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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Vol. 137, No. 3 • 75 cents
Olsen changes address to run for office by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer Ken Olsen will be running against Bud Elliott for the District 3 county commissioner seat, currently held by Bruce Hix, and has listed his accounting firm as his residence. Olsen’s residence, as recorded in the Salida, Leadville
and Buena Vista Yellowbook, is 1833 Silver Eagle Ct. Currently, Dolores Semsack represents the district in which 1833 Silver Eagle Ct. is located, District 1. Olsen served as Dist. 1 commissioner for two terms starting in 2003. Semsack is serving her second term and will retain the seat
until the 2018 election. Currently Olsen has listed “731 HWY 24 S” as his residence on his voter affidavit, which is the location of his accounting firm “Kenneth L Olsen Inc Pa: Olsen Kenneth L CPA. ” According to Statute 1-4205 of the Colorado Election
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Statutes, “No person shall be a county commissioner unless that person is a registered elector and has resided in the district for at least one year prior to election.” Elliott said Olsen has violated this statute on two accounts. The first is that his business does not count as a residence. The second is that Olsen submitted his voter registration form with the changed address on Nov. 13, 2015. With the election taking place on Nov. 8, 2016, Olsen has failed to be a registered resident of the district for an entire year, Elliott said. Olsen said his actions are entirely within state statute. “I am free to change my residency if I want to,” Olsen told the Herald Democrat. Olsen would not respond to questions asked by the Herald Democrat on whether he was living at the 731 U.S. 24 address. County Clerk Patty Berger said that Olsen is free to claim
his business as his residence and that the property was built as a house. “That is his business,” Berger said. “Many people run businesses out of their own homes.” Berger said that upon hearing concerns that Olsen’s candidacy was not valid, she asked Olsen to confirm the property was his residence. She said Olsen provided copies of tax bills and sanitation bills, among other documents. Berger said it all checked out, and that she is not required to validate if the property is a residency any further than that. “We don’t have to follow him. We don’t have to peek through the windows,” Berger said. “We don’t have to do any of that.” Berger confirmed that Olsen did turn his registration in on Nov. 13, but said regisContinued on page 3
A black Ford pickup topples over on Colo. 91 roughly a half-mile past mile marker four at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported.
LLCEDC updates its activities by Marcia Martinek Herald Editor The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation has been in business for 2 1/2 years now, and it invited the community to an annual update last week. Using numbers rather than business names, Nicole Thompson, executive director, revealed that since its inception the LLCEDC has helped 29 existing businesses, assisted 28 entrepreneurs, assisted four businesses with alternate financing options (less than $10,000), worked with three potential businesses and numerous investors.
It has a close association with local realtors when site location is needed, serves as a clearing house for information, provided eight training sessions with 75 attendees and is providing monthly articles in the Herald Democrat, she continued. Thompson touched on some concerns expressed that the LLCEDC is a secret organization and acknowledged that client records are confidential, and especially discussing potential business transactions. However, she said, the organization does conduct an annual meeting and a summer open house that are open to the public. A variety of five-year goals were discussed. Within these goals was a survey of local businesses, 50 percent
of which is expected to be completed by year’s end. Revitalizing downtown is one of the goals, and this includes work on the Main Street Program, feasibility studies for the Tabor Opera House and the convention center at the mining museum. It will also include consideration of a restaurant association, museum association and creation of a promotional association to result in six events. Keith Moffett, a m e m b e r o f t he L L C E D C board, announced that 17 new members joined the organization in the past year with a current membership of 71. The LLCEDC grew
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Lake County High School Panther Nathanael Main finishes in 15th place in the slalom at Beaver Creek. The Alpine ski team is doing well in competition this season. See story on page 19.