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Fifth annual US Constitution Week in Grand Lake

Constitution Week takes place this week in Grand Lake until Sept. 17. It is the only week-long celebration of the US Constitution in the country. Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke the keynote speaker this year. Sheriff Clarke is currently serving his fourth consecutive four-year term and has received numerous awards including the CPAC Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award, the Annie Taylor Award from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and Law Enforcement Leader of the Year Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He is a frequent guest commentator for national news services regarding law enforcement, Second amendment and homeland security issues where his expertise and experience are invaluable. On Friday night the Grand county Sheriff's Deptartment will host a ticketed event, "Law Enforcement Night Out", with Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, Sheriff Richard Mack, and Sheriff David A. Clarke as special guests. All members of Law Enforcement are invited. Tickets are $50/person, $25 for law enforcement. Saturday, Sheriff David A. Clarke will give the keynote address following the parade and the free non-profit Expo at the Grand Lake community house lawn. And this year's "Premier Constitution Week Celebration in America" will end with fireworks over Grand Lake.

Meet the candidate: Brett Schroetlin for Grand County sheriff

Name: Brett Schroetlin Occupation: Detective at Fraser-Winter Park Police Department Education: Police Academy and 1,600-plus hours of continued education and training. Number years in Grand County: 12 Original hometown: Loveland, Colo. Family: Sara, Tyler, Ryan Pets: Dogs Astra, Argo, Echo 1. Why do you seek the position of Grand County Sheriff? Law enforcement as a whole and the office of sheriff continue to change on a daily basis. The sheriff and his staff must stay informed about new trends and adapt and overcome to what is presented. Now more than ever, law enforcement and the community must work together to make our cities, county, state, and country a safe place to live and raise our children. I believe that my law enforcement experience, training, and education, especially in the area of community policing, make me a viable sheriff candidate to lead the Grand County Sheriff's Office into law enforcement of the future. A sheriff needs to be a visible, uniformed position that is involved in the community, which you will see under my watch. I also want to focus on increased employee morale, retention, training, and partnerships with other law enforcement and emergency services agencies. Many people over the course of the campaign have asked what my reason is for running? Besides a personal goal for this position, I also believe it is necessary to do the right thing at the right time, and now is the right time for, "A new direction" in Grand County law enforcement. 2. Strengths and experience you bring to the job: My passion for law enforcement started when I was about 10 years old. I then became involved in law enforcement as a Police Explorer Scout in 1992, and attended to Police Academy in 1999. I have been a state certified Peace Officer since 2000. During that time I have served as a Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Coroner, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, and Acting Chief of Police. During my career, I have also served as a DARE instructor, K9 handler, on the Grand County Drug and Underage Alcohol Task Forces, the Northwest Colorado Environmental Crimes Task Force and Patrol Strike Team. I have over 1600+ hour of specialized training. My entire career has been focused on the "Community Policing" philosophy, which focuses on citizens and law enforcement working together to make a difference in our communities. This partnership is imperative for any community and is something I will continue to devote myself to on a regular basis. As a result of my proven community policing involvement, I have been awarded the Grand County Hometown Hero, Grand Futures Community, and Hospice Hero awards. 3. What is the biggest challenge to law enforcement in Grand County and why? Law enforcement isn't the same as it was 25 years, five years, or even one year ago. It is an ever-changing profession, which constantly requires us to study, train, adapt, and overcome to the various issues that arise. This is increasingly difficult due to the current economy and new crime trends we are noticing, such as the increase in computer and technology crimes, and the ongoing evaluation and enforcement of how drugs and alcohol are affecting our community and other communities across Colorado and the U.S. The only way to combat these new trends is for a sheriff and his deputies to actively be involved with other law enforcement, government agencies, and the community, and take a stance that this type of criminal behavior is not acceptable in Grand County. Crime is inevitable, but as a team we can do our best to make Grand County the premier place to live, raise a family, start a business, or vacation. As your sheriff, I will commit myself to leading this fight. 4. Describe your approach to marijuana enforcement. And what are the inherent challenges? The voters of Colorado chose to allow medical and recreational marijuana in our state. It is the sheriff's and other police officer's responsibility to enforce the laws that are set by our state. It is our duty to treat this matter as we would with any other potential criminal incident and act based on probable cause and not on bias towards any specific law. At this point in time, law enforcement is taking a "cautious" approach towards marijuana while we wait for further clarification from the state government; however as a community, we must remember that increased drug usage and distribution also results in increased crime such as theft, fraud, burglaries, robberies, and embezzlement, as people seek to support their drug addictions. The sheriff and local law enforcement must take a unified approach with the community to ensure that the new drug trends do not affect our community negatively. 