NEWS: Tuesday January 26, 2010

Jan 26th @ 8:15 am in News by Scott Staley

The Olathe Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 2010-03 at last night’s regular meeting. The ordinance amends Title IV of the code of the Town of Olathe, concerning business regulation, by adding a new Chapter 4. The ordinance also amends Title IX of the code of the Town of Olathe (amending section 9-1-24-A), all concerning possession of medical marijuana. The ordinance passed unanimously 5-0 with Mayor Dan Kelso and Trustee Doyle James absent. Before the regular meeting, discussion regarding this ordinance was held during the work session. Owner of THC with TLC, William Hewitt, walked out of the meeting in disagreement with the fee the town is asking all caregivers in Olathe to pay, $3,000. A liquor license in Olathe runs only $1,500 and while Hewitt doesn’t want to be treated as a liquor store, he feels his fines shouldn’t be any higher, saying the town is against him and sick people. He wanted to hold one more meeting on the issue, saying he’d bring representation with him, but the trustees said they’ve devoted more than enough time on the issue (pushing the voting back two meetings). In the end, Mayor Pro-tem Ted Jiron said that they’re looking at long-term and not specifically at Hewitt’s business. The goal of the ordinance is simply to safeguard the public, the customers, and the owner of the dispensary.
(Posted 7:14a)

Last night was an exciting one for a Grand Junction family as they welcomed their new adoptive daughter from Haiti. KREX says 10-year-old Guerdie is now a part of the Yamagichi family and that she seemed right at home.  The family intends on letting her get acclimated before enrolling her into school.
Source: KREX (Posted 6:57a)

Ladies who are interested can join Senator Michael Bennet’s wife for a coffee idea-session from 8:30-9:30 tomorrow morning. The ladies-only event will be in the Telluride home of Lulu Hunt, Chairperson of Bennet’s San Miguel Election Steering Committee (793 Smuggler Ave.). The Telluride Watch reports that after the ladies-only meeting, Susan Daggett will meet with the public at the La Cocina restaurant (123 East Colorado Ave.) at 10:00am for a 45-minute meet and greet.  For more information call Lulu Hunt at 970-708-5335 or email her at luluhunt@msn.com.
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 6:55a)

There are more pupils are in Colorado public schools. According to the Denver Post, the state Department of Education says enrollment is up almost 2% this year for the second year in a row. The biggest jump this year was in 12th grade. Colorado has 2,631 more seniors than last year. This has also caused the increase in free and reduced lunches. Almost four in 10 students in Colorado schools are currently eligible for the free and reduced-price lunches, a poverty indicator. That up 3 percentage points from last year. Overall there are more than 832,000 students in Colorado public schools this year.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 6:56a)