9 local stories making headlines this week 

click to enlarge Now defunct Lazy Lion marijuana club owners face sentencing for not paying taxes. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Now defunct Lazy Lion marijuana club owners face sentencing for not paying taxes.

  1. Jim Reid has been named director of Colorado Springs' and El Paso County's Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. He'll earn $151,000 a year.
  2. Former Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran announced Feb. 24 she'll oppose Rep. Diana DeGette in the Democratic primary race next year.
  3. Owners of the defunct Lazy Lion marijuana club, Andrew and Shuntay Poarch, failed to pay $3,126,245 in federal taxes, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Feb. 20. Sentencing is set for May 22.
  4. Kenyon and Therese Jordan announced that the Feb. 20 issue of the Westside Pioneer would be the last. The newspaper began publishing Jan. 5, 2004.
  5. On March 14, El Paso County commissioners will consider appointing County Attorney Amy Folsom as county administrator to succeed Henry Yankowski, who's retiring.
  6. A bill to legalize supervised injection sites for illegal drugs has failed preemptively, Colorado Politics reports, thwarting a Denver City Council ordinance that would have allowed a pilot site.
  7. A bill preventing gay conversion therapy for minors passed the Colorado House with a vote of 42-20.
  8. The Independence Center will host an Assistance Animal Open House on March 4 from 2-4 p.m. to discuss legal rights and responsibilities associated with assistance animals.
  9. Denver voters will decide whether to decriminalize psilocybin, the substance naturally found in "magic mushrooms."



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