5. Please name a certain event in which you were proud of how the sheriff's department handled the situation and tell us why. In 2013, Grand County and the Fraser Valley hosted the Snowball Music Festival. This was a new and challenging event to the county and tasked law enforcement and emergency services. Due to the possible increase in criminal activity, traffic issues, and drug and medical related incidents, this event required extensive preparation, planning, and deployment. Law enforcement officers from the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department, Granby Police Department, Kremmling Police Department, Grand County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol, in addition to Grand County EMS and East Grand Fire worked this event. In the eyes of emergency services, despite the negativity associated with this type of concert, the event was a success as we worked collaboratively as one and with the community. Working this event myself, I constantly heard from several individuals that the law enforcement and emergency services presence and actions at this event was one that our county and residents should be proud of and as your sheriff, I will strive to make sure that all of these events and the daily actions of my staff are a positive reflection of our county. 6. Please name a certain event in which you feel the sheriff's department should have acted differently in a situation and tell us why. The sheriff's office has several unfilled positions at the current time and has struggled to maintain appropriate staffing levels in the past. Many qualified applicants are being selected to work at other agencies rather than Grand County due to the lengthy and stagnant hiring process, and many people have reported they never even heard back on their applications. This lack of hiring is also resulting in dangerous staffing levels in the patrol division, which in turn delays the time and quality of the response provided. This is an absolute must that needs corrected immediately before a deputy's or civilian's life is jeopardized. All agencies and businesses struggle from time-to-time with staffing and personnel issues; however, having an effective working relationship with other local agencies, not being afraid to ask for help, and deputization of local law enforcement would help solve this problem. 7. Are there ways the various law enforcement agencies in the county can work together more effectively? Please explain. The Grand County Sheriff's Office has jurisdictional law enforcement responsibility across the entire county. Each municipality has their local law-enforcement and we also have state and federal agencies in the area. If elected, I will deputize all local law enforcement officers. This will increase the cohesiveness of county-wide law enforcement in several ways and be a win-win for both municipal and county residents. This will increase staffing and resources and ensure that all officers and deputies are trained in the same fashion, so they can work better during events that arise. You as a citizen will also see better response times by law enforcement. 8. What do you think the law-enforcement priorities are according to most Grand County citizens? How do you know? The community wants a partnership with law enforcement and law enforcement needs this partnership with the community for it to be successful. For the last several months, I have repeatedly heard from citizens from all over the county that they would like to get to know their deputies better at a personal level. These personal relationships are critical as it will make for a more successful resolution on future critical incidents. This has proven very effective in law enforcement in Colorado and across the country. In order for this to occur, we need to work on increasing employee morale and retention. We need to also work towards equal patrol coverage and visibility throughout the county, and get away from the thoughts that a large portion of rural, western Grand County isn't adequately represented. 9. What do you think makes a good leader? Anyone can be a manager, however, it takes a quality individual to be a leader. A leader is someone who first and foremost is able to obtain the respect of their staff and others despite any differences that occur. As a leader, especially in law enforcement, there are times when you must make a decision that is not popular amongst your staff. However, an effective leader will be one who will take the time to explain the reasoning for these decisions and allow for the betterment of all in the end. A leader must also have the confidence, honesty, integrity, ability to inspire, communication abilities and overall personal and professional skill set to lead others by example. I have always believed in the "Service above Self," and "Servant Leadership" philosophies, and have personally demonstrated that to my co-workers and the citizens on a daily basis. 10. Give examples of how the Grand County Sheriff's Office will be transparent under your leadership. If elected as your sheriff, I will open the lines of communication between the agency and the community. If we have this positive, two-way communication channel in place prior to the occurrence or suspected occurrence of any negative events, it will assist in a successful resolution for all. Unfortunately, as humans we all make mistakes; however, these mistakes turn into larger issues when communication fails or we attempt to omit or falsify what had occurred. We must admit and learn from our mistakes and move forward for ourselves individually, the agency, and the community. In addition to having the deputies and I involved in more community events, such as coaching, mentoring and other community action groups, I also intend to have the community involved in the sheriff's office. This will be done through the institution of a volunteer program consisting of Reserve Deputies, Explorer Scouts and the availability of a citizen's academy. This will allow for the community to understand the challenges that law enforcement is facing and how we can work together with a unified understanding of what is best for Grand County.

