Op-Ed: ElCo Republicans lack common sense, low-cunning

Elbert County Republican Party urges citizens to "Rebel..... Say No.... Revolt,....Refuse to Comply..... Tell your Government Listen or ELSE and Tell our Enemies Within .....WE THE PEOPLE ARE COMING !  A Mighty Storm From Within !"
This leaves me somewhat confused, considering that the Republicans are in fact a political party of the government, hold a majority in our national government, have sworn to put down rebellions, uphold law, etc.  Perhaps the insurrection they would undertake is not literal, but figurative?
What happened to the Republican party that they now lack even the low cunning to exercise their hard-won political majority to affect policies they desire without insurrection?  A house divided against itself cannot stand, etc. etc. but it seems that the common sense to not burn down your own house is now lacking.

Volume 6 Issue 8

SPECIAL REPORT- ELBERT COUNTY BOCC TO DISCUSS COUNTY ORDINANCES WITH SHERIFF HEAP

VISIT THE CASTLE ROCK HISTORY MUSEUM (303) 814-3164

NEWS, INFORMATION and COLUMNS
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK RESEARCH CONFERENCE OPEN AND FREE
UPDATE TO ECSO CLOSING INVESTIGATION ON COMMISSIONERS
THE LONELY MONK

GOT HAY? KEN HOLDER DOES! (303) 243-0845

STEVE RICKETT – ADVENTURES OF AN ACCELERATED BONDSMAN
VISIT THE ENOS MILLS CABIN MUSEUM! (970) 586-4706
ECLECTICA by Deepak Morris
AVERAGE J IN TAIPEI – BOMB PANCAKES
HOLLYWOOD INSIDER EXPLAINS WHY AMERICAN SNIPER DID NOT WIN AWARDS

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Participate in RMNP research conference

By Kyle Patterson - - - Rocky Mountain National Park’s 2015 Biennial Research Conference will be held on March 4, and 5, in the Estes Park Town Board Room.  The park hosts one of the largest research programs in the National Park System, with more than 100 research permits active each year.  Park partners in research come from other federal agencies, the State of Colorado and universities around the world.  Last year, citizen scientists volunteered thousands of hours to research projects. In addition, hundreds of students participate in field data collections and lab analysis.  More than one-hundred scientists are expected to attend this two-day meeting to discuss a variety of research projects.
        The conference is free and open to all interested members of the community.  No registration is required. The conference begins on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.  Sessions will end by 4:30 p.m. each day.  A complete schedule is available at: http://www.nps.gov/rlc/continentaldivide/research-conference.htm
        Researchers will present for 20 minutes each.  Talks are organized into sessions covering related subjects.  Wednesday sessions will focus on citizen science, science literacy, youth engagement, current management issues, climate change, visitor use and wilderness, aquatic science and disturbance. These sessions will include presentations on fire, floods, bark beetles, nitrogen deposition, streams and student projects.
        Thursday sessions will include wildlife and birds, vegetation, historic perspectives, fisheries, alpine and subalpine and air and water quality.  These sessions will include presentations on elk, ptarmigan, black bears, limber pine, aspen, trout, alpine tundra, air pollution and McGraw Ranch. In addition to presentations, thirty-two posters on a rich variety of subjects will be presented during a poster session on Thursday morning.
        The 2015 Research Conference celebrates 100 years of research at Rocky Mountain National Park, promotes collaboration between the park and its partners, provides a forum for researchers and park staff to share discoveries, highlights the past, current, and future issues relevant to park management, creates opportunities for young professionals and scientists to engage with park staff and the public and encourages dialogue between the park, the public, students and scientists.

        The Town Board Room is in the Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Avenue.  For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

ECSO closes investigation on Commissioner Dore, Zoning and Building Code

From Lt. Mattive, Elbert County Sheriff's Office, cc'd to Sheriff Shayne Heap 
Email sent 2/17/15


Aaron,

The case with Kelly Dore is also being closed. I have looked into this and according to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies she is not required to have licensure. Her past time spent as a LSW may still be put on her resume. She is not practicing medicine according to them.

