Apr 20 2010

Former Runner-Up Seated

Published by at 10:00 pm under General Information

The vote count was announced. You could feel the air go out of the room.  Then one section broke out in applause.  We had a new Trustee.

Upon motion by Trustee Davis, former Trustee Tracy Webb was nominated to fill the Trustee vacancy.  Webb had recently lost in her bid for Trustee.  A vocal group of La Veta actives held up cards saying  “Elect Tracy-Save $1,500 New Election”.  They stood firm in their opposition to consideration of any other process of filling the vacancy, except that of the losing runner-up entitlement from the recent election?  Confusing isn’t it?  Many of us disagreed with that choice logic. 

Newly elected Mayor Don Keairns and Trustee Larry Klinke voted NO to the Webb nomination, but in a surprise vote, Laurie Irwin had sided with the other 3 incumbent Trustees to give the 4-2 win to Webb.  She was immediately sworn in and seated. 

Mayor Keairns continued to run the meeting in a comfortable and admirable manner.  Public participation was welcomed throughout the meeting.  And the Mayor continually made sure that each and every Trustee was included in all discussion too.  As I stated in a previous blog, Tracy Webb is a capable and experienced Trustee.  While we think this selection process may be flawed, it is still good to have this tension and  conflict behind us.  We wish the entire Board well in its effort to bring new vision, leadership and change to La Veta Town Affairs.

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70 Responses to “Former Runner-Up Seated”

  1. phiaon 23 Apr 2010 at 10:40 am

    The Role of the Chamber of Commerce is TOTALLY driven by-for business. Provide Directories, Business information and profiles [with links to the business websites]. Def: a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization. [note: ot’s business. There is no reference to town other that the business is IN a town].

    Is Dr. Briggs a MEMBER of the Chamber?

  2. The Tooth Fairyon 23 Apr 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Dr. Mr. or Mrs. Incorrect,

    “In fact, Randy Briggs had no involvement in this election whatsoever….”

    If you truly believe that, then I ask, do you believe in me, too?

  3. Politically Incorrecton 23 Apr 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Barb Kowalik,

    I’ve also heard from a current Trustee that Briggs has never made a profit on Grandote so that couldn’t be the reason at all if he had anything to do with “fear mongering” in the Election.

  4. The Tooth Fairyon 23 Apr 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Dear P.I.,

    Just because you haven’t shown a profit by selling rounds of golf doesn’t mean you can’t make a killing by selling the entire parcel for development after it is already annexed. Grandote’s owner is a speculative investor, he is not necessarily committed to providing a wonderful place for the citizens to play golf. No doubt he is committed to making money. And it’s ridiculous to keep promoting this idea of the poor guy losing his shirt at the golf course. Do you really think that he depends on Grandote for his income or survival? Puh-leeeese! I have more sympathy for the folks all over this state and nation who’ve lost their jobs and future security as a result of the greed and risk-taking of investors who already live an opulent lifestyle, yet insist on continuing to try to feather their own nests at the expense of the working man. Placing the future direction of any town, including La Veta, solely in the hands of realtors and investors who are not residents of the town is a recipe for disaster. They are, by definition of their profession, interested in moving and developing land for profit. To me, that implies that their agenda may not always be set for the benefit of the actual town residents, but for the potential profit to be made from whatever development is proposed. That’s not an indictment, just a relevant observation.

  5. Barb Kowalikon 23 Apr 2010 at 1:48 pm


  6. phiaon 23 Apr 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Amen. Business losses after 3 years is a hobby. He might have his only little CDO here like Paulsen has!

  7. Politically Incorrecton 23 Apr 2010 at 4:00 pm


    I never said that the Town Board is responsible for the local economy tanking but they didn’t really try to improve the situation either.
    When it comes to the economy tanking, it is absolutely the responsibility of the local Government to try to fix the problem and I don’t think that happened with the old Board.
    As far as newspaper articles are concerned, I know that you definitely cannot believe everything you read, both newspapers occasionally don’t cover a story as well as they should but The Signature, Huerfano World, and people I have talked to say that Schmidt did say exactly what was quoted to Scott Medsker which prompted him and several other business owners to walk out.
    These are the facts, it just depends on who is willing to recognize them.

