NEWS: Friday May 28, 2010

May 28th @ 5:53 am in News by Scott Staley

Another Republican intends on challenging the Garfield County Sheriff this August by submitting more than enough signatures to the County Clerk’s Office.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Doug Winters has high hopes for winning the Primary ticket against incumbent Lou Vallario. Winters says he questions the Sheriff’s decision to enter into a personal relationship with a female jail supervisor and is also concerned with a number of lawsuits Vallario has faced related to jail operations. Vallario is serving his eighth year as Garfield County Sheriff after beating out Tom Dalessandri in 2002, who is the Democratic contender for this race.  Winters was the lead Eagle County detective in the 2003 rape case against NBA star Kobe Bryant.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:52a)

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested a suspect for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine (a schedule II controlled substance). On April 5, 2010, an undercover operator for the task force purchased $375 worth of cocaine from the suspect in the El Jebel area of Eagle County. On May 26, 2010, Task Force Detectives arrested the suspect with an arrest warrant. The suspect was in possession of an additional two ounces of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Omar Bautista (age 20 from Carbondale, CO) was the suspect arrested. He was found to be driving without a driver’s license and was charged with that traffic offense also. Bautista is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. He is illegally in the US from Mexico and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on Bautista.

Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Task Force operations. The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident.
Source: Press Release (Posted 5:07p)

If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:50a)

Today Senator Michael Bennet will continue his statewide veterans listening tour in Grand Junction, where he will tour a veteran’s housing unit at Arbor Vista. Following the tour, Bennet will talk with veterans, advocates, and local housing counselors to discuss the housing needs of veterans on the Western Slope and the housing authority’s work on their behalf.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:50a)

A wildfire burning in a canyon in Norwood is 70% contained despite increased fire danger due to warmer, windier weather. The fire has burned about 2,600 acres, in San Miguel Canyon. The fire is burning mainly on federal land in grass, brush, pine trees and sagebrush. No structures are threatened. Fire managers say a downed power line started the blaze Saturday.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:48a)