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Posted: Thursday, June 18th, 2015 8:50 AM

It was reported by our treasurer Ed Nielsen that the 2015 Spring Fling, held at the Mountain Valley school was a great success. Guests and guest speakers were very well received and very much appreciated by all in attendance. Our thanks to all of them and to Laurie Vigil for such an outstanding meal! Also, special thanks to the Spring Fling committee for their exceptional effort in making this function one to remember. Wyoma Hansen, Janet Nelson-Cox and Tresa Rupright. We would like to name all of those who contributed to the success of the event but they are too numerous to mention. It was a magnificent group effort.

Executive Board of the Saguache County Republican Central Committee


Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:08 PM


If you are on the fence or confused about the abortion issue, the political ramifications of the abortion debate and how it is affecting our nation's stability, check out this commentary by John MacArthur who is the pastor of a large church in Los Angeles known as Grace Community Church. He has a way of explaining the difference between the the two major political platforms concerning abortion that clears the mind of any doubt about which position is constitutional and how opposite the two positions are.

The Republican party's official position on abortion
The Democratic party's official position on abortion

Mike Cowan


Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:18 PM


Are you dissatisfied with our elected officials raging assault on your constitutional rights? Are you angry and feeling vulnerable about the National and State government's misguided assault on your right to keep and bear arms? Do you wonder what other personal rights and liberties may be stripped from us if the government continues to infringe on our second amendment rights? Are you concerned about the bloating federal government and the reason for such growth in government? Are you concerned that simple political gamesmanship is responsible for the closing of the White House (our house) to our children? Are you concerned about our God given right to choose life over death? Are you concerned that the federal government does not have to operate within a budget like you and I? Are you concerned about our elected officials supporting the United Nations and the "one world order" method of governing? Are you concerned about the continued pursuit of excessive taxation to feed our uncontrolled government? Are you, your friends, relatives and neighbors better off today than in the past? Collectively, let's work together, at the county level to assure our voice is heard regarding our future.
Consider joining like minded citizens of the San Luis Valley by attending the annual republican "Spring Fling" fundraiser at Old Cow Town April 27th at 1:00 pm for a delicious meal, speakers, live entertainment, live auction, and share your thoughts and concerns about the direction we should take for our future and the future of this great country!
Please contact Richard Drake at 580-4433 or Steve Carlson at 850-2920 or Mike Cowan at 530-1257 or Ed Nielson at 580-4960 for tickets and other details.

Steve Carlson
La Garita


Posted: Friay, April 18, 2013 8:22 AM


OK, I need to vent a little here and you who are on my list that do not wish to hear this can certainly block me or, just send me a note and i will kindly remove you.........

We have just been thru a national gut check over gun violence in our country. Newtown was an awful tragedy and a terrible thing to happen, but the political grandstanding afterwards i feel is even worse. Some of you out there think that all we need to do is ban all guns and this will never happen again, right? Well, how has that worked out with drugs? We have had this "war on drugs" since the late 70's and early 80's and how has that worked out? Drugs have been illegal in this country since as far back as this baby boomer can remember, but as long as i have been aware of the issue, there has always been a ready supply to anyone with the cash to spend. Do you think it will be any different with guns?

This country was founded on democratic principles, but it is not a democracy. It is a representative republic. Meaning we elect representatives thru a democratic process, IE: one person/one vote (unless you live in Saguache county) and those representatives carry the will of their constituents to denver, or washington, to determine their votes on national issues......think about that for a minute......they represent the will of the people......and the will of the people in this gut-check said , no, we do not need anymore gun laws. We have plenty on the books already and we do not wish to create more laws that will not do a damn thing to prevent the kind of violence that took place recently.

