Hot Sulphur Springs–The Colorado River Cooperative Agreement was signed yesterday during a ceremony in Hot Sulphur Springs. Governor John Hickenlooper was on hand for the signing that marked a new era of collaboration between Denver Water and the Western Slope.

Basalt/Denver–The Basalt woman who was about to be deported back to her native Mexico was reunited with her family. Norma Gonzalez, who’s lived in the valley for over 20 years and raised a family, was taken into custody recently by federal immigration authorities. Last Friday, after pressure from her attorney and immigrant rights groups, ICE granted Gonzalez a one year deportation delay.

DENVER (AP) – It’s another session ending for Colorado
lawmakers, and they finish Wednesday with little to show for
returning to work. The Legislature convened its first special session since 2006 just two days ago. Lawmakers were called back to Denver by
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who wanted them to reconsider a
civil unions measure for same-sex couples.
But the civil unions proposal failed in a Republican House
committee, and many of the additional bills Hickenlooper asked
lawmakers to consider perished, too.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A wildfire in northern Colorado has
grown to nearly 1,000 acres and left a firefighter with minor
injuries. The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday that the blaze northwest
of Fort Collins was caused by humans and the investigation is
continuing. About 200 firefighters are now fighting the blaze,
which is only about 5 percent contained.
Calls were made to 160 phones telling residents to prepare to
leave, just in case. The fire is within a quarter mile of some
homes. Forecasters also issued a red flag fire warning Wednesday
for the eastern plains. In western Colorado, firefighters expected to have a 170-acre fire between Delta and Whitewater fully contained sometime Friday. It was 80 percent contained Tuesday. That fire was started by
lightning. No structures are threatened.

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