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States Moving to Ban Powdered Alcohol

palcoholStates are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called “Palcohol,” is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink. But Continue reading

Appearance of Edible Pot up for Discussion

MARIJUANA-300Marijuana regulators in Colorado have already tightened rules on popular forms of edible pot by requiring manufacturers to make it easier to tell how much of the drug consumers are eating. Now they’re writing new rules on what the products themselves look like. A third and possibly final workgroup meeting today is focused on Continue reading

State Struggling With Caregiver Rules

MARIJUANA-300Colorado has struggled for years to rein in medical marijuana caregivers. Now that the drug is legal for all adults over 21, the job isn’t getting any easier. A panel of lawmakers and regulators declined yesterday to endorse a proposed bill relating to new limits on the state’s medical marijuana framework, deemed a Continue reading

EPA Adds Hearings But Not in Moffat County

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to hold extra public hearings on its new carbon emissions rules, but none of those hearings will be in Moffat County, or any coal producing county.  Instead, the EPA will hold an extra day of hearings in each of the cities already on the schedule.  Hearings will now be in Continue reading

Hickenlooper Still Considering Special Session

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Lawmakers and groups with a stake in oil and gas development in Colorado have a draft bill from the governor’s office that seeks to find a compromise on local control rules for the booming fracking industry.  Governor John Hickenlooper will order a special legislative session if there is consensus on the proposal aimed at trying to stave off Continue reading

Colorado Lawmakers React to New EPA Rule

EPA-300Colorado lawmakers are split, mostly along party lines, when it comes to reactions to the EPA’s rollout of new carbon emission control measures yesterday.  Both Senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall praised the new rules as a victory in the fight against climate change.  The rules are expected to cost Americans Continue reading

Kinkaid to Talk Cap and Trade on Amy Oliver Show

John KinkaidMoffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid will be a guest on the Amy Oliver Show tomorrow morning.  The show is a conservative radio talk program in Greeley, and Oliver has been a featured guest speaker in Northwest Colorado.  Kinkaid says they will be discussing President Obama’s upcoming cap and trade system he plans to force on power plants in the U.S.  The president Continue reading

State Lawmakers Upset Over Treatment of Veterans

VETERANSColorado lawmakers are furious over the treatment of the nation’s veterans at Government hospitals around the country.  Mike Coffman says he has no faith at all in the entire system.  Recently, the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs has been accused of falsifying information to show that Continue reading

Hickenlooper Signs Bills

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor Hickenlooper has signed a couple more bills into law.  The first bill extends the ReHire program for an additional three years. Last year, Colorado lawmakers set aside $3.6 million to establish ReHire Colorado, a transitional jobs program that connects Coloradans who are ready to work with local employers by providing job training, wage assistance, and support services. The program targets veterans and low-income, low-skill Colorado workers who are unemployed or underemployed, helping them get off of public assistance and back into the workforce. The new law takes effect on August 6th.  The second bill expands the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools loan program. The program provides school districts with loans for wind, solar, or other energy efficiency projects. The projects help ensure that schools are efficient and conducive to learning. The law takes effect immediately.  Pictured: John Hickenlooper

Legislature Approves Pot and Tax Relief Bills Before Ending Session

MARIJUANA-300Banking for marijuana businesses in Colorado passed during the last day of legislative session, and lawmakers also approved property tax forgiveness for disaster victims.  The banking plan would create the world’s first financial system for the pot industry.  It will have co-ops acting as uninsured Continue reading