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The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) arrested a man on Aug. 24 following an investigation.

After receiving information about an individual selling cocaine, marijuana, and prescription medication, TRIDENT agents arrested Steven Power, 33, of Aurora, Colo. He was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), a Class 4 Felony; Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), a Class 3 Felony; Violation of Restraining Order (for possession of a firearm) ; Failure to Signal as Required for Lane Change, a Traffic Infraction.

The charges carry sentences of up to 24 years in prison and fines as high as $750,000 if Powers is convicted.

The suspect was found to be in possession of a .45 caliber handgun, which is a violation of a judge’s restraining order from a prior case.

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that a study of water wells in the Pavillion, Wyoming area reveals the presents of “petroleum hydrocarbons and other chemical compounds” that “represents a drinking water concern.”

The agency has been testing water in the area around the small town after residents complained about foul smells and other problems, which they blamed on nearby gas drilling operations by the EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) company.

The EPA announcement, however, did not identify the gas wells as the source of the troublesome chemicals, which reportedly include benzene, a known carcinogen often associated with gas drilling, and methane, also often associated with drilling operations.

The EPA and the state are working with EnCana to provide drinkable water to affected residents.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is distributing $37 million in revenue from mineral development to counties, cities, towns and school districts across the state.

The payments announced Wednesday come from state taxes and royalties paid by mineral companies, including the state’s share from development on federal land. The money is intended to help communities address the impacts from mineral development.

The state distributed $80 million last year and $32 million in 2008. State officials say this year’s decrease is due largely to lower commodity prices, particularly natural gas. Colorado experienced record gas drilling rates before the recession.

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