The Routt County Sheriff's Office


Routt County Jail works toward solar water heater

Commissioners waiting for written approval on federal grant

Work to install new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment at the Routt County Jail is well under way, but a federal grant that would subsidize a solar domestic hot water system is temporarily on hold. County Purchasing Director Tim Winter told the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that new boilers are in place at the jail and have been tested.

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Routt County sheriff candidates debate tolerance

Wall seeks to define difference; Wiggins says approaches similar

Sheriff Gary Wall said the difference between him and Republican opponent Garrett Wig­­gins is Wall’s commitment to encouraging officer discretion and rejecting a zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement. Wig­gins said that difference doesn’t really exist. The two candidates squared off Tues­day.

Routt sheriff remains in Denver hospital

Wall says blood leaking in the brain to blame

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall revealed Friday that he actually was taken to a Denver-area hospital after doctors discovered blood leaking in his brain, and not just because of the flu, as he had earlier reported. He remained in the hospital Friday, and his wife, Jenny Wall, said she didn’t know when he would return to Steamboat Springs.

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House District 57 candidates discuss medical marijuana at Steamboat forum

Trio differs about medical marijuana, other issues

The three candidates for state House District 57 gave their opinions about the booming industry and the controversies surrounding it during a Thursday night forum at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Sheriff airlifted to Denver hospital

Gary Wall is hospitalized in Denver with what he said were complications from the flu. He and his wife plan to return to Steamboat Springs on Friday, and Wall won't appear at tonight's candidate forum.

Wiggins’ campaign yard signs stolen in Steamboat

Some taken to opponent’s lawn, taped over Gary Wall’s campaign signs

Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins reported that 50 to 100 of his campaign yard signs, including nearly all his signs in Old Town, were stolen during the weekend. A number of Wiggins’ signs also appeared in his opponent Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall’s yard, where someone taped Wiggins’ signs over Wall’s.

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Candidates forum draws 60 in Hayden

County sheriff hopefuls again trade jabs

About 60 people attended a forum Wednesday night at the Routt County Fairgrounds Ex­­hibit Hall in Hayden at which 15 candidates spoke. Like other forums this election season, Routt County sheriff candidates Democrat Gary Wall and Republican Garrett Wiggins traded a few jabs.

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Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall could defend self in suit

Sheriff finds no takers in complicated claim with Routt County

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall might have to represent himself in a civil suit with a law firm and the county commissioners after the sheriff found that no law firms were willing to represent him, he said in court Tuesday.

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Sheriff candidates Wall, Wiggins trade barbs at Steamboat forum

The 90-minute First Impress­ions Candidate and Issues Forum on Wednesday was mostly tame, with unanimous consent among attendees that ballot initiatives Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 would hurt local governments and schools. But sparks flew near the end of the forum between the candidates for Routt County sheriff.

Wall appeals campaign fines

Sheriff says finance issues a result of confusion with new law

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office hit Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall with two fines in late August for failing to report major campaign contributions in a new electronic reporting format. Wall has appealed both fines.

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Gary Wall, Garrett Wiggins prepare for Routt County rematch

Retention and relationships key in sheriff campaign strategies

Garrett Wiggins has faced Gary Wall before. The men ran against each other in the 2006 election for Routt County sheriff, which Wall won. But now, with more history behind each of them and potential issues on both sides, the men are preparing new strategies for the rematch.

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High turnout, low stress for Routt County mail-in primary

About 3,200 of 9,000 primary ballots returned as of Monday afternoon

Turnout for the primary elections in Routt County is nearly triple that of 2006 as of Monday afternoon, and votes will continue to be counted until polls close at 7 p.m. today.

Routt County GOP sheriff hopefuls close in fundraising

Wiggins has outspent Bosick in primary race

With several days remaining in the primary elections, Routt County has had 26 percent of ballots returned, already surpassing the 12 percent turnout in the 2006 primary.

Former Routt County Sheriff Tim Walsh dies

Walsh, who served from ’83 to ’90, died from cancer in Hawaii

Tim Walsh, who served as Routt County sheriff from 1983 to 1990, died July 5 in Hawaii at age 62.

Ballot drop-off locations located across Routt County

Final day to drop off GOP primary election ballots is Aug. 10

About 400 Republican primary ballots have been turned in to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The final day of the primary is Aug. 10, but Clerk’s Office officials say primary voters should have their ballots in the mail at least a week before then.

