NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH

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CRAIG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST READING OF ANTI-POT ORDINANCE

MARIJUANA-300Last night, the Craig City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to keep retail marijuana businesses out of the city indefinitely.  Emotions ran high at the meeting as both council members and frustrated marijuana supporters in the audience argued personal values, as well as logistics.  Mayor Terry Carwile says the bottom line is that the city doesn’t want to be a guinea pig for new marijuana laws, and the litigation that may follow.  The city will instead follow the lead of a growing number of other municipalities that are taking a wait and see approach.  Carwile says it would be safe to assume the ordinance will pass its second reading at the next Council meeting.  He also says that, while the ordinance doesn’t have much of a chance of being repealed by the current council, future councils that may see wisdom in repealing it will be able to.

 

IOWA MAN DIES IN RIVER INCIDENT

YAMPA RIVERAn elderly Iowa man died after coming off his tube in the Yampa River in Steamboat yesterday.  The man was conscious and alert after he came out of the water, but emergency officials said that didn’t last long.  Shortly after making it out of the water, he passed out, and bystanders started administering CPR.  By the time emergency personnel arrived, the man had died.  It’s believed he may have had pre-existing medical issues.  His name hasn’t been released as officials are still attempting to notify next of kin.

 

STEAMBOAT ATHLETE FEATURED FOR OLYMPIC RUN

SNOWBOARDERA Steamboat teenager was featured on 9 News yesterday afternoon.  Arielle Gold is headed to Russia soon to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.  The story focused on Gold’s youth, including her love of snowboarding during the winter, and horse riding events in the off-season.  Gold and her brother are on the U.S. Snowboard Team, and Arielle has been finishing well.  She is ranked 2nd in the U.S. now and has her sights on Russia.

 

HICKENLOOPER ANNOUNCES BID FOR SECOND TERM

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300The state’s governor is following through on promises to seek another term. John Hickenlooper filed paperwork yesterday to run for governor.  The Democrat was elected in 2010 and has said many times he would run for a second term.  At least three Republicans have said they’ll try to challenge Hickenlooper. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Senator Greg Brophy and former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo are all interested in unseating Hickenlooper.  No Democrats are expected to challenge Hickenlooper next year.

 

REPUBLICAN CHALLENGERS BLAST GOVERNOR

REPUBLICANRepublicans who have expressed interest in running against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper are criticizing his record.  Yesterday in Pueblo, former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler criticized Hickenlooper for signing new gun restrictions, supporting an income tax increase for school funding that voters will consider in November, and indefinitely delaying the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap.  They spoke as part of a meet-and-greet and discussion with a radio station in an event hosted by the Pueblo County Republican Party. Tancredo and Republican state Senator Greg Brophy have formally announced their candidacies, but Gessler hasn’t officially entered the race.  Meanwhile, Hickenlooper launched a two-day tour of Colorado, beginning Tuesday in Eastern Plains communities. He visits southern Colorado today.

 

RMGO LAUNCHES ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN AGAINST MORSE

GUNThe Rocky Mountain Gun Owners have launched an advertising campaign against U.S. Senator John Morse.  Morse is facing a recall election due to his support for gun control.  The RMGO says their ads expose Morse for his views, and focus on Morse’s comment that citizen input into the legislative process is “toxic”.  Morse represents Colorado Springs, and so the ads will be focused in that area.  They link Morse to East Coast Liberals, who have been pushing gun control at the national level.  Dudley Brown, RMGO’s Executive Director, said “John Morse is more interested in taking marching orders from Michael Bloomberg than the input of the people of” his district.  A link to the ad has been provided below.

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Aurora man dies in crash on Coffee Pot Road

fatal-300GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – A 42-year-old Aurora man died Monday night after he drove off a steep cliff on Coffee Pot Road. The man’s name is being held pending notification of his family.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday, the Colorado State Patrol was notified of a crash on Coffee Pot Road, approximately nine miles from Colorado River Road. The man, the 2005 Ford pickup’s only occupant, was ejected in the crash and died on scene. The pickup fell nearly 120 feet off the dirt roadway.

It is unknown when the crash happened, and the cause is still under investigation.

Coffee Pot Road was shut down for about an hour and a half Tuesday while Big Steve’s Towing and Lucas Towing recovered the vehicle.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department, the Gypsum Fire Department, the Eagle County Ambulance District and the Vail Mountain Rescue Group responded to the scene along with the Colorado State Patrol.