Tell me where in our nations founding documents...... the declaration,the constitution, or the bill of rights, does it say that the right of the people to enjoy drugs, shall not be infringed????Show me where in our constitution it says that the right to free health care for each and every one of us exists????? Point out to me please where it says that a womans right to an abortion shall not be infringed????? Do you get my drift? None of these issues are even mentioned in our constitution, and yet they are all now legal in this state, but there is one that is mentioned, and i quote: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"......Yet, we have laws in our state right now that defy the constituion on drugs, abortion, and health care and nobody seems to give damn, but the one constitutional right , written in our bill of rights, that was given to us by our founding fathers, the very one that protects all the others, has been under assault, weakened, and made almost every one of us criminals. You can use drugs, grow drugs, sell drugs, manufacture drug related paraphernalia, but you damn well better not have a 30 round magazine for the gun you protect your family with. Your 15 year old daughter can have an abortion without your consent, but by god dont let her carry a pistol to the abortion clinic or she will be thrown in jail. The federal government can mandate that you spend thousands of dollars on health care per year, but dont loan your deer rifle to your brother in law without filling out a background check and making sure he is pure enough of heart and soul to use it, or you will be arrested.

It is time we as americans get our collective heads out of our........out of the sand..... and see what is happening to our state and our country. If you do not wish to see more of our freedoms taken away, more of our rights eroded, then GET INVOLVED. Show you care. Make politicians accountable for their actions. Send letters, make phone calls, put up a sign, stand for what you believe, no matter what.

Remember what one of our past leaders said..."think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

Lets each of us that believe in the constitution and the american way we know is best, influence 30 people to vote your way, one for each bullet we can no longer carry in our magazine..

Allen Jones
Moffat, Co


Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:00 AM

I wish I could say I wrote it, to good not to share..... AJ

Subject: The Flawed Utopian Mentality

It's so strange to live in a world where someone commits an atrocity, and society blames his methods instead of dealing with his intent. It's the same mentality that believes society can tax its way into prosperity without dealing with the root issue of government waste, inefficiency and fraud. The same mentality that wants to punish junk food instead of acknowledging that food-based obesity is quite often the result of individual choices.It seems like we once took the issue of "personal responsibility" seriously. Now, we're a knee-jerk society of finger-pointers desperate for scapegoats, each one trussing up his/her soapbox under the thin veil of compassion. We swat at the symptoms forever as the virus itself remains unexamined and unchecked. I remember the scapegoats of my own youth...video games and rock music...the obvious "reasons" for society's ills. (Anyone see those old videos where they destroyed thousands of pinball machines?)You'd like to make firearms illegal for the law-abiding? Congratulations. You'll have disarmed tens of millions of responsible citizens, and the black-market will tip its hat to you as the non-law-abiding operate without missing a step. Oh. You'd like home-to-home searches to ensure that all weapons are confiscated? That sounds like a wonderful way for a free nation, by the people and for the people, to operate. Perhaps we can take a few extra minutes and enjoy tea with the ATF agents as they tap on the sheet rook looking for hidden stockpiles.

On this issue, I like the words of Thomas Jefferson, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."The utopia of a world free of guns and gun violence is a noble enough notion. It's also a happy-clappy, Utopian fantasy that will never, ever happen. Perhaps it's time to see through the haze of peace pipe smoke and realize that 1) you'll never get 250 million weapons confiscated 2) even if you get the licensed weapons from the law-abiding, guns will continue to be the domain of the criminal and 3) even without guns, you'll still (and always) have all manner of killers, rogues, psychopaths and instruments of horrible death.

These things are not new to humanity, and it's a hard fact of life that society's most unstable can and will snap at any moment. And as I understand the desire of good people to find solutions, I'm convinced those solutions should deal with root issues and be based in reality.There are over 300 million people living in the USA. Almost half of all American homes have firearms in them. With that many firearms in that many hands, if they were indeed the cause of all of this trouble, this nation would have, within moments, shredded itself under a blanket of gun smoke. This obviously hasn't happened, and those who can't see the millions of peace-loving (yes, peace-loving), responsible gun owners as more than caricature are obviously not looking (or not seeing, anyway). They want a kum-bah-yah planet where good intentions trump all, a world without aggressors and those who defend against them, a world where a politician's signature on a piece of paper will cure all hearts of darkness, a world where ribbons on our lapels actually solve planet-wide problems, a world where humanity can go to sleep at night with unlocked doors and unconcerned minds. A beautiful fantasy. And a ridiculous one.

