ARCHIVED APRIL - JUNE 2010
(Archived date is not publication date)
Archived Jun 2010
The Park County Sheriff's Office says hiker Tim Holt was reported missing around 6 p.m. Tuesday after being last seen near Kenosha Pass.
(Dan Boniface, 9News, Jun 30 10)
Park County District 3 commissioner candidate Monica Jones has secured a spot on the general election ballot on Nov. 2
(Mike Potter, Flume, Jun 18 10)
Crushes 100 Mile Course in 6:36
JHK Twitter: "Bailey Hundo was 5 hours of awesome followed by 1h36 of gnarly suffering. Satisfying victory."
(Jun 19 10)
The Elk Creek Fire District's recent decision to pay volunteer Chief Bill Dolan an annual salary has resurrected a controversy
(Barbara Ford, High Timber Times, Jun 14 10)
The Elk Creek board voted 5-0 to change Dolan’s post to a paid position at its regular meeting May 13.
(Barbara Ford, High Timber Times, May 24 10)
Board Votes To Pay Elk Creek Chief: New Members Denied Opportunity To Vote
During the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign, law enforcement agencies are using federal grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation
(May 24 10)
On Friday, February 26, 2010, the Park County Sheriff's Office declined to accept a crime-related written statement from Denver Officer Michael Graves, Graves said in an interview with the Bulletin.
(Mar 03 10) (Update: March 5, 2010)
Update: More bad news. The commissioners decided to show their disdain for the taxpayers again and put last minute changes on their Wednesday agenda only to hang it on their own door. Talk about your "hidden agenda." (Apr 7 10)
A Hartsel couple have pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing bobcats and selling their pelts to buyers in Montana and Kansas.
(Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post, Jun 3 10)
WAGNER RETAINS SOME CATTLE, SEIZED TO BE SOLD TODAY
Hartsel area rancher Vernon E. Wagner will retain control of most of the cattle in his care, but animals seized earlier will be sold under a May 21 Park County District Court order.
(Mike Potter, Flume, May 28 10)
Park County Cattle Rancher Found To Be An "Unfit Owner"
Park County Rancher Can Keep Remaining Cattle, Judge Rules
Salida Hosts Starving Cattle Seized From Ranch In South Park<
PARK CO ELECTED OFFICIALS/DEPT HEADS DISCUSSED BUDGET CUTS
Will all departments be forced to cut back to make up for a reported overrun in Sheriff's spending? Despite huge decreases in revenues and inmates, jail continues spending at unexplained increasing levels.
(Developing from record of Wednesday proceedings)
LATE NOTICE: UNPUBLISHED TUESDAY MEETING FOR BOCC AT FIRE HOUSE
BOCC set up a meeting for Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at North-West Fire District on US 285
(This was originally published as an item for the Wednesday work session at the BOCC, but was marked CANCELLED on the website agenda for last Wednesday. Neither the commissioners nor the sheriff indicated that it would be held the day before the normal work session, Tuesday, at another location not normally used for commissioner meetings, the fire house. The Tuesday agenda never showed up with the other agendas published on the county's website.)
The meeting was not put on the agenda list on the county website
Agenda topics: Discussion with Sheriff on Jail and Discussion with Building Department
intensive DUI crackdown that starts Memorial Weekend and continues through Labor Day.
(CSP/CDOT, May 27 10)
Fire Board Candidate Rebecca (Becky) Van Hout has secured financial reports - disbursement journals - from the fire district for two months of 2010.
(Forum Discussion and documents, Apr 22 10)
When called for the last date to file to run for the board, one prospective candidate said she was told it was March 2 - too late to file.
(From Mar 2 10)
Platte Canyon Election Changed Last Minute (The Flume)
(Opinions in the forum are not those of the Bulletin but expressed by private members of the Park County Colorado Community Opinion Forum and Bulletin Board.)
Jones said that she requested the second bill under open records from Park County Finance Director Kathy Boyce. The total of charges on the newly-released December bill is $234,458.61.
(Mar 30 10)
New Candidate Objects To $673,466.08 unidentified County Credit Card Payments
Related from 2008:Commissioners Report $139,654 As 'Miscellaneous Expense'
The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding those who place campaign, real estate, sales or any other sign in state right of way: this is unsafe and illegal.
(CDOT, May 13 10)
The Park County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded two Humvee’s as part of the Colorado Department of Defense...
(PCSO Press Release, May 10 10)
Note: This is not a story supported by interview or documentation and is only presented as the Sheriff's Office version of facts. The Sheriff never returned our calls for comment on the
Park County Sheriff's Office Rejects Officer Report story from March so we have no subsequent interviews or evidence to support any news release issued by the Park County Sheriff.
