News in Brief
October 13, 2005
District attorney candidate Martin Beeson said Thursday he will begin circulating candidate petitions next week to get his name on the ballot for the recall election of Colleen Truden.Beeson and fellow candidate Chip McCrory, both Republicans, will have 15 days after Gov. Bill Owens sets the election to collect 1,000 signatures of registered Republicans in the 9th Judicial District counties of Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco. Only registered Republicans may sign because it is considered a party nomination, Beeson said. Petition circulators for the two candidates must also be registered Republicans.Beeson, who worked for Truden as a deputy district attorney, also took his former boss to task for asking workers in her office to contribute to her recall defense fund.”This sort of political arm-twisting – directed at employees who are in a vulnerable position and in fear of retribution if they don’t cough up the money – may be a new low for Truden,” Beeson said in a news release. “I am disappointed because the families and taxpayers of this district have a right to expect that the person primarily responsible for prosecuting criminals will strive to remain above reproach in order to maintain moral authority in her work.”At a news conference Wednesday, Truden said her office personnel have every right to decide if they want to contribute to her campaign.
EAGLE – Calls to local voters about the home-rule ballot questions have been made by a group apparently operating illegally.The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has no paperwork for the group placing the calls, which calls itself Citizens for Eagle County’s Future.A couple of employees at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office received recorded calls Wednesday evening. And the call County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton received got under her skin.”It’s unfortunate when people don’t play by the rules,” Simonton said. “That’s what full disclosure is all about.”As of Thursday, Simonton didn’t know who was behind the calls. If those people can be identified, and someone complains, the committee could land in some trouble. Violators can be fined between two and five times the amount raised and/or spent while conducting an illegal campaign. (From the Vail Daily)
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team ended an eight-month investigation into heroin distribution in the Roaring Fork Valley on Oct. 9 when officers arrested two local women. The investigation began in February 2005, when TRIDENT began receiving information that heroin was being distributed in the valley. It also received information on local people being hospitalized for possible overdoses of heroin. Since the investigation began, TRIDENT identified six individuals involved in purchasing heroin in Denver and transporting it to the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale area for use and distribution. The suspects made multiple trips every week to Denver to purchase the heroin. Since February, TRIDENT has made nine felony arrests related to heroin use. TRIDENT made the final two arrests – of Chesley Seldeen, 38, and Shanti Waldrop, 33 – early Sunday morning. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Seldeen has been charged with possession, possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin and unlawful use of heroin.Waldrop is charged with conspiracy to distribute and unlawful use of heroin. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)