Tag Archives: Oregon

Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Banking Bill

MARIJUANA-300Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner yesterday joined Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon to introduce the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015, a bill to ensure that legal marijuana businesses can access banking services. Currently, marijuana businesses operating under Continue reading

Wildlife Guide Sentenced for Poaching

POACHING1A wildlife guide has been sentenced to 6 months home confinement, a $5,000 fine, 50 hours of community service and 3 years’ probation for illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats to make hunts easier for clients. Nicholaus Rodgers, of Shady Cove, Oregon, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, Continue reading

Gardner Co-Sponsors Bill to Legalize Hemp Growing

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Continue reading

Snowpack Better in Western Colorado than Other Areas of the Country

SNOWPACKSnowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates is only a little below normal, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West. Measurement stations in western Colorado showed the snowpack yesterday at 90 percent of the long-term average. By contrast, many Continue reading

Lawmakers Mulling Right-to-die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats are introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats from the House and Senate announced details of the proposal yesterday, Continue reading

Police Chiefs Wrap up Marijuana Training Conference

MARIJUANA-300The final day of of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police training conference on marijuana concluded last week with discussions of the Colorado marijuana industry perspective, the challenges of good data collection, and the importance of cross-collaboration with other public agencies. Discussions at the CACP’s Continue reading

Tribes Wary of Legalizing Pot

MARIJUANA-300Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of legalizing marijuana on tribal lands, even if the U.S. Justice Department says it’s OK. The department said Thursday that Indian tribes, which are considered sovereign nations, can grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for Continue reading

Semi Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash

whpIn the early morning hours of August 15th, a crash involving two vehicles occurred on Interstate 80, 14 miles east of Walcott Junction. A van being driven by 35 year old Peter Bernardini of Chicago was traveling in front of a semi, driven by 57 year old Aleksandr Barabin of Portland, Oregon. For an unknown Continue reading

Tipton Stresses Need for Public Input on Forest Plan

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed the need for legislation to require the Forest Service to collaborate with affected local communities on travel management plans before implementing the rules. During the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation legislative hearing, Tipton questioned witnesses on Continue reading

Cap and Trade Expected to be Big Part of New EPA Rules

EPA-300Experts believe Cap and Trade will be a big part of the EPA’s new emissions rules when they are revealed next month.  Administration insiders say President Obama plans to force cap and trade, something Americans rejected just a few years ago, through EPA rules and regulations.  The Wall Street Journal says Continue reading