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Volume 5 Issue 50

SPECIAL REPORT: Goodbye Mr. Commissioner Kurt Schlegel - Review of holiday lodging in Elbert County - The Gold Camp Road Christmas Tour - Studying the bible with Linda Hobden- The war on Christmas - Remember the blizzard of 1915- Buddhism   and so much more!
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Remembering Kurt Schlegel

Aaron Brachfeld - - - I will not lie, many times we have had at the Herald a bit of fun at Mr. Schlegel’s expense, and frequently we deal with politicians and politics with a degree of sarcasm - but this will not be one of those times.  In preparation for his retirement as Elbert County Commissioner, we contacted Aurora Fire Department for memorabilia of Kurt Schlegel to bid him a fair well.
        Mr. Schlegel’s lengthy career of public service will likely not end with his retirement from the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners, though at this time Mr. Schlegel has not indicated publically what he intends to do afterward.
        Going through the Herald’s extensive notebook on him, we recall that shortly after he took office, Shayne Heap thought Schlegel was “a pretty good guy.” 
        Though harshly criticized by Democrats and some old-line Republicans for being too partisan and too conservative, and often speculated as being at the heart of numerous shenanigans and controversies, the failed attempt to recall him from office and his unanimous election to office tell the story that, for whatever shady dealings he may have been involved in, the public forgave him because the job required of him was necessarily a dirty one. 
        He will likely be remembered for his efforts against Elbert County’s extensive corruption and especially his leadership in reforming the Elbert County Republican Party – an institution which he clearly venerated.  His quiet reflection, deeply contemplative and speculative attention to duty, his foresight and competence will be missed. 

        And, especially here at the Herald, for his special gift of annoying the hell out of the Democrats.  And the derelict e-zine New-Plains.com, which cruelly depicted Mr. Schlegel in its comic strip “MJ McShay.”  We hope Mr. Schlegel has some satisfaction of outlasting New-Plains.  That being said, it is only appropriate to end this commemoration with a quote from the only time the Meadowlark Herald was publically acknowledged by Mr. Schlegel.  “Little or no factual information to be found at the "Meadowlark Herald"”  And yes, we especially appreciated the quotation marks around “Meadowlark Herald.”

Very Special Elbert County BOCC Meeting 12-17-2014

There was cursing, there was obscenity. Helicopter flybys, Rowland’s sweet little hot chipmonk, wardrobe advice, and finding $90,000. And there was a BOCC meeting.

