News for Thursday, October 7, 2010



Colorado municipalities choose their own medical marijuana destinies

Want a feel for the varied response to Colorado’s booming medical marijuana industry? Here in Northwest Colorado, the city of Steamboat Springs allowed three medical marijuana centers to operate after creating an ordinance to regulate them. Two dozen miles west, the town of Hayden approved an ordinance prohibiting them.

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Final tweaks under way on US 40 construction project in Steamboat

End of paving brings relief to businesses

Joe Kboudi isn’t ready to give a final verdict on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steam­­­­boat Springs, but he’s sure happy it’s done. Kboudi, the longtime owner of All That Jazz, has been a Lincoln Avenue retailer for 33 years.

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Growing Pains: Spotlight lands on Colorado, the medical marijuana leader

At the Medical Marijuana Business Alliance’s August networking meeting, Kush Magazine Publisher Michael Lerner said, "Colorado is so far ahead of the rest of the country in this industry, there is no second.” In Steamboat Springs, upcoming changes to the city's ordinance could allow more medical marijuana centers in town.

Yampa residents to vote about medical marijuana laws next year

The Town of Yampa will take the issue of medical marijuana to voters, possibly as soon as January. Yampa Town Board members made the decision during their meeting Wednesday night. Town Clerk Janet Ray said Thurs­­day that Town Board members still want to check on law enforcement issues and potential liability for the town before the election is official.

Steamboat shooting case goes to district court

Robert Cash scheduled to appear Nov. 2 on attempted murder charge

Robert Cash is scheduled to appear Nov. 2 in district court on an attempted murder charge. Lawyers called several Steamboat Springs Police De­­part­­ment detectives as witnesses during the preliminary hearing on Thursday, and a recording of a hospital-room interview with Rhonda Cash brought Robert Cash to tears.

On the Record for Oct. 7, 2010

On the Record for Oct. 7, 2010

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Candidates forum draws 60 in Hayden

County sheriff hopefuls again trade jabs

About 60 people attended a forum Wednesday night at the Routt County Fairgrounds Ex­­hibit Hall in Hayden at which 15 candidates spoke. Like other forums this election season, Routt County sheriff candidates Democrat Gary Wall and Republican Garrett Wiggins traded a few jabs.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend agenda: Bowling, politics & sleep

If you ask me, this weekend is made for catching up, sleeping in and making Halloween plans. We’re trying to figure out our costumes, and it’s a great weekend to start getting those together. But, if you want to get out of the house, there are a few options to allow you to do just that.

MCTA mulls lodging tax position

The Moffat County Tourism Association discussed Wednesday the possibility of taking a formal stance on the Craig City Council’s proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax. The MCTA board mulled the decision to support or oppose the tax at its regular monthly meeting, but made no official decision on the matter. However, the board reached a general consensus to remain neutral on the subject.

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Moffat County United Way kicks off annual donation campaign

The Moffat County United Way has kicked off its 2011 donation campaign, Executive Director Corrie Ponikvar said Wednesday. The annual campaign, which runs this year from Sept. 27 to Nov. 19, seeks to raise $485,000 for distribution among 75 to 80 nonprofit agencies within Moffat County. The Moffat County United Way receives most of its donations through workplaces, Ponikvar said. Typically, employees will contribute a small portion of their earnings from each pay period, and many employers will match those donations dollar for dollar.

DA seeking replacement investigator

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, is looking to replace the office’s chief investigator, but said she will take her time with the decision. Oldham will soon begin the process of replacing Joe DeAngelo, former chief investigator for the three-county district, who left for a position with Colorado State Attorney General’s office in Denver. DeAngelo’s last day with the DA’s office was Friday, and he begins work in his new position on Oct. 15.

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CMS football teams defeat Meeker, prepare for Steamboat

With their final game as members of the Craig Middle School football team days away, eighth-graders Tyler Davis and Miguel Cruz have mixed emotions. On one hand, they’re sad to see the end of an era. But, they’re also excited at the prospect of finishing their season undefeated.

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Swim Pool Task Force weighs options, seeks support for MCHS pool

Five members of the Swim Pool Task Force stood at the bottom of the pool at Moffat County High School. The pool was dry, but — without assistance from outside sources — the school district’s swim program might be underwater. “We thought it would be good to come down and let this committee assess the condition of the pool,” said Mike Taylor, facilities manager for Moffat County School District.

Craig Briefs: Humane Society seeks new members

The Humane Society of Moffat County is seeking new members and invites any interested to two events next week. The Humane Society’s monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for Oct. 7

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 a.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents about depression, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The presentation is open to the public. Call Ken Wergin at 824-4671.

Thompson family: Thanks for the support

To the editor: Gary Thompson and family have an overwhelming sense of appreciation for all who attended or contributed to the dinner that was held to raise money for Gary in September. We want to say an enormous thank you to both Cherie Blomquist and Peggy Ponikvar for organizing and putting on the dinner, as well as the entire staff at Sandrock Elementary.

Sports Briefs: MCHS soccer to play Battle Mountain

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team will play Battle Mountain today at 4 p.m. Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. The game is a crucial one for both teams, with their records each standing at 8-2 overall. MCHS’s Western Slope League record is 4-2, with one loss to Battle Mountain, whose league record is 6-1.

Editorial: Benefits outweigh dollars

Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commission are in the midst of negotiating the rental agreement for the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street. The editorial board contends that the benefits that come from having the police department in the same building as the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol are important to consider.

Routt County medical marijuana timeline

August 2009: Rocky Mountain Remedies and D and C Medical Marijuana and Therapeutic Massage open and agree to follow Steamboat Springs Police Department guidelines.

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Growing Pains: Entrepreneurs cash in on medical marijuana

Kevin Fisher and Ryan Fisher are building a medical marijuana empire, though it may not be obvious from their unassuming warehouse office in the industrial area west of downtown Steamboat Springs. The thirtysomethings have made Rocky Mountain Remedies one of the largest medical marijuana centers in Colorado.

Colorado medical marijuana centers capitalize on a variety of products

Smoking marijuana isn’t the only way to consume it. Colorado’s medical marijuana centers typically offer a variety of infused products, from baked goods to tinctures and just about everything in between.

Annie's Mailbox: Transgender child fed up with mother’s antics

Dear Annie: I’m a 23-year-old transsexual man, and my mother is actively sabotaging my life and transition. I came out to her six years ago, and despite my trying to keep the lines of conversation open, she has been making every effort to stop me. She has outed me to employers, which eventually resulted in me losing my job. I’ve spent the past six months attempting to find employment while living under her roof to save money.

Horoscope for Oct. 7

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This is an excellent time to weed out all those endeavors that have not lived up to your expectations. Don’t waste any more time on things that aren’t working out. It’s time to start anew. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Much more can be revealed from something that you’ve only been viewing from a limited level. If you’ll let them, your perceptions can be viable sources of information and inspiration.

Colorado House Bill 1284 highlights

Colorado House Bill 1284 was created to regulate the business side of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry.