DENVER, Colo. - After almost 16 months of legalized recreational marijuana, Denver has more licensed dispensaries to sell pot than it has Starbucks, 7-11s and McDonalds combined, according to Denver Police Department Lt. James Henning, who oversees the department's marijuana team.
"So that presents a lot of issues," Henning said.
Colorado began regulating a portion of its medical marijuana market in 2009, and in January 2014, the state implemented legalized recreational marijuana - which voters OK'd in November 2012.
ST. THOMAS - Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty had some good news about increased airlift to the territory, including that Delta Air Lines has decided to return to St. Croix next season with a regular weekly flight.
"They reconfirmed with us that they would be returning the flight to St. Croix for the winter 2015-2016 season," she said.
The V.I. government had taken a big risk last year, entering into a special agreement with Delta Air Lines to put up cash if the flight lost money over a six-month period.
ST. THOMAS - A spokeswoman for American Airlines said flights leaving St. Thomas may be facing weather delays, slowdowns and the chance of being diverted due to high travel volume in the near future.
The comments came after flight 808 of the combined American Airlines-U.S. Airways left St. Thomas on Wednesday afternoon but almost immediately was diverted to Puerto Rico for refueling.
"This is a short-term issue. It has to do with weather in route and weather at the final destination," said Victoria Lupica, an American Airlines spokeswoman in Philadelphia. "They're very well aware of it. It's air traffic and weather," causing the aircraft to have to divert.
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority is pushing to get the Finch Cargo Terminal, known as the Molasses Pier, "shovel ready" so the agency can apply for a federal grant to fund the project's construction.
At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Port Authority board approved a $163,548 contract to Atkins to complete the design phase of the cargo pier project.
Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said the designs for the project are about 90 percent complete, but the project has been dormant since 2008.
A car barge collided with a charter vessel just off Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda early Thursday morning, although details still are sketchy.
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force spokeswoman Diane Drayton said the barge ran into the passenger vessel Talofa and the accident is under investigation.
"Six passengers and two crew members were on board the vessel. No injuries were reported on either vessel. Police are presently investigating the cause of the collision," Drayton said.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp has made appointments to fill four seats on the V.I. Taxicab Commission and four seats on the Public Employees Relations Board.
On the Taxicab Commission, the following people will join the board for a term of three years:
- Melbourne Adams as the Law Enforcement representative, serving for the St. Croix District.
- Rashida Daniels as Taxi Operator representative, serving for the St. Croix District.