Regional News Roundup

By Christopher Kolomitz

Parolee dies in Chaffee Barn Fire

BUENA VISTA – A parolee sought by Chaffee County authorities was identified through dental records after his body was found March 8 in a burned out barn southwest of Buena Vista. David Butler, 46, of Summit County, was found in the small residential barn following a search for him in the area near Maud Lane, which is just a little north of the Chalk Creek drainage. While conducting the search for Butler, authorities spotted smoke and responded to the barn fire and subsequently found Butler’s body, reported The Mountain Mail. It was unclear whether the death was a suicide or accidental, or what prompted Butler to flee from authorities.

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November 2010 Election Results

Denver Mayor and brewpub owner John Hickenlooper beat out Republican Dan Maes and Tom Tancredo, who ran on the American Constitution Party ticket, to become the next governor of Colorado.

Maes, a tea party favorite won only 11 percent of the vote, while Tancredo, who entered the race with an ultimatum to Maes and his primary opponent, Scott McInnis, to get out of the race if either were trailing Hickenlooper in the polls the day after the Republican primary, won 37% of the vote. Hickenlooper will be succeeding Gov. Bill Ritter who chose not to run for a second term.

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Despite Approval by Town Council, A Question Mark Still Hangs over The Meadows

By Sterling Quinton

Buena Vista has come to represent a kind of stage upon which the tensions of small-town politics and development pressures now tangle in the increasingly murky waters of a vast economic slump.

Standing front and center in the most recent controversy is the annexation of a Planned Urban Development (PUD) known as The Meadows. The Meadows, projected to encompass 277 acres, currently lies just outside of Buena Vista’s northwest limits. Its owner, and aspiring developer is John Cogswell, who came to the development game late after his career as a trial attorney, which spanned several decades.

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