by Aaron Brachfeld  - - - I attended the special meeting of the Elbert County BOCC today.  It is not necessarily a great achievement, but it is something that not many people can say they did and that puts me in something of a sentimental mood.
        Though I was the only member of the audience, I was not the only one in a sentimental mood.  Commissioners Rowland and Schlegel were there, talking with their Clerk and incoming Commissioner Kelly Dore.  I really don’t know about what, as the conversation came to an abrupt stop when Mr. Rowland gave me a big “hello, Aaron!”
        We were all waiting for 10 am, but though the festivities had not begun, the mood was jolly.  As a journalist, I can use the term “jolly” with some degree of accuracy, and will stick by the word.  Without cameras to record the meeting or any member of the public to inspect the goings on of their government, the meeting grew to have more of the feeling of an office party, rather than the decorum of an official government function.  There was cursing, there was obscenity. And a BOCC meeting too.
        Rowland showed off his new magnificent vest.  It was made of microfibers – he likes microfibers and hybrid materials when layering up.  He liked the microfibers so much that he bought a similar vest for all his family – including his grandkids. 
        The County Attorney, having walked in, sat himself in the center among the growing crowd.  He also likes microfibers.  But he has to keep a “nice” softshell and a “hiking” softshell, because he tends to dirty up or even rip the delicate material on his wilderness walks.  I can only suppose that when he is walking in the wilderness, it is not on official government business – though, I understand he was hired to bury a few bodies and tidy up the desperate situation in Elbert County’s government, and one should not easily presume that such a man of business as Mr. Gately might easily devote himself so wholly to the pleasures of recreation.  Or that there are not a few literal bodies to be buried, besides those numerous figurative ones that give him so much to do.
        Commissioner Schlegel remarked that he had heard First Lady Obama had been mistaken for a Target employee while shopping in Target and interpreted it as racist.  This drew a general response of laughter, and numerous bits of dark humor regarding the frequent allegations of racism made by the First Family, and other Democrats (the reader must pardon me the pun, for it presents with journalistic integrity the best description of the moment).  Kelly Dore dropped her voice low – in that oh-so-knowing way to confide one of those unfortunately unavoidable socially embarrassing circumstances we all face - and remarked she even once made the same mistake, but the person was wearing a red vest.  At this time, I must confess, so the reader might as easily forgive Dore as she was today, I too once mistook a shopper for a Target employee. But in my defense, they were wearing a red vest, had a Target name tag on, and there was little way for me to know she was on break.  Though she seemed to think I should have known that.
        The conversation wandered pleasantly here and there along the lines of national politics and headline news from the international desk.  The Gately confessed his doubts that we were raising a generation of soft, stupid, entitled kids.  To this, Kelly Dore heartfully agreed, and provided several examples from her own experience.  Rowland and Schlegel encouraged the Esquire, eventually children must learn responsibility.
        Schlegel remarked that headline news is disappointing, he could find little information about the school shooting in Pakistan.  It was Gately’s turn to encourage the Commissioner: it should encourage Pakistan to no longer straddle fence, and let us do what we need to in their borders, he reasoned.  Rowland shook his head at the evil which was to him unconscionable. 
        Kelly voiced fear that ISIS will take over Russia now that the price of oil is dropping: they have based so much of their economy on petroleum.  I found this remark particularly interesting, considering that Elbert County is seeking a petroleum-based economy.
        Rowland was indignant that we are feeding North Korea and now they are cyberattacking Hollywood and Sony.  After concerned looks from his friends, he quickly explained that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Hollywood or Sony, but he finds it shocking they would attack us even as we feed them.
        The subject wandered into society and culture.  Gately expressed eagerness for the final installment of the Hobbit movies.  Rowland, too, was excited – the book it is based upon was one of his favorites in High School.  His children were just watching a series on television – a sci fi story about the moon – and he was shocked at how much movies and television has changed.  Now there’s nudity and violence everywhere.  His favorite shows when growing up were Red Skeleton and Howdy Duty.  He adored Charlie Chaplin.  Often, he had to hold aluminum foil against the antennas to boost the signal. 
        Schlegel was enjoying a cool bottle of water, Rowland some homebrewed coffee.  Kelly had purchased coffee and was sipping from a Styrofoam cup.  Gately drank nothing. 
        When Kelly Dore remarked one of her children wanted a live tiger for Christmas, Gately expressed his own concern for the tigers in Asia because poachers are killing not  only the tigers for medicinal herbs, but destroying the deer and wild boars the tigers eat, forcing them to attack and eat people.  There is in that much wisdom.
        We learned that Rowland used to make model planes, and fly them at Cherry Creek. He had a sweet little chipmonk that was hot.  But, during a stunt, it crashed and not even a toothpick remained because of a wiring failure.
        Mr. Ross came in, and the conversation awkwardly stopped again when he said a big “Hello, Aaron!”
        The subject turned to business.  On the 29th, there will be an executive session with Kelly Dore to prep her for taking office.  And then they realized they should probably officially open the meeting.
        Commissioner Schlegel urged me not to have any conversations, remarking that there was no one for me to have a conversation with, anyway.
        But then the reporter for the Ranchland News walked in.  And we were urged not to talk to each other.  She sat on the very far side of the room.  Probably to remove the temptation of talking to me?
        No opening prayer was offered, or accepted.
        The pledge of allegiance was said.
        Public comment was solicited.  The Ranchland News wished the Commissioners Merry Christmas.
        Gately explained the Commissioners were the board of several special districts, and they needed to perform their sanctimonious duties for those districts before the 22nd.  This duty was simply to allow taxes to be collected by the County, which would be automatically be paid to the bondholders as the districts paid down their debt.
        At that moment, a helicopter flew right outside the windows.  Rowland jumped out of his Chair, and Schlegel quickly turned around and went to the window.  Ross didn’t look up.  Rowland asked, “flight for life?” Schlegel, with a better glimpse, answered, “nope,” and concluded that it was likely electrical crews checking power lines.
        The meeting continued.
        Rowland proposed approving the measure.  Schelgel and Rowland, who read the measure the night before by email, patiently waited for Ross to read through the lengthy document.  For a while.  “We need a second?” Schlegel asked Ross.  Probably referring to the rules of decorum.  Ross shrugged, “sure.”  It was passed.
        Schlegel opened the floor to questions or discussion.
        Then he asked a question.
        How did the BOCC become the boardmembers of special districts?  And how can they stop their duties?  When taxes fail to equal the expenditures of the district, the entire County pays.
        Ross asked, “are we supposed to meet every year – as the board of the Districts?”  Everyone reminded him, yes. And this was the meeting. 
        Ross persisted – “and no one else is on the Board?”  He was assured that no one else was on the Board.
        Schlegel attempted to assure him a little.  “This is a pass thru board.  No decisions are made on how to spend money collected, or how to administer the districts.  The money collected goes straight to the bonds of the district.  But the BOCC paid $10,000 per year for 9 years because not enough was collected.
        Gately took the moment to say that while he doesn’t want to blame his predecessors for the inappropriateness of that shenanigan, it is both accurate and convenient to blame his predecessors for the inappropriateness of that shenanigan.  Shenanigan is my word, not his. You have to be a professional journalist and a member of the Denver Press Club to use that word appropriately and even fully trained lawyers like Mr. Gately shouldn’t attempt to do so lightly.
        Rowland explained that Ed Ehman had somehow found money to pay off the debts entirely, and now the money collected was simply going to the County for reimbursement.  Mr. Petit had discovered this – and other bodies hidden – when he took office. 
        Like I said earlier, if you see Mr. Gately in the woods, you just never know if Mr. Gately is taking a stroll for the fresh air.

