APRIL 10 saw a formal sod-turning ceremony for the TRAX light rail line in Salt Lake City. This followed the award of contracts by Utah Transit Authority on March 26 for conversion of the existing railway between the city centre and the southern suburb of Sandy (RG 10.96 p645). Carter-Burgess/Jacobson will provide construction management services worth around $4·9m. L B Foster Co is to supply special trackwork, CXT Inc will manufacture 45000 concrete sleepers and 24 pedestrian crossings, and Amcor Precast concrete level crossing panels. Gilbert Western Corp, a subsidiary of Kiewit Construction Group, was selected for the $29·3m contract for civil works on the railway corridor, but this was later rescinded and new bids were called for a decision on April 25.Further light rail plans have been unveiled in Colorado. Denver has selected a route for its third extension, running west from Auraria Campus along 13th Avenue to Simms Street, and then south to the Denver Federal Center, a major employment zone. Costing $255m, it would use the former Denver & Intermountain interurban corridor.Community leaders in the ski resort of Aspen are seeking federal funding for a $124m light rail line to carry visitors and workers along a 61 km route through the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs. Light rail is seen as the best solution to Aspen’s soaring population and visitor growth, which are bringing unmanageable traffic congestion and air pollution. o
NZ Herald 11 April 2017Family First Comment: When they talk about decriminalising marijuana, the flow-on effect is a green light to harder drugs. They go hand-in-hand. Remember that when groups like the Drug Foundation and the Greens say criminalisation doesn’t work. It will be chaos without the legal sanction. #saynopetodopeEastern District Police have made 12 arrests in a large meth and cannabis operation on the East Coast.Today officers concluded a 10 month operation to prevent the ongoing supply of methamphetamine and cannabis in Wairoa and Gisborne communities.The undercover operation, which started in June 2016, culminated today with search warrants executed at six properties in Wairoa, and one in Gisborne.Police said 12 people – male and female – have been arrested and between them are facing a combined total of over 100 charges, including possession for supply of methamphetamine and cannabis, supplying methamphetamine and cannabis and selling and manufacturing cannabis oil.Those arrested range in age from 20-60 years-old and will appear in Gisborne District Court tomorrow.Eight will have their bail opposed.As a result of today’s search warrants Police have also seized a sum of cash and cannabis from the addresses.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11836484Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.