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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Republican sheriff hopefuls share platforms at North Routt forum

Republicans Nick Bosick, Garrett Wiggins discuss education, cooperation

Nick Bosick and Garrett Wiggins said that no matter what happens in the Republican primary for Routt County sheriff, the important thing to them is to unseat the incumbent.

GOP candidates for sheriff step up campaigning

It’s campaign season again, and two Republicans are stepping up their efforts to win the primary for Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Quick action unable to save life of traveler from Ohio

Deputies, emergency responders weren't able to save an Ohio man riding through Steamboat on Thursday.

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Dog shot outside of Yampa

Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigating incident

Routt County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers are investigating the reported shooting of a dog on county land about 4 miles from Yampa on Saturday.

Bosick to appear on sheriff primary ballot

The Steamboat Springs detective has gathered enough signatures to put him in a Republican primary Aug. 10 against Garrett Wiggins, commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Bosick to petition for primary ballot

Wiggins could have GOP challenger in August sheriff’s race

The Republican primary for the Routt County sheriff’s race is back on. Nick Bosick, a detective with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Monday that he will petition to be included on the August ballot.

Wiggins is Republican nominee for sheriff

Routt County GOP and Democrat assemblies help form primary ballots Saturday afternoon

The candidacy field for Routt County sheriff shrank Saturday. Of three Republican candidates, only Garrett Wiggins won the 30 percent of delegate votes necessary to secure a Republican nomination for the office.

Routt County disputes sheriff’s fees

Commissioners in suit with law firm about $16,000 in legal costs

The law offices of Ralph Cantafio are going after the Routt County Board of Commissioners for $16,000 in unpaid legal fees stemming from disagreements between the commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall.

Wiggins re-enters Routt County sheriff's race

The All Crimes Enforcement Team commander temporarily exited the race because of the possibility of violating the Hatch Act, a federal provision that prohibits federal employees from running for office.

Steamboat Springs detective joins sheriff’s race

Nick Bosick announces intention to run for office

Steamboat Springs Police Department detective Nick Bosick has changed his mind. He announced Monday that he will run for Routt County sheriff, and in the process, become the third Republican candidate in the race. Bosick said he submitted his paperwork during his lunch hour Monday.

Wiggins to leave, then re-enter in sheriff's race

ACET commander said decision is based on Hatch Act questions

The All Crimes Enforcement Team commander said his agency would be finished spending a federal grant early next week. He'll refile for the Routt County sheriff's race then, to avoid any possible Hatch Act violation.

Birch, Bosick deny sheriff’s run

Hayden police chief, Steamboat detective not interested in job

Two rumored candidates for Routt County sheriff have denied their intention to run, and no new affidavits have been filed in preparation for the November election.

Law could end Wiggins’ run for Routt County sheriff

ACET leader to continue campaign while Hatch Act is examined

Garrett Wiggins is looking into a 1939 federal law that could prevent him from running for elected office, but he said he is continuing his campaign until the question is resolved.

Commissioners discuss adding jail administrator

Sheriff asks county to consider adding person to oversee operations, increase efficiency

Members of the Routt County Board of Commissioners told Sheriff Gary Wall on Monday that they have no intention of creating a new position for a jail administrator. However, they agreed in principle with the need for one and said they might be willing to reclassify an existing position in the Routt County Sheriff’s Depart­ment to make it happen.

Race for sheriff getting heated with Wall, 2 challengers

The two Republicans challenging Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall in November’s election said teamwork and cooperation are going to be key points in their platform, while Wall points to several successes during his four-year tenure despite a sometimes contentious relationship with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Wall files election paperwork

County sheriff remains tight-lipped about candidacy

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has filed the paperwork to run for re-election this fall. According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Wall, a Democrat, filed his candidate affidavit Friday. Wall previously had declined to announce whether he would run again.

Suspect turns himself in to Sheriff’s Office

Ryan Atkinson, 25, is being held on suspicion of supplying alcohol to minors

Ryan Atkinson, the 25-year-old man sought by Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies in connection with a suspected underage drinking party, turned himself in to authorities at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Atkinson is held on suspicion of three counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor and three counts of witness intimidation.

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Pastor helps deputies, victims for Routt County Sheriff’s Office

As the new chaplain for the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, pastor Jason Clark can be standing in front of a congregation Sunday morning and out on a crime scene in the afternoon, counseling family members after a tragedy.