        The meeting was adjourned at 10:10.  10 minutes after its official beginning.  And Rowland pointed out that the new clock was working very well.  It is an atomic clock, and perfectly accurate.  Here is a picture.

Where to stay in Elbert County for the holidays?

by Aaron Brachfeld - - - At first blush (and there is a lot to blush at in this story) there would seem to be no where to stay in Elbert County for the holidays.  Because of overly restrictive zoning regulations, there are in fact no hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts in Elbert County.  While these zoning regulations were struck down this year in civil court by a Federal Judge for being “fictitious” frauds against the People, this ruling provides little comfort (and less shelter) to Elbert County’s holiday visitors.
        But Elbert County Attorney Wade Gately is busy writing up some new (hopefully legal) zoning codes, and the Commissioners have just sacked members of the Planning Commission who disagree politically with them – signs are ripe that a new zoning code will soon be in place, and maybe a hotel might be opening up in Resolis.  Or not.  It is rather moot, as there is (for the same reason) little to do in Elbert County when you do come here for the Holidays.
        While there is no sign that Elbert County will be developing its tourism industry any time soon, the few people remaining in Elbert County do have family, and sometimes visitors have the misfortune of running out of daylight while passing through.  It can only be hoped that these visitors don’t run out of gas, too, because there is not one gas station in Elbert County’s stretch of I-70.
        Therefore, we at the Herald have compiled this list of places to stay in Elbert County, together with a review of each venue.

The Comfortable Elbert County Jail

Room: « (Not all rooms have windows, those that do don’t open, and views stink)
Board: «« (Food day-old, no fresh fruits/vegetables in winter, but accommodating to special diets)
Service « (Check out often takes longer than anticipated)
Price: $$$$ (Rates may be increasing, contact Chez Heap for current prices)

