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A motorist driving on Highway 6 near Canyon Creek at 3 a.m. on Wednesday was stopped by a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy for failing to dim his vehicle’s headlights.During the traffic stop, the deputy allegedly found alcohol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and issued summons to the four occupants.Driver Kolter Blaine Ward, 19, of Glenwood Springs, was ticketed for failure to dim the headlights, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Winston Blaine Brewer, 19, of Glenwood Springs was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia, and passenger Justin Lee Kopernick, 19, of Glenwood Springs was summoned for underage possession of alcohol.

Attorneys from Aspen and New York City on Thursday filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Antero Resources and subcontractors Frontier Drilling and Calfrac Well Services, claiming that gas drilling activities on Silt Mesa drove a family from their home.New York attorney Marc Bern said more suits will be filed in the coming weeks, including potentially a class action suit demanding medical monitoring of plaintiffs’ families to determine if they are harmed by the nearby drilling.The Silt Mesa suit was filed Thursday in Denver District Court on behalf of the Strudley family, who earlier this year moved to another part of the county to get away from the drilling activities.The suit seeks damages to cover the family’s health monitoring and medical costs.Bern, of the law firm Napoli Bern Ripka & Associates, said while Colorado law forbids plaintiffs to name how much money they are seeking in damages, “I can tell you this. We believe that the damages are in excess of several million dollars.”Antero Resources officials did not respond to calls for comment.- Associated Press contributed to this report.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on medical marijuana and its impact on youth at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium.Also slated to be on the panel will be Dr. Abraham Nussbaum of the Denver Health Medical Center, YouthZone senior counselor Kerri Cheney, Glenwood Springs High School assistant principal Gayla Rowe, and local school resource officer Brian Larison. The moderator will be former GSHS principal Mike Wells.The panel discussion is being presented by the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education and the DECA Club from GSHS.It is intended to inform and promote communication among parents, students and community members about the effects of marijuana on young people, said school board member Myles Rovig.


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