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Grand Lake Rec District voters elect Summers, Gould; about one in 12 cast ballots

By Tonya Bina Sky-Hi Daily News About one in 12 eligible voters elected one incumbent and one challenger in the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District election on Tuesday; meanwhile 2,111 voters passed on the opportunity. With 113 votes, Grand Lake’s Don Summers is joining the recreation district board, according to initial election results released Tuesday night. Voters also re-elected district board president John Gould, with 110 votes. Summers will fill the seat of former board member Tom Jenkins, who declined to seek re-election. Candidates Kevin Leppke, Jeff Hauck and Joe Nesvara secured 81, 59 and 18 votes respectively. “I’m happy about the way it went,” said the vote-victor Summers, reached at his home after the election. “Obviously, I wouldn’t run if I didn’t want to get elected. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Gould was also at home. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue the progress made,” he said, “and working with the board and community to move the district in the direction of fiscal responsibility and to introduce as many self-sustaining programs as possible.” Although the winners were pleased with the outcome, election turnout was underwhelming. “I’m surprised how many people don’t exercise their right to vote,” commented election judge Kelly Shockey at about 3 p.m., with voter 91 in the booth out of an electorate of 2,300 . Two years ago the district election attracted some 700 voters, with mail-in and walk-in voters split evenly. Election official Kathy Lewis said the previous election’s much higher turnout may have been due to a significant bond issue on the ballot. This year, a total of 189 voters cast ballots, with 46 of them mail-in votes. Summers speculated the low voter numbers may have been due to the time of year. Even so, the new board member hopes the upcoming term will serve to “get people more interested in their recreation district,” he said. “We can work together to do the best we can for our community,” he said. Gould shared in Summers’ aspiration to work together. The first order of business on his list, he said, is “getting the board to work as one unit and agree on the goals of the district, and we need to do everything we can as a board to give staff the tools to meet those goals.” The district board has the discretion to re-appoint Gould as president or select another board member to take on the roll. Regardless, Gould said he plans to be “passionate about trails” in his upcoming term, as well as to continue down the course of forest mitigation on district lands. ” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

Results of the May 6 special districts election

11:45 p.m. — Grand Lake Fire Protection District will welcome three new board members, which according to unofficial election results, will likely be Mindy Everhart, Jason Allen and Larry Malouff. Incumbent Donald Dean was unseated. Melinda Everhart — 170 Jason Allen — 149 Larry Malouff —130 Frank Reardon — 118 Donald Dean — 108 Jeff Buckley — 104 Richard Campbell — 93 Patricia Farmer — 81 Scott Huff – 73 Richard Sisung — 38 11:00 p.m. — Three Lakes Water & Sanitation District voters elected two board members for a four-year term and one board member for a two-year term. Julia Nessen-Gasner received the most votes for the four-year term at 117, but the second seat was a tight race. According to unofficial election results, Daniel S. Knox barely squeeked ahead of Connie Robertson by one vote. The two-year term will go to Pat Farmer. Candidates for a four-year term: Julia Nessen-Gasner — 117 Daniel S. Knox — 110 Connie Robertson — 109 Bernie Keefe — 106 Steve White — 56 Candidates for a two-year term: Patricia Farmer — 97 Rudy Perez — 79 John Hanick — 69 11:00 p.m. ­— According to the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District's unofficial election results, George Coolin will retain his board position, while Patrick Williams and John Murray will take the other two board positions. George Coolin 166 Patrick Williams 137 John Murray 128 Antionette (Tonie) Beckley 121 Jason Allen 99 David Boelter 62 Steve White 42 9:30 p.m. — Unofficial election results from the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District show incumbent John Glancey will retain his position while incumbent Andrew Chasin is unseated. David McKnight and Kimberly Hanna appear to have gained the second and third seats. While 35 lingering overseas ballots have yet to be counted, it seams Hanna's position is secure, currently 69 votes ahead of fourth-place candidate Michael Shawn Moynahan. John Glancey — 644 David McKnight —573 Kimberly Hanna — 536 Michael Shawn Moynahan — 467 David Jens Peterson —378 Andrew Chasin — 290 8:40 p.m. — In the first election results reported, it appears two Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 board incumbents will be keeping their seats. According to the Judges Unofficial Abstract, Michael Brooks swept with 156 votes, but newcomer Wayne Kerber came in second with 90 votes, unseating Rod Lock. With 83 votes, Dick Himes will also retain his board position. Michael Brooks — 156 Wayne Kerber — 90 Richard Himes — 83 Rodney Lock — 62 Susan Thurton — 52 Alina Bell — 40