        Let’s face it, though it couldn’t get 2 stars by our reviewer and it’s overpriced, but they always have room for you and the Valet service always promptly provides door to door service.  If you’re needing a place to stay in Elbert County for a few days or even a few months (or longer!), this is the place for you!
        Valet service is the preferred method of coming to the Jail.  Valet drivers are courteous, prompt to arrive, and rarely expect tips. 
        Upon check in, you first notice how attentive the bellboy is.  All your baggage (and even the contents of your pockets) are taken and your health is inquired after by a caring concierge.   
        If you are weary from an evening out enjoying Elbert County’s several bars, or if you have come to the Jail for your health and are suffering from a fever, the concierge will thoughtfully lead you to a quiet room where you can recover in peace, upon a soft mattress under a luxurious blanket.  The bellboy will even courteously ring occasionally, every hour or so, to make sure you can stand up or are otherwise not dead.  Or needing emergency medical care. 
        Insiders know that water is free.  But what strikes even the first time visitor is the quality of the food.  Unlike most other jails, food here is first rate thanks to generous donations by Safeway and other community leaders.  Though there is no fresh fruit or vegetables in winter, the jail garden does provide an ample supply of organic produce in warmer months. 
        Check out may take longer than expected, and it is important to leave even an additional month or two for the process to complete.  However, during that time, you can enjoy the other amenities of the jail, including guided nature walks along Elbert County’s numerous scenic roads.  Guides encourage community service and garbage clean up.
        There’s something of a reputation that a rough crowd hangs out at the Jail, but this only means there are interesting people there and, whether talking to the other guests or the staff, you may find you just simply can’t leave off the excellent conversation.
        You will enjoy your stay so much that, thanks to a 1993 parolee law, you will come back every once in a while after you check out just to chat and catch up with the friendly personnel.
        So come on by this Christmas – and stay until Easter!

Scenic Bridges of Elbert County

Room: «««« (Superior views)
Board: « (Buffet)
Service «
Price: $ (free!)

        Looking for a cheaper alternative with an easier check-in and check-out policy?  Elbert County has numerous scenic bridges – all with comfortably oversized culverts underneath. 
        While the price can’t be beat, there is apparently some fierce competition with the Sheriff’s Jail, and if it is learned you are staying there, you may find the Jail’s valet service suggesting you try the alternative accommodations.
        The rooms are actually modified oversized culverts, and provide superior views of scenic Elbert County.  Fall asleep to the gentle sounds of coyote songs, the murmuring cottonwood trees, and the silent stars above.  Cold? Snuggle up with your dogs, cats, rats, snakes, and other pets.  All pets are welcome – and in some suites come provided complements of the house.
        Board has been modeled after the fad caveman diet, and is a self-serve buffet.
        Check in and check out are easy enough, but room service is highly deficient.  Complaints to Ed Ehman, the County’s administrator, usually go unanswered.
        If you’re visiting over Christmas weekend, and relatives won’t put you up, try the Scenic Bridges of Elbert County!

Exclusive Hospital Resorts

Room: ««««
Board: ««««
Service ««««
Price: $$$$

        It’s been a while since any of us stayed at a youth hostel, but you should really consider staying at one of the nearby hospitals.  These posh exclusive resorts cater to the sick and injured, and you may need to call ahead to qualify.  They sometimes fill up quickly, so a reservation is suggested.

All differences are an illusion

Consider that the two images are identical, but when juxtaposed, the eye is tricked into finding what is different when there isn’t anything different.  How else in your life do you find differences when there aren’t any?

Officer Olexa, a hero of Wheat Ridge Police Department: a Herald Exclusive

by Aaron Brachfeld - - - I had the opportunity to interview Wheat Ridge Police’s Officer Olexa.  Olexa, while on duty, observed a single mother and her children, ages 6 months and 2 ½ years old, standing in front of a gas station. Concerned because temperatures were below ten degrees, the officer asked the woman if they had a place to stay. The woman said they were on the street. Officer Olexa then purchased a hotel room for the night for the family. Officer Olexa then gave the children Wheat Ridge Police Department teddy bears to keep them comforted. The officer made contact with other community resources to help the single mother get back on her feet.  He is, undoubtedly, one of Wheat Ridge Police Department's finest.

