports:
Little Snake River Valley plays against Dubois in the State Championship game. You can catch the game live on 55 Country with the pregame at 11:35 and the kick-off at noon. You can also listen online.