NEWS: Wednesday May 5, 2010

May 5th @ 10:53 am in News by Scott Staley

Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) has landed a seat on the House Judiciary Committee just in time to help shape immigration reform legislation that may move this year. The Boulder freshman has worked hard to place himself as a player in the immigration debate, no small stretch for non-Hispanic lawmaker whose district is nowhere near the border. He’s given more than a dozen floor speeches on the issue and was an early co-sponsor last year of a sweeping reform bill known as “C.I.R. A.S.A.P.” – an acronym designed to suggest the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform.

His persistence finally paid off this week. After asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the assignment, she gave it to him Wednesday, putting him on the key panel that would normally shepherd immigration reform through the House. (A fast-track effort could potentially circumvent that process this year, but Judiciary Committee members would still likely have an outsized voice in the process.)

“Replacing our broken immigration system with one that works is one of my top priorities,” said Polis Thursday, following the appointment’s annoucement.

“This country should not have millions of people living and working here illegally; we must have a functional system that restores the rule of law and allows no illegal immigration. Being on the Judiciary Committee will allow me to bring Congress together to live up to our responsibility to address this important issue.”
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:58a)

Nearly $12 million of federal money will go toward expanding an information technology system to counties near Mesa County, allowing health care professionals to electronically track patient’s care.  According to the Daily Sentinel, the online patient database is through Quality Health Network. Western Colorado is one of 15 communities across the nation to receive a grant to further health care technology, with funds coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $220 million will be granted to all entities that received awards for the projects, called Health IT pilot projects. The grants are part of a $2 billion effort to create electronic health records for each person in the United States by 2014.  Quality Health Network expansion will include setting up or improving the electronic infrastructure in the counties of Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Pitkin, an area that includes 300,000 residents and a dozen hospitals.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 10:51a)

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department needs the public’s help to identify suspect(s) that damaged property. Between April 25th and April 26th unknown suspect(s) entered the field south of F Rd at 32 1/2 Rd and damaged heavy construction equipment. The suspect(s) cut several hydraulic lines, damaged the engines, and took several sets of keys to the equipment. The damage to the equipment is estimated at $10,000.00.
If you have any information on this crime or any other crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at
MCSO Case Number: 10L3410
Source: Press Release   (Posted 11:01a)