Brachfeld - - - What you did was obviously the result of a lifetime of effort toward cultivating goodness.  Were there childhood influences that you can credit?  For parents and fellow athletes of the spirit who would emulate your example, what advice do you have for cultivating a similar instinctual inclination toward compassion?
Olexa - - - My father, James Olexa was the biggest single influence on my life from an early age.  I was raised in a very strict Christian/Conservative household which meant that I was exposed to many principle based ideas from the onset.  From the basic Golden Rule to the Pineapple Story to learning to stand up for what I believed in even if I was the only one standing up for it.
      My mother, for staying at home assisting with my early development and tirelessly working to make sure we always had what we needed and were always where we were supposed to be at the time we were supposed to be there.  I can’t thank either of them enough.
      Childhood volunteer work.  I play the cello and when I was younger I was in a string quartet that would always play Christmas carols at homeless shelters during holiday banquets and also assist in serving the needy.  Learning to be able to share my talents and give to others was ingrained in me from a very early age, although I didn’t understand the importance or know the role it would play once I reached a greater maturity level.
Brachfeld - - - In your opinion, what are the greatest contributing factors to homelessness and poverty in your community, and the greater Denver area?  What can ordinary people do against homelessness and poverty in their communities?
Olexa - - - Volunteer for whatever cause you believe in the most.  There are much too many to assist with everything so I think that picking one that you are passionate about and contributing to it is the most effective way.
Brachfeld - - - Surrounded as you are by your work with tragedy, how do you not become callous to the suffering your neighbors are facing?
 Olexa - - - Knowing that you are there to help everyone can be quite overwhelming.  Also, knowing that you cannot possibly help everyone and resigning to that fact do a lot to get you through your shift.
        The strategy I use is knowing that you did your best and gave what you could during that particular call.  It is no use fretting over what you could have done, instead, focus on what you did right and know in your heart that you did your best in that particular situation.
        The Golden Rule is something I use every day at work or not with most I encounter and usually works out pretty well.
Brachfeld - - - Who are some of your heroes, and what advice and guidance have they given you?
Olexa - - - My father, as I mentioned before.  Due to his unfortunate, early passing from cancer when I was sixteen years old I was never to fully get to know him or have an adult conversation with him.  This was the single biggest loss of my life but I do remember many of the great things that I did learn from him.
        My best memory is that of him always upstairs at his desk balancing the checkbook and making sure every bill got paid.  I didn’t know it then but I have also developed a sense of urgency when it comes to financial matters
        My dad worked very hard and I did not get to spend a lot of time with him as I was a kid and being outside running around the neighborhood with friends was always more important than family time.
Brachfeld- - - When did you decide to enter into law enforcement as a career? What motivated your decision?  What motivates you on the worst days on the job to keep working?
Olexa - - - I first thought about being a police officer during high school.  I have many family members on my mother’s side in the St. Louis area that have been past or present officers so I wanted to continue the tradition so to speak.
        I have an innate sense of justice.  I have always liked to see the bag guys get caught and be held accountable for their actions.
        I focus on my family and what I need to do to go home every night to see them.
Brachfeld - - - Please describe the best moment you had while working with the Wheat Ridge Police Department?
Olexa - - -  It would take a book to describe all the great memories I have in my short time with Wheat Ridge PD.  There are moments every shift that bring raucous laughter as well as solemn silence.  I work with a great bunch of people and many varied senses of humor so every day makes for quite the adventure.

#Police #Heroes

Volume 5 Issue 49

SPECIAL REPORT: The Incredible Hemp - Ed “R&B” Ehman’s Bullfight - Rowland fiddles while Schlegel burns Ross - Anonymous v KKK - the Fictional zoning & building codes of Elbert County - Kanamara Matsuri  Buddhism  Remember the Flood of 65 - Jesus the man - Finding differences - and so much more!
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The incredible Hemp

by Aaron Brachfeld - - - Hemp is a new cash crop which, at first, seems to have an unstoppable momentum in Colorado.  Like the greatest cash crop of the pre-dustbowl years, wheat, it can grow in every County without irrigation.  And growing conditions here in Colorado favor crops of extraordinary quality.  Demand is diverse, sustainable and growing, with industrial, medical, food, feed and artisan applications. 
        Yet like any cash crop, behind the promises of prosperity, there remain tangible doubts for any farmer.  And the challenges of learning how to grow it.  But with hemp, most of these challenges are made by the very growers who would profit most by removing those obstacles.  Behind this illogical and unprofitable behavior is a strong motivation of greed.