In addition, Sorry for the delayed response I am wrapping up the case with the assessor’s office. Although there is evidence of lack of training and understanding on the employee’s part to include the one you requested immunity from prosecution from, there is no evidence of intentional behavior or knowingly committing a crime.

If you have any additional questions please send them to me or call [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED BY EDITOR]

Hope this helps answer some questions.

Lt. Mattive

From Aaron Brachfeld, Meadowlark Herald
email replied 2/18/15

Thank you for the invitation for additional questions - and your prompt response.
1) I would request, if it were possible, information from you on
   a) the contact information of the investigator at DORA to whom I should address additional questions?
   b) your evidence that she is a licensed social worker, including her license number?

2) I am aware that some crimes require the element of intention, and others do not.  I would request a statement regarding 
   a) the necessity of the element of intention in the crime of abuse of public records and obstruction of justice and how the ECSO determines intention through investigation?
   b) the lack of intention evidenced in the August 28, 1997 BOCC meeting in which the Planner (Wolf), and Commissioners, express knowledge of an invalidity of the zoning and building codes, and their intention to illegally adopt maps without public review, together with Wolf's testimony, and the testimony of Scheidt, in case 2006CV304 explaining it was their intent to circumvent the legal adoption of the law, and the law's subsequent invalidity?

3) I would also request a statement regarding the recent affirmations by the Federal and State courts that the public records are invalid, allowing victims to seek relief - why is it your belief that the People cannot seek relief against the criminal elements of these violations as well?

4) Are public copy of your investigations available?  I would request a copy of them, that I may post them with the story.

5) Whether they are public or not, what are the case numbers for these investigations so that I can reference them?  

Thank you for your time and effort!

Update:
Citing their busyness, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office did not respond to the questions, but directed the Herald to undertake an open records request to obtain the answers.  

Because of the nature of the questions, it is unclear whether the open records request would result in 
1) the license number of Kelly Dore or the contact at DORA
2) the necessity of intention as an element in the crime of abuse of public records, obstruction of justice and how the ECSO determines intention through investigation
3) a statement regarding why only civil relief is open to citizens harmed by the crimes of Elbert County


Volume 6 Issue 7

SPECIAL REPORT - ELBERT COUNTY’S APPEALING JUDGMENTS - VISIT THE CASTLE ROCK HISTORY MUSEUM (303) 814-3164 - NEWS, INFORMATION and COLUMNS - BULLYING AT LIMON SCHOOLS - GOT HAY? KEN HOLDER DOES! (303) 243-0845 - MERMAIDS AND MORE AT CASTLE ROCK HISTORY MUSEUM - GARY “TWOHORSE” GREEN: LEARN ABOUT YOUR PRESIDENTS - VISIT THE ENOS MILLS CABIN MUSEUM! (970) 586-4706 - ECLECTICA by Deepak Morris - AVERAGE J IN TAIPEI - LAMA TSULTRIM TO OFFER TELETEACHING FEBRUARY 28 - CHOD IN A CEMETERY FOR LUNATICS AND CRIMINALS - THE BUDDHA IS DEAD - M&L FARM – GOAT MILK, GOAT SOAP, AND MORE! (720) 317-7638 - THE FAILURE OF JUSTICE IN THE DEATH PENALTY - TAO TE CHING - AND MORE!
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Subpoenas for Elbert County's leadership in 13CV100

Readers requested the subpoenas issued for Elbert County's leaders to attend or attend and produce documents in 13CV100, the case in which the Judge has already declared Elbert County lacks authority to require building permits for agricultural buildings (and made other orders too) be posted to the Herald's website... Some wanted to see how a subpoena looked, others wanted to see the documents which were requested to be produced.  One thought that the subpoenas should be posted if only to prove they had been issued and served.  In any case, they are presented here.


UPDATE: ELBERT COUNTY JUDGE RULES NO BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED FOR AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES!
http://meadowlarkherald.blogspot.com/2015/01/judge-strikes-elbert-county-ag-building.html
Read the order here: 
http://meadowlarkherald.blogspot.com/2015/02/carolyn-parkinson-of-elbert-county-cds.html

Volume 6 Issue 6

SPECIAL REPORT: Legislature not rescuing Robert Rowland, Carolyn Parkinson of Elbert County Government is a liar – and thief, Highway to Hell, Remembering the Gilpin School, Average J, Studying the Bible with Linda Hobden, Buddhism, and so much more!
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The Purpose of God - Reading the Bible with Linda Hobden

by Linda Hobden - - -  The first four books of the New Testament, (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are known as the Gospels or good news, the translation of the Greek word euangelion. These four books contain the good news proclaimed by Jesus and the good news about Him. While the Gospels differ from the NT letters and we'll approach them differently, our goal is the same: to discover the intended meaning and how to apply it to our life.
        The gospels tell us a lot about Jesus from direct witnesses but are not like biographies of today. They offer a glimpse of Jesus' life in Israel during His ministry with only Matthew and Luke providing  information about His birth. Many of Jesus' actions are addressed topically, rather than in the order they occurred. This bothers people used to a timeline order of events.
        There are also many instances of differences in the Gospels. Matthew and Luke switch the order of the 2nd and 3rd temptations of Jesus, and Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit" and Luke 6:20 "Blessed are you who are poor" are examples of this. They are not proof of errors in the Bible, but instead demonstrate the individuality of each of the authors who, like all "reporters," have different viewpoints and are selecting the materials that best emphasize their point.
        The gospels connect smaller events to assemble a larger picture. To properly interpret them we need to  discover 1) what each event is telling us about Jesus, and 2) the main point the writer is conveying by the order he uses in grouping these events together.
        We will start by addressing how to read the individual events. First, ask the standard questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? By writing these down you can often discover the author's main point. 
        Look for clues the author himself may provide you. Luke 14:7 says, "When He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, He told them this parable". Even those unfamiliar with this story will continue reading, fairly sure that it has something to do with pride and humility. In Mark 7:1-23, Jesus confronts the Pharisees and those that taught the law regarding ritual purity. To ensure we understand his point, Mark explains "In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean" (7:19), explaining it isn't the digestive tract but the heart that makes a person unclean.
        Third, pay attention to anything that is repeated, such as words, phrases or topics. NT writers didn't have the ability to italicize or bold an important point so they used repetition to get our attention.
        Fourth, observe whenever quotation marks are used. When the author discloses a conversation, it will usually provide strong clues regarding the point he wants to make.
        Now that we know how to interpret an individual event or story, what should we look for when studying a string of stories? Look for connections in the surrounding passages that each author has chosen. Pay attention to the way they provide different aspects of His identity, the teaching methods He used, and the responses He received from both His disciples and the crowds that followed Him. These will bring the message into focus.
        Remember to look for patterns, cause and effect events and changes in location, audience and teaching methods used. Also remember to ignore the chapter and verse breaks. The occurrence of Jesus' calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41), would fit more appropriately in chapter five with the examples of Jesus' power over demons, disease and death.

        So, what is the purpose of the gospels, since they are too small to provide in-depth knowledge about His public ministry, His messages or even His miracles? Ah, therein lies the reason for the unique construction of the four gospels. Each one focuses on a different aspect of His purpose in stepping into time as one of His creation.
        Matthew focuses on Christ as the prophesied King.
        Mark, on His example of an obedient servant.
        The physician, Luke, points to Jesus as the perfect man.
        Lastly, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God, born on this earth in order to die in our place, satisfying the penalty for sin for those who believe on Him.
         But, simply knowing the author's point isn't enough. The Bible is an instruction manual, and our task is to appropriately apply what we've learned. Since Jesus has power over storms, disease and death, does that mean He will deliver us from bankruptcy, tornadoes or cancer? If not, why not? 
        Those are good questions that will be addressed in the next post. Until then I have a question for you to ponder. Whatever happened to Lazarus and the others that Jesus raised from the dead?
        Metaphors and Similes make comparisons, metaphors by implication ("You ARE the salt of the earth" Matthew 5:13), while similes plainly state the comparison, using the words "as" or "like"; Matthew 23:27  Jesus tells the Pharisees, "You are LIKE whitewashed tombs." Remember we're looking for the comparison the author intended. One of salt's functions is as a preservative, thus the disciples were to halt the corrosion of society.  Whitewashed tombs keep decomposing bodies out of sight, a sharp picture of the state of the hearts of the Pharisees.
        Narrative Irony, on the other hand, uses contrasts to make a point, often with a surprising turn of events. Remember Mary and Martha? Martha almost certainly expected Jesus to instruct Mary to get busy and help out and was surprised when SHE was the one mildly rebuked by the Lord!
        Parallelism joins two lines of thought together in three different ways.
        - Synonymous uses similar words to say the same thing. Mark 4:22 "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light."
        - Contrastive  uses contrast between the two lines. Mark 4:25 "For whoever, has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."
        -Developmental repeats and advances the thought to a conclusion. John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me shall  come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out."
        Last, but not least, Parables, were commonly used by Jesus throughout the Gospels. A parable is a story that has a deeper meaning than the one on the surface. A good approach to find the hidden meaning is to 1) look for one main point for each main character or group, and 2) ensure the points are ones Jesus' audience would have understood.
        Since most people are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) let's look at it.          

3 Main Characters               - - -         The Deeper Meaning
Man that was beaten           - - -          Even people that are despised and hated can demonstrate love
Religious leaders                - - -          Their actions displayed their lack of love for others
Samaritan                           - - -          Though shunned and detested, he had compassion

 I am so glad God blessed us with four accounts about Jesus' life while He was here on the earth. The Gospels declare the "good news" that though we have sinned and fallen far short of God's standard, He has provided a substitute to take our punishment.

HB 1074 won't rescue Robert Rowland

By Aaron Brachfeld - - - HB 1074, which is co-sponsored by Legislator Vigil and Senator Crowder, has drawn the attention of those following Elbert County Commissioner Robert Rowland’s case before the Colorado Court of Appeals (14CA312). 
        Local conservative and liberal partisans are either afraid or hopeful that the bill will rescue the Commissioner (convicted of misuse of public funds last year), and in their partisan print are being seen opinions that the bill was somehow crafted with Robert Rowland in mind.  However, it is the opinion of the Herald that such views are myopic at best, and when expressed in extreme present an almost paranoid perspective.  But in any case are certainly groundless.
        Colorado is a big place.  And – sometimes for better, and often for worse – the rest of the State usually cares so little about us as to forget we – and all our extensive troubles – exist at all. 
        In other forgotten counties, this neglect has given rise through cooperative and progressive values to a spirit of self-sufficient individualism.  Yet here, our neglect has allowed a culture of corruption to take root that, when the rest of the world finally peeks in, we shock the conscience of the courts of the American Federation and find our puny laws torn down. 
        Robert Rowland’s crimes were and remain despicable, but despite his (numerous) criminal and unethical behaviors, Rowland has presented by far a better example of Americanism than ever has been given in this County.  And perhaps a sane and logical response to a situation that has grown too far out of hand.  Yet I would certainly stop before I end up praising either Elbert County or Robert Rowland – my ethical standard must is much higher than to allow that.
        For those unfamiliar with HB 1074, it presents a limitation of liability for County Commissioners – but does not extend the shielding provided by the CGIA, in that if a County Commissioner violates the law, they are still liable (civilly and criminally) for their crimes.  However, it effectively prevents lawsuits brought against Commissioners without the claimant first providing proof that the Commissioner acted independent of their duties.  Read it here: http://statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/15/1074_ren.pdf
        HB 1074 was conceived by former Costilla County Commissioner Edward Vigil who himself faced such a lawsuit when a disgruntled employee sued Costilla County – and all of its Commissioners individually,  as well.  In 2009, Rael v. Costilla County Board of County Commissioners (https://casetext.com/case/rael-v-costilla-county-board-of-county-commissioners) resulted in a judicial opinion nearly identical to the language of the law proposed in 2015 by now Legislator Vigil.  Vigil’s bill passed unanimously in the House, and will likely pass unanimously in the Senate; it is sound, and ethical.
        Senator Crowder who, according to the State Legislature’s website, is no longer on the Committee of Local Affairs, has grown far too moderate for his increasingly polarized Republican party.  The senior Senator has been forced recently to build bipartisan support in his district by reaching out to Democrats like Vigil.  Senate Bill 15 23, also co-sponsored by Crowder and Vigil, limits the rights of drivers of off-road vehicles on highways – hardly controversial.  As is, really, HB 1074.
        Why Elbert County Democrats would fear an anti-logging, anti-mining, pro-poor housing, environmentalist Democratic Legislator would team up with a moderate Republican Senator to try to rescue Robert Rowland is something of a mystery.  That our local Republicans share that belief only goes to show the preoccupation with Elbert County affairs must stop.
        There is dystopia in such myopia.  The Herald will refrain from contributing to this growing paranoia.  Rather, as entertaining as local affairs are, the Herald shall undertake a wider look at the world and try to place things in context with what is going on elsewhere in Colorado and the West. 