Fewer 2013 marijuana arrests in Vail, Eagle County since Amendment 64

EAGLE COUNTY — Local law enforcement wasn't sure what to expect after Colorado voters legalized pot, but most agencies have been pleasantly surprised a year later. In November 2012, the passage of Amendment 64 made it legal for people older than 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. Starting Jan. 1 of this year, the sale of retail marijuana also became legal, with the closest retail shop in Breckenridge. The result for law enforcement is a decrease in tickets written and arrests made related to marijuana infractions. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office recorded nine summons or arrests in 2013, compared to 50 in 2012. The Avon Police Department had 15 narcotics-related arrests, which included seven marijuana related arrests in 2013. That's a huge drop from 153 arrests in 2012 and 101 arrests in 2011, although Avon Police Chief Bob Ticer points out that many of those arrests were at the SnowBall music festival, which is no longer held in Avon. Before the festival, an average year saw between 36-50 narcotics arrests, with roughly half of those relating to pot, he said. "There's a different threshold now (for the legal limit), and subsequently we had a lot less arrests," Ticer said. Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said he has instructed his officers to simply enforce the law where they come across an infraction. There haven't been too many problems with public smoking, either, he said. Interesting year "I guess by chance our officers weren't in contact with that many people who were under the influence," he said, although he added that the availability of retail marijuana might change things. "It's going to be interesting what this year brings. There are a lot of us still waiting to see what direction the whole system goes in the future. I've directed my guys that if they have the legal amount on them, we're not going to do anything. If they have more, we cite them for what they have that's not legal. " The penalty for being in possession of more than one ounce is akin to a bad speeding ticket — in Vail, for example, it's up to a $100 fine and appearance in court, unless you plead guilty. Not much change in community Avon's Ticer said that some people expected Amendment 64 to create a visible change in the community, but so far that hasn't been the case. "We're seeing a lot less arrests, but not a significant change in our community," he said. "There were people thinking there'd be a lot more people smoking in public, but in 2013 we had four tickets for consumption in public." Like other law enforcement officials, he's not sure what the advent of retail pot will bring, but he said the department's focus will be on educating the public about where they can use marijuana. "It's been very difficult to predict either way. We've been monitoring the law change, but I haven't had expectations either way. I think (enforcement) will be more and more evolving as retail marijuana goes into effect around the state. We're trying to educate the public on when you can use it. It's similar to what you can do drinking alcohol." Hoy said he doubts that the pot laws will dramatically change the county. "I'm not sure if we'll see a big explosion of pot use in the community," he said. "Some think it will change the culture of the county. I just don't know if we're going to see it. The people who come here to ski or golf will still come here. I don't think people will come just because we have pot available. It's still pretty expensive with the 25 percent sales tax. My guess is those people will go to the Front Range." Vail deals with public use The one notable exception to the trend has been Vail. The town's police haven't seen a drop in marijuana-related crimes during the past year. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger said that whether or not someone is charged is based on officer discretion, but police have dealt with a fair number of infractions at public events such as the Hot Summer Nights concerts. In 2013, Vail police wrote 15 tickets for public display or consumption and two felony charges of intent to distribute. In 2012, there were also 15 tickets for public display or consumption and three for intent to distribute. In the past six months, officers said they've noticed more out-of-towners publicly using marijuana — perhaps because they aren't clear on the laws, Henninger said State laws on where you can use marijuana put law enforcement in a difficult situation, he said. "The laws that are passed at the state level are difficult to interpret," he said. "You can't smoke in restaurants, hotels or public places," Henninger said. "If you're smoking on the front lawn, from my perspective you're in violation. If you're on the back deck and someone else can see you probably are. If your yard is fenced, you're probably OK. "That's one of my thoughts as to why we shouldn't have it here, because I think if we allow people to sell it, we should also allow them to use it." Assistant Managing Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 or at mwong@vaildaily.com

