Meth forces locked doors in Durango |

Meth forces locked doors in Durango

Allen Best

DURANGO ” Methamphetamine use continues to get into the headlines in Durango.

The Telegraph reports that people in the rural areas of La Plata County are locking their doors and leaving the lights on at night after a series of break-ins into cars and trucks.

Crime statistics show no significant increase in theft, assault and burglary during the past year, although the number of assaults had been rising dramatically for most of the last decade.

But Wally White, a county commissioner, believes that 85 percent of jail inmates are there for reasons either directly or indirectly related to use of methamphetamines.

“No other drug has caused these kind of broad-based problems,” he said.

For White, and others, the story is personal ” he’s locking his doors.

BANFF, Alberta – Plans to update the century-old infrastructure of two key blocks of the main street in Banff and spiff up the district in the process have hit a snag.

The bids on the sewer, water, and road work have come in at roughly double the budgeted price. The town had figured $11 million, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

TRUCKEE, Calif. ” Where do you put the double-A batteries from your digital camera when they’re out of juice? For most people, it’s straight to the trash.

But that is now an official no-no in Truckee and all other places in California. Effective Feb. 9, batteries as well as telephones, radios and microwave ovens must be disposed of as hazardous waste, which in fact they are.

What these and other banned items have in common are components made of mercury and other heavy metals. Even sanitary landfills can rupture, with the toxins leaking into underground water supplies.

The Sierra Sun reports that local officials are talking about creating convenient drop-off places for batteries and other such items at local stores and other collection areas. Other items banned from landfills include fluorescent lights and computer printers.

The new ban applies to small businesses and homes. The ban was first applied to large companies several years ago.

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