Craig police chief fires back at Sheriff Wall

Craig Police Chief Walt Va­natta said he saw no use in getting into a war of words with Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall. But that didn’t stop him from throwing a verbal jab at Wall this week. Wall recently spoke out about ethical issues he sees in the Craig Police Department and All Crimes En­­forcement Team drug task force. “I think anyone who has already faced his own ethical challenges should worry about his own stuff,” Vanatta said.

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Fine system helps jump police department revenue

With more time for officers to devote to traffic enforcement in the city and a new model traffic code in the county, the Police Department and Sheriff's Office report increased revenue from traffic tickets in the past year. That change is due to the adoption of the Colorado Model Traffic Code.

Sheriff's budget holds steady

Commissioners indicate they will not allow 2 new positions

The budget for the Routt County Sheriff's Office will hold steady for the coming year. During a budget presentation to the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday, Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad spelled out a few minor changes that likely will be turned down by the commissioners before final adoption of the budget.

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Safety measures ahead for U.S. 40

Dangerous stretch likely won't see major improvements for a year

As more than 20 community members introduced themselves around a table at the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday night, many said the same thing about the curved stretch of U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 127. "It's scary."

Plans change for jail staffing

Sheriff will hire deputies, not civilians, to man posts

A plan to hire civilians to work in the Routt County Jail control tower has been nixed in favor of hiring new, fully trained jail deputies. Sheriff Gary Wall reversed his initial proposal and now says that hiring trained law enforcement officers will allow greater staffing flexibility.

Commissioners OK Routt County Jail hires

Sheriff allowed to add staff to replace outgoing county deputies

Six months after the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to implement a hiring freeze on all county positions, they again voted unanimously to give the Routt County Sheriff's Office leeway to hire replacements for outgoing Routt County Jail deputies.

Wall's salary request denied

Sheriff's Office employees not exempt from countywide pay cut

Routt County commissioners elected not to act on a request by Sheriff Gary Wall to restore some of his employees' salaries.

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Arrest warrant pending in pot bust

Chemicals and 6 plants, 2 ounces of dried marijuana seized

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies seized six marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of chemicals during a raid on a house east of Hayden on Thursday and Friday.

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Civilians may take post at county jail

Routt County commissioners approve civilian control room operator position

The supervision of the control room at the Routt County Jail may move to civilian hands after the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a measure proposed by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Oak Creek police force wanted

Residents, officials meet with commissioners to discuss issues

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is willing to talk to Oak Creek about its policing issues, but the best solution would be the creation of a new town police force, Commissioner Doug Monger said Tuesday night.

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Don't confuse contractor Gary L. Wall with the sheriff

Gary Wall runs Associated Building and Remodeling - and jokingly dissociates himself from Routt County's controversial sheriff. He added the words "Gary L. Wall (not the sheriff)" to his pickups and trailer about eight months ago. They also remind passers-by that the fellow Wall works with, Ralph Fox, is "not the deputy."

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County presses Wall

Commissioners could slash benefits for departments that don't accept cuts

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is threatening to take away the health and retirement benefits of Sheriff's Office employees if Sheriff Gary Wall doesn't accept a 10 percent countywide pay reduction for his department.

Sheriff's letter to county has little impact

The Routt County Board of Commissioners reacted impassively Monday to a letter from Steamboat Springs attorney Mark Fischer on behalf of Sheriff Gary Wall questioning its authority to unilaterally reduce the salaries of the sheriff's employees.

Wall fights pay cuts

County refuses to foot sheriff's bill

A recently adopted 10 percent pay cut for Routt County employees has provided the next point of contention between the Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall. Click here to see a copy of the letter from Wall's attorneys questioning the commissioners' legal authority to cut the pay of Sheriff's Office employees.

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Proposal worries cyclists

Baumgardner: 2-abreast amendment protects all road users

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner has angered some cycling groups with an effort to curtail riders' ability to ride two abreast on state highways, but the Hot Sulphur Springs Republican said his amendment is for the safety of all road users, including cyclists.

Sheriff's license suspension up

Wall won't confirm whether his driving privileges have been restored

Sheriff Gary Wall, who was convicted of driving while ability impaired and two related charges in July, would not confirm Monday whether he is back behind the wheel.