Community invited to participate in firearms training simulator

Law enforcement officers are often faced with life and death decisions that must be made in the blink of an eye. To help train officers to be better prepared for such fluid and complex circumstances video firearm training simulators were developed. Typically reserved for use by law-enforcement, Grand County's local civilian population will get an opportunity to experience the training simulator when the Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) and police departments within the county come together for two Community Night events scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14. The events will be held at the Granby Police Department from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the 13 and 14. County residents will get an opportunity to try out the simulator and experience how law enforcement officers train. "The Firearms Training Simulator presents a fun, but extremely valuable, training experience that depicts real life situations,: according the press release from GCSO. "Various scenarios are projected onto a life sized screen and the simulator will present the split second decision making situations officers face I armed encounters. The weapons used to interact with the simulator are light activated and no live weapons or ammunition are used." No fireamrs experience is necessary to participate. The simulator that will be used for the events was purchased using grant funding from the Colorado Peace Officer Standards Training Board (POST). It was purchased for the northwest region of the state but resides primarily in Grand County. Hosting next week Community Night events will be Granby Police Chief Bill Housley, Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade and Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor. All members of the community are invited to come and experience the simulator.

Letter: Grand County sheriff candidate promises to serve entire community

To the Editor: My decision to run for sheriff was based on the tremendous amount of encouragement from the community, law enforcement and other emergency services personnel, and current and past Sheriff's Office employees. From that point on, this decision was not about "me," but was about how "we" could better our community together. Your confidence during the primary election proved that residents of Grand County are tired of the system that has been prevalent here for decades and are seeking a new positive direction in law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office works for the citizens of Grand County and must work proactively and diligently to serve and protect the community. My pledge to the citizens of Grand County is a Sheriff's Office that works actively within the community for EVERYONE. The focus will be to foster and build community partnerships, working together with other Grand County professionals in law enforcement, EMS, fire, and human services for the benefit of our entire community. We need a Sheriff's Office that is strengthened through staff development, empowerment, retention, and community interaction. This campaign has been operated on three core principles: honesty, integrity and transparency. And you, the people, decided in the primary, that indeed, it is time for a new direction. Now, we're facing a write-in opponent who "vows to maintain (the) course" — something you clearly said "no" to in the primary. Regardless of your political affiliation, we all live in this community together. Our unified purpose is to make Grand County a safe and enjoyable place for our residents and tourists. This is, and has been, the vision throughout my campaign. I am honored to be YOUR candidate for Grand County Sheriff. The support of this community is humbling. Thank you for believing in me to lead you into the next generation of Grand County law enforcement. We look forward to your continued support in the November general election when we all can effect positive changes, a new direction for everyone. TOGETHER we can make a difference in the safety of Grand County. YOU can be a part of this new direction. Please vote Nov. 4: BRETT SCHROETLIN for sheriff. Brett Schroetlin

