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Week in review

Some of the 34 local residents detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this week had been convicted of sex, drug and weapons crimes, the agency said Wednesday.Twenty-two of the illegal immigrants arrested in the Roaring Fork Valley are from Mexico, nine are from El Salvador and three are from Honduras, ICE said in a news release.Twelve already have been returned to Mexico.ICE conducted the local crackdown Monday and Tuesday, as part of a longer, ongoing, nationwide initiative called “Operation Return to Sender.”Seven of those detained have criminal records. ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said sometimes immigrants who have permission to live in the United States lose their legal status when they are convicted of crimes, but are released and ICE isn’t notified.Some who committed crimes decades ago fall retroactively under a 1996 law that makes people eligible for deportation for certain crimes.Two of this week’s detainees previously had been deported and may be subject to federal prosecution. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported is committing a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Thirteen of the others picked up this week also had deportation orders.

A woman with publishing, marketing and chamber of commerce experience has been hired as Glenwood Springs’ next tourism marketing director.Kate Collins will begin her new job Oct. 16. She replaces Stephanie Keister, who stepped down after a little less than a year on the job to become the marketing director at Schmueser Gordon Meyer, a local engineering and surveying firm.Collins founded and served as publisher for Colorado Resort Publishing, a glossy magazine division of Colorado Mountain News Media. CMNM also owns other publications in the region including the Post Independent. The division publishes Aspen Philanthropist, Mountain House & Home, and the Summit Parade of Homes magazine.She previously served as regional marketing director for CMNM.The city of Glenwood Springs contracts with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association to do tourism marketing, using more than $500,000 a year generated by a lodging tax. That’s a lot of money for tourism marketing, Collins said.

Glenwood police are continuing to stake out hot spots and solicit leads as they attempt to stop a rash of vandalism this summer.Frustrated by the continuing outbreak, police chief Terry Wilson said anyone arrested can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law, to serve as a deterrence to others.”We’ve truly lost our sense of humor on this completely. So have people in the downtown area,” he said.Vandals have been marking structures with spray paint and permanent markers.”They’re hitting all the city parks, they’re hitting the pedestrian bridges, they’re hitting various places downtown. The parks are really getting slammed by it,” he said.Vandals also have been damaging soft drink machines and bathrooms in city parks, he said.

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