Monopoly of seed market

        Because so few farmers are licensed to sell certified seed, their monopolization permits a free exercise of their greed in pricing seeds at just under the demand price, rather than just above the production price (as would be seen in a more atomistic and competitive market).
        Monopolization also encourages hoarding of seed, and artificial seed shortages: it is in the interest of the few certified seed producers to limit the number of new seed growers.  With competition, their unitary pure profit would decrease.
        Because of this greed and hoarding, seed prices have skyrocketed to exceed $10 per seed.  The lowest price of certified seed that I could locate was being sold for $1,500 per pound. 
        However, at current rates of market expansion, it is unlikely that the monopoly can be sustained for more than 5 years. 

Monopoly of research and development hampering medicinal hemp market

        There is also a monopoly of information and research data.  Public institutions have undertaken very little research and development.
        With no hemp farmers alive who grew hemp when it was previously legal, and the vast majority of hemp farmers today having no previous agricultural or horticultural experience, research and data is essential to success – at least until experienced farmers enter the market.
        The private research is allowing a rapid development of new strains of medicinal hemp.
        Medicinal hemp is, like marijuana, harvested for its budding flowers.  Medicinal hemp, while containing little or no THC, contains vast quantities of other cannibinoids.  The highest quality medicinal hemp, like medicinal marijuana, is grown indoors (constituting approximately of 15% of Colorado’s total production).
        These indoor grows require specialized technologies, most of which are also secret.
        Breeding is only part of the equation.  Proper conditions can greatly improve the quality of a medicinal hemp harvest.  And while some farmers have found success growing outdoors, it is unclear their number, and how they achieved success. 
        Ultimately, the benefits of a cooperative and collaborative industry that freely shares information and technology are self-evident: freedom of information improves total profit by expediting the rate at which the state of the art develops.  However, greed and monopolization of seed supply encourages behaviors which are contrary to total profit.

Legal challenges in Elbert County: “there are laws preventing hemp farming”

        Farmers are also facing legal challenges.  According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, hemp cannot be prohibited in any Colorado County.  However, the same federal obstacles facing marijuana apply to hemp – though to a lesser degree – and few farmers are willing to risk their lands to capitalize even the extraordinary profits of this cash crop.
        Hemp is currently being grown in 36 Counties in Colorado.  Most of these Counties have enthusiastically promoted hemp and attempted to boost production through various incentives and encouragements.   Only one County, so far, has discouraged hemp production: Elbert County.
        When Robert Thomasson, a farmer and retired schoolteacher, sometimes amateur journalist, who lives near Elbert, Colorado, inquired with Elbert County whether objection would be raised to his planting hemp, he was informed that it was illegal in Elbert County because of Ordinance 13-01.
        A review of Ordinance 13-01 clearly illegalizes marijuana businesses (as allowed under the Colorado Constitution) but places no obstruction to the cultivation of hemp. 
        Further consultation with the Sheriff of Elbert County, Shayne Heap, confirmed that hemp is, at this time, not illegal in Elbert County because of local or State regulations.  However, Sheriff Heap wished to remind the readers that at this time it remains Federally illegal.  “I’ve spoken with the local DEA office.  They say it’s not legal.  If it really is financially feasible and profitable – obviously there are laws preventing its farming.”
        However, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has already argued to the Federal Government that hemp in Colorado is permitted under a research programs exemption and created a special license for hemp production for those farmers who will contribute to the public’s information.  Time will tell whether the Federal government will attempt action against Colorado’s hemp farmers.
        “I don’t think that hemp (below 0.3% THC) would be a public safety issue, but all that needs to be worked out at a State and Federal level before it can even be a discussion,” said Heap.