There’s going to be a new sheriff in town

The results are in, the voters have spoken, and Grand County is poised to have a new sheriff this coming year. Challenger Brett Schroetlin defeated incumbent Rod Johnson in a very close Republican primary race on Tuesday, June 24. At the end of the evening, Schroetlin had 1,207 votes to Johnson's 1,056. "Once again, we're extremely excited for the results, and we look forward to what's ahead for Grand County and Grand County law enforcement," said Schroetlin, after receiving news of the final result. As it stands now, Schroetlin will not face a Democrat in the November general election. There is still the possibility that Schroetlin will face a write-in candidate, though Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene said in an email that she did not know of anyone running against Schroetlin in the November election. In response to rumor circulating in Grand, the outgoing Sheriff Rod Johnson would not be eligible to run again as a write-in candidate against Schroetlin due to two stopgaps built into Colorado election law, according to Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene. The first is that Johnson would have had to have been an unaffiliated voter since January in order to petition onto the General Election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, and the second, Colorado law does not allow for a candidate who loses in the primary election to run for the same office in the general election. Sheriff Rod Johnson did not return multiple calls and emails requesting comment on this story. Schroetlin, a detective with the Winter Park-Fraser Police Department, ran against Johnson on a platform of increasing employee morale and improving partnerships between the sheriff's office and other law enforcement and emergency services agencies. He cited these goals as his focus moving forward if elected. "I'm going to continue to focus on my campaign goals of increasing employee retention and morale, and better community partnerships," Schroetlin said. Originally from Loveland, Colo., Schroetlin has been a state-certified peace officer since 2000. Johnson, who has been Grand County sheriff for longer than 20 years, ran on a platform of common sense law enforcement and experience. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners originally appointed Johnson as sheriff upon the resignation of an elected write-in candidate James Bartels. In the 1990 general election, Bartels had defeated the Republican Primary-election victor Mike Ehmann, who had ousted incumbent Huck Henderson. But Bartels did not fulfill his four-year term, leaving the seat open for the commissioners to appoint Johnson. He was sworn in on Nov. 16, 1993. Lower than usual turnout At the end of the evening, the county had received 2,827 votes, which election officials said was a fairly low turnout. There were 29 outstanding absentee votes and 53 absentee votes. The county will count these votes on Thursday, July 3. The county canvass will also be on July 3. Johnson's term will end on the second Tuesday in January, 2015. Schroetlin maintains steady lead Schroetlin was ahead with 979 votes to Johnson's 859 when the county first released preliminary results around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. When results were released again at 9 p.m., Schroetlin had increased his lead with 1,112 votes, while Johnson remained behind with 975. When the final unofficial results were released around 9:50 p.m., Schroetlin had extended his lead even further. As it looks now, Schroetlin will run unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election. In the state contest for governor, Tom Tancredo led Grand County with 524 votes, while voters had cast 308 votes for Mike Kopp, 333 votes for Scott Gessler and 501 votes for Bob Beauprez. Beauprez went on to win the Republican Primary in Colorado and will go on to face Governor John Hickenlooper in November. County Commissioner District 3 candidate Kris Manguso, filling the seat of outgoing commissioner Gary Bumgarner, ran unchallenged. Incumbents County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, County Treasurer Christina Whitmer, County Assessor Tom Weydert, County Surveyor Warren Ward and County Coroner Brenda Bock all ran unopposed for Grand County offices. Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

