Election – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:49:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Election – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Official election results announced for June 30 primary http://www.pagosasun.com/official-election-results-announced-for-june-30-primary/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:00:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208019 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer

The official election results have been announced for the June 30 primary election in Archuleta County.

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Election sign regulations in place for town and county http://www.pagosasun.com/election-sign-regulations-in-place-for-town-and-county/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206753 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

For the upcoming general election on Nov. 3, participants in the election must abide by both Archuleta County and the Town of Pagosa Springs’ sign code regulations.

According to the town’s sign regulations, political signs can be 6 square feet or smaller.

However, political signs can be displayed no sooner than 45 days before the sponsored political event; therefore, for the upcoming general election, signs can be displayed starting on Sept. 19.

Following the election, political signs must be removed within three days, meaning that, following the primary election on Tuesday of this week, signs must be removed by July 3. Following the general election, signs must be removed before Nov. 7. 

According to the town’s regulations, only one sign per candidate or ballot issue is allowed per lot and signs can only be placed on private property with the property owner’s permission.

Political signs that are posted on any public property or within a public road or alley right of way are prohibited, according to the town’s sign regulations.

Signs that are larger than 6 square feet and smaller than 10 square feet are only allowed with an approved temporary sign permit application.

To get such an application, citizens are encouraged to contact the town’s Planning Department for the application.

For any additional questions, contact the Town of Pagosa Springs Planning Department at 264-4151, ext. 235.

Senior Planner Cindy Schultz noted she understands how important it is for candidates to mobilize and garner support.

“I think from our standpoint and the public’s standpoint, it’s really about that visual clutter and having extra signage in yards,” she said.

Removing the signs within three days of the election seems reasonable to the town, Schultz added.

“We don’t go out and start pulling them out of people’s yards,” she said. “We ask that people remove them within three days after the event as the whole point of the sign in the first place is done.”

The town has not had to enforce penalties in the past, and the town does not fine people who violate sign code regulations.

“This is really a request-based regulation,” she said.

County regulations

Archuleta County’s sign code regulations follow the same three principles with slight differences to each, according to Development Director Brad Callender in an interview on Tuesday.

According to Callender, the county’s political sign regulations outline that the total area of all signs on a lot does not exceed 16 square feet.

“You could have three signs as long as they don’t go over 16 square feet,” he said. “You get 16 square foot of signage per property, basically.”

Signs can be placed no sooner than 60 days in advance of the election and must be taken down within seven days of the election, Callender explained.

If political signs are in violation of the county’s regulations, the county will have to make individual contact with each property owner -— something that Callender described as “challenging.”

“We’re not going to go out and look specifically for people who haven’t taken down their signs,” he said. “We’re pretty much just complaint-based enforcement.”

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Special town election to be held on July 14 http://www.pagosasun.com/special-town-election-to-be-held-on-july-14/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206694 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

A special municipal election will be held on July 14 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. pertaining to a possible revision to the town’s home rule charter.

Ballot Question A asks voters if the Town of Pagosa Springs Home Rule Charter should be amended, as set forth by Ordinance No. 932, by the addition of the following provision: “Any proposal by the Town Council or by the Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) must be first be approved by the Town electors whenever the total TIF revenues are expected to exceed $1 million ($1,000,000) over the life of the project.”

The election will be an independent mail ballot election, with ballots mailed to eligible electors of the town on June 22.

The location to drop off ballots or receive replacement ballots is Town Hall, located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd.

Town Hall will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 22 days before election day and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

Voters must be 18 years of age as of the day of election, be a citizen of the United States of America, be registered with the town clerk or Archuleta County clerk, not be in prison and have legally resided within Colorado and within the town limits for at least 22 days immediately preceding the election.

There will be no election precinct or polling place for the election and all ballots shall be returned to the election official’s office at Town Hall.

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Unofficial election results announced http://www.pagosasun.com/unofficial-election-results-announced-4/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:59:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206578 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer

The unofficial election results have been announced for Tuesday’s primary election.

In Archuleta County, claiming victory in the primary was Warren Brown, who will be the Republican candidate for Archuleta County commissioner for District 1 on November’s ballot.

Ron Maez, who is running for a second term as county commissioner for District 2, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary and will be the Republican candidate for that office in November.

Christian Champagne won the Democratic primary for the 6th Judicial District attorney position, running unopposed.

In the state races, John Hickenlooper won the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, beating Andrew Romanoff, and Corey Gardner won the Republican primary uncontested.

Raymon Anthony Doane won the primary for U.S. Senator in the Libertarian Party.

Lauren Boebert won the Republican primary for the representative to the 117th United States Congress, beating incumbent Scott R. Tipton.

Diane E. Mitsch Bush won the Democratic primary for the representative to the 117th United States Congress, beating James Iacino.

Mayling Simpson won unopposed in the Democratic primary and Joyce Rankin won unopposed in the Republican primary for the State Board of Education member in Congressional District 3.

Barbara McLachlan won the Democratic primary unopposed and Marilyn Harris won the Republican primary unopposed for state representative in District 59. 

