Craig Briefs: Medical marijuana OK for existing pot shop

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On Tuesday, Craig City Council voted, 6-2, in favor of approving a medical marijuana conditional license for Craig Apothecary. The council discussed the licensing at length, clarifying what power they had to approve or turn down the license.

“I’m not sure we have criteria to deny him,” said Sherman Romney, city contract attorney.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said that in the five years the dispensary has been in operation, it has never violated the law.

But council members still expressed conflict. Romney told them they could craft an ordinance to expand the criteria for licensing of medical marijuana facilities.

Council members Tony Bohrer and Kent Nielson were the members who voted against licensing.

“I felt like there wasn’t enough information there yet. I just felt like there was not clarity in there,” Bohrer said. They will have more information when the license is up for review again in September to make an educated decision, he said.

Shaun Hadley, the owner of Craig Apothecary, was glad to get his license, but he was frustrated by the two “no” votes.

“They were willing to take away my livelihood based on their personal beliefs,” he said.

Connections 4 Kids art show begins Thursday

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting its third annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show Thursday through Feb. 8 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

The show will feature more than 300 pieces of art created by Moffat County youths in preschool through high school. The show will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, including the times of downtown Craig’s Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8.

The show also will include free art workshops for children ages 4 to 18. The art workshops, led by community volunteers, are offered free to local children at the following times Feb. 8:

■ Mask-decorating — 10 to 11 a.m.

■ Ceramics painting — 11 a.m. to noon

■ Clay models — Noon to

1 p.m.

■ Print-making — 1 to 2 p.m.

Children may attend one art workshop each, and registration is not required. A parent or guardian must accompany all children ages 11 and younger.

At the art show, community members may vote by their monetary donations on their favorite pieces among 20 finalists in preschool through fifth grade. The top vote-getter will be featured on the cover of the 2014-15 Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will feature important dates, activities and ideas for families and will be distributed throughout Moffat County. The next top 12 vote-getters will each be placed on their own month, while the seven runners-up will be featured in a tiled fashion on the final month of the school year calendar.

Prints of the 20 finalist art pieces, on high-quality paper, will be available for sale for $25 each. Ornaments, which double as tabletop art, featuring miniature versions of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 finalist pieces on small easels will be for sale for $10 each.

Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate returns Feb. 8

The annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in downtown Craig.

Businesses along the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue will feature art works and chocolates galore for patrons strolling by, and people will be able to view the talents of local artists and sample some delicious confections.

This is the 19th year for the Art Walk and the eighth for Taste of Chocolate.

Tickets to participate in the sampling are $12 and are limited to 125 people. They can be purchased at The Kitchen Shop, KS Kreations and Favorite Things.

Pass the Keys: DUI enforcement increases

The Super Bowl is one of America’s most popular sporting events, when friends and family gather to enjoy football, food and likely a beer or two. This year’s game is expected to be bigger than ever for Coloradans, as the Denver Broncos represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. As the record-setting Broncos prepare to meet the Seattle Seahawks in MetLife Stadium, fans are planning their Super Bowl Sunday celebrations.

To keep fans safe, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies statewide — along with the National Football League, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coa-lition — have joined forces to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday. Increased enforcement will be in place from today through Monday to arrest impaired drivers, whether for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, prescription or illegal drugs.

According to CDOT, the Super Bowl is one time of the year when the number of DUI arrests increases. In 2013, 421 DUI arrests were made during Super Bowl weekend, a considerable increase from 2012, when 275 arrests were made. This is due in large part to increased enforcement, which will continue this year.

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