Paranoia over pot policy? Pot crackdown talk spooks marijuana industry

WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary's response to a Skype question Thursday sent shockwaves through Colorado's marijuana industry. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday to expect "greater enforcement" of federal recreational marijuana laws. Spicer's statement flies in the face of the national will. Shortly after Spicer's statements, a Quinnipiac poll announced that American voters — 71 percent across every demographic — oppose a federal crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana for medical or adult use; 59 percent say marijuana should be legal. "It's a civil rights conversation. In Colorado, we've changed our conversation by amending our Constitution," said Jason Mitchell, manager of Roots Rx in Eagle-Vail. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states, Guam, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Colorado and Washington in 2012 became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. Now recreational use is legal in eight states and the District of Columbia, whose populations are 69 million people, almost 20 percent of the U.S. population. "What Sean Spicer says during press conferences doesn't necessarily reflect what the administration's policies are," said Kevin Fisher, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Remedies in Steamboat Springs. Michael Gurtman, owner of Aspen's newest marijuana dispensary, Best Day Ever, says it's a states' rights issue, as President Trump did while on the campaign trail last year. "I am disappointed and, frankly, somewhat shocked at the White House's latest remarks in regard to a possible crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana," Gurtman said. "Trump ran for president under the pretense of states' rights. Cannabis has proven to be a billion-dollar industry in Colorado, creating thousands of new jobs and helping to boost our economy. A unilateral decision to take away states' rights would be detrimental to an already divisive country, and end up driving the industry into the hands of the drug cartels." all about the Benjamins The Obama administration in 2013 prohibited the Department of Justice from spending money on medical marijuana enforcement, saying it would not intervene in states' marijuana laws as long as they keep the drug from crossing state lines and away from children and drug cartels. "Most of what he wants to do has already been defunded," Mitchell said. But that policy could be rewritten by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has consistently said he opposes legal marijuana. "Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance," explained Jeff Dorschner, public affairs officer with the United States Attorney's Office in Denver. "We prosecute marijuana cases, but through the lens of official (Justice Department) guidance called the Cole Memo. If and when (the Justice Department) sends U.S. Attorneys updated, revised or different guidance we will adjust accordingly." "I was concerned that President Trump appointed Sessions as the attorney general. That begins to effect how other attorneys general view their jobs," Mitchell said. Trump has said consistently he believes marijuana is a states' rights issue. "When it comes upending not only state laws but in some cases state Constitutional amendments, you can bet that whatever Attorney General Jeff Sessions does will have to pass through the White House," said John Hudak, a drug policy expert with the Brookings Institution. "They are trying to make sure that adults who choose to purchase marijuana know what they're getting," Hudak said. The vast majority of Americans agree that the federal government has no business interfering in state marijuana laws, said Mason Tvert, communications director with the Marijuana Policy Project. "This administration is claiming that it values states' rights, so we hope they will respect the rights of states to determine their own marijuana policies. It is hard to imagine why anyone would want marijuana to be produced and sold by cartels and criminals rather than tightly regulated, tax paying businesses," Tvert said in a statement. California was the first state to flout the U.S. Controlled Substances Act when, in 1996, voters there approved marijuana for medical use. Federal law prohibited marijuana for all uses then, and still does. However, three presidents throughout the past 20 years have concluded that the Justice Department's time and resources are best spent pursuing large drug cartels, not individual users of marijuana. Colorado's Centennial Institute disagrees, saying it's past time for the federal government to enforce federal pot laws. "Colorado has been decimated by the legalization of recreational marijuana and it's time for the federal government to enforce the laws on the books," the Centennial Institute said in a statement. The Centennial cites Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area data that says marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 62 percent, from 71 to 115 people, after recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013. "Colorado youth rank No. 1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, 74 percent higher than the national average. Emergency Department rates likely related to marijuana increased 49 percent since Colorado legalized marijuana," the Centennial Institute said. Big business Eagle County's government collected $160,069 in retail marijuana sales tax in 2016 on sales between $2 million and $2.5 million. Glenwood Springs had $6.7 million in marijuana sales in 2016. In Steamboat Springs, $10.8 million worth of marijuana was sold, generating $431,113 in tax revenue for the city. In 2016, Colorado's recreational and medicinal marijuana sales hit $1.3 billion. Nationwide sales are projected to hit $24.5 billion by 2025, according to Denver-based New Frontier Data, a marijuana industry analytics firm. If the federal government decides to crack down on adult use, then this year alone it could jeopardize $2.5 billion in projected revenue, New Frontier said. New Frontier projects that by 2020 the marijuana industry will hit $8.6 billion in annual sales and create almost 300,000 jobs. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Letter: Stein would make a good sheriff

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to personally endorse John Stein for Sheriff of Grand County Colorado. I have lived in the Grand Lake area since 2005 and had worked with John for many years in Law Enforcement. I currently work for the federal government and prior to that was a sergeant for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office where I was the Bomb Squad commander and a member of the S.W.A.T team. I represent over 5,000 bomb technicians and investigators in 72 countries and have over 22 years of law enforcement experience. I can say without a doubt that John Stein has shown great leadership over the years I have known him. We operated together on the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team where I was able to observe somebody who worked well under pressure, was always professional and truly felt honored to serve the citizens of Arapahoe County. John has continued to impress me with his dedication to law enforcement and his desire to serve those with in his community. He has the leadership, knowledge and experience I feel is needed to be a proactive sheriff and one who will be committed to the duties that are required of an elected official. Sean Dennis Grand Lake

