The current administration wants to crack down on states like Colorado and 7 others including California, that have legalized recreational marijuana. It seems they’d like to stop the other 20 states from offering medicinal weed, too. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to undo Obama administration policies that made it possible for the states to do their own things regarding pot. Cannabis is already a billion-dollar industry in Colorado, and is expected to be much bigger than that in California. State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman urges Coloradoans not to “freak out” over the move, and Denver US Attorney Bob Troyer says his office isn’t going to change its approach to enforcing marijuana law at all. ublisher Henry Holt & Company has moved up publication of Michael Wolff’s new book about his year inside the Trump White House, “Fire & Fury,” to today instead of waiting ‘til Tuesday. Demand has been off the charts the last 36 hours or so, after excerpts of the book, in which former adviser Steve Bannon and others rip the President and his family for allegedly lacking smarts, got released. Trump has reportedly been in a rage, sending Bannon a “cease & desist” order for him not to make any disparaging comments, and has tried to get publication of the book stopped or delayed. None of that’s worked so far.
And the state Capitol in Denver was locked down briefly Thursday after a report of shots fired. Denver Police say nobody was hurt, but they were seen taking one man into custody outside the building. It wasn’t clear if that guy was linked to the shooting. Some witnesses told Denver reporters they saw 2 people shooting at each other, maybe as many as a dozen shots fired. One witness say he saw shots coming from a car.
The trial of Benjamin Weeks for allegedly robbing the Valero gas station in Carbondale last winter began Wednesday, with jury selection and opening statements. The Californian Weeks and his local cousin Benjamin Ameral are alleged to have committed the crime, then led authorities on a 2-day manhunt before getting caught in Basalt. Ameral pleaded guilty over the summer and has already started serving his 6-year prison term. Weeks is up on half a dozen charges, 4 of aggravated robbery, and 2 of menacing. He’s believed by the prosecution to have been the gunman. Weeks is also accused of a Las Vegas murder. Cashier Misael Ramos testified Thursday that he realized the robber with the gun wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Police also testified to finding the 9-millimeter handgun used in the crime, along with its bullets, in the crawl space under Ameral’s mother’s house.
Also in crime this week, 43-year-old civilian employee of the Air Force, Arkansan Jonah Woods, has been charged with felony assault. That’s for allegedly attacking a man he had an argument with on a RFTA bus in October. Doctors tell police the victim suffered serious injuries to his face in the incident. The charges against Woods, who turned himself in this week, include 2nd degree assault, and menacing. The Aspen Times reports Woods is an air traffic controller on the Little Rock Air Force Base.
Following up what we told you earlier in the week, The Aspen Daily News reports part of the gym at the Snowmass Recreation Center has been closed after a major water pipe break last weekend, but most of the center’s operating as normal. There’ve been some fears the entire wooden gym floor might have to be taken up and replaced, which could take months, but about half of it appears undamaged, and folks are using it. Contractors are going to help the town decide just how much repair needs to be done.
Today is the 33rd yearly Skier Appreciation day at Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs. That means you get a super skiing or riding deal… $20 lift tickets are available to everyone, and all the money goes to the United Way, Battlement To The Bells. And there’s a Superhero theme this year, so bring your costumes. We’ll be out there broadcasting from Sunlight after this news at 8, but you’re encouraged to head that way now. Sunlight’s Skier Appreciation Day is sponsored by United Companies, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there shortly, on The Mammoth!
The Nuggets host the Jazz tonight at 7…
After starting last night down 11-nothing, CU men’s basketball came all the way back, upsetting Number 4 Arizona State last night, 90 to 81 in overtime… tonight the Buff women visit the Lady Cougars of Washington State. Also last evening, Montana State’s Bobcats knocked off the UNC Bears in the Big Sky Conference, 76 to 64.
CSU’s teams both play Fresno State tomorrow… the women in California, the men in Fort Collins.
And with school back in session after the holidays, prep sports action is back too… Listen for the High School Sports Report in just a few minutes.