COLORADO’S FIRST POT LICENSES ISSUED, 9 GO TO STEAMBOAT
Colorado has issued its first state licenses for stores hoping to sell recreational marijuana once those sales become legal on January 1st, some of which were issued in Steamboat. The state Marijuana Enforcement Division mailed out licenses to 136 marijuana stores yesterday. Those stores can sell pot to adults 21 years old and over if they’ve also received approval from local governments. Approximately 102 of the licenses went to stores in Denver. Two of those licenses went to stores in Steamboat. State officials also mailed licenses for 31 producers of marijuana-infused products, two of which went to stores in Steamboat, and 178 marijuana cultivation facilities, five of which were issued in Steamboat. Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
YVRA OFFERS TOURS AS PART OF MASTER PLAN
Yampa Valley Regional Airport is offering tours of the facility. Airport officials say the tours will provide a look into the fast-paced and complex operations of the airport. The tours are part of the facility’s 20-year Master Plan, which is essential to ensure eligibility and funding for capital improvements. Those funds are provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation Aeronautics. The Plan provides a comprehensive evaluation and blue print for future airport improvements to enhance safety and meet demand. Those that have recently passed through the airport are encouraged to take an online survey.
ATMOS OFFERS TIPS FOR AVOIDING CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Atmos Energy has issued a release reminding Northwest Colorado residents to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning this winter. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas That can cause severe illness or even death. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, and stop using the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected. Atmos offers these tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning…Do not let a vehicle run inside an attached garage without plenty of ventilation. Make sure chimneys and flues are clean. Do not use a gas oven as a heating source. Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters. Atmos also suggests that you install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of your house where bedrooms are located.
FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONTINUE IN UTAH
A federal judge has allowed gay marriage in Utah to continue. Judge Richard Shelby yesterday denied a request by the state that sought to halt gay marriage until the appeals process plays out. The same judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional. Utah lawyers are expected to ask a higher court to put the process on hold. The county clerk in Salt Lake City immediately began issuing licenses Friday, and hundreds more gay couples were lined up yesterday to get married. The ruling drew attention given Utah’s long-standing opposition to gay marriage and its position as headquarters for the Mormon church. Lawyers for the state are waging a legal battle on several fronts as they seek to stop the same-sex weddings.
WYOMING SHERIFF WARNS OF GREEN DOT CARD SCAM
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell issued an advisory yesterday concerning a new scam circulating by telephone throughout the county. It’s called the Green Dot Card Scam. Sheriff Rich Haskell says people receive a call from someone who identifies himself as a police officer, who sounds very official and even provides a bogus court docket number. The person tells the victim a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest and the fine needs to be paid quickly to avoid going to jail. He instructs the individual to purchase a Green Dot card, which is a legitimate, reloadable debit card, from Wal-Mart or other store, and use it to pay the fine and have the warrant cancelled. The caller provides a specific amount to be placed on the card. The caller also provides a phone number for the victim to call back once the card has been purchased. According to Haskell, the victim calls back, provides the Green Dot card number, and their money disappears. Green Dot debit card funds are virtually untraceable, which is why the scam is so popular with criminals. Officials emphasized that no police officer is going to call someone with an active warrant and tell them to put the necessary funds on a Green Dot card to pay off a fine. Another variation of this scam involves the caller telling victims that their utilities are about to be shut off due to an unpaid bill, which can be forestalled if they use a Green Dot card to square up their overdue account. Haskell recommends calling the utilities company or office yourself to confirm the situation.