Regarding Mr. Baros’ statements
Part 2 of 2
Editor’s note: This is part two of a letter responding to letters written by Jose Baros concerning the death of his daughter Quanisha.
I do agree with Mr. Baros in the fact that the relationship with the DA is imperative in successfully prosecuting cases, which has been happening at an astounding rate since the Sheriff’s Office has been the sole law enforcement agency in the County.
It saddens me to see that our community has been plagued with the same problem the remainder of the country faces at this time, which is the largest drug epidemic I have seen or heard of in my lifetime.
It is even harder for me to hear a grieving father who lost a daughter to years of drug abuse blame everyone involved in the attempt to render aid to his daughter, for her unfortunate outcome, making it what appears to be a political agenda.
The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office has always taken every imaginable step to ensure we follow up on every citizen complaint or tip relating to any drug distribution. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has been granted over 80 search warrants this year to date alone, the majority of which were drug-related search warrants.
Most of those search warrants were granted because of information received from concerned citizens who cared enough about our community to provide information to our department.
This year, while being understaffed, constant changing prosecutors, and constantly training new deputies, the sheriff’s office has made more drug arrests than this community has ever seen, not to mention our jail. It has seen a consistent capacity of 35 or more inmates, where we used to average approximately 23.
I feel I speak for our entire department when I say that nothing will deter us from continuing our mission to make this a safe community.
Anyone who has any questions about my statements or the facts based therein, is encouraged to reach out to the sheriff’s office for records regarding my statements.
~Craig Lessar Captain,
Huerfano Sheriff’s Office,
Why I’m Voting YES on 1 A
It will come as some surprise to those that know me that I am supporting a sales tax hike. But anyone who’s done any business at all in our historic courthouse knows we can’t continue the way things are. The courthouse won’t sustain any more expansion and sadly, our courts are over-full these days. Lawsuits and court cases tossed out are the future of the county unless we update.
Right now, we have the opportunity to obtain a $3 million grant to offset the cost of the new justice center. But we lose that money if we don’t vote ‘yes’.
The choice is really between building the justice center now and saving big bucks, or building later, under court order, and footing the bill all by ourselves.
I urge all readers to review the facts, get answers to your questions, but by all means, consider voting ‘YES’ on 1A.
Carnivores in cattle country
As a young cattle producer and a mother of six, I testified at the state capitol in Denver in the early nineties about predators killing our livestock. I displayed many pictures showing dead calves from coyotes and mountain lions in southeast Colorado.
Pat Craig, Boulder, CO, of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO has decided to bring carnivores into cattle country. The ranch where I live is an investment that makes the majority of my income and my way of life. This ranch has been in my family 60 years. As a young girl, my three sisters and I worked this ranch and worked hard, just like men.
After going to a Southern Colorado Livestock Association meeting in Branson, Colorado and hearing Mr. Craig’s reasons for coming to southeast Colorado, it is apparent to me that he doesn’t understand the impact the new “Refuge” will have on the cattle producers and how difficult it will be to keep these carnivores in their enclosures. It is a foregone conclusion that upon a severe weather event there is no way that the “Refuge” will be able to keep those carnivores and predators within their fences. This country’s terrain is drastically different than Keenesburg in Weld County.
No one should be surprised that livestock producers would oppose such a needless burden on our private property. I pray that the people who are pushing this will not bring their carnivores and predators such as wolves, bears, tigers, lions and mountain lions here into our historic region. We have enough predators here as I lost three calves to mountain lions last spring, we don’t need more. I say NO to carnivores in cattle country.
~Kimmi Clark Lewis,
HD 64 State Representative