Bennet, Gardner to introduce GorsuchWASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be introduced by the state’s U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet when his confirmation hearing opens Monday.
Judge Gorsuch is from Boulder and sits on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Democrat Bennet has not said whether he will support Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Donald Trump on Jan. 31.
Gardner is a Republican who has been supportive of Gorsuch’s nomination.
It is a longstanding tradition for a Supreme Court nominee to be introduced by the senators from his or her home state, regardless of party.
16 suspected in Denver-area pot growDENVER – Sixteen people have been accused of running a massive home-grown marijuana operation in the greater Denver area.
The Denver Post reported Friday that authorities say during some three years, the group used houses in Colorado Springs, Elbert County, Denver and elsewhere to cultivate marijuana and then make big-dollar deals to sell it in Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri.
Authorities began investigating the operation in August after investigators searched an Elizabeth property where they found more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana, which officials estimate is worth about $5 million.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler says this is the largest such case he has ever seen.
Authorities over the past year have been focusing on cracking down on marijuana being illegally grown in homes for out-of-state sale.
Good snow helps Aspen’s seasonASPEN – Good snow helped ski tourism rebound in Aspen in January and February though the number of visitors lagged behind the pace last winter.
Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle says lift-ticket sales and season-pass use soared in January.
Business hit a lull in February after the Winter X Games but overall has recovered since lack of snow caused ski season to start late last fall.
The Aspen Times reported business was down 10 percent in November and December.
Colorado Ski Country USA reports cumulative skier visits for its 22 member resorts were up 1 percent in January and February.
Skier visits to those resorts are down 2 percent for the season to date.