Grand Lake Fire voters reject eliminating term limits

The following results are from the special district elections, which took place on Tuesday, May 8. Grand Lake Fire District: the majority of voters opposed the district eliminating board-member term limits. The ballot question did not pass, with 189 no votes to 139 yes votes. Uncontested, Chris Ruske and Fred Schroeder were elected onto the board. A total of 60 walk-in voters attended the polling-place election, and 272 permanent mail-in voters returned their ballots. Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District: Incumbent Donnie Summers gained 266 votes and William Cottrell gained 166 votes to be elected onto the recreation board. Challenger George Coolin fell short of being elected by just 9 votes, with 157. A total of 85 voters attended the polling-place election, and 264 voters returned their mail-in ballots. Granby Fire: In “unofficial” results, incumbent Jeff Crane garnered 258 votes and his challenger Gary Nordloh had 238 votes, putting them on the district board. Incumbent Mark Krieg pulled in 226 votes, while challenger Clifford Wood had 206 votes. The district received 420 mailed ballots, while 73 people went to the poll. SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District: The three incumbents won in the SilverCreek water and sanitation election: David Bailey had 43 votes; Tom Sifers had 79; and Wayde Walker garnered 88. Losing by three votes in the race for the four-year term, Rick Jernigan took in 40 votes. Incumbent James Pedersen, who ran unopposed for the board’s two-year term seat, had 77 votes. A total of 93 people returned their ballots in the mail-ballot election. Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District: Incumbents Jon Westerlund, with 104 votes, and Jim Cordell, with 100 votes, won back their board seats for another four years. Challenger John Althoff gained 33 votes. A total of 135 ballots were returned to the district in the mail-ballot election.

Grand Fire welcomes newly elected Board members

The Grand Fire Protection District (GFPD), headquartered in Granby, is one of four fire protection districts east of Byers Canyon in Grand County. The District recently held an election for new members of the department's Board of Directors. Grand Fire's Assistant Chief Schelly Olson provided unofficial results last week. The results were formally certified on May 12 following the legally mandated waiting period for receipt of overseas military ballots. The election, held in early May, featured four candidates, Ray Jennings, Alina Bell, Patricia Peterson and Susan Thurston, running for two four-year terms on the Board. Voters within the District have selected Alina Bell and Patricia Peterson as the next members of the Board. Bell received a total of 66 votes while Peterson received 41. Candidates Ray Jennings and Susan Thurston received 33 votes and 30 votes respectively. Bell was a member of the GFPD Board of Directors before the May 3 election, having previously been appointed to a position on the Board when former Board member Jeff Crane retired mid-term. Peterson will replace outgoing Board member Gary Nordloh. Following the election Patricia "Patty" Peterson expressed her happiness with the results. "I am pleased to be a part of the special election and the Fire Board," Peterson said. "I hope that my experience in the past will make a difference in the future in decisions the Fire Board makes on behalf of the Fire Department of Granby." Grand Fire's Chief and District Administrator Ron Thompson explained he is looking forward to working with the new Board, which is largely unchanged from the previous Board. "We are basically coming back to four of the same members we had with one change, that being Patty," said Chief Thompson. "I look forward to a very positive relationship with the Board. They have a very high level of interest in serving the community from a fire safety and life safety standpoint." Moving forward Chief Thompson said he expects positive developments. "I see a continuation of the path we have been on. I don't see any negatives at all. We have a really positive attitude as a group." Bell and Peterson will join the GFPD's other Board members Wayne Kerber, Richard Himes and Michael Brooks.

