NEWS: Monday February 1, 2010

Feb 1st @ 1:55 pm in News by Scott Staley

Four local law enforcement agencies and the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office are teaming up to combat auto theft in Mesa County, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The $245,000 grant will be shared between the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department, and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office to create the Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT), which will address the growing number of auto theft cases in our area.  Mesa County has the 10th highest number of auto thefts in the state.  From 2000 to 2008 the theft rate in the 21st Judicial District, which represents Mesa County, has increased from 1.18% to 2.39% of all auto thefts in Colorado.

Cooperation across jurisdictions is the key to combating today’s highly mobile auto theft suspects.  The combined efforts that lead to the formation of the WCATT is part of an overwhelming consensus that a cooperative effort among all the agencies in Mesa County is needed to make a substantial impact and make the most of limited resources.  The grant money will be used, among other things, to pay overtime for officers, buy equipment to proactively combat auto theft, and to train officers in the latest investigation techniques.  Community education programs will also teach the public how to protect themselves.  A total of 6 people, with representatives from each agency, will make up the WCATT.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 1:06p)

The Bureau of Land Management in Montrose and the Southwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council has extended its call for members of the public interested in serving on an advisory group for the Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan.  Participants will serve as a subgroup under the Southwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC), with representation from all of the diverse interests within the field office.  Nominations for the subgroup will be accepted through February 12, 2010.
Specifically, the RAC is seeking the following:

•        Three members who represent commercial uses or users such as livestock grazing, timber production, mining, oil and gas, realty/rights-of-ways, off-highway vehicle groups and commercial recreation such as guides and outfitters.
•        Three members who represent environmental organizations, historic/cultural interests, wildlife and other conservation organizations, and dispersed/general recreation users.

Members should also be residents of communities that lie within the Uncompahgre Field Office area, including Delta, Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray and the North Fork of the Gunnison in Gunnison County.

The subgroup will provide feedback to the Southwest RAC about the formulation of the Field Office’s Resource Management Plan. The subgroup will meet about once a month starting in  April 2010.

Please submit a  nomination form to the Bureau of Land Management, 2465 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose, Colorado 81401 by February 12, 2010.   Forms can be found at:  http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/swrac.html. Reference letters are encouraged from supporting organizations and individuals.  Individuals that applied in November will be fully considered and need not reapply.  For additional information, call Barb Sharrow, Field Manager, or Bruce Krickbaum, Planner at 970-240-5300.

For more information on Colorado RACs, go to http://www.blm.gov/rac/co/co_index.htm.
Source: PSA   (Posted 1:04p)

The Senate has passed a bill preventing recreational pot users from skirting the law to obtain medical marijuana. NBC 11 News reports that the Senate voted 34-1 today to back Senate Bill 109. It would bar doctors from writing recommendations inside dispensaries that sell medical marijuana.  It requires that doctors review a person’s medical history and give them a full exam before recommending that they become a legal user of medical marijuana.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 12:54p)