I would like to thank all the citizens of Crawford for their recent participation in our local government process. Statistics from the recall election mirror more or less, the divisiveness seen at the national level. The difference is that instead of millions of voters spread between thousands of miles, different religious, ethnic, economic, and political backgrounds, we are a small community with more in common than not.
I hope the 56 percent of those that voted no will recognize the 44 percent who voted yes not as, "a few malcontents," "that bunch" and the "problem child," but as their neighbors who have the same constitutional right to participate in their local government as they do.
Transparency in government is the foundation upon which democracy is built. Should that transparency be clouded by alternative facts, we as voters should always be ready to hold those responsible accountable.
Let us "bind up our wounds," forget the rhetoric and maliciousness of this event, and move on as a true community with respect for each other and our democracy.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.