Granby selects Paul Chavoustie as new Mayor

Granby has a new Mayor-elect. According to the unofficially tally the citizens of Granby have chosen Paul Chavoustie as the next Mayor of the community. Chavoustie received a total of 245 votes from the citizens of Granby while the two other mayoral candidates, Dick Broady and David Lockwood received 122 votes and 45 votes respectively. Chavoustie provided the Sky-Hi News with comments Wednesday evening. "I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve this community as Mayor," Chavoustie stated. "I want to thank Dick Broady and David Lockwood for running a good campaign. I wan to thank Granby voters, all those who helped with my campaign, all those who shared my ideas with friends and neighbors, and my family for their love and support. I look forward to moving Granby forward with strategic vision and working with the new Board of Trustees to make Granby thrive and be a place that we are all proud to call home." Granby Town Clerk Deb Hess provided an unofficial tally of the election's results Tuesday night following the close of polls at 7 p.m. on April 5. The count from the spring municipal election can not be registered as official until next week after a legally mandated waiting period for the acceptance of any outstanding overseas ballots. This year Granby electors also got the chance to cast their vote for four Trustee seats on the Board. The three candidates who received the most votes will be named to four-year terms on the Board while the candidate who received the fourth highest number of votes will be named to a two-year term. Trustee candidates Rebecca Johnson, Paul Robertson and Jane Harmon received the most votes and each will be named to a four-year term on the Board. Both Johnson and Robertson received 244 votes. Jane Harmon received 211 votes. Candidate Greg Mordini received 201 votes and will be named to a two-year term on the Board. Nicholas Raible and Bethany Hardy, who were both candidates for the Board, received 137 votes and 111 votes respectively. Trustee elect Rebecca (Becky) Johnson was thrilled with the results of the election. "I'm delighted to be voted in as Town Trustee," Johnson said. "I will do my very best to serve the people and help the Town move forward with all the visions of the new Mayor. I appreciate any calls or concerns they have at any time." Paul Robertson, who currently serves on the Board of Trustee, tied Johnson in vote totals in the 2016 spring election. Robertson commented on his own history in the Granby community and how proud he is to be elected by the voters of Granby. "When Gretchen and I moved to Granby as full time residents, six years ago, we thought ourselves blessed," Robertson stated. "Since then I've worked hard to sink our roots deep, get involved, and contribute what I could to the community…It's quite an honor then, to have the voters of Granby elect me to a more permanent four year term as a Trustee… I'm excited to be able to move forward with these things and others." Robertson also touched on his views on civic duty. "I take the term 'Trustee' quite literally in this case and am grateful that my neighbors have seen fit to put their trust in me by electing me to this position." Trustee-elect Jane Harmon, Principal of Granby Elementary School, also commented on her recent election. "I am excited to become more involved in Granby," Harmon stated. "I have confidence that the Trustees and Mayor will work well together for the benefit of the people of Granby. No doubt, we'll all have a learning curve, but I am committed to listening and leading. I will work hard to honor the trust of the Granby voters." Current Town Trustee Greg Mordini, who was elected Tuesday to serve a two-year term on the Board, was looking forward to the new dynamic created by a new Board of Trustee. "I'm excited," Mordini said. "New members are joining the Board. I think it is going to add a lot of new energy and we look forward to taking Granby forward. I'm really excited about the candidates who won. I think the new Mayor has a lot of good ideas and hopefully we can get a lot of this implemented." For the 2016 spring election Town Clerk Deb Hess tallied a total of 419 votes. A total of 1067 ballots were sent out to voters in the community.

Grand Lake Fire elects new Board

This spring Grand County has played host to a plethora of local government elections. From Town government to special districts the citizens of Grand County have cast votes for their chosen leaders. Most of the elections were held in April but the Grand Lake Fire Protection District (GLFPD) held their Board elections in early May. Officials from Grand Lake Fire provided unofficial election results last week. The results will become official this week after the legally required waiting period for the submission of overseas military ballots. The Grand Lake Fire Protection District Board election featured five candidates running for four seats. Both Richard Romshek and Mindy Nelson ran unopposed for two-year terms on the Board and both were elected with Romshek receiving 139 votes and Nelson receiving 114. Richard Romshek expressed his thanks to the voters of the district. "I appreciate the voters confidence in us," Romshek said. "I am looking forward to working with this board in the interests of the Fire District. I am excited to be back associated with the Fire District." "I hope the new Board brings some changes to Grand Lake Fire," said Mindy Nelson. "I think the new Board should bring better health to the taxpayers, the employees, the membership and pretty much everyone who works with the department." The GLFPD election also featured three candidates, Hayden Burke, Chris Ruske and David Craig, running for two four-year terms on the Board. Both Ruske and Craig secured seats on the Board of Directors for Grand Lake Fire receiving 101 votes and 131 votes respectively. Candidate Hayden Burke received 68 votes. David Craig expressed excitement regarding his election. "I'm just honored that the fine citizens of Grand Lake would consider me a suitable candidate for the Board," Craig said. "I am going to return their kindness by serving them well and representing their interests… The last year that I have been a part of the Board we have tried diligently to operate in a transparent light and I expect that to continue." Chris Ruske was more taciturn in his comments. "I just appreciate everybody who voted for me," Ruske said. "Hopefully we continue on with all the positives we have been able to perform for the last couple of years." Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long offered comments on the results of the election stating, "I'm eager to work with the new board and it should be an easy transition as I know them all both personally and professionally." Chief Long explained that while the Board is technically taking on new members there is a wealth of previous experience within the department among the candidates who ran. "Three of the board members are rolling over from the last board and that's a good thing for the community from a current knowledge and continuity of operations standpoint. The other two 'new' members have served with the GLFPD in a variety of roles (up to Fire Chief in the case of Dick Romshek) in the past so they are coming in with a working knowledge of the organization."

