NEWS: Monday September 20, 2010

Sep 20th @ 9:46 am in News by Scott Staley

The DREAM Act gets a reality check this week in the US Senate…and in Colorado, the futures of about 46-thousand young people will be affected by the decision. Under the DREAM Act, undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, who have lived here at least five years, could apply for permanent legal status by completing two years in college or the military. Democrats hope to pass the measure by attaching it to a defense authorization bill. Immigration attorney Mo Goldman says it makes sense to allow these young adults to stay in the US after investing in their elementary and high school educations. Critics of the DREAM Act say it amounts to a back-door amnesty program that could create an incentive for more families to cross the border illegally. Goldman says it’s unfair to punish kids who had no say in their parents’ actions…and whose only life is here in the US.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 9:20a)

Groundbreakings in Gunnison today! The public is invited to come celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Public Works Facility and the new Detention Center Facility today in Gunnsion.  The celebration for the Public Works Facility will begin at 10:00 am at the Gunnison Basin Industrial Park.  The celebration for the Detention Center will begin at 11:00 am at the corner of 14th Street and Bidwell Avenue.  Light refreshments will be served at both events.
Source: PSA    (Posted 9:20a)

Quick story recaps from Friday: Melissa Lockhart was sentenced to federal prison for being an accessory after the fact in the dragging death of “Buddy the Dog.” Lockhart, formerly of Fruita, was sentenced Friday to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison. Lockhart was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following her incarceration. Last December it was found that Steven Romero, Lockhart’s brother, dragged a stolen dog to death while it was attached to the back of his pickup truck in the Colorado National Monument. Romero was sentenced in July to 46 months in prison for his role in the dragging death of Buddy the Dog.
(Posted 9:45a)

And some residents in Olathe had their power knocked out for over an hour Friday morning after a light sport aircraft collided with powerlines. The Daily Press says that Kevin Kropf was flying in a Sky Trek aircraft and it’s parachute touched some powerlines in the Begonia Road area in Olathe. Kropf suffered moderate injuries and has been released from Delta County Memorial Hospital.
(Posted 9:45a)