NEWS: Tuesday May 4, 2010

May 4th @ 6:37 am in News by Scott Staley

Last night about 50 people gathered to hear the annual Gunnison State of the River address by the Colorado River District. Andy Mueller, President of the Colorado River District Board of Directors spoke after the Front Range presentation saying the water tension between the Front Range and Western Slope is an ongoing battle but that in reality, it’s all the same water and cooperation on both sides is going to be needed to protect it in the entire state. All reports of the Gunnison State of the River meeting will be available at coloradoriverdistrict.org.
(Posted 6:37a)

The Grand Junction man accused of terminating his girlfriend’s pregnancy without her knowing was sentenced yesterday. NBC 11 News reports that Jared Ahlstrom was sentenced to five years for unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Ahlstrom confessed to giving his pregnant girlfriend an ulcer medication last year; his second try at terminating the baby. Colorado law classifies an abortion without a mother’s consent as a class 4 felony and it carries no mandatory sentencing.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:37a)

Colorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal to ask voters to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. KREX says prosecutors and Attorney General John Suthers have been urging lawmakers not to regulate dispensaries, arguing that will legitimize an industry they say wasn’t sanctioned under the medical marijuana law passed by voters in 2000.
Source: KREX (Posted 6:46a)

A federal judge has upheld approval of gas wells in parts of the southwestern Colorado mountains, rejecting arguments by environmentalists that the plan doesn’t adequately protect sensitive areas and wildlife. KJCT says environmental groups contend that federal agencies’ pledges to avoid old growth forests and protect key wildlife habitat and waterways on the public land have been ignored.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 6:33a)