A mink farm that’s been under pressure in the past week was denied a conditional use permit by Moffat County commissioners at their Tuesday meeting. The farmers pursued the permit even after their farm was raided by an unidentified individual or group. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident. All of the farmers’ mink were set free in the raid, and although many were recaptured, all are useless as breeding stock. They can only be sold for their pelts. That decreases the price of the mink from more than $250,000 to about $10,000, the farmers said. In an anonymous e-mail, the Earth Liberation Front alleged it perpetrated the act and praised the individual or individuals who carried it out.
Two Hayden ballots that were not counted because there was something wrong with them, such as not being signed, will not affect the outcome of the Hayden School Board race nor will they trigger a recount.
Like the majority of Colorado communities, Moffat County voted by a landslide against the passage of Amendment 66. The outcome from Tuesday’s elections saw 77 percent of county voters, more than 3,000, cast their votes against the proposed legislation, which would have created a two-tiered tax increase intended to raise nearly $1 billion annually for the purpose of school funding across the state.
Voters said "yes" to extend term limits for two elected officials, coroner and surveyor,, and voted "no" on the others, including Moffat County commissioners. Specifically, voters were asked whether term limits should be extended from two consecutive terms to three.
Dinosaur voted to keep the sale of retail marijuana outside of city limits Tuesday.
Voters approved a measure that will allow Moffat County to increase the county debt to make improvements to the Shadow Mountain modular home development. This will be a great step for the community, said Director of Moffat County Development Services Roy Tipton. “I think it’s a good deal for the people living there,” he said “Something needed to be done there.”
Moffat County voters decided not to pursue secession with 54.6 (2,169 against) and 45 percent (1,768 voters) in favor, according to figures released by Lila Herod, clerk and recorder for the county. A total of 3,992 people casted votes in Moffat County. Voters decided to extend term limits from two consecutive terms to three for only two of the seven measures, with the county surveyor and coroner given the green light to run for a third term.
Three Hayden School Board candidates agreed Tuesday that educating families about the importance of education is crucial for the district and students to succeed.
This election year is the first that House Bill 1303 will go into effect, making mail-in ballots the primary method of voting. Voters still can head to the Moffat County Courthouse to vote at the polls, but that will be their only polling location.
Moffat County citizens can perform their civic duty come November and vote on state, county and municipal issues. While the 2013 coordinated election hasn’t exhibited the same frenzy as a general election, there still are some hot topics that have riled up Moffat County and Colorado residents. Mail-in ballots for the November election will go out starting Tuesday to voters around Craig and Moffat County. Among the issues for which residents will be voting for or against are state educational funding, local term limits and potential county secession.
Moffat County School District Board of Education candidates got a chance to present their positions to the public at a forum held at Moffat County High School on Thursday night. The event was moderated by the MCHS speech team. They covered a wide range of issues, including Amendment 66, standardized testing, the challenges Moffat County School District faces, declining enrollment and the relationship board members should have with school staff. Ten of the 11 candidates were there; Christine Balderston, District 6 incumbent, could not make it to the forum.
A candidate for state treasurer stopped in Craig and Steamboat as part of his statewide listening tour. In July, Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn announced his candidacy for treasurer in the 2014 election and since then has been high-tailing it across each Colorado county. So far, the Democrat has been through 38 counties, but his plan is to hit all 64.