GRAMNET request under review

Wiggins asks county to approve DA funding of drug task force

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What: Routt County Board of Commissioners review GRAMNET funding request

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Where: Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St.

— Officials with the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office are asking the county today to approve a request that would allow the DA's Office to contribute $10,800 to the regional drug task force's operating budget.

Drug task force commander Garrett Wiggins said the DA's Office has historically contributed money to the task force. Last year, the DA's Office contribution was routed through the Routt County Sheriff's Office to consolidate the county's funding of the task force.

Because Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has decided that the Sheriff's Office will not fund GRAMNET, the organization would not receive the $10,800 without the county's permission.

Without the Sheriff's Office, GRAMNET is being staffed by an officer from the Steamboat Springs and Craig police departments and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. The Hayden Police Department and Jackson County also made contributions to GRAMNET's 2007 budget. Including a federal grant, the budget is about $360,300.

Wall said he will attend today's meeting to oppose the request.

"I'm not in favor of spending any county tax-payer money on that outfit for the reasons I've already stated," he said Monday. "I don't care whose budget it comes out of. I'm opposed to that."

In February, Wall announced that the Sheriff's Office would no longer contribute money or an officer to staff the task force, questioning GRAMNET's effectiveness and tactics used by officers. He said members of the task force have violated the civil liberties of suspects.

During a meeting in February, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said Wall's claims were unfounded and spoke in favor of the agency's work.

"I am asking that those funds get re-routed through the DA's Office so the DA can continue to fund GRAMNET," Wiggins said.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

dundalk 7 years ago

You are in the dark. The GRAMNET officers I know could hardly be considered "puffed up cowboys".

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popcan 7 years ago

The $10,800 donated to GRAMNET is throwing money away. The drug problem we currently have is way out-of-reach of GRAMNET or what current law enforcement is doing. Drugs are everywhere and there is no measureable drug prevention going on.

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cclamo 7 years ago

Another example of Sheriff Wall's being "soft" on drugs in Routt County. It's pitiful. I hope the County is able to survive the damage he continues do to.

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wissbecklarry 7 years ago

The War on Drugs is demonstrably more futile than the War in Iraq...and apparently much more difficult to quit. Sheriff Wall seems much more reasonable than the fear mongers who equate gramnet as a panacea for every social ill in Rhoutt County.

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whyquestion 7 years ago

why did STONED WALL JACKSON cut the DARE program and the elderwatch program???? is the undersheriff certified yet????? when will wall be certified????Steamboat pirate named the new sheriff well if only in parody right???????when will the sheriffs dept. be fully staffed with qualified people??????

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goldilocks 7 years ago

I second question... Didn't Wall promise that Bustos would be certified in February? And when does he think it will "be appropriate" to get certified himself?

I think Garrett is right on in asking for the monies. The funding is from the County. And what Wall doesn't realize is that he isn't gaining a position back from GramNet becuase that position was created solely for the GRAMNET program. So instead of gaining an officer he is really losing 4. He must not have done well in Math becuase that doesn't seem productive to me.

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corduroy 7 years ago

Just because Wall chooses not to support GRAMNET does not equal "soft on drugs"

Why don't you ask these questions to Wall yourself, whyquestion? He has an open door policy.

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dundalk 7 years ago

Those who put questions to Wall during the campaign know that all he possess is the ability to dance around the question, tell you how to get to the grocery mart, shine shoes, paint a bedroom, do a jig, walk a dog, start a car, walk to the post office box, buy milk, eat a cookie, chew gum, go potty, raise a glass, make a toast, rant about rights and how to turn on the rewind button of a vcr. He'll answer all those pertinent items of daily life, but won't give you an open answer to a pointed question.

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sickofitall 7 years ago

uh yeah, Gramnet is goint to have to go ahead and get lost.

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justice4all 7 years ago

I sincerly hope that our commisioners are smarter than Wall. But then ,who isn't ? I say fund GRAMNET and do not fund Wall or Bustos. Neither have kept a very serious promise--- to be POST certifed in Jan or Feb---but wait----they did not say what year, did they???? How about it Gary, answer up or do we have to start a blog, make copies for you about the public comment and send it to every mailbox in the county??? I urge everyone to contact JOHN KAMMERZELL( forgive me if the name is not spelled correctly), the director of POST in Denver and ask why Wall and Bustos can get a waiver instead of having to attend a POST ACADEMY like all the other officers that they are responsible for leading. This shows that Wall is only trying to dance around the requirements that are required of others to be able to be officers. Also, did Wall and Bustos have to pass the dept tests, including the physical--the mile run, the push-ups, the sit-ups and the weight lift,etc ? If not and someone is refused a job because of their not being able to do these tasks--hmmmm, sounds like a descrimination law suit in the making. REMEMBER ONLY A FEW MORE WEEKS UNTIL WE CAN START A RECALL PETITION!!!!! Also. do not forget to find and sign the petition to recall our D A . Maybe with both of them gone we can get some fairness and justice in our county.

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