Voters reject school tax overrides, dissolve Fraser Sanitation District

Grand County voters rejected two school tax override ballot issues Tuesday, while Hot Sulphur Springs voters tentatively approved two tax increases and citizens dissolved the Fraser Sanitation District at the polls. County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene emphasized that the results are preliminary and 28 ballots countywide remain in limbo as some were not signed and election judges were unsure about the signatures on others. Some of the races were close enough that the outstanding ballots could alter the outcome, Rosene said. Those votes should be counted by Nov. 12 after the voters who cast the ballots are contacted and election judges have a chance to examine the ballots in more detail. Out of more than 9,000 ballots sent out, 3,784 were returned in the preliminary count, she said. Unofficial results from the election were as follows: FRASER SANITATION DISTRICT Yes (to dissolve): 140 No (to retain): 97 EAST GRAND SCHOOL DISTRICT Question 3B (technology tax override) Yes: 1,262 No: 1,691 Unopposed candidates Tom Sifers: 1,726 Gale Delphia: 1,642 Barbara Ahrens: 1,585 WEST GRAND SCHOOL DISTRICT Referred question 3A (tax override) Yes: 272 No: 498 School board four-year terms (top four finishers elected) Susan Ritschard: 605 Christina Whitmer: 485 Audrey Gasvoda: 398 Timothy Thompson: 529 Brendan Gale: 585 School board two-year term David Skinner: 284 Brett Davidson: 401 HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS Measure 2A (Additional 3 mills tax ) Yes: 105 No: 102 Measure 2B (Keep excess revenues from existing mill levy) Yes: 125 No: 82

Kremmling voters elect Isaac Schonlau, Ken Bentler and Erik Woog to trustee positions

In a light turnout of voters, the citizens of Kremmling elected three trustees to Town Council in Tuesdays municipal election.Four candidates were running in the election for three trustee seats. The top vote-getters in Tuesdays election were the successful candidates.The official results are: Isaac Schonlau, 100 votes; Ken Bentler, 98 votes; Erik Woog, 93 votes; and John Cowboy Adams, 64 votes. Based upon the above results, the three candidates who have been elected are: Isaac Schonlau is a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. He was born and raised in Kremmling, graduating from West Grand High School. He has been a full-time employee of Mountain Parks Electric. He is married and has a 4-year-old daughter. Ken Bentler was the incumbent candidate who just completed his first four-year term as a Kremmling trustee. He is a six-year resident and owner of the Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill. He is married and has an 8-year-old son. Erik Woog is a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. He moved to Kremmling at age 12 and later graduated from West Grand High School. He is the owner of Alpine Motor Sports, which he opened in 1991. He is married and has a 3-1/2 year-old son.Unsuccessful in his bid for a trustee position in Tuesdays election was John Cowboy Adams, who was also a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. A 34-year-year resident of the Kremmling area and a retiree, he had the misfortune of breaking his pelvis after being thrown from a horse about 10 days ago. Despite his injuries and hospitalization, he decided to continue his candidacy.The newly elected trustees will be taking the oath of office at the Kremmling town councils next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Bentler will be sworn in for his second four-year term as a trustee. Schonlau and Woog are filling the seats being left vacant by retiring trustees Jim Sloan and Bonnie Colburn. Sloan served for 18 years while Colburn completed 11 years on the Town Council.

