Latest News – June 30
Recycle Bins Pulled Due to Trash Issues
Earlier this week, Assistant Director of Lake County Public Works, Michael Irwin announced that the Lake County Landfill has removed the recycling roll-off bins from the recycling drop-off sites located at County Road 10 and the Community Park.
“As summer has arrived and use of the roll-offs has turned to mainly trash collection facilities,” explained Irwin, “the recyclables are no longer feasible to separate from the trash.” In recent weeks the landfill and recycling employees are placing more and more of the contents in the landfill as visitors and residents thrown more and more trash into the containers.
In fact, as the letter continues it’s clear that officials believe that the issue is an educational one and that most of the violators are “visitors that do not understand what the requirements are for these sites or are not interested in find out how they work.”
Regardless, the remote sites will be shut down until a workable solution can be found. For the near future, all recycling will have to be taken to the Landfill Recycling Center and the Landfill will as we have in the past.
The only exception to this are the pre-paid trash bags for disposal. The trash containers for the Pre-paid Yellow Trash Bags will remain at the present locations unless they also begin to be abused like the recycling bins, the letter states.
“At this time, Lake County Public Works and the Landfill will be working towards continuing this service to the community in the future,” Irwin continues. “We believe that the problems that have arisen in the last several months are not caused solely by misuse by our community, but misuse by visitors to our community.”
You can also join the conversation over on the Lake County Public Works Facebook Page. But for now, it’s everything up to the landfill/primary recycling area. Which really isn’t that big of a chore when you consider the view!
Bartender’s Murderer Gets 36 Years in Prison
Matthew James Haley, 30, was sentenced June 27 for the 2nd Degree Murder of Jordan Gausman, 31, in a fatal stabbing outside the Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville on May 2, 2016. The Honorable Judge Mark Thompson sentenced Defendant Haley to 36 years in the Department of Corrections, after his guilty plea to the Murder charge on April 25, 2017.
Judge Thompson also sentenced Haley to a concurrent 4-year term in the Department of Corrections on an “assisting escape” charge in which Haley had assisted another inmate with an attempted escape from the Lake County Jail in January of 2017. Gausman and Haley were both patrons in the bar and had been talking amicably, when Haley became inexplicably agitated towards Gausman. A discussion ensued about serving in the military.
While Haley was paying for his beer, he pushed and struck Gausman on his chest and head and ‘invited’ him outside the bar. Gausman paid his tab shortly after, and he and a friend left the bar. Haley attacked Gausman without warning moments later in front of the bar, punching him repeatedly in the face, knocking him to the ground, where he then kicked him.
While Mr. Gausman tried to stand up, Haley held him, pulled a knife from a leg sheath, and stabbed Gausman on his left side—causing the fatal injury. Haley fled the scene, and an intense manhunt began.
Mr. Gausman was taken to St. Vincent hospital in Leadville, then eventually airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he died shortly after his arrival. Haley turned himself in to the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office May 7, 2016.
In his comments during the sentencing hearing, Judge Thompson echoed the arguments of Deputy District Attorney Johnny Lombardi that Haley ambushed Jordan Gausman outside the Silver Dollar Saloon in an unprovoked attack.
This killing shocked and outraged our small Leadville community. We express our condolences to Jordan’s friends and family who will forever be saddened by his death and never forget the joy that he brought through his good nature,” said 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown –