Citizens initiative and recall

Petition to recall Gwen Lachelt OK’d setting off timetable to possible vote

La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker approved the recall petition against county Commissioner Gwen Lachelt on Monday, which gives recall organizers until March 30 to submit 7,505 valid...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall effort against Gwen Lachelt faces questions for locating at VFW

A petition drive to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt raised questions last week about where it is legal to collect signatures. A signing station was set up Thursday at the Veterans...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt vows to fight recall effort

La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt has launched a “Stop the Recall” campaign to persuade county residents to reject an effort by three county residents to oust her from office. The...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute members rail against leadership

IGNACIO – Members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Southwest Colorado say their tribal government operates in secrecy, ignores the will of its people and subverts its own constitution. Much of...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

S. Ute council recall started

IGNACIO – Southern Ute Indian Tribe elders are mounting a recall effort aimed at the majority of the Tribal Council and its chairman, calling the move a “revolution” to preserve their way of life....

DATE: Aug. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot-initiative measure signed

DENVER – The estimated cost a proposed ballot initiative would have on the state must soon be disclosed after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Monday. Accompanied by bill sponsors and...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents to meet on new city rules

While the Durango City Council has approved final rules on vacation rentals and recreational marijuana, some residents aren’t so sure these issues are settled. The Boulevard Neighborhood...

DATE: June 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Busy Colorado ballot will be energy-heavy

Colorado’s ballots routinely feature citizen-led initiatives to amend statute or, more commonly, the state constitution. While 2013, an off-year election, only saw two statewide initiatives —...

DATE: May 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Policy and Politics Digest

Single-issue fixation loses bigger picture

When I was a young picky kid, my mother went through a healthy cooking phase. Never a natural in the kitchen, she set about to prepare for my sister and me wholesome meals chock full of the finest...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Plastic-bag fee opponents near goal

Those opposed to a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags at Durango supermarkets have moved closer to their goal of getting the issue before the voters. As of Friday, they had collected...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall: 3rd-party hopefuls get break

DENVER – Two Colorado Democrats facing legislative recalls because they supported gun-control measures got a new wrinkle to contend with Monday. A Denver judge gave third-party candidates more time...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bruce secures another delay

DENVER – Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce was in court Wednesday to answer a contempt charge related to three ballot measures, but the judge had to delay the hearing for a second time because...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News