Not all primaries held Tuesday had candidates for every office.

Tomi Bliss, election administrator at the Archuleta County Election’s Office told The SUN Wednesday morning that 52 people voted in person in the county, while in elections past about 150 to 180 people normally voted in person.

She explained that, out of 9,517 ballots issued, her office received about 4,700 completed, making voter turnout in the county roughly 49 percent.

Bliss noted that official election results will most likely be announced on July 9.

Statewide, over 99 percent of voters cast a mail ballot and the voter turnout rate for Colorado voters is 44.96 percent as of press time Wednesday morning — a record-breaking state primary turnout.

Following are the unofficial vote totals for all races in Tuesday’s primary, provided to The SUN by the Archuleta County Election’s Office.

The following vote totals reflect only Archuleta County voters.

County offices

Archuleta County
commissioner, District 1 — Republican

• Warren M. Brown: 1,618

• June E. Marquez: 584

• Nate Berman: 466

Archuleta County
commissioner, District 2 —Republican

• Ronnie Maez: 2,208

Archuleta County surveyor

There were no candidates for this office in the primary election.

State offices

State Board of Education member, Congressional
District 3 — Democratic

• Mayling Simpson: 1,508

State Board of Education member, Congressional
District 3 -— Republican

• Joyce Rankin: 2,110

State representative, District 59 -— Democratic

• Barbara McLachlan: 1,572

State representative, District 59 -— Republican

• Marilyn Harris: 2,147

District attorney, 6th Judicial District — Democratic

• Christian Champagne: 1,505

Federal offices

United States senator —
Democratic

• Andrew Romanoff: 577

• John W. Hickenlooper: 1,330

United States senator —
Republican

• Cory Gardner: 2,375

United States senator -—
Libertarian

• Gaylon Kent: 4

• Raymon Anthony Doane: 12 

Representative to the 117th United States Congress,
District 3 — Democratic

• James Iacino: 698

• Diane E. Mitsch Bush: 1,109

Representative to the 117th United States Congress,
District 3 — Republican

• Lauren Boebert: 1,044

• Scott R. Tipton: 1,556

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Ballots mailed for June 30 primary http://www.pagosasun.com/ballots-mailed-for-june-30-primary/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:58:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205440 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer

Ballots for the June 30 primary election have been mailed to every active voter in Archuleta County.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Special election to be held on July 14 regarding possible revision to town’s home rule charter http://www.pagosasun.com/special-election-to-be-held-on-july-14-regarding-possible-revision-to-towns-home-rule-charter/ Wed, 13 May 2020 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203080 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

At a meeting on May 5, the Pagosa Springs Town Council approved Ordinance 932 on second reading for a special election pertaining to a potential revision to the town’s home rule charter that applies to the newly formed Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority (URA).

“This is just calling for a special election. It’s not that we’re necessarily in favor or against it at this point in time. There will be probably some further discussions along these lines at some point in time prior to the election,” Mayor Don Volger said during the meeting. “For now, it’s just whether we can have an election and whether everything was done properly.”

Town Clerk April Hessman explained that the special election would be held on July 14 as a mail-ballot election.

The petition proposing the change was circulated by local citizens and, according to Hessman, the proposed amendment to the home rule charter would require voter approval prior to the town council or URA using tax-increment financing (TIF) whenever the total TIF revenues are expected to exceed $1 million over the life of the project.

Hessman is also identified as the designated election official within the ordinance.

The town clerk’s office received a statement of intent to circulate the petition; that form was approved for circulation on Feb. 13. The petition also required 118 signatures, or 10 percent of the number of town electors registered to vote on Feb. 5, according to agenda documentation.

By March 31, the petition was returned with 173 total signatures, with Hessman certifying that 140 of those signatures were registered as town electors.

That petition was determined to be satisfactory on April 9, according to agenda documentation.

The cost for the special election is estimated to be about $5,000, Hessman explained.

“Pretty much any citizen and any resident of the town can come and apply to circulate a petition,” Hessman said. 

Town Attorney Clay Buchner explained that the right of a citizen to bring forth a petition is constitutional.

“The town is going to back it 100 percent,” Buchner said of the process. “As far as what the council thinks of it substantively, that’s, of course, up to your personal opinion. But as far as voting for the ordinance to go to election, there’s really not a choice. It’s constitutionally protected.”

The motion to approve Ordinance 932 on second reading calling for a special election relating to the URA and TIF financing was approved via a unanimous vote of council.

 

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Health service district to hold drive-through election Tuesday http://www.pagosasun.com/health-service-district-to-hold-drive-through-election-tuesday/ Fri, 01 May 2020 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202435 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Tuesday’s polling place election for the Upper San Juan Health Service District, which oversees Pagosa Springs Medical Center, will be a drive-through election in the medical center’s parking lot at 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.

The district’s designated election official, Heather Thomas, informed the board of the change at Tuesday evening’s board meeting and noted the drive-through election is taking a cue from Bayfield’s recent election.

