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One can only imagine the widespread media, political and intellectual condemnation of Republicans and conservatives if, after the inauguration of Barack Obama, they had gone on a violent and vicious tear all over the nation as did Democrats and liberals after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. They committed acts such as assaulting Trump supporters, setting fires and stoning police. Suppose Republicans/conservatives had carried signs that read "F--- Obama" or talked about "blowing up the White House." The news media, instead of calling them protesters, would have labeled them evil racists, obstructionists and everything else except a child of God. The reason for the difference in treatment is simple. Republicans and conservatives are held -- and hold themselves -- to higher standards of behavior. By contrast, Democrats and liberals are held -- and hold themselves -- to less civilized standards of behavior. Let's look at some of the history of conservative and liber!al behavior.

 

One of the nastiest more recent liberal events was the Occupy movement around the nation. During Occupy protests, there were rapes, assaults, robberies and holdups. These people publicly defecated and urinated on police cars. The mess they left after their demonstrations can be described as no more than a pigsty. Does anybody recall any Democratic official, from the president on down, admonishing them to behave? Contrast their behavior with that of tea party protesters. Tea partyers didn't set fires, stone police or engage in the other kinds of despicable behavior the liberal Democrats did. On top of that, they left the areas where they protested clean.

Ask yourself whether you have ever seen Republicans/conservatives rioting, turning over police cars, looting, setting places of business on fire and shouting obscenities while marching. Have you ever seen conservatives marching with chants calling for the murder of police officers? You may have heard liberals yelling, "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" In fact, virtually all of the violence against police -- whether it's throwing stones, ambushing or murdering -- is committed by liberals or people who'd identify as Democrats. The fact of the matter is that if we were to examine criminality in America -- whether talking about murderers, muggers or prisoners -- it would be dominated by people who would be described as liberals, Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters.

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Widefield Water and Sanitation moved into their newly minted facility on the east end of Fontaine last month.

You’ll now find them at 8495 Fontaine Blvd, between Powers and Marksheffel.
You can still reach them at the same phone: 719-390-7111 and website at http://www.wwsdonline.com.

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Griffis/Blessing has been selected by Pathfinder Funds to provide property management services for Villa del Prado and Chateau at Villa at 635 Mohawk Drive in Boulder   The community is located in the Frasier Meadows neighborhood which is just minutes from CU and downtown Boulder.
 
Pat Stanforth, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Services says, “We are thrilled that our breadth of knowledge and experience in multifamily property management along the Front Range presented us with the opportunity to work with this new owner.”
 
Villa del Prado has 82 apartment homes with studio, one, two and three bedroom floor plans. The quiet, garden-style community offers residents a variety of amenities from the indoor and outdoor pools, to the spacious clubhouse and large courtyard. Interior amenities offer private patios/balconies and air conditioning, while some homes have fireplaces and in-unit washers and dryers.
 
The community will be managed by District Manager Rachel Butler with day-to-day operations being handled by Property Manager Jenn Johnson.
 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.
 

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Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

Blakely + Company, a full-service advertising agency in downtown Colorado Springs, has opened a second office at Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation.
 
For the past year, Blakely + Company has provided strategic insight, graphic design, website design, event planning, video production, public relations and brand development for Catalyst Campus.
 
Recently, the two entities expanded their partnership. Blakely + Company is now a marketing Support Services Provider for Catalyst Campus members and partners.
 
Catalyst has partnered with vetted businesses to provide on-campus access to a variety of services that technology companies, businesses, start-ups and nonprofits need in order to succeed.
 
These Support Service Providers will offer marketing and public relations, human resources (for full-time employees, contractors or proposals), legal support, accounting/bookkeeping, business banking/finance and opportunity analysis for Catalyst members and partners.
 
“We’re thrilled to deepen our partnership with the Catalyst Campus by having a full-time presence there. Catalyst Campus is a hotbed of innovation and technology, and we’re honored to be closely aligned with the mind-expanding collaborations that are happening there,” said Camille Blakely, president of Blakely + Company.
 

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Press Release (TheHudsonFirm.com)

The coal dust has settled. Peabody Energy has sent a wired fund transfer to the Routt County Treasurer’s Office to cover the full cost of their delinquent taxes, as well as six months of interest amassed as of November, 2016.

It took a bit of effort, many discussions, and sticking to good fiscal principles in order to fulfill our obligation to the taxpayers, but the Routt County Treasurer’s Office got it done. In addition to the full tax payment being received, legal fees that the Treasurer’s Office accrued while working on receiving full payment were paid by Peabody Energy in their entirety. The Routt County Treasurer’s Office did not spend one dime of taxpayer’s dollars to recover overdue funds - per state statute the delinquent tax payer is responsible for all the costs incurred to recover the delinquent taxes. Those funds were swiftly distributed to taxing entities by the Routt County Treasurer’s Office including the South Routt School, South Routt Medical Center, West Routt Fire District, and others.

In case you missed it, Peabody Energy and their local coal mining entities, Twenty Mile, Hayden Gulch and Sage Creek, filed bankruptcy in April, 2016. The coal company paid half of their taxes due on time. June, 2016 rolled around and the second half was not paid as required. This lack of payment left schools, medical centers, libraries, water districts and fire departments short of funds to the tune of $1.8 million dollars. SOROCO School Board Superintendent Darcy Mohr quickly informed the county that payroll could not be covered in July without the overdue tax money. The other unfunded special districts were strapped as well and were hoping to have their expenses funded soon.

But before payment was made, some Routt County elected officials thought they could accept less than the full payment owed to maintain operations. They were unaware that state statute identifies the County Treasurer as the only authorized agent to accept tax dollars. Each county elected official has the responsibility for their respective piece of government, and together they satisfy the total scope of county government.

I take my role as your elected County Treasurer very seriously, but it can be challenging in the face of a lack of trust. During the negotiations, some feared that holding out for full payment would jeopardize the operations that needed the funds immediately. I could not legally or morally accept anything less than full payment with penalty interest. I am a responsible public servant that serves without compromise, knowing the right way is the only way. I will stand for the citizens of Routt County and not fade under the roar of political winds. I strive to treat everyone the same, and get the job done the right way for all involved.

The good news is it now looks like Peabody is re-organizing while under bankruptcy. This will hopefully ensure a mutually productive future for both that company and our community. As for the Treasurer’s Office, we are back to the daily work of assisting our community in this New Year. It is our pleasure to serve all taxpayers, and businesses, and public entities equally in Routt County.

--  Brita Horn is the Routt County Treasurer/Public Trustee and the Fire Chief for Rock Creek VFD in McCoy. She has resided in Colorado since 1989 and lives on the family ranch with her rancher husband Gary. They have two daughters that attend land grant colleges, CSU and Kansas State.

Brita has been elected by her peers to be the President of the Public Trustee Association of Colorado.