Garfield County

Marijuana
11:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Garfield County commissioner "confused" by federal government's recreational pot stance

The federal government said it won't try and block new recreational marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington. The two states are the first to allow for recreational use of the drug.
Credit Flickr/Dave H

The federal government yesterday (Thurs., 8-29-13) said it won’t sue to stop recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. The news comes a little over a week after Garfield County commissioners voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in certain areas of the county. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke to one of the commissioners who voted in favor of the ban and filed this report.  

Garfield County Commissioner John Martin says the federal government’s latest stance on recreational marijuana has left him feeling somewhat confused.

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Affordable Housing
3:53 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Summit County Wants Act of Congress

Lake Hill Parcel, Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest.
Credit Office of Senator Mark Udall

Summit County is angling for an Act of Congress. Not just any act-- one that allows the County to buy a chunk of Forest Service land. The idea is to use it for affordable housing... an unusual plan in Colorado.

The next time you drive through Summit County on Interstate 70, look southeast, towards Dillon Dam Road and Dillon Reservoir. Forty acres there could become home for local residents. County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, a big supporter of the plan, says the land has “lost its forest character.”

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Garfield County
8:04 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Glenwood Springs Land Exchange Expands County Presence Downtown

In a land exchange between Garfield County and Valley View Hospital this building downtown will be conveyed to the County.
Credit Garfield County

Two of the largest employers in Glenwood Springs finalized a land swap yesterday, that’s been in the works for decades. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more on the exchange between Garfield County and Valley View Hospital.

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Energy
3:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Statewide Program Aims to Expand Compressed Natural Gas Use in Garfield County

Under a new federally-funded program called Refuel Colorado Fleets, nine counties will look to expand alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas, or CNG.
Credit Facebook/Refuel Colorado Fleets

Garfield County is one of nine Colorado counties chosen to participate in a program meant to expand alternative fuels. Refuel Colorado Fleets aims to power more vehicles with fuels like compressed natural gas. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Under the plan, a group of so-called “energy coaches” will connect businesses and government agencies with auto dealers, fuel providers and others in the transportation sector. It's in an effort to create an infrastructure for unconventional fuels.

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The Valley
2:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Garfield County Sheriff: Colorado Gun-Control Laws too Confusing to Enforce

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is part of a lawsuit that's seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed this year, by the state legislature.
Credit Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

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