The Daily Populous

Saturday April 13rd, 2019 day edition

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"This is a moment of progress," said Colorado House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, one of the legislation's four sponsors.

Additionally, a growing number of sheriffs in the state have vowed to ignore the law when it takes effect next year, calling it unconstitutional.

"How many judges are going to send all the sheriffs in Colorado who are standing up to this to jail?"

wondered Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell, who is among the sheriffs willing to choose jail over enforcement.

University of Denver law professor John Campbell said local law enforcement "can't choose not to enforce their state's law."

Garnett said sheriffs should enforce the new gun law, but wouldn't make a statement on enforcing immigration law.

Sheriff Reams acknowledged his risk of liability for ignoring a court-ordered gun seizure, but he's not worried. »

The Mysterious Death of Karen Silkwood

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On Nov. 13, 1974, union activist and plutonium-plant worker Karen Silkwood was found dead in what police ruled a single-car accident.

Shortly thereafter, Silkwood took a $4 per hour job as a metallography technician at the Cimarron plutonium plant operated by Kerr-McGee near Crescent, Oklahoma.

While at the plant, she joined the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union, who staged a strike at Cimarron not long after Silkwood began working there. »