        Against such perspective of Americanism, perhaps it may be hoped that Colorado and the West will perceive what is going on in Elbert County better, too.

Carolyn Parkinson of Elbert County CDS is a liar and a thief

Carolyn Parkinson of Elbert County CDS has said that I, the Editor of the Herald, prints lies.  She says Judge Spear did not conclude that section 30-28-205(1), CRS says a building permit for structures that are used for the sole purpose of providing shelter for agricultural implements, farm products, livestock or poultry is not required.

Readers had the good idea that to refute these lies I should post the Order to the Herald's website.  Here it is - check out page 9, section 6.

Yet gauging the response of the readers - I must ask...when the conscience of the Federal Court has been shocked by what has gone on here in Elbert County, isn't yours by what you have read in the Herald?

The victims are countless.  Thousands of homes, families, businesses have been ruined.  In every town, in every neighborhood, even among those charged with enforcing the laws there are victims.  Rules which are illegal and backed by force are not law, they are extortion.

Yet the full extent of the crimes here, and the full extent of the avarice of our leadership, is and will likely remain a mystery because the County's financial and other records have been damaged, abused and in cases destroyed.  The terrible truth of what happened here has become like the Peace of God - in that its surpasses all understanding.

I call upon you now to non-violently disturb even that Peace of God.

In Colorado it has been our custom since the earliest days of our State that a Defender begs for relief after they are injured, appealing for their rights after they are usurped by a pretender.  Yet we must now undertake new customs.  There are few of us that can withstand the injuries of extensive legal battles waged by Elbert County, nor the interruption in our businesses or lives.  We must therefore not wait to be injured, but when threatened, demand Elbert County explain to us and the Courts by what right they would injure us by their aggression?

Carolyn Parkinson is a liar.  She is also a thief.  Elbert County is a government of criminals and thieves.  Law is a fiction here, and these criminals care nothing for the Orders of a Judge.  We now have a government of those strong enough to oppress those too weak to resist them.  My friends, you must now ask yourselves - will you be strong?

I hope you will, for I care for all of you.  And if you are not strong enough to enlist the help of a lawyer, do not give up.  Ken and I could not afford a lawyer.  I have only a high school education, as does Ken.  We loved the law enough to learn it; we loved our homes and livelihoods enough to defend them.  We wanted only to be left alone, in peace - so we disturbed the Peace of God.

Ken Holder and I, business partners and friends, each of us were together victims of this shocking crime - but we refused to be cowed.  Will you?

Resist the County's aggression.  But also resist emulating their violence.  Demand the courtesy you are due.

Don't wait another minute.  Here is a link to our State's constitution, statutes and court rules.  http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/ 

 

Here is the original petition, which is referenced: if it was written by two men of little means and with only high school educations, burdened by the endless busyness of business, what can you do?  What should you do when you are confronted with the aggression of Elbert County?