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Air show traffic jam blamed on contractor. By Greg Ruland Monday, October 12, 2015 Organizers of the Grand Junction Air Show placed the majority of the blame for Saturday’s hourslong Horizon Drive traffic jam on a contractor they declined to identify. Around 16,000 people descended on Grand Junction Regional Airport on Saturday — hundreds of them as early as 7 a.m. — surprising organizers of the popular air show and snarling traffic on Horizon Drive for most of the morning.

Reviews for pilots who performed at the first Grand Junction Air Show in three years were uniformly positive, but the Saturday morning traffic jam aggravated many who failed to anticipate the mess and found themselves trapped for more than an hour. Traffic was so knotted it took Lisa Bower, who lives near the intersection of Seventh Street and Orchard Avenue, one hour and 20 minutes to get from her home to the airport. “We got to the intersection of Horizon Drive and G Road by 9:30 a.m. The Grand Junction Air Show is operated by volunteers. Huge Colorado trash pile lands homeless man in prison. A federal magistrate judge sentenced a homeless man to six months in prison earlier this week after investigators say he dumped 8,500 pounds of trash in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Telluride Colo. Benjamin Yoho, 41, maintained a massive heap of litter in the forest from October 2014 to April 2015, report officials. With the help of 48 volunteers, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control airlifted over four tons of debris out of the forest by helicopter in May.

“This was no ordinary case of littering in the National Forest – this was full-scale trashing of the public lands and merited a term of incarceration,” Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement. Yoho was convicted and sentenced following a one-day trial in a US District Court in Durango Colo. San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters took to social media to show the problem. Colorado residents are not only upset about where Yoho littered – but also what he littered. Day Without Marijuana Tax Draws Mixed Reactions in Colorado. Photo DENVER — Some called it Christmas for stoners. Others warned of marijuana anarchy. Marijuana products across Colorado were nearly tax free on Wednesday — a one-time tax break forced by a quirk in the state Constitution. The break knocked away the state’s 10 percent tax on cannabis purchases — which is imposed on top of the existing state sales tax and any municipal taxes — and marijuana shops around the state spent months coordinating their distribution plans, advertising deep discounts in addition to the tax vacation and encouraging customers to start lining up at dawn.

“I’ve been saying ‘Happy holidays’ to everybody today,” said Mandie Farrow, 21, a dry cleaner employee who had just left the Grass Station, a shop that was offering 50 percent off on top of the tax break. She grinned as she waved her purchase — four grams of a marijuana concentrate stuffed in a white paper bag. “This holiday is off the charts,” said the guard, Kristian Adam, 47. Photo. Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows. Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged drivers” on the state’s roads.

They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first legal pot store opened in Washington state, the number of drivers in that state testing positive for pot jumped by a third. The problem with these criticisms is that we can test only for the presence of marijuana metabolites, not for inebriation. This isn’t an argument that pot wasn’t a factor in at least some of those accidents, either. Raw data from the Colorado Dept. of Transportation. Bomb Squad Robot Enters Aurora Theater Shooter's Booby-Trapped Apartment in Newly Released Video.

Newly released video shows the moment a bomb squad robot entered the apartment of Aurora, Colorado, theater gunman James Holmes, which was booby-trapped with over 20 bombs and incendiaries. After Holmes was apprehended behind the theater, where he opened fire three years ago during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," he told police about his booby-trapped apartment, according to Richard Orman, a senior deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado.

Five buildings surrounding Holmes' residence were then evacuated, and a remotely controlled Adams County Bomb Squad robot was sent into Holmes' apartment early in the morning of July 21, 2012, just a few hours after the shooting, Orman told ABC News. The Explosives and Incendiaries the Robot Found Upon Entry: A closer look from the bomb squad's robot camera also revealed dozens of black spheres with fuses all connected to each other and to pickle jars with liquid and bullets inside of them. Pitkin County commissioners OK Aspen airport plan to move forward. Rare photos of Colorado lynx captured by automated cameras.

Colorado researchers have captured photos of lynx as they prowl the San Juan Mountains. Using automated cameras mounted in trees, the researchers are studying where lynx live and how well they're doing. DENVER — Scores of fierce-looking lynx roam the remote Colorado high country, 16 years after they were reintroduced to the state. But the elusive animals are rarely seen or photographed. Now state researchers have captured photos of lynx as they prowl the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Using automated cameras mounted in trees, the researchers are studying where lynx live and how well they’re doing, said Eric Odell, manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s carnivore conservation program. Odell estimates 200 to 300 lynx live in Colorado but no one knows for sure. Some key questions about lynx and the monitoring program: Lynx are medium-size cats with delicately tufted ears, short tails and broad, kitten-like paws.

Counting lynx is expensive and labor-intensive. Pictures Show Bombs in Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes' Apartment. Newly-released images show more than 20 bombs in the booby-trapped apartment of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, who was sentenced last month to life behind bars. The 27-year-old used soda bottles and wires to rig his apartment with home-made explosives and incendiaries that had to be made safe by experts with the help of a robot. Buildings surrounding his suburban Denver apartment had to be evacuated in the hours after the July 21, 2012 shootings in which he opened fire during a midnight screening of Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people.

Holmes was formally sentenced on Aug. 27 to one life term in jail for each victim, plus 3,318 years for the attempted murder of dozens of others. He was convicted after the trial judge rejected his insanity plea. With the trial over, prosecutors released some of the evidence including photos that showed how the apartment was to kill by exploding and catching fire. Related: Survivors, Loved Ones Welcome James Holmes Convictions. Historic Colo. properties added to national, state register. LOVELAND - The Downtown Loveland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places and two historic homes have been added to the State Register of Historic Properties.

The National Register, which is managed by the National Park Service, seeks to identify, evaluate and protect the country's historic and archaeological resources. History Colorado's Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation works with the park service to document and preserve these properties. The Downtown Loveland Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places, was developed in 1877 as a railroad town and was a key stopping point on the Colorado and Central Railroad line. The railroad started Loveland's initial economic growth, but the town grew further when the Great Western Sugar Factory opened in 1901, which sparked the sugar beet industry in northern Colorado.

Buildings from 1878 to 1965 and today showcase the architectural evolution of downtown Loveland. Colorado's Marijuana Revenue Is So High, The State Has To Give Residents Money Back - Counter Current News. Colorado has collected so much marijuana tax revenue since the plant was legalized, that now a state law may return some of the overall tax money collected directly into residents’ pockets. The Colorado state constitution puts a limit on how much tax money they are legally allowed to collect. Colorado has brought in so much that the state actually has to give some of the revenue back. That means that the $50 million in recreational pot revenue collected in the first year alone of legalization is going to tip the scales of legality itself, and require some of the money to be given back.

This has put law-makers and politicians in a bit of an awkward situation, as neither Republicans nor Democrats want to give any of the money collected back. “I think it’s appropriate that we keep the money for marijuana that the voters said that we should,” Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said. “This is a little bit of a different animal. “It’s just absurd,” Democratic state Sen. Colorado is one of the strictest states for high-risk drivers.