Park County is changing the way it discloses purchases made on county credit cards after concern was raised about a lack of transparency.
(Mike Potter, The Flume, Apr 30 10)
MEMO: COMMISSIONERS POSTED "NO MEETING" FOR WEDNESDAY RECENTLY BUT CAME IN AND HELD ONE ANYWAY
per unnamed source close to administration office, commissioners ignore open meetings laws on a frequent basis, effectively blocking the public from seeing what they are doing
Governor Ritter's desk holds a bill from the Colorado legislature that will allow sex offenders to choose their own treatment. To request more information or to contact Governor Ritter to urge Veto: Phone (303) 866-2471, Fax (303) 866-2003 (Subject to Veto)
(Time-Sensitive Action Item)
Related: Bill Allows Sex Offenders To Pick Own Program (Rick Sallinger, CBS4 News, May 16 10)
Colorado activists on the right and the left looking to upend the political establishment notched wins this weekend at statewide party assemblies. (Maes, Buck, Romanoff upsets.)
(Stephanie Simon, Wall Street Journal, May 24 10)
Seventeen candidates for 5 county offices and 3 fire board seats gathered in front of a standing-room-only crowd on Tuesday night, April 20, 2010, in the fire department's Crow Hill building used for this event.
(Apr 22 10)
Archived May 2010
CONSIDERATION OF AMBULANCE LICENSES FOR PLATTE CANYON FIRE DISTRICT
CONSIDERATION OF OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT (Building?)
added late to Thursday May 20 BOCC agenda
When the Park County website was rebuilt, many documents, budgets and financial statements were eliminated from the site's history. The Park County Bulletin has republished these documents and updated our links. Please see below for any documents followed by (Republished) to view documents previously unavailable from the county. Please report any broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNTY DOCUMENTS REPUBLISHED
MINNIS HEADS RE-2 SCHOOLS
Rebecca "Becky" Minnis of Nathrop and former Salida Middle School principal was unanimously named superintendent of Park County Re-2 School District in Fairplay May 10.
(Cassandra Brooks Special to The Flume, May 14 10)
JONATHAN WHITE FILES ELECTION COMPLAINTS
Jonathan White, a 2006 Chaffee County Sheriff candidate, filed complaints April 21 related to that election with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado asking for a jury trial.
(Arlene Shovald, Mountain Mail, May 12 10)
The U.S. Forest Service – (PSICC) will have various campgrounds opening later in the season due to some late heavy spring snows.
(USFS, May 06 10)
Louise Peterson has contributed a work titled High Four for SculptureWalk
(Jed Anderson, Castlegar News, May 5 10)
A bill that would have blocked public access to material used to prepare the “Blue Book” for Colorado voters was killed Wednesday
(Coloradoan, May 5 10)
Related: Timing of 'Blue Book' legislation is suspect
NOTE ON VOTE COUNT CORRECTION:
VAN HOUT VOTE COUNT WAS 52, NOT 25
Total number reported in error in the Flume story
Incumbents win, taxes lose.
(The Flume, May 4 10)
District tax dollars have been embezzled by a former bookkeeper and otherwise gone missing. Still, Bjorklund feels put out... At the Platte Canyon Fire District in Bailey, Becky Van Hout has a novel approach to nabbing records she says the agency won't turn over: She's running for its board.
(Susan Greene, Denver Post, May 2 10)
Are you a parent of a new or young driver?
(CSP, Apr 27 10)
WWI MEMORIAL CROSS TORN DOWN BY VANDALS
Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to protect the Mojave Desert War Memorial, vandals, in the dark of night on Sunday, May 9, tore down the seven-foot-tall monument that stood bolted for more than 75-years atop Sunrise Rock honoring our nation's war dead.
(Liberty Institute, May 11 10)
On April 19, 75,000 rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) will be launched for an estimated 22 million dollars
(HCCC News, Apr 8 10)
According to deputies, the chemical is not very toxic, but there is concern it could get into the water at Four Mile Creek.
(9News.com, May 6 10)
(Editor Note: according to CDOT, Highway 9 is reopened with alternating traffic as of 10:26 a.m.)
Truck Rolls In Park County, Co. Highway 9 Shut Down
Many residents in the Conifer area in the foothills were out of their homes all afternoon Tuesday after the outbreak of a wildfire
(CBS4, May 4 10)
WILDLAND FIRE BREAKS OUT SOUTH OF 285
It is believed the fire started from a downed power line and is moving in a westerly direction.