Grand Lake Fire asks voters about term limits, again

GRAND LAKE —The Grand Lake Fire Protection District will hold a special district election in February regarding board-member term limits. A similar ballot question was presented to district voters in May 2012. The question failed with 189 "no" votes to 139 "yes" votes. According to fire chief Mike Long, with or without term limits, all elected board members would serve a four-year term and must be re-elected by voters. But by eliminating limits, the board members could continue serving past the current two-term limit. Other Grand County fire districts, like Grand Fire in Granby and East Grand Fire in Winter Park, have eliminated board term limits. Grand Lake Fire is continuing to push the issue because there's a lack of community interest in running for and volunteering on the board, he said. The pool of potential candidates is stretched by competition with other elected positions in Grand Lake, like the chamber of commerce and recreation district boards. "When we have dedicated members who want to continue serving (on the Grand Lake Fire board), we'd like to give them that opportunity," Long said. The special district election comes hot on the heels of a large staff turnover at the fire department in late 2013. Of the department's five full-time and two part-time staff, three full-time workers and one volunteer "separated," including the fire captain and lieutenant, citing issues with leadership. "I hope to see change in the fire department," said former district administrator Mindy Everhart, who left Grand Lake Fire after 15 years. "A 'no' vote on this would be a great place to start." Attempts to contact other separated employees and the volunteer were not immediately returned. The turnover left some residents worried the fire department wouldn't be adequately equipped to respond to emergencies. According to Long, the separations were the result of "unresolvable internal conflicts." He said keeping public emergency response agencies staff in Grand County is often a challenge. "With an elevated cost of living, below-average pay compared to the Front Range and a relatively low call volume due to our rural area, both volunteer and paid positions come and go with surprising regularity. Sometimes they go one at a time, and sometimes they go in groups of two or three," he said. "Change is something we all have gotten used to." The vacant positions have since been filled, although the new lieutenant won't officially join the ranks until mid-January. Long said his fire team is now stronger and more cohesive than ever. The district is holding the special election on Feb. 4, just ahead of the mandated special districts election in May, when current term limits put three of the five board seats up for contest. According to Long, the district is again asking voters to toss out term limits because he received feedback that the 2012 election question wording was confusing, although he said they copied the wording from a similar initiative, and because the district didn't push a marketing effort in the past. For the 2014 question, Long said he believed a local advocacy group has sent out informational fliers about the ballot question. Also for 2014, the fire district won't be using mail-in ballots. Instead, voters will need to visit a polling place at the Grand Lake fire station between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the 2012 election, 272 voters returned mail-in ballots while only 60 walk-in voters attended the polling place election. Clarification: This election is a polling place election, instead of a mail ballot election. As with any election, voters can still request "mail-in" ballots, formerly called "absentee" ballots. The last day to request such ballots for applicants wishing to receive them by mail is Jan. 28. The last day to request such ballots if applicants wish to pick up the ballots at the fire station is Jan. 31. For the ballots to count, they must be received by 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the fire station. Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

Fraser Rec recall election Tuesday " results to be posted online

Tuesday is Election Day for voters in the Fraser Metropolitan Recreation District. By the end of tonight, three rec board members up for recall will know if they will keep their seats for the remainder of their term or if they will be replaced. Six people put their names in the ring to replace three board members up for recall ” Dan O’Connell, Beth Sands and Pete Strohecker. Kevin Davlin and Kyle Harris are running to replace Dan O’Connell. Darrell Jackie Woods and Andrew Chasin are running to replace Beth Sands. Jon deVos and John Glancey are running for Pete Strohecker’s seat. East Grand Fire Station on U.S. Highway 40 in Fraser is the polling place for today’s election and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ballots will be driven to Hot Sulphur Springs for counting by the Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s office after the polls close. Since there is only one precinct to count, results are expected not long after the ballots are delivered. Start checking the Sky-Hi Daily News Web site around 10 p.m. for results. Editor Autumn Phillips will stay in touch with election official Todd Holzwarth and post updates if results are not available for some reason by that time. The ballot is broken into three sections ” one for each recall effort. Within each section will be a question to recall or not recall a board member. Voters must answer “yes” or “no” on the recall of board members in order to vote on the replacements for any recalled board members, Holzwarth said. Voters may choose a replacement, even if they vote “no” on the recall.