The student from the letter almost four years ago: what I wrote in my letter and why I wrote it

The student from the letter almost four years ago: what I wrote in my letter and why I wrote it

Amber Elliott, October 22, 2018

My name is Amber Elliott and I am the student who wrote the letter that called to attention Kristin Bantle’s behavior in the school system four years ago. Her behavior was totally unprofessional and, quite frankly, disgusting when she spoke to our freshman civics class after our teacher left the room. Instead of learning about the Fourth Amendment, which was the intent of her being in our class, she told stories about her wildest cases and calls. We were subjected to listening to sexually explicit stories and about other things that are far, far too inappropriate for a class of freshman to hear, things that I still would not care to hear today. Read More

Q&A with Garrett Wiggins, Republican candidate for Routt County sheriff

Q&A with Garrett Wiggins, Republican candidate for Routt County sheriff

Bio: Garrett Wiggins is the elected sheriff of Routt County and has served in that capacity for the past eight years. Wiggins began his law enforcement career at the very young age of 19, in Quincy, Florida, and, at that time, he was the youngest public safety officer the city had ever hired. “I was a teenager right out of high school, very young and stubbornly independent,” Wiggins said. “Having no experience, I took an unlikely gamble and applied for a public safety officer position and the agency went out on a limb and hired me. Looking back, they were the one taking the gamble.” That was over 30 years ago. After graduating from the law enforcement academy, he worked his way up through the ranks. Wiggins said serving as the elected sheriff is the highlight and most honorable position of his career. He is also a dedicated family man — a husband, father, son, brother and Christian. Garrett has been married to his wife, Melinda, for over 26 years, and together, they are the parents of Cutter and Cody, who were both born in Steamboat Springs. The Wiggins are natural-born outdoor enthusiasts. They live on a small ranch near Stagecoach, enjoying their horses, dogs and other critters, as well as their many hobbies. Wiggins has prioritized school safety as sheriff and he said he wants to make sure kids can be kids, which means keeping schools safe. He also knows that public safety takes law enforcement and the public working together, and he firmly believes that collaboration is the key to success. Read More