(Barbara Ford, High Timber Times, May 4 10)
WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVAC NEAR CONIFER
Elk Creek Fire - Platte Canyon Fire - Hartsel Fire and
South Park (Fairplay) Rec District Tax Increase of up to Two Mills
1:00 PM TODAY (TUESDAY, MAY 4) ON COMMISSIONERS PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED TUESDAY WORK SESSIONS:
Commissioners have been calling meetings on Tuesdays which they have never mentioned on their website and have not published agendas for in the past on their website. Since the public has been notified of this back room practice, they have now added the Tuesday meeting (for today) to their website agendas. The general public, however, has missed notification of months of these meetings.
Update with Bley Associates, Architects Regarding Comm/IT Bldg.
ALSO NOTE THAT WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 THERE IS THIS SCHEDULED ITEM:
Discuss with NW Fire Capt. Smith Regarding the Communications Bldg.
(Times of various agenda items may be changed without notice.)
Jeff Skinner knows a thing or two about tradition. With Bill Carey of Eagle, the Colorado Springs angler was first in line Saturday morning
(Karl Licis, Denver Post, May 2 10)
Unlike two years ago, dead fish so far have not been washing up along the shore to any significant degree.
(Karl Licis, Denver Post, Apr 28 10)
A rollover crash on Highway 24 in Park County has sent two people from Colorado Springs to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries.
(Shannon Brinias, KKTV, Apr 25 10)
Archived April 2010
AS OF APR 14, COMMISSIONERS COMPLETELY IGNORED THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO WHICH THE PUBLIC IS ENTITLED
We notice that you often list some of your meeting agenda items as just "discussion with John Doe" (or any individual) without explaining anything that would help the public understand what the meeting is about.
(Apr 5 10)
Update: More bad news. The commissioners decided to show their disdain for the taxpayers again and put last minute changes on their Wednesday agenda only to hang it on their own door. Talk about your "hidden agenda." One of the hidden agenda items was a visit from DOLA to ask for more handouts for the county commissioners. They even added an item to the work session about document destruction/disposal. That's certainly something they wouldn't want us in on. They have to get rid of documents without public notice suddenly? Please - call Dowaliby who is up for re-election and ask him why he should be elected while showing open disregard for his employers. 719-836-4211 (Apr 7 10)
Again, you have published an unclear item on your work session agenda. The public may not be aware of who "CTSI" is and you have made no effort to explain "Annual Update with CTSI" on this Wednesday's agenda. (for April 14, 2010)
Please describe that agenda item and also notify us by email of any changes you make to this and other agenda items so we can make sure the public is notified since you will not do so.
Park County Bulletin
[Commissioner Mark Dowaliby] said he has been very unhappy with Republican leadership in Colorado. He stopped short of saying he would vote for Hickenlooper.
(Scot Kersgaard, Colorado Independent, Apr 14 10)
Note: Dowaliby denies making the statement quoted in the Colorado Independent story and said that he told them, as a Republican, he would not be supporting Hickenlooper, a Democrat.
Update: April 12, 2010: Two will petition
Each candidate must receive at least 30% of the assembly vote in order to be placed automatically on the August primary ballot. All candidates who receive 10% or more may circulate a petition..
(Apr 11 10)
Budget supplemental appropriations for the 2009 and 2010 budget will be considered by BOCC. The BOCC has chosen to limit public document availability to only two locations in county offices. Copies of the budget are only available at the County Clerk's office in Fairplay or in Bailey. (Not on the website.) The commissioners will consider the supplemental appropriations at their regular meeting on April 22, 2010.
(Mar 24 10)
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR BUDGET - SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION
Notice not published on county website
- PRESS RELEASE FROM COUNTY CLERK -
This press release is dated Friday, March 19, 2010, a Friday when the county offices are closed. The county clerk is asking for public feedback on the consideration of a mail-ballot only election in a primary where she will be a candidate. The release states that it is more convenient and cost-effective, but it is less convenient for some and certainly less secure (see article and references below). It does not state that the cost savings will be paid back to the taxpayers who have already paid for a polling place primary election. The Clerk was asked by the Commissioners 3 weeks ago to get public input on the issue of a mail-only election. She is just now putting out a request for input. Someone close to the county also said that the clerk called the primary election "just a popularity contest." However, the primary elections in park county often decide the final race. Please respond quickly! Call, email, fax the County Clerk and tell her what you think! 719-836-4222 office, 719-836-4348 fax, 719-839-0111 cell, email@example.com . Keep a record of your contact.
MAIL BALLOT PRIMARY ELECTION?
