Dinosaur mayoral recall petition fails

Lead organizer won't seek another effort

A petition proposing to recall Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell was deemed insufficient and fell short of the required number of signatures, town officials said Tuesday.

Vernal, Utah, resident Dorothy Slaugh submitted the petition, containing 22 signatures, four more than required, on Friday afternoon. Town attorney Ed Sands reviewed the document and submitted his findings Tuesday morning.

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The review indicates five people who signed the petition are not registered voters, a requirement of state law, and three more people who signed were listed with incorrect addresses, Dinosaur town clerk Tamara Long said.

By throwing out the eight signatures where fault was found, the number is reduced to 14 signatures, or four short of the required 18.

It appears, based on the comments of the petition's lead organizer, the review effectively ends any recall attempts against Powell, who was elected by a wide margin in April 2006.

"Not after going through this three or four times now," said Slaugh, when asked whether there would be another recall effort. "They're just playing it by their rules. I knew they would find some kind of reason."

Slaugh's dispute with Dinosaur stems from a proposal she put forth to bring a new business to the small town 90 miles west of Craig. City officials denied the proposal.

However, Slaugh hasn't been the lone town resident to undertake a petition against Powell. A contingent of residents have been trying to oust the mayor since last year, but previous attempts, like the most recent one, failed because petitions submitted did not meet Colorado Revised Statutes.

Slaugh said considerable time and expense, namely fees paid to an attorney to review the document, had gone into the recall petition. She is not willing to again put forth the effort and money, Slaugh said.

"Absolutely not," she said. "If they want to wallow in the hog trough they've made, they can wallow in it."

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