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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Over the past four weeks, Glenwood Springs police have investigated more than 15 vehicle trespass reports in south Glenwood Springs.

The incidents appear to be happening in the late night or early morning hours, mainly involving unlocked motor vehicles. Items taken include electronic devices and cash.

“Indications are that the entry into the vehicles and thefts have been done quickly and quietly, with a number of vehicles rifled through with nothing found missing,” said Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

These crimes have been centered in the Park East, Glenwood Park, Park West and Cardiff Glen neighborhoods.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department is advising all vehicle owners to make sure not to leave anything of value in their vehicles, to lock their cars at night and to arm their car alarms.

If anyone sees or hears suspicious activity during the late night hours, or has information about these crimes, please contact the police department immediately at 384-6500.

Two members of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board of trustees pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the marking of a trail leading onto a parcel that is the subject of a controversial land swap.

Anne Rickenbaugh and Hawk Greenway appeared in Federal Court in Grand Junction, represented by local attorney Rick Neiley, Rickenbaugh said. Neiley is a former member of the open space board. A two-day trial is scheduled in March, she said.

The duo, acting as private citizens rather than in their capacity as open space board members, mapped out a route onto Bureau of Land Management property at the base of Mount Sopris near Carbondale last summer. Their goal was to determine if a public route existed to facilitate visits to property that would be privatized in a proposed land swap with wealthy landowners Leslie and Abigail Wexner. Ultimately, directions and GPS coordinates were circulated to guide members of the public interested in visiting the land.

The proposed swap is currently under BLM review.

A well-used trail follows most of the route, but there were attempts to mark it in some areas by erecting cairns and flagging trees. Some vegetation was trimmed, as well.

The U.S. Forest Service issued citations to both Rickenbaugh and Greenway for two separate infractions related to the efforts.

Both Rickenbaugh and Greenway said early on that they would not simply pay the fines, totaling $850 apiece, but opt for their day in court.

Recreational marijuana: An article in the Nov. 15 Post Independent referencing the possibility for local jurisdictions to enact a prohibition on commercial marijuana facilities under the new voter-approved Amendment 64 contained an error.

Amendment 64 permits counties to prohibit the operation of commercial facilities, including marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores, either through the enactment of an ordinance or by referring the question to voters. If the prohibition occurs by ordinance, it may occur at any time, according to Garfield County Assistant Attorney Carey Gagnon. Only if the prohibition question is referred to the voters does a ban have to wait until November 2014.

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