Ex-Raider Fargas seeking fresh start with Broncos

Raiders running back Justin Fargas signed Wednesday with the Broncos, hoping to return to his 2007 form, when he rushed for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns. Fargas totaled 3,369 yards rushing in seven seasons with Oakland. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Bill Ritter and energy companies on Tuesday unveiled deals aimed at minimizing harm to wildlife from oil and gas drilling across 554 square miles of western Colorado.

The deals negotiated over the past 18 months will allow the state to streamline the permitting process for companies that choose to take wildlife protection into consideration before drilling begins.

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