County reins in parties

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In May, a graduation party at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion got out of control and police had to break it up.

A few weeks ago, police had to respond to a domestic dispute during a party at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

According to county officials, more and more parties at county facilities are getting out of control.

"It's just escalating," said faci--lities coordinator Stephanie Pearce.

Pearce met with local law enforcement, Moffat County commissioners and facility directors in recent weeks to discuss new policies for county facilities.

The new rules mean security will be required for any event where alcohol is served and the $500 security deposit must be cash or a money order, no checks.

Current rules require security at dances and events that charge admission.

Pearce said she hopes the new rules will cut down on fights and the number of calls to police.

The $500 deposit could be less for small parties at picnic facilities, Pearce said.

Pearce said the new rules haven't been finalized, but she hopes to have the commissioners sign off on them soon.

Parties that don't have security will be patrolled by deputies from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to make sure alcohol isn't served.

Moffat County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Holford said deputies responded to about five calls at county facilities during the summer.

"It's not necessarily how many times it happened," Holford said, "but how many times it could have."

He said the patrols will keep people from having parties that are much bigger than what they told the county they had planned.

Bill Sixkiller, director of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, said people commonly schedule small parties that turn into large ones.

He said the new rules probably will mean more paperwork for him, but he thinks the rules will cut back on out-of-control parties.

"I think it will probably be a better deal in the long run," he said.

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