Glenwood Springs–An immigrant advocacy group is asking the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District to adopt a policy prohibiting school resource officers from working in conjunction with federal immigration authorities. District officials hope to discuss the matter with local police chiefs in the near future.

Glenwood Springs–A Latino man wanted for sexually assaulting a child is being sought by Garfield County Sheriff’s investigators. A nationwide arrest warrant is out for 24 year old Saul Barajas-Apolinar, also known as Oscar Garcia. Crime Stoppers of Garfield County is offering a reward for anonymous tips that lead to his capture.

Aspen–Colorado Mountain College says a student’s recent epileptic seizures in class have been disruptive. The school is asking her to consider dropping the classes.

Denver–The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing tougher rules dealing with the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing process. A public meeting was held in Denver yesterday.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – Colorado regulators are demanding that a uranium
mining company locate the source of uranium contamination that has
polluted water supplies for three water providers.
The health department says the water supplies for Denver Water,
Arvada and North Table Mountain are safe even though the water
contamination exceeds state standards. Regulators
ordered Cotter Corp. to build a bypass pipeline to protect water by
the end of January. The company is also being ordered to remove
contamination from water supplies.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A group studying the potential for using
beetle-killed trees and other biomass for energy in the Aspen area
says that using it locally for heat would probably work better than
using it for electricity. The Roaring Fork Biomass Consortium has been presenting its findings this week. John Bennett of For the Forest says there are about 6,000 tons of dry wood including trees and construction waste that available annually in the greater Roaring Fork Valley, including a stretch of
the Colorado River Valley from Gypsum to Rifle.
James Arnott of the Aspen Global Change Institute says the wood
can be burned in low oxygen to produce methane, which can be burned
for heat.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials said Wednesday more
illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of
listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses – including up to 16 deaths – in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.
The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and
the Food and Drug Administration said consumers who have
cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado should throw them
out. If they are not sure where the fruit is from, they shouldn’t
eat it. Neither the government nor Jensen Farms has supplied a list of
retailers who may have sold the fruit. Officials say consumers
should ask retailers about the origins of their cantaloupe. If they
still aren’t sure, they should get rid of it.
“If it’s not Jensen Farms, it’s OK to eat,” said Thomas
Frieden, director of the CDC. “But if you can’t confirm it’s not
Jensen Farms, then it’s best to throw it out.”

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