PARK COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE PUSH FOR ABSENTEE
Reports from anti-voting fraud groups point to most election fraud occurring in absentee mail ballots that the Park County Clerk's office prefers. Clerk's office will argue for all mail voting for 2010 primary in which she will likely be a candidate.
Election Fraud Investigators Consider Mail Ballots Source of Most Fraud
Related: Absentee Ballot Fraud Hits Texas ... longterm problem
Related: judge threw out results ... massive absentee ballot fraud
Related: absentee voting ... opened up more chances for fraud
NOTE: PRIMARY IS ALWAYS MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN PARK CO
PRIMARY ELECTION VOTING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT POLLING CENTERS
Clerk confirms that proposal for mail-only ballot failed. Voting in the August primary election will be allowed at polling centers county-wide on election day. Optional mail ballots will be available as usual.
DOWALIBY STATES ONLY ONE COMMISSIONER WANTS NEW TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS BUILDING
Commissioner Mark Dowaliby revealed at a public meeting on Tuesday night that only one Commissioner, John Tighe, is pushing to build a new multi-million dollar building to house Communications. Dowaliby said he is opposed to the expensive new structure plan.
SHERIFF WILL NOT REVEAL HOW MUCH IS SPENT ON TRAINING
Sheriff Fred Wegener was asked, at a public meeting Tuesday night, how much he spent on training his officers. He would not answer except to repeat, "as much as I can" twice in response to the specific question. He would not give a dollar amount and claimed the commissioners set his budget. Commissioner Dowaliby disagreed and said they do not dictate how the Sheriff spends his budget line by line.
(Elk Creek Firefighters, Feb 27 2010)
Questions are coming in about Park County Republican assembly this Saturday, April 10. Delegates and Alternates should arrive early for credentials as the line will be long. Credentialing will run from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. but all participants must be checked in and in their seats before the 9 a.m. start time. Arrival shortly after 8 a.m. is recommended in case of delays. Info for newer participants: coffee and donuts are usually available for a small donation, so bring some singles. See you there!
- CORRECTION OF INFORMATION -
DELEGATES TO REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY
BOX LUNCHES WILL BE FOR SALE AT A PRICE OF $5 EACH
PROCEEDS TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER
Law enforcement in 11 counties buckle down on those not buckled up.
(Mar 30 10)
A Park County judge charged Samuel Walker and Diane Walker with six charges of aggravated animal cruelty and 22 charges of animal cruelty.
(AP, KRDO, Mar 22 10)
Related: Fairplay Couple Chgd In Animal Abuse Case
No one has been arrested and the Park County Sheriff's Office says investigators will decide Monday whether animal neglect charges are warranted.
(Associated Press, Apr 3 10)
Mark Lamb, District Wildlife Manager for Fairplay, was awarded the John D. Hart Wildlife Officer of the Year honor at the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s InService training in Colorado Springs in late February.
(DOW, Mar 18 10)
Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Dolan was contacted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for erratic driving on westbound C470
(Mar 22 10)
This purchase was due in large part to the success he and his buddies experienced during a recent run ...
(Brandon Westphal, Fence Post, Mar 24 10)
COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON IT/COMMUNICATION BUILDING IN FAIRPLAY
Two meetings will be held in the Fair Barn at the fairgrounds in Fairplay on Thursday, April 1, 2010. The first meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m., then again from 7 to 9 p.m. The County Commissioners say they are interested in citizen input regarding the proposed new building.
Deputy District Attorney Katie O'Brien cautioned that the presumptive minimum and maximum sentences read by Groome in court were based on arrest charges
(Flume, Jan 4 10)
Related: Walkers Arrested In Fairplay Christmas Day
Abused Park Co Dog Adopted By Canon City Woman
BOCC adopted the 2010 projected county budget with projected expenses of about $31.9 million and projected revenue of about $28.9 million...
Expenses for the adopted 2010 projected budget exceed expenses for the adopted 2009 projected budget by $3.5 million. The 2010 adopted budget expenses are also about $4.8 million more than the preliminary budget presented to the commissioners in October. (see below)
(Lynda James, The Flume, Jan 01 10)
Total 2010 revenue is currently projected at $26,570,000 and 2010 expenses at $27,059,000. ---
...jail projected to have million dollar deficit and wants to hire two new employees.
A new annex building in Fairplay was requested for $30 million.
(Lynda James, The Flume, Oct 29 09)
South Platte Ranger District is beginning fuel reduction treatments on 482 acres of land immediately adjacent to the Harris Park community located in Park County.
(USFS, Mar 12 10)