Rural residents drafted resolutions seeking “constitutional sanctuary” status for the province of Río Blanco and the town of Rangley.
During working sessions of Rio Blanco County Commissioners Tuesday, they asked the board to consider adopting the resolution, which they said would issue a statement about the county’s position on state mandates and executive orders, including health and business restrictions related to COVID-19 and Other topics say that it is a violation of constitutional rights.
Resident Eileen Urey mentioned her concerns about the mandatory vaccinations several times during the work session. “This is to save us from what is going down,” said Yuri. As a nurse, she said she receives information from the state about vaccinations.
The group hopes to engage other communities, provinces, and even states, thereby sending a coherent message of “constitutionally sound”.
Dan Eddy, Uri’s colleague in what they described as a local focus group for decision-makers, said he believed it was important for statehood to reject emergency orders that last more than a year and “dictate our lives.”
Commissioner Gary Muir said: “I think we all agree that this war on rural America is real, and we need to use every tool we can fight back.”
But he also said he believed it was important to consider “unintended consequences” that would be detrimental to the county if such a decision were passed.
The group also drafted two Resolutions for City of Rangley, and they reported that they have been reviewed by the City’s attorney and will be presented to the Board of Trustees.
“If this keeps up and moving, it should get some publicity in other cities and counties,” Eddy said, saying a month later that they had garnered widespread attention.
“We have the right to choose,” Uri said. “We need to protect ourselves … We need comprehensive protection for the people here.”
Interim District Attorney Todd Starr asked what exactly such a decision would accomplish for the boycott, and he agreed to review the decision to see what “unintended consequences” might be.
The board will review the decision again next week.
At a regular meeting, the board of directors passed a decision requiring Rio Blanco County to be a “wolf reintroduction reserve” province, as suggested by Maker of the maker Jeff Madison.
The commissioners said they received calls and comments that the name of the decision created some confusion, which made it appear as if the county was trying to be a haven for the wolves, which is the opposite of what the resolution states, which is that the decision establishes a county that is strongly opposed to returning the wolf.
Starr recommended a “reaffirmation” of the boycott’s opposition to the wolf reintroduction plan as part of the language of the decision.
“I discussed this, too,” said Madison. “I went back to the phrased re-presentation because that is what the ballot issue says. There is some confusion until they read the text of the resolution.”
Madison reviewed some other amendments to the decision.
Muir agreed, saying, “I feel very leaning on the vote that we should move forward.”
“Most of the comments I have received have been positive, after they go over the title,” Commissioner Tae Gates said.