Latest News – January 21

Citizens Mobilize Over Law Enforcement, Mtg Tonight

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 the Town of Saguache’s regular board meeting saw a standing room only crowd of residents and property owners. Locals came out in force to express their concerns about the lack of law enforcement in the town.

The January 19 Town of Saguache regular boar meeting saw a packed house of citizens concerned over the lack of local law enforcement. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

The January 19 Town of Saguache regular boar meeting saw a packed house of citizens concerned over the lack of local law enforcement in Saguache. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

According to community reports, Saguache and surrounding towns in the county continue to express serious concerns about the lack of patrols and law enforcement within town limits. In the past, Saguache had a local constable, but maintaining a town police force has proven difficult due to budgetary and personnel constraints. As a result, Saguache citizens have turned to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department to provide deputies to work town law enforcement.

However growing concerns seemed to reach a new high at Tuesday evening’s meeting as board members and the Sheriff’s department met a crowd of over 50 concerned citizens at Town hall.  Prior to the January 19 meeting, citizens had already begun to mobilize via social media, creating a “Saguache For Law Enforcement” Facebook page.

Residents and officals will meet again tonight in a work session to gather and discuss solutions. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Residents and officials will meet again tonight – Jan. 21 – in a work session to discuss solutions. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

During the meeting, community spokesman and organizer Evan Samora addressed town and county officials regarding the issue. While residents’ concerns were presented in a civil manner, it was clear that the issue needed to be addressed sooner rather than later.

While most in attendance were from Saguache, one resident expressed an opinion that neighboring community members in Villa Grove, Crestone, or Moffat could very well be in the same boat.

In the end, the Saguache Town Board moved to have a working session which is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 in the Road and Bridge meeting room, located at 305 3rd Street. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to share their input.

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