GRAMNET En Routt to new location

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— The deal was just too sweet to turn down, so Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officials packed their bags this week and headed east.

GRAMNET has moved its office from Craig to a location in Hayden. The move was part of an agreement the regional drug task force made with Hayden town officials. The agreement allows GRAMNET to use office space the town was using for storage. In exchange, Hayden doesn't have to make any monetary contributions to GRAMNET's budget, GRAMNET commander Garrett Wiggins said Wednesday.

The town typically donates $4,000 annually to the task force's budget.

"The main thing is that this space is being donated, so it drastically cuts our operating costs," Wiggins said. "It was a huge contribution that really helped us."

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said the agreement benefits both sides.

"We saw an opportunity to help them out and they agreed," he said. "We're happy to have them. It's a good deal."

After Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall announced in February that he was not going to financially support the agency, money has been tight for GRAMNET, which investigates drug-related crimes and provides drug awareness education throughout the region.

"We made the move in an effort to reduce our operating costs," said Walt Vanatta, chief of the Craig Police Department. "Because we lost money when Routt County pulled out, we've been looking for every means possible to cut costs."

Martin said the town is not charging GRAMNET to use the office space.

"They were paying a heck of a lot more than the $4,000 to rent their office in Craig," Martin said. "It added up quickly for them."

Martin said the arrangement is temporary but that there might be an opportunity for GRAMNET to move into a permanent space after the new Hayden Police Department building is finished.

Wall said Wednesday that he did not know GRAMNET had moved its office to Routt County but that he did not have a problem with it.

"They can move their office wherever they want," he said. "However, they don't have permission from my office to conduct work in Routt County."

Steamboat Springs Public Safety Director J.D. Hays called the move a "better deal" for the agency.

"Money is getting tight, and we need to save every penny we can wherever we can," he said.

Comments

reallocal 6 years, 11 months ago

Especially if you're underage and at a school event...

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whyquestion 6 years, 11 months ago

YES ,at least some towns in routt county care about its citizens right???? when will the sheriff have a program to protect the people he serves????it has been 6 MONTHS since his election?????who does he owe???? people like DEFICIT CARGO ,the XMAYOR of OAK CREEK?????????????

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dundalk 6 years, 11 months ago

Wall seyz: "They can move their office wherever they want," he said. "However, they don't have permission from my office to conduct work in Routt County." Since when is the office of Sheriff, HIS?

It would behoove all citizens inside Routt County to seriously question what the non-POST certified Sheriff's motives are from his smug statement which shows nothing but disdain for us, the voting public, who are law abiding.

In his view, it appears that Wall is only concerned about the civil liberties of crooks, drug dealers, drunks and meth traffickers rather than those of us, the law abiding citizen.

We need to send a message to Wall that we DEMAND the GRAMNET objectives be allowed to operate within this county, less we all fall prey to the scum lords whom peddle drugs in this pristine valley.

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JQPUBLIC 6 years, 11 months ago

If GRAMNET is still federal what right does Wall have to tell them where and where they can't work? You would think he would welcome free drug enforcement but alas, he is all for the drunks and druggies, just look at his campaign backers. For all of those that thumb their nose at the law, that can't pass up that high and prefer to drive home from the party because you're too drunk to walk, welcome to Routt County where we aim to please.

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observer 6 years, 11 months ago

Let's just keep the buffoons out of Routt County. The Routt County Sheriff's office has a higher drug conviction rate than GRAMNET. Why spend the money?

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reallocal 6 years, 11 months ago

Ob-none of Wall's money is going to GRAMNET, remember? So even if his conviction rate is higher than GRAMNET, I'd rather have two entities investigating, prosecuting, and convicting druggies in Routt county than one, especially if it's this particular sherriff...

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whyquestion 6 years, 11 months ago

dundtalk, are you looking at the record of the previous sheriff warner that ended january 1st????? wall fired the deputys that helped build those stats., whats walls' record? why doesn't he publish that?????what programs has he implemented????? where is his program to protect south routt schools???? POOR OAK CREEK and YAMPA what will they do if some character attacks those schools????????????JQpublic and reallocal are correct when will routt county citizens WAKE UP????? the days of REAL law enforcement are waining???????

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dundalk 6 years, 11 months ago

why question:

What's wall's record? Absolutely nothing. All that seems clear to me is that Wall is acting in a vindictive manner against deputies who may have had alliances with Garrett Wiggins. Why fire Rochelle Redmond if Wall was serious about providing this county with top knotch law enforcement?

Wall made a big to-do about the sexual predator thing when in reality that particular information has always been available to the public. Wall likes to, or so it would seem, make grand sweeping movements and announcements to drag into affect his monumental ego.

Why would Wall balk at allowing GRAMNET to work within the county? Don't we deserve to be protected against the growing drug problems? Wall's statement of late only leads most sensible people to draw the only logical conclusion available - He is more concerned with petty vindictiveness and campaign promises to scum than protecting us, the good folks of Routt County.

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