We can and should find ways to make our world safer...but it will never be safe. I own a Smith & Wesson MP9. I've been trained to use it and often target-shoot for recreation. I keep the weapon secured. It is treated with a healthy respect and is readily accessible for reasons of home defense. Some are skittish about the use of deadly force to protect loved ones. I am not. This doesn't make me a warmonger or nut, a conspiracy theorist or agent of blood lust. It makes me a free, law-abiding citizen who happens to take the first line of responsibility for the protection of his family.Individual responsibility. Within the law. It's how I roll.There are millions like me. Ask yourself...are we really the problem? And will disarming us prevent the next tragic headline? Absolutely not.

By: Jim See / Submitted by Allen Jones


Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:59 PM

I think it is good to get this done soon but I disagree that July 2nd is the right time since so many people will be out of town or just getting ready to leave for the 4th.. Richard is going to be gone until the 5th.and then he has canvassing duties after the primary vote. I agree that Richard should lead the effort on this but there is just too much happening between now and the 2nd to focus on this with all these distractions. We want as much participation on this as possible. I think we are one CC meeting away from putting together a plan that is well discussed and thought out and might include more than just Republicans.

Mike Cowan


Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 5:35 PM

Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of the commissioner's meetings

It certainly would be very meaningful, in many aspects, if the Republicans could take this issue on and be successful! For those that do not know, the CFFG had scheduled a time on the June 5th BoCC meeting only to cancel it because of what we viewed as conflicting priorities, that being the upcoming primary election issues. We told the BoCC that we would re-schedule at a later date. I had called Carla to give her a heads up regarding the meeting and issue such that she could prepare for our presentation. She was happy to hear we were offering to help BUT when it was cancelled she was equally happy because she knew that resulting from the meeting she would have yet another contentious issue to work on/resolve.

Given that, I think it would still be a great idea to pursue! If everyone would approve/like I would be willing to call Wendi and get a place on the next meeting agenda which should be July 2nd. The priimary would be over and seems to me it would be perfect timing! I would suggest that Richard take the lead on this effort BUT we could all meet at the courthouse on the 2nd!!! Sound off everyone!

Steve Carlson


Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:57 AM


Lynn Sutherland


Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:05 AM

Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of the commissioner's meetings

We will need to schedule a time slot with the commissioners to present this to them first by a letter and then by showing up in force to demand it with Carla by our side. We probably should talk to Richard about getting this on the agenda for the July meeting. Right now everyone is too wrapped up with the primary and right after that is the 4th of July. The timing for the next meeting should be good.

Mike Cowan


Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:58 AM

Subject: Republican party supported recording of the minutes of the commissioner's meetings

Great idea! Sign me and Donna onto this. Since we are 45 miles away it would be great to have the minutes available on the GOP website. How can we get this done?

Lucky Ford


Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 9:36 PM

Excellent letter, It has the kind of broad appeal that will interest Independents & others. I also think there are some Libertarians around here in that Independent base that could potentially sign on to the Republican party to have a voice because from what I've seen, the Libertarian party is pretty low-key/unorganized.

Since my involvement in the local GOP is so new, I was hesitant to bring up an idea I had. I don't know where things stand with this issue of Carla recording the Commissioner's meetings. I really liked Marilyn Marks' response to Sam Pace's claim that we didn't need to go to the trouble of recording because we live in such a rural area, etc, etc. Her response was that was all the more reason to do so! We're so spread out geographically, it's hard for people to make it to meetings...it would be great for people to have access to them on the internet.

It may sound like I'm coming from left field but I got to thinking...what if it was the republicans who made sure those meetings were taped & posted them on the GOP website? I just thought it would be a way to put a very positive, pro-active face on the local GOP...not by trashing the Democrats & how corrupt they have been but show that we're the party that supports total transparency & community involvement in local gov't. Just an idea.

