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ARCHIVED OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2011
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Archived December 2011
A 62-year-old Denver man and his 9-year-old son had not been seen since Dec. 9, until their bodies were found Saturday in a van parked along the Colorado River in Grand County. (Joey Bunch, Denver Post, Dec 20 11)

Incident involving off-duty Summit County deputy results in Park County internal affairs investigation (Mike Potter, The Flume, Dec 9 11)

Van Der Jagt said she has been working closely with Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener and that she has been endorsed by him and Undersheriff Monte Gore. (Debra Orecchio, The Flume, Dec 9 11)


The episode will feature the pistol Alferd Packer used to kill Shannon Bell and the scientific tests conducted on it to prove Packer's innocence. The air date will be Tuesday, December 13, 2011. (Museum of the West, Western Investigation Team)

One [study] in Georgia saw registration among African-Americans go up by about 31 percent in the 2008 election with people required to show ID (Dan Barker, Ft. Morgan Times, Dec 2 11)
Related: Sec. State Gessler eyeing cost savings

This week, a Boulder based group added Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner's name to a list of other county clerks it has filed a formal complaint against -- claiming they're violating voting rights. (Tim Ciesco. 11News, Nov 22 11)

Park County voters had only one issue on the ballot for yesterday's vote - an increase in State Tax for schools. They left no room for doubt, voting against the measure by more than 3 to 1. (Nov 2 11)

Hartsel Fire Chief Jay Hutcheson initially refused to sign a statement detailing a version of what happened to a fire board January 2011 executive session tape that has been the subject of a criminal investigation. (Tom Locke, The Flume, Oct 28 11)

Prior to the ballot's mailing, the elections department made several efforts to contact the inactive voters by sending them four separate notifications regarding their status. (Jack Minor, Greeley Gazette, Oct 14 11)

Incredibly strong winds that would be the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane struck Colorado's high country in the past 24 hours (Tony Hake, Weather Examiner, Nov 13 11)

Scott and Joy Springer, of Westcliffe, were traveling northbound on Highway 9 just south of Hartsel at 1 p.m. when their 2002 Dodge Ram hit an icy patch (Ryan Maye Handy, The Gazette, Nov 12 11)

PARK COUNTY TAKES EXTRA PAID HOLIDAY
Veterans Day falls on a Friday in 2011, which means that the county offices would be closed anyway on their extra weekly day off. In order to not miss the paid holiday, they have declared Thursday, November 10, 2011, as a second holiday and closed their offices. The emailed announcement to their mailing list was released on midnight last night. (Nov 10 11)

The biggest year-over-year decline was in Park County (down 8.6 percent). (Mark Harden, Denver Business Journal, Nov 8 11)

The Colorado Department of Public Safety, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Governorís Office of Homeland Security jointly announce a restructuring of the stateís homeland security programs last week. (Oct 20 11)

Archived November 2011
lawmakers will have to choose sides between a would-be election priesthood exempt from public oversight -- I'm referring to the county clerks -- and advocates for a fully open and accountable government. (Vincent Carroll, Denver Post, Oct 22 11)

The compliance order is in response to violations of state laws when the county stored cathode ray tube computer monitors and televisions and old vehicle tires outside, where they were exposed to the elements (Lynda James, The Flume, Oct 7 11)



The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled today that electronic images of voted ballots should be open for public inspection, provided the voter's identity cannot be discerned from the ballot. (Sara Burnett, The Denver Post, Sep 29 11)

SAGUACHE - The three-member Committee to Recall Melinda Myers announced Tuesday that volunteers have gathered 816 signatures ... 200 more than needed to move forward and set a date for the county clerk's recall election. (Teresa L. Benns, Valley Courier, Sep 27 11)

Archived October 2011
Dispose of your electronics for recycling at Burland ballfields on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Reasonable fees to recycle your old electronics. Organized by Recycle the Park. (Oct 3 11)

"Colorado law is clear that people need to be treated the same and protected from fraud. And a Colorado judge will decide the matter," said Richard Coolidge, public information officer for Gessler's office. (Sara Burnett, The Denver Post, Sep 27 11)
Related: Secretary Of State Sues Denver Over Mail Ballots
Related: "evidence of voter fraud is present in all 50 states"

The Colorado Press Association, the trade association for the state's newspapers, agrees ballots should be public records. "The public deserves access to voted ballots after elections are certified," said Samantha Johnston, the association's executive director. (Sara Burnett, The Denver Post, Sep 25 11)
Related: Carroll: Colorado's Besieged Clerks

The teen is suspected of starting the Meyer Ranch fire along U.S. Highway 285 near Conifer in April, which forced the evacuation of 80 homes before firefighters contained the 40-acre wildfire. (Joey Bunch, The Denver Post, Sep 22 11)

All three Park County commissioner district boundaries were changed at the Sept. 8 commissioners meeting... (Lynda James, The Flume, Sep 16 11)
Related: MAP OF PARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2011


This will allow buyers to bid from the comforts of their home or office regardless of weather and schedules." said Treasurer Michelle Miller. (Park County News Release only)

   
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