Law Enforcement – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:48:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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Trooper Tips: Are you driving impaired? http://www.pagosasun.com/trooper-tips-are-you-driving-impaired/ Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194173 By Master Trooper Gary Cutler
Special to The SUN
How often do you ask yourself if you are driving impaired? I know you’re asking why you would ask yourself that if you are not drinking, but are you actually impaired and don’t realize it?
Think of it this way: Have you ever driven when you were tired or just drove while daydreaming? Let’s take a look at this idea.
The official definition of driving while ability impaired is driving a motor vehicle when a person has consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects the person to the slightest degree so that the person is less able than the person ordinarily would have been, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.
So when you drive when you’re tired and having trouble keeping your eyes open just because you are trying to make it to your destination, isn’t that impairment? Have you ever been driving and found yourself daydreaming? Ever wondered how you drove so far when you came out of your daydream? See? It’s becoming a little clearer.
Let’s go back to part of the above definition: affects the person to the slightest degree so that the person is less able than the person ordinarily would have been, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.
I know that when I am tired, I qualify under the definition of impairment. I am not in a position to be doing actions in which greater concentration is needed. That’s especially true when driving. I know that my motor skills are going to be lacking. I may not see things in front of me. It will take me longer to react to situations and I may not make the right choice due to having what I like to call a brain fog from being too tired.
When patrolling the roads, I have come across people weaving, driving slowly and going through stop signs all because they were too tired to drive. When I talked with the drivers, all of them had the same attributes of someone that has been drinking. So, I ask you, how many of you would never think about drinking and driving, but have gotten behind the wheel and drove while tired?
The outcome can be the same; you won’t get a DUI or go to jail, but you may get a ticket or be involved in a crash.
So make sure you are awake and aware enough to drive prior to getting behind the wheel. If you are on a trip and start feeling tired, take the time to give yourself a break. Get something to eat, exercise, get some fresh air or, if it’s bad enough, get some sleep.
The next time you’re about to get into your car, stop first and ask yourself if you are too tired to be driving. You owe it to your passengers, as well as the other drivers on the road, not to have a brain fog.
As always, safe travels.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194166 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at January, February and March.

January

• Beginning Jan. 5, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) began 24/7 paid staffing for the first time in the department’s history.

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Sheriff: Staffing levels at new jail will be ‘challenging’ http://www.pagosasun.com/sheriff-staffing-levels-at-new-jail-will-be-challenging/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 11:58:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194107 Archuleta County’s $14.5 million jail is set to open this summer, but the staffing numbers authorized by the county will make operating the facility “challenging,” according to Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez.

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Pagosa Springs Police Department’s newest officer http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-police-departments-newest-officer/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 22:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193678

SUN photo/Randi Pierce

Mayor Don Volger swears in the Pagosa Springs Police Department’s newest officer, Austin Gartman, ahead of the Dec. 19 Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting.

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Semi driver cited after going off highway http://www.pagosasun.com/semi-driver-cited-after-going-off-highway/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 22:31:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193295 A semitrailer driver who was allegedly under the influence while driving has been cited for careless driving and driving under the influence (DUI) following his truck going off of the side of the road on U.S. 160 near mile marker 132 at about 1 p.m. on Nov. 17.

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Shop with a Cop http://www.pagosasun.com/shop-with-a-cop-2/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192791

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Cops shopped until they dropped at the inaugural Shop With a Cop event sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Durango Lodge 8. The event took place at the local Walmart and included food from McDonald’s and featured members of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, Pagosa Springs Police Department, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Durango Police Department, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Archuleta County Combined Dispatch and Archuleta County Emergency Management shopping with families for the holiday season. Each child received a $150 budget for clothing and toys while paired with a local law enforcement officer.

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Apache Street accident leads to charges for local woman http://www.pagosasun.com/apache-street-accident-leads-to-charges-for-local-woman/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192842 Potato truck burns and three-vehicle accident on Tuesday

A two-vehicle accident that occurred on Friday at the intersection of South 8th Street and Apache Street led to a local driver being charged with vehicular assault, child abuse and reckless driving, among other charges.

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Shop With a Cop http://www.pagosasun.com/shop-with-a-cop/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:55:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192730

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Archuleta County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Bracken poses with members of a happy family during the Shop With a Cop event on Dec. 5. Members of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, Pagosa Springs Police Department, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Durango Police Department, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Archuleta County Combined Dispatch and Archuleta County Emergency Management shopped with families for the holiday season. Each child received a $150 budget to shop for clothing and toys while paired with a local law enforcement officer.

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