  8. Politically Incorrecton 23 Apr 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Tooth Fairy,

    I am honestly wanting the best for La Veta and Huerfano County, I have heard that Briggs is a rather prideful and pompous individual and I am well aware that he doesn’t depend on Grandote to make his living.
    I am not concerned about Briggs’ future at all but one thing I am worried about is the good people here in La Veta and the surrounding areas that came here to start their lives and build a future that will ultimately benefit everyone.
    I want the best for the Town and the Golf Course brings a lot of business into Town and even Walsenburg.
    I am not sure how we will do without the course this summer and that is very concerning.
    I want the Board to collectively come together and solve La Veta’s problems for the better of all and I hope they can do that like everyone else in La Veta.
    Otherwise, we are right back where we started before the Election, in a rut.

  9. phiaon 23 Apr 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Were you not there? As was mentioned earlier when you go and then you read- it often feels like “we” were attending different meetings. And though the papers were “accurate” they couldn’t/didn’t report what went on every step of the way. The side remarks–the rules of order laid out… as to Scott…wll that was just sad all the way around.

  10. Politically Incorrecton 23 Apr 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Jesse, I have a few questions for you and anyone else with answers.
    I’ll start with this one:

    What is going on with Trustee Blanken and the Grandote tax abatement? What is this about and did she abuse her power?

  11. The Tooth Fairyon 24 Apr 2010 at 10:40 am


    I would like to challenge this assertion about Grandote’s financial significance to this town. The burden of proof rests with the claim maker. I know that Randy Briggs may claim that his golf course brings in millions a year to the La Veta economy, but I think his case is grossly overstated. I would like to see a real documented analysis of the golf course’s annual impact. Not one prepared for Randy Briggs by his people, nor one created by his detractors. I’m talking about a simple spreadsheet of town retail and tax revenue from the golf course and its customers, prepared by an independent observer using only demonstrable evidence. Let’s not forget that all seasonal visitors to La Veta are not necessarily here to play golf.
    I think it would be simple. Just take the number of golfers who pay greens fees in a season, then extrapolate the figures to cover food, lodging and shopping, even using a generous estimate per-golfer of these expenditures. I’ll bet that the $6 million figure that I’ve heard bandied about is a myth. That’s the trouble with this last election process. Any assertions by the Briggsians were unchallenged by the local media and blindly accepted by the frightened citizens. Divided town? Who divided it? Ghost town looming? Based on what real and accurately projected figures? I think it is wise any electorate to be very discriminating when confronted with unsubstantiated claims and assertions, particularly when such statements are attached to a private agenda. In short, I think Briggs and his allies took a page from Karl Rove and used fear and bluster to hoodwink this town. They sowed the seeds of division, then offered themselves up as the uniters. And they used hyperbole, deception and scare tactics to do so. One more thing…I don’t believe that everyone who voted for Don Keairns in the name of “change” shares the narrow agenda and self-interested vision for this town of Randy Briggs and his misguided minions. Watch out La Veta, Grandma may turn out to be the Big Bad Wolf.

  12. Politically Incorrecton 24 Apr 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Tooth Fairy,

    I know that not all of the seasonal visitors come to golf but a lot of them do.
    I would also like to see actual numbers in a report put together by Briggs so we can see how much is coming in to La Veta.
    Let me tell you this, one business owner in La Veta told me that Grandote was 25% of their business and they’re struggling to hang on, another business closed earlier this year and told me that Grandote brought 30% of their business and they couldn’t survive without it. So this might kind of give you an idea of how much La Veta’s economy is suffering from this unfortunate event.
    I believe that many La Vetans were well aware of the facts and fictions and knew who to elect for all of the right reasons.
    If there was any fear mongering, it was conducted on the old Board’s side.
    I have heard from several people that a 4-page e-mail was sent out on election day to voters that was questioning the integrity and ethics of Don Keairns, I’ve also heard that the letter insinuated that Keairns’ votes an be bought, people have said the letter was vicious and a rather personal attack against Mr. Keairns.
    I have also heard that the letter was written and circulated by Trustees Yarbrough and Blanken.
    People have also told me that Tracy Webb has been telling everyone in Town that the Mayor is accepting bribes from Dr. Briggs which we all know is a load of crap and not true.
    It was also implied during the campaign that Keairns and the Trustee candidates challenging Davis, Yarbrough, and Webb are all pawns for Randy Briggs and they planned to ruin La Veta by bringing in big businesses and ruin the small town effect on La Veta.

