Glenwood Springs–Immigrant rights groups are up in arms over last weekend’s bust of known gang members at the Strawberry Days carnival in front of the Glenwood Springs Mall. Federal and local law enforcement officials say they arrested three men with active warrants who were linked to gang activity and were also in the country illegally. Contrary to some reports, no arrests took place on Father’s Day.

DENVER – Marathon Oil Co. has agreed to pay nearly $150,000
over a fluid spill near Parachute. The Colorado Oil and Gas
Conservation Commission is due to consider the settlement next
week. Commission staffers say about 31,600 barrels of flowback
fluid was released in late 2007 through January 2008.

MEEKER- The Colorado Division of Wildlife is
concerned about a sharp decline in mule-deer numbers surrounding
Meeker. Deer in that area are estimated to have declined from
somewhere between 75,000 and 85,000 in the early 2000s to 50,000 to
60,000 last year, marking what area wildlife manager Bill de Vergie
says is one of the lowest deer counts in 30 years.

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Labor is visiting western
Colorado to help former employees of the U.S. Atomic Energy
Commission’s Grand Junction Operations Office file for benefits.
The department says already 66 people who worked there have
received $8.3 million in compensation and medical benefits. This
spring, people who worked there for at least 250 days from 1943
through 1975 were added to a list of cancer sufferers who don’t
have to prove their illnesses were caused by on-the-job radiation
exposure before receiving compensation.