Sheriff Lou Vallario

The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

GarCo sheriff offering $10K hiring bonuses

Dec 22, 2015

  The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is throwing money at its employee recruitment problems by offering bonuses to people who come with experience. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explains.

Starting January 1, new hires who have two or more years of experience in a jail or a certified patrol setting will receive a $10,000 signing bonus from the sheriff’s office.

Elise Thatcher

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines, which are part of the Affordable Care Act. The state agency in charge of the new rules recently visited communities around the state to explain why premiums are so high. But Garfield County officials remain unconvinced.

Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.