    You really have to dig deep to find out what’s going on in Town.
    I want the best for La Veta, not Randy Briggs.

    What do you mean Grandma may turn into the Big Bad Wolf?

  13. The Tooth Fairyon 24 Apr 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Dear P.I.,

    I am referring to the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. She brought a basket of goodies to poor sick Grandma to eat and soon found out that she was actually on Grandma’s menu herself. I hope for the sake of the people who live and work in this town that La Veta isn’t on its way to Grandma’s house with well-intended concessions, only to discover that Grandma isn’t the sweet adorable lady that she has been portrayed to be. I want what is best for La Veta as well. But when I say that, I am referring to what’s best for the people of the town, descendents of ranchers, artists, small business owners, retirees, service industry workers, minorities, home owners and all of those who actually have a day-to-day stake in seeing the town remain the pristine, charming and peaceful place it currently is. I am not referring to the moneyed and perfidious group which sees the future of the town in terms of their own financial gain at whatever price the rest of us may end up having to pay.

  14. Politically Incorrecton 24 Apr 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Tooth Fairy,

    I completely agree with you, I have my own personal say on things but La Veta needs to get it together.
    People need to realize that this ain’t about the golf course, it’s about La Veta.
    Randy Briggs is an a/ss (excuse my language) who’s trying to make a point.
    Now, I’m hearing about all of these people boycotting Charlie’s Market because Don Keairns is Mayor. WTF?
    How can you do that to La Veta? That’s the Town’s General Store!!
    That affects everyone. Are these people just going to come to the Safeway in Walsenburg now?

    La Veta needs to put their differences aside and start getting things done, we will go nowhere with all of this boycotting, bickering, and obstructing.

    I believe Mayor Keairns and a few Trustees on both sides feel the same way and I hope the Mayor will address these issues soon and the Board can work together for a better La Veta.

    Your Town. Your Choice, right?

  15. Kelly Popejoyon 28 Apr 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Jesse, you were on the board for four years, and you are a college trained accountant. Can you explain to us how much money the Town of La Veta collects from each lot owner for water and sewer impact fees when someone builds a house?


  16. Bretton 29 Apr 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I am amused at the reference above to the “scare tactics used in the election.” Then the same commenter warns (scares) that “Grandma may turn out to be the Big Bad Wolf.”

    I find it mystifying that one accusing others of scare mongering uses a child’s story which is written to be frightening. Perhaps it would be better to use metaphors that don’t counter your major point.

  17. Politically Incorrecton 30 Apr 2010 at 12:30 am


    It’s nice to meet you, I don’t know if you’re going to get a response, I haven’t gotten one for quite a few days, winner by forfeit?

  18. Kelly Popejoyon 30 Apr 2010 at 10:17 am

    Nice to meet you too PI! I will await a response, however long it takes.

  19. Bill Newcombon 30 Apr 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Thank God Al Gore is not involved in this town election or we would have some real problems! I am just a long time visitor to your valley so I will leave the mud slinging to you locals. I look forward to spending time in La Veta and Cuchara in the near future. Is the national forest going to be open this summer? I hope so because after I shop at Charlies,hit a few good shots at Grandote and have a beer at the Dog bar its nice to take a bike ride into the forest. Hang in there La Veta, better days are ahead.

  20. Kelly Popejoyon 04 May 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thanks Bill for the positive comments. I think that we all that live here forget about the thousands of others that consider La Veta their home away from home.