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recreational marijuana
10:37 am
Tue July 2, 2013

State sends down rules, regulations for marijuana retailers

Starting in January, recreational users in Colorado will be able to purchase marijuana from retailers.
Credit Flickr/Coleen Whitfield

Recreational pot users now know what to expect when marijuana retailers open their doors in 2014. Yesterday, Colorado state officials released details regarding the rules and regulations marijuana retailers must follow. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

Right now, it’s legal to grow and possess certain amounts of pot for recreational use, but you’re not going to find it on the shelves of your corner convenience store quite yet.

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gay marriage
11:07 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Supreme Court rulings bolster fight for same-sex marriage

Gay marriage supporters wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26th.
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On Wednesday (6-26-13), the US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act... a section that had denied certain federal benefits to same sex couples. The court said that language unconstitutionally discriminated against gays and lesbians. And the decision prompted strong reactions closer to home. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

Aspen’s gay community is celebrating after yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Todd Chamberlin is on the board of directors for Aspen Out, a group that provides support and services to gays and lesbians.

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Legal
10:02 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Court Battle over for Relatives of Lofgren Family

The Lofgren family of Denver died in 2008 when deadly carbon monoxide leaked into the Aspen vacation home they were staying in.
Credit Willian Hansen

 

A long running civil lawsuit filed by relatives of a family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at an Aspen vacation home has been resolved. In 2008, Parker and Caroline Lofgren and their young children Owen and Sophie died at a home east of town. Since then, relatives, including the kids’ grandparents, have been in and out of the courtroom. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

They sued several parties involved with building and maintaining the home. William Hansen is the family’s attorney.

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Immigration Scam
4:11 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Immigration Fraud Strikes Communities Across Colorado

Jennifer Smith is a Glenwood Springs-based immigration attorney who sees signs of notario fraud often. Her office aims to prevent it. Photo - Marci Krivonen

Immigration lawyers around Colorado are warning their clients of a special kind of fraud. Every time there’s a change in immigration law, or a potential change, notarios pop up. Notarios offer cheap services to those in the immigrant community, and make promises to get things like work permits and visas. In the end though, many immigrants end up scammed out of their money, sometimes deported or sent to jail. That’s what happened to Virginia Mancinas. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.
 

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Racist Gangs
10:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

211 Crew in the Valley

211 Tattoo
Credit Photo from the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups

The murder of Colorado’s head of corrections last month is being blamed on a member of the white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 Crew.  Police killed the suspect but a manhunt continues for another 211 member who remains at large and might be involved.  The gang was formed in the Denver County Jail in the 1990’s and since then some of it’s members have found their way to the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

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