Grand County Real Estate Transactions

Scanloch Subdivision Lot 1, Block 2 – Gerald and Jo Ann Shumaker to Dylan and Gabrielle Taylor, $79,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 62, Block 1 – Luanne Kay to Adam Gould and Veronica Callinan, $250,000 Winter Park Highlands Greenridge Lot 16 – Paul and Karen True Trust to Justin and Deborah Bridge, $207,000 Rio Rancho Small Tracts Sub Exempt Lot 1 – Larry and Judith Ware to Hadley and Joan Bradbury, $898,000 Columbine Lake Block 3, Lots 14,15 – Gerald and Kathryne Vanner to Benny and Susan Law, $285,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 207, Block C – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Gordon McGlinchey and Brenda Kraft, $116,900 Winter Park Lodge II Bldg F, Unit 201 – Raymond and Judith Hall to Kenneth Richardson and Kelly Fraser, $137,500 Grand Country Estates TRT 77 – Richard Timothy Parry Living Trust to Cozens Pointe LLC, $65,000 Cozens Pointe at Grand Park Unit 201, Bldg B, Garage Unit B – Cozens Pointe LLC to Richard Parry and Abby Bleistein, $324,000 Villa Harbor Subdivision Lot 18 – Bell Crest Enterprises LLLP to William Henry Peltier III, $365,000 River Run Condominiums Unit 203, Bldg B – PennyMac Loan Services LLC to John and Barbara Rankin, $89,120 Copper Creek Lot 46 – John and Nancy Rice to Bruce Campbell, $299,999 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 27, Unit 8 – Smith Family Trust to James Reasor and Margaret Copeland, $160,600 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 111, Timeshare No 111504 – Tom and Louise Massoni to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 99, Timeshare No 099649 – Leo and Ann Lussier to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 91, Timeshare No. 091535 – Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association to Michael B Ensley Revocable Trust, $500 E.J. Vulgamotts 1st Block 5, Lots 1,2, Tabernash – Steven and Charlene Hayward to Chuck and Marie Huston, $52,000 Yacht Club Estates Lot 5 – FDIC, Firstier Bank to Gary and Linda Knippa, $1,250,000 Lakota Flg 3, Tract C, Lot 33 – SNAD II LP to M6 Capital LLC, $975,000 Longview Addn/Hot Sulphur Springs Block 15, Lots 10,11,12 – John and Taura Perdue to Roger and Michelle Gable, $213,000 Exhibit “A” Not Attached for Legal Description – Liberty Savings Bank FSB to Allen Schrieber and Suzette Kynor, $13,000 Lakeview Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 1, Bldg B – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Kenneth and Paulette Nolan, $106,000 Hamilton Hills Subdivision Exempt TRT 2 – Patricia Jacques to John and Florice Lietzke, $285,471 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 064, Timeshare No. 064128 – David and Sharon Anderson to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 035, Timeshare No. 035126 – Thomas Farrel and Joann Debruin-Farrell to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 3 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Robert and Debra Gnuse, $523,000 Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B U 6, Week 38 – Stephen and Susan Clemens to Naomi Yahn, $1,500 Slopeside Village Unit 113A, Bldg E – Stephen and Cary Paul to James Byerrum, $382,500 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3611 – Smith Living Trust to Hyo and Jina Kim, $360,000

Grand County residents experience firearms training simulator at Granby Town Hall

Grand County law enforcement agencies held a Community Night event Jan. 13 and 14 at the Granby Town Hall where county residents were offered an opportunity to experience a firearms training simulator. Dozens of people from throughout the County attended the event and tried their hand at the simulator. Representatives from each of the four local law enforcement agencies in Grand County were on hand liaising with the public as people waited for their turn on the simulator. The Firearms Training Simulator is a large projector and screen that functions somewhat similar to a videogame. The simulator utilizes a modified Glock handgun that fires an invisible laser beam from its barrel each time the trigger is pulled. To provide a more realistic experience the guns clip has been replaced by a carbon dioxide cartridge that causes the handgun to recoil without noise. Before a simulation starts the simulator operator gives the trainee a brief description of the scene they will soon hypothetically arrive at. The information given to the trainees is intentionally vague and is meant to evoke the confusion that can develop with early reports of criminal activity. When a simulation starts a prerecorded video is displayed on the screen. The simulator operator can choose from different scenarios within a particular simulation and the trainees, or citizens in last week's case, are expected to respond to the scenarios appropriately. "The simulator gives officers the opportunity to experience situations they may well confront in real life on the street and have the opportunity to react to that situation under circumstances where they are not placed in jeopardy," said Granby's Chief of Police Bill Housley. Fraser/Winter Park Chief of Police Glen Trainor echoed Housley's sentiments. "The valuable part for law enforcement is they are put in situations much more realistic than out at the range. It gives them decisional shooting training as opposed to just firing training." Both Housley and Trainor highlighted their hopes that the recent community night event will help foster positive interaction between law enforcement and the communities they serve while also providing civilians with a better understanding of the split-second decision making that is required by law-enforcement. "I think we were all hoping that the citizens would have a clearer understanding of the pressures law enforcement face," said Chief Trainor. "It's not as easy as it looks on TV." The Community Night event was held at the Granby Town Hall and was hosted by the Grand County Sheriff's Office, the Granby Police Department, the Kremmling Police Department and the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.