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Trashy Colorado River rafter fined $2,500

An Alaska man has been ordered to pay almost $2,500 for a fine and court cost associated with federal prosecution for dumping refuse into the Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood in violation of his non-commercial private rafting trip permit.

Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries

The Obama administration took steps last week to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, but meeting the stricter emissions limits is expected to be costly, including for the Southwest states of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.