Hemp antagonizes marijuana industry, defends tourism industry

        It is an interesting fact of natural history that the three members of the Cannabis family (Marijuana, Hemp and Hops) present to each other a fierce enmity and that, where one crop predominates, sometimes the others will be harmed.  Hops already is a significant cash crop industry in Colorado, and as marijuana and hemp are also promoted, it will become necessary to contemplate how the three incompatible industries will coexist.
        While hops antagonizes both marijuana and hemp, deactivating their natural (and otherwise formidable) protections against insects, hemp antagonizes marijuana by not only deactivating its natural defenses against insects, but by sterilizing marijuana’s seeds and prevent future generations from producing THC.
        In an interview with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, I was informed that at least one Sheriff’s office in Colorado has been actively examining how to cultivate hemp strategically in his County to antagonize outdoor marijuana farms.  If this bold strategy is effective, it will arm law enforcement with a new tool against the illegal marijuana production which has been damaging and some cases destroying those parks and wilderness areas which are critical to our tourism industry.
        Sheriff Heap, however, does not believe that the strategy will be effective everywhere.  While hemp may be grown in any County in Colorado without irrigation, marijuana can only be grown in some Counties – elsewhere, marijuana must be grown indoors, where outdoor hemp would not hurt it. 

#Hemp #Colorado

Don’t fight the fictional zoning codes and building codes of Elbert County

By Aaron Brachfeld - - - In 1997, advised of the illegality and criminal nature of their actions by their County Attorney, who subsequently assisted in the perpetration of those very activities he advised against, the County Commissioners attempted to cover up a series of shocking crimes.  Recordings of the meeting and the signatures of the Commissioners give insight to the cold-heartedness of their audacity.
        The records before 1983 are vague.  But even in that early year, the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners and Elbert County Planning Commission was aware of that fabricating and altering public laws was illegal.  Motivated for personal gain (which sometimes amounted to more than a half-million dollars, but sometimes for petty sums insufficient to even purchase a lunch), numerous violations were undertaken to the victimization of tens of thousands of citizens.
        Subsequent Boards have not only been complacent, but compounded the initial violations of previous Boards with subsequent (and increasingly audacious) criminal violations.
        The cover-up of 1997 failed, and in 2010, in civil court, a Federal Judge voided the zoning and building codes of Elbert County – the same zoning and building codes which are presently on the books.  However, to date, no criminal allegations have been brought by the District Attorney.  Other suits have been brought, and repeatedly bear against the County.
        The victims include a vast majority of the Elbert County community.  Even some of the members of our law enforcement have had their zoning codes changed illegally, and have been subjected to illegal enforcement actions.  The intimidation of the law enforcement agencies by the Board of Commissioners through politically motivated budget cuts demonstrates a consistent disregard for the Public which they predate.
        We have covered the details of this shocking story extensively in the Herald.  From the repeated tampering with physical evidence undertaken by the County’s Attorney to the enrichment of cooperative members of the Planning Commission.  We have covered the disastrous effects of illegal zoning enforcement upon the families and businesses of Elbert County.  The facts of the case, which have “shocked the conscience of the court” have shocked our readers as well.
        Yet the shock seems to be wearing off.  We have received an increasing number of letters from readers about what can be done when their government would enforce an illegal law. 
        The obvious first answer would be to fight in court – like the others who have successfully asserted their rights.  Though our court system is not without its faults, and while our Judges have all the disadvantages shared by other mortals, our courts are yet fair.  And the person who defends themselves pro-se is at no disadvantage against a County Attorney.  Court records from others who have successfully defended themselves are available to the public, and some have even been posted on the Herald’s website for free. 
        Remember you do not need to fight Elbert County.  In Court, there is no fight; there is no adversarial relationship established or maintained.  Both the Defendant and the Plaintiff seek Justice, and the law.  It is a non-violent and effective method for self-preservation.  And our new County Attorney, Wade Gately, has assured the Public he will discontinue the abuses of prior County Attorneys. 
        The only way that Justice and Law will be re-established in Elbert County is to avail ourselves of our system of Justice.  From the Sheriff to the Judge, we must courageously place our trust in Law and Justice, to encourage those we entrust to uphold them.