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Week In Review

Fire in Gypsum

While no one was injured in a tree fire in Gypsum last week, officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze. Firefighters worked quickly to quell the fire on Sunday afternoon.

Habitat Home dedication

Habitat for Humanity celebrated a home dedication ceremony Sunday to honor five new homeowners at the Stratton Flats neighborhood in Gypsum.

Habitat recognized these families for their successful partnership with Habitat to build their houses and celebrate their move-in milestones. Each of these five families contributed a minimum of 250 hours per adult family member toward construction.

Human remains unearthed

Work at a construction site in Vail stopped last week after an equipment operator found a human skull.

The skull was discovered by Joe Caldwell, a heavy equipment operator for United Companies. Caldwell said he stopped work immediately and contacted his supervisors and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Work at the construction site in Vail stopped just a bit after the discovery, and preliminary investigation uncovered another large bone. The sheriff’s office, the Eagle County Coroner, Vail Police Department, the Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are all participating in the investigation. The investigation will seek to determine the age and gender of the remains, as well as a cause and manner of death.

The investigation could take several days.

No fireworks in Glenwood

Glenwood Springs will have no community fireworks display this July 4 holiday, after two straight years of cancellations because of high fire danger and a decision last fall to reschedule the event as part of the wintertime Ski Spree celebration.

Although the fire danger is not nearly the concern this summer as it has been in recent years, Glenwood Springs City Council decided early on not to hold the traditional Independence Day fireworks display this summer. Council will likely consider paying for the February Ski Spree fireworks again when it discusses the 2015 city budget this fall.

Big marijuana?

At the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, the session titled “Is Big Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco?” sparked debate.

The two featured speakers — Ben Cort, of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation in Denver, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida — predicted that Colorado will rue the day it approved Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana use. They contended that big business already is moving in on Colorado’s marijuana business, and its marketing expertise will get kids and young adults hooked on weed.


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