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Herald Democrat

Leadville, Colorado

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Vol. 137, No. 11 • 75 cents

Republicans nominate Glenn for commissioner by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer The Republican County Assembly, which elected local delegates to go the state convention, also added Mark Glenn as a Republican county commissioner candidate to the local ballot.

Photo by Ryan Fitzmaurice

Mark Glenn, who was nominated onto the ballot at the assembly for county commissioner, discusses his plans for Lake County.

Glenn, who will run in Pre-

cinct 3 against Bud Elliott and Tina Tekansik, said he wishes to make Lake County a more sustainable community by attracting more people to the area. “The more people we can get here, the more opportunities there can be for all of us,” Glenn said. Glenn said recreational activities especially should be encouraged. “Recreation of course is a huge thing here and hopefully that continues,” Glenn said. “This is God’s country.” Former State Senator Ken Chlouber said it’s about time Lake County has someone on the ballot with conservative values. “Mark Glenn shares your values,” Chlouber said to the assembly. “Thirty eight years ago, I did the same thing. I was the first Republican elected in this county in 35 years. Mark, you’re about to be the third elected.” Delegates who were elected to the state convention all expressed a diverse range of

By Ryan Fitzmaurice

Republican Senate candidate Charlie Ehler discusses his thoughts on Obamacare with the assembly.

preferences when it came to the candidate they would support at the convention. Victor Christian, who was elected as a delegate, said he

was voting for presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican Party has too long became a party of exclusion and not inclusion, Christian

said. His mother took offense when the Republicans brought evangelical preacher Billy Continued on page 3

‘New regime’ takes over Democratic Central Committee by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer Upheaval in the Lake County Democratic Party, born out of a caucus many said was improperly run and undemocratic, has led to a fundamental shift in the political landscape of Lake County. Former Democratic party chair Brad Littlepage, Robin Littlepage and Ken Olsen all resigned from the Democratic Central Committee on the afternoon of March 8 following the Democratic caucus . The Democratic Central Committee confirmed Sarah Dallas as the new chair and Abby Long as the vice chair in that night’s meeting. “Due to the regime change in our party it is obviously time for me to give up my seat as the Chairman of the LCDCC,” Littlepage wrote in his resignation letter. Littlepage and Olsen both

started the election season running for county commissioner as Democrats. Littlepage first resigned as party chair, along with dropping out of the county commissioner race on Feb. 1, stating that he chose to “explore the world over public service.” Littlepage rescinded his

resignation and reclaimed the chair on Feb. 9 due to concerns over an ethics hearing on the Democratic Central Committee agenda concerning Ken Olsen’s candidacy. The resignation was never made official as it was never sent to the state chair. Littlepage’s current resignation letter was sent to the

state chair on March 8. Olsen, who was running for office out of his accounting firm, dropped out of the race during the Democratic Central Committee Meeting held on Feb. 9 before an ethics conversation could be held. Delegates challenged The fallout from the 2016

Lake County Democratic Caucus did not stop with a turnover of the leadership. Carl Schaefer of Precinct 5 challenged the delegates of his precinct because the delegates stated the local candidates Continued on page 7

Climax seeks confidentiality agreement with BOCC by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer Climax Molybdenum has approached the county commissioners with the request to sign a confidentiality agreement with the county regarding the company’s taxes. The confidentiality agreement states that it applies to “all non-public information disclosed by Climax to Recipient in oral, written, visual, electronic, or other tangible form, whether before or after the date of this Agreement, that in any way relates or pertains to Climax and the issue

of taxes either due from, or due to, Climax.” Statements from all three commissioners in a special meeting Thursday morning on March 14 indicated they did not know what specifically the agreement pertained to except for taxes. “I don’t know what we could discuss that couldn’t be public. But there must be something, or else they wouldn’t give us this,” Hix said. County administrator Guy Patterson said even if the county signs the agreement, the county should shy away

from hiding anything from the public that should be available. “There’s going to be an action regarding their taxes that will be public. If there’s anything that’s egregious it will have to take part in front of this board,” Patterson said. “Do not expect to bend over backwards hiding stuff, that’s not how we operate. You’re going to have to allow us to have discussions in an open meeting, and if you can’t do that, I’m sorry, we’re limited.” Commissioner Dolores Semsack said she did not like the

possible implications of the agreement. The BOCC elected not to sign the agreement until it could approach Climax Molybdenum and see what specific information the company wishes to keep confidential. Since the board cannot meet with Climax Molybdenum as a board without it being a public meeting, it will instead form a delegation composed of one commissioner, one county staff-member, and one member of the county assessor’s office before its next meeting.

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