Category Archives: October 2004

Charges of harassment fly in Mancos

What first appeared to be a series of “hate crimes” in Mancos has proven to be a horse of quite a different color. It began with racist and anti-gay graffiti on the River Walk benches and allegations of verbal harassment … Continue reading

Published in October 2004

Mancos vet wants tougher penalties in land-use code

Gerald Koppenhafer, a Republican, is running for the county commission in District 3, the Mancos district. His opponent is independent Kerry O’Brien. Koppenhafer is a veterinarian. He served on the 12-member working group that created the county’s land-use plan, including … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2004 Tagged

Independent candidate says LIZ needs teeth

Kerry O’Brien is an independent candidate for commissioner from District 3. His opponent is Gerald Koppenhafer. O’Brien and his wife bought land in the Mancos area in 1989. He has worked for computer firms Honeywell and Digital Equipment in different … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2004

Group says term limits unnecessary

Three separate questions on the county ballot ask voters to remove term limits for persons in specific county offices. Limits of two terms are mandated by the state for all local and state elected officials — unless the voters in … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2004

Former mayor seeks commission seat

Democrat Cheryl Baker, former mayor of Cortez, is running for county commissioner in District 2. Baker, a former business owner, has 18 years of experience as a financial consultant. She was interviewed by Gail Binkly on Sept. 19. Her opponent, … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2004

County seeks half-cent sales tax for roads

Few problems bring complaints from county residents faster than bumpy, pot-holed roads or unsafe intersections. “Probably more than half the calls I get are road-related,” said County Commissioner Dewayne Findley. “Land use and roads are the most pertinent issues I … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2004

Culture shock in the land of cotton

A friend of mine recently moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., after a two-year teaching stint in China. In August, I went to visit her. I told her I’d help her explore her new home, but frankly, I was a little relieved … Continue reading

Published in janelle holden, October 2004