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Sheriff Garrett Wiggins' 2017 budget calls for new patrol deputy, investigator

As much as he values a second K9 unit, Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said his highest priorities are adding a new patrol deputy and a new criminal investigator to his staff.

GOP Routt County sheriff hopefuls outline goals

Republican candidates define themselves in TV18 interview

The two Republican candidates vying for a chance to stand against Democrat Gary Wall to lead the Routt County Sheriff’s Office explained their goals in a casual discussion with Steamboat TV18 on Wednesday.

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Sheriff issued summons for DUI

Wall denies his ability was impaired

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night by the Colorado State Patrol.

GRAMNET request under review

Wiggins asks county to approve DA funding of drug task force

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.

Under the gun

Forum draws criticism, praise of sheriff's GRAMNET decision

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's decision to cut county funding for a regional drug task force was both applauded and criticized Tuesday during a public meeting hosted by county commissioners.

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Unprecedented pay hike

Sheriff Gary Wall asks county to boost undersheriff's salary

County officials said Monday they have never seen a salary request similar to what Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has proposed for his second-in-command. Wall is scheduled to appear before the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 9:35 a.m. today to request that Undersheriff David Bustos receive a starting salary of $82,077, which is a "Step 9" salary on the county's 11-step pay scale.

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Wall not concerned about staff

New Routt county sheriff, undersheriff to renew certification

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and Undersheriff David Bustos have at least a year to renew their inactive Peace Officer Standards and Training certifications. The men said they will not have a problem meeting the deadline.

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Wall makes quick changes

New sheriff begins to clean house, names Bustos undersheriff

On Tuesday, new Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was sworn into office in a crowded Routt County Courthouse courtroom. Also taking the oath of office were new Undersheriff David Bustos, 13 patrol deputies, 15 detention deputies and five Sheriff's Office administrative staff members.

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Wall cruises to victory

Democrat Gary Wall, a private investigator and former chief of police in Vail, was elected Routt County sheriff Tuesday over challenger Garrett Wiggins. Wall received 4,235 votes, or 55 percent of cast ballots. Wiggins garnered 3,423 votes, or 45 percent. Wall will take over for Republican Sheriff John Warner in January.

Voters react to long lines

Following are comments of residents who waited in line for hours to vote Tuesday:

Democrats gain ground in governors' races

Democrats reclaimed governors' offices from the Northeast to the Rockies to the South on Tuesday, putting them on track to take a majority of the governorships for the first time in 12 years.

GOP on defensive as Colorado Democrats seek to gain House seats

Firebrand Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave was in a dead heat for a third term Tuesday while a Democrat opened an early lead in the expensive and high-profile battle for a GOP-held seat in suburban Denver.

Democrats make move in Senate

Democrats took Senate seats away from Republicans in Ohio, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania on Tuesday but the GOP battled hard to retain its control of the chamber.

Democrats win 18 GOP-held districts in race for House control

Democrats won 18 Republican-held districts in nearly every region of the country to move within striking distance of retaking control of the House on Tuesday as voters demonstrated their disenchantment with a war, a president and scandals on Capitol Hill.

Democrats challenging for control of Congress

Resurgent Democrats swept toward control of the House and grabbed Republican Senate seats in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Rhode Island Tuesday in midterm elections shaped by an unpopular war in Iraq and scandal at home.