Thanks for your work,
Brigit Fey


Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2012 7:57 AM

Subject: SCRCC meeting 6-13-12

Thanks, good of you to get this info out, Something that has been needed for a long while and with all types of fancy communication stuff we can really keep in touch.
My problem with the wording in the Vacancies clause is the removal or inability to serve where it pertains to the precinct committeepersons,the caucus process voted those folks in and the central cannot remove them ,that is not the duty of the vacancy committee to remove any one .The duty is to step in if there is a vacancy and not to play God and come up with some excuse to remove someone from the precinct.( The chair is the only who can remove anyone) If that clause remains that will be a total undermining of the whole caucus process,the caucus votes one way and the central committee throws them out because they may have missed 3 meeting or what ever is chosen as proper amount of meetings and without proper notice that the precinct persons were suddenly required to be at the central committee meetings. The Vacancy should only be filled if there is a vacancy! Not make one.
I have strong feeling that a clear purpose needs to set as to why there are now so may meetings? Before it was a recall issue,then a bylaws , but what vision is there that( Which has not been the rule before)a precinct person needs to be required to attend 12 meetings a year or so? Or else get admonished for not being there?We do not have elections laws that need addressing,no anyone on the republican central committee needs to be elect,at this time and candidates are in place,so what grand issues are so important?A better description of what is required of the percent people is needed . That's my 2 cents.
PS. To help the clerk and get the percent lines in better shape this one think I see,but have been told to wait on that problem ,but with out addressing that problem early we republicans loose more ground!!

Thanks, Lynn Sutherland


Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:57 PM

Good work on the letter I have some names and email addresses. I tried the hyperlink on the bottom and it didn’t work. I don’t know if it was a problem with my service or something else, however. I want to give you a few names and emails you should send these to.

Dana Perrin

Gary Smith

Dick Frasier

I guess that is all I have in Saguache county.

Randy Glover



Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:07 PM

Letter to Fellow Republicans:

We are on a mission to continually improve the content of the web site and promote traditional Republican ideals of smaller and more responsible/accountable government that serves the citizens and protects the constitutional rights of the people.

You are our best source for ideas and information. It would be helpful to have your input into the complexion of the web site for all of Saguache County to enjoy and learn more about the values and freedoms that many Americans have either forgotten or never knew about to begin with.

Each time there is an update or significant addition to the site we will send out an e-mail notifying all of you and if you know someone who may not be on the list please let us know and we'll get them added right away. The more people on the list the faster our message will circulate and hopefully the more new Republicans we'll recruit. If we grow in numbers we grow in strength. There seems to be far more conservative thinkers in this county than those who are not. Many are potential Republicans but don't know it. Some are registered as Independents or Democrats and aren't even sure why. Many are not even registered and just simply need a reason to do so. We must encourage more people (especially young people) to participate in the political process or our children and grandchildren will forfeit the God-given freedoms we have all enjoyed as citizens of this great nation.

If you have someone in mind that we could add to our list or you have suggestions on how we can make our site more interesting and informative please e-mail us at info@saguachegop.com Also, check out the latest update on our Issues page. http://www.saguachegop.com/SC_GOP_issues.htm

Than you for your participation.

Saguache County Republican Central Committee

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Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 8:36 PM

I do not have a problem with this. RD

Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 8:42 AM

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: RS Collins <swissr2@yahoo.com>
To: Richard Drake <radrake81143@yahoo.com>; Michael Lobato <mlobato@center.k12.co.us>; Ed Nielsen <edcnielsen@Yahoo.com>; Allen Jones <ajones1954@gmail.com>

Subject: Bi-laws

I would like to suggest that it somehow be added to the bi-laws that when an officer of the executive committee is replaced whether by election, resignation or death that the documents (minutes, donation records, state records, check book, bank statements ect.) that was in their possession be returned the president of the Republican party within 30 days.

These documents belong to the Republican Party.

I think it is beneficial for the new replacement to see what documents might have been filed with the state and county. Also the checking information needs to be updated as soon as possible.



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