“So we had, as you know, previously selected the board room as the polling place, and to keep in line with all of the regulations that we internally have for screening of everybody who comes into Pagosa Springs Medical Center, we thought it would be best to follow along the lines with the town of Bayfield doing a drive-through election instead,” she told the board, adding later, “That’ll help keep people from feeling like they would be endangered coming in here and help us stay safer as well.”

Thomas explained the drive-through path will be the same path used for the recent COVID-19 drive-through testing event, and there will be three stations on the route.

Electors will sign their affidavit at the first station, will receive their ballot at the second and will hand in the ballot at the final station.

Those returning absentee ballots (the last day to request an absentee ballot was Tuesday, April 28) can do so at the first station and bypass the remainder of the line, Thomas reported Wednesday.

Anyone going to vote or return a ballot is asked to wear a mask.

The election will determine which three of the five candidates will be elected to three-year terms on the board.

The candidates are: Kathryn Alfred (incumbent), Robert W. Brobst, Mark H. Ziegler, James C. Pruitt (incumbent) and Matthew A. Mees (incumbent).

Registered electors who fall within the district’s boundaries, which encompass parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties, will be eligible to vote in the election, which is slated to take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5 in the medical center’s parking lot, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.

All ballots, whether voted in person or absentee, must be returned by 7 p.m. on May 5 to be counted.

You can register to vote at www.govotecolorado.gov up to and including election day to receive a ballot.

 

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Upper San Juan Health Service District ballot set Absentee voting encouraged http://www.pagosasun.com/upper-san-juan-health-service-district-ballot-set-absentee-voting-encouraged/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:57:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201915 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Upper San Juan Health Service District, which oversees Pagosa Springs Medical Center, is slated to hold a polling place election on May 5.

Due to COVID-19, Designated Election Official Heather Thomas told the sitting board on March 24 that the district is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot.

The election will determine which three of the five candidates will be elected to three-year terms on the board.

The candidates are: Kathryn Alfred (incumbent), Robert W. Brobst, Mark H. Ziegler, James C. Pruitt (incumbent) and Matthew A. Mees (incumbent).

Registered electors who fall within the district’s boundaries, which encompass parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties, will be eligible to vote in the election, which is slated to take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5 at the medical center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.

All ballots, whether voted in person or absentee, must be returned by 7 p.m. on May 5 to be counted.

Obtaining an absentee ballot

An application for an absentee ballot may be filed with Thomas by emailing Heather.Thomas@PSMedicalCenter.org or at 95 S. Pagosa Blvd. (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) until the close of business on April 28.

 

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Pierce, deGraaf and Burnett claim town council seats http://www.pagosasun.com/pierce-degraaf-and-burnett-claim-town-council-seats/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:37:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200918 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Following the April 7 election, the three at-large town council seats have been filled with two new members and one returning member.
Shari Pierce earned a seat by garnering the most votes of the five candidates vying for a seat with 215 votes.
Mat deGraaf was re-elected to his seat with 188 votes; Rory Burnett earned the final seat with 139 total votes.
Julian Caler earned 114 votes and Bill Hudson totaled 94 votes.
Two of those seats were previously held by David Schanzenbaker and Tracy Bunning.
Both Schanzenbaker and Bunning were elected in 2012 and were term-limited, meaning they could not run again.
In an email to The SUN on Wednesday, Town Clerk April Hessman explained that the town received 288 total ballots.
Hessman noted 1,054 ballots were mailed, putting voter turnout at 27 percent.
“The 288 ballots received were counted. There are a few ballots that I am waiting on, they have until next Wednesday to provide me with information,” Hessman wrote, adding that if she receives those ballots it would alter the final count slightly.
In a phone call on Wednesday, Burnett explained that he is feeling good about earning a seat on council.
“I hope to accomplish a better relationship with the business community and the town council specifically in how we can foster just a more positive business-friendly environment,” he said. “I would love to see the town council be more of a strategic partner with existing businesses and new businesses that would like to come to our community.”
Pierce and deGraaf were not available by press time Wednesday.

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Upper San Juan Health Service District ballot set http://www.pagosasun.com/upper-san-juan-health-service-district-ballot-set/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200540 Absentee voting encouraged
By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Upper San Juan Health Service District, which oversees Pagosa Springs Medical Center, is slated to hold a polling place election on May 5.
Due to COVID-19, Designated Election Official Heather Thomas told the sitting board on March 24 that the district is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot.
The election will determine which three of the five candidates will be elected to three-year terms on the board.
The candidates are: Kathryn Alfred (incumbent), Robert W. Brobst, Mark H. Ziegler, James C. Pruitt (incumbent) and Matthew A. Mees (incumbent).
Registered electors who fall within the district’s boundaries, which encompass parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties, will be eligible to vote in the election, which is slated to take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5 at the medical center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
All ballots, whether voted in person or absentee, must be returned by 7 p.m. on May 5 to be counted.
Obtaining an absentee ballot
An application for an absentee ballot may be filed with Thomas by emailing Heather.Thomas@PSMedicalCenter.org or at 95 S. Pagosa Blvd. (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) until the close of business on April 28.

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