Drug dog visits high school

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— A chocolate Labrador retriever named Czar sent a clear message to Hayden High School students last week that drugs will not be tolerated in their school.

Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel asked the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to do a sweep of the school Thursday morning. Sgt. Courtland Folks came to school with Czar, a drug-sniffing dog that spent about 15 minutes inside the school and another 15 minutes sniffing cars in the parking lot. Hayden police assisted with the sweep.

No drugs or contraband were found by school officials Thursday, but Czar made "hits" on four or five lockers, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.

"There were also a few cars in the parking lot that hit," he said.

Birch said Czar likely picked up on a drug odor that had stuck to clothing inside the lockers and to the interiors of the cars.

It had been four years since the school conducted a similar sweep, Zabel said. While he said drugs in schools are always a concern, last week's sweep was proactive and not in response to any specific information about drugs in the high school.

"It gets the word out that we want to be safe," Zabel said.

Searching the school for drugs is one aspect of an aggressive program the school is employing to keep its students from using drugs. Parents of Hayden students also permit to having their children selected for random drug testing.

It is the responsibility of school officials to do physical drug searches, Birch said.

"By state statute they are allowed to search the school for the safety and security of students," he said. "We want to let people know there is such a program in place to keep schools safe."

The search was limited to school lockers and common areas of the school, Birch said.

Zabel said he met with the students whose property Czar had "hit" on.

"I spoke to the kids about making good choices about who they were hanging out with," Zabel said.

He also spoke with their parents.

Czar will return to the school in the future, Zabel said.

Comments

another_local 7 years, 9 months ago

They should bring this dog to the Steamboat high school too.

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sunflowergirl9999 7 years, 9 months ago

They should bring the dog to SSHS. Drugs are all over there. Having worked there one hears many stories.

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Gladys 7 years, 9 months ago

I believe that has always been common knowledge - looking for drugs? Go to the HS.

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id04sp 7 years, 9 months ago

So, who with important local connections (law enforcement officers, judges, county officials, etc.) has kids attending the school?

Why Hayden and not Steamboat? RCSO versus SSPD?

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whyquestion 7 years, 9 months ago

why not include oc schools ?????? why do kids clothes smell of that smoke???????

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 9 months ago

They probably had someone from Moffat's Sheriff office since Hayden is closer to the Moffat County line than to Steamboat. The other reason is probably because MOCO still cares about putting out an effort to stop drugs compared to Wall cutting funds to the 'NET.

Can anyone confirm if RCSO was asked to do this and why they didn't, or why they might not have been asked?

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mtzirkel 7 years, 9 months ago

What TOTAL BS ... What is a "hit" Pilot? Does that mean the dog smelled beef jerkey? Oh, wait you just print that a "hit" means that there is drug residue or SMELL in a locker, according to the "expert" Ray Birch. Nice job Pilot. Way to be spoonfed a story and run with it. Next time, try being just a little objective, please. Try not buying everything some authority figure is trying to sell you. Good lord. How friggin LAME!!!!!

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jezilu 7 years, 9 months ago

So all those who end up in "the record" buy from the students at the high school? Drugs are not a community problem? Let's take some ownership of the problem.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 9 months ago

Davinci- Yep- just wondering how Enos did on the test, myself. I also wonder why Enos was sent to do it when Sheriff Roscoe said Enos' job would be mostly admin, instead of going out on calls. Roscoe should have been the one to take the test since Enos would be pencil-pushin'. Then again, Roscoe's probably afraid to take the test, knowing he'll fail at least the first time.

Mr Stanford: Any news on the Pilot front about whether Bustos went to get certification?

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bolter 7 years, 9 months ago

It's hard to keep up with smart people like you, but I think I've got it: A Moffat County drug dog is brought to Hayden High School (in Routt County), but no drugs are found because Ray Birch is the Hayden Chief of Police. All the drugs are at SSHS because Gary Wall is the Routt County Sheriff. You should have warned the voters that this would happen.

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inmate2007 7 years, 9 months ago

Funny thing - Birch is in charge of Hayden, JD of Steamboat Springs, and Wall over sees them all.

Should Wall override JD? The School District?

Maybe if Wall can pass the POST Test............. Even the Renta Cop did......................................

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 9 months ago

Inmate- Just wondering: where did you see that Bustos passed certification? None of us can even find out if he's actually taken it.

Bolter- what do you construe as the reason Moffat County came to Hayden instead of Routt County, then?

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bolter 7 years, 9 months ago

Sausage: Since Moffat is the only county in the 14th giving full support for GRAMNET, poor Czar has no more work to do there. All the drug dealers have fled to Routt and Grand, just as Garrett Wiggins said they would.

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dundalk 7 years, 9 months ago

bolt. Say it ain't so. Routt used to be a great place to hang your hat. Its now filled with censorship and drugs. Wow, talk about advertising to the masses.

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inmate2007 7 years, 9 months ago

Kielbasa: A statement by Davinci which you responded to said he passed. I actually gave her credit for what she stated, but how that post is gone - oddly enough your response dated March 7, 2007 at 10:19 p.m which states:

"Davinci- Yep- just wondering how Enos did on the test, myself. I also wonder why Enos was sent to do it when Sheriff Roscoe said Enos' job would be mostly admin, instead of going out on calls. Roscoe should have been the one to take the test since Enos would be pencil-pushin'. Then again, Roscoe's probably afraid to take the test, knowing he'll fail at least the first time.

Mr Stanford: Any news on the Pilot front about whether Bustos went to get certification?"

still exists, as of 11:40 3/8/07 anyway................

Bolter: Wiggins has stated that GRAMNET is alive and well in Routt, even if RSCO will not support it. So why isn't the dog he has access to being brought over to SSHS? Wiggins does really work for the PD and that is their jurisdiction, isn't it?

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