Preparing for Governor Romney's visit

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Surprisingly, Grand Junction and Mesa County didn't have to do much to get Governor Romney to the Grand Valley, because his people take care of a lot of the work. And as soon as the Republican presidential candidate gets here, it will all be over.

"The first we knew of it for sure was on Saturday," says Ruth Ehlers, Chair of the Mesa County Republican Party. Ehlers says local republicans didn't have to do much to see their party's presidential candidate. "We don't do any of the organizing, that's strictly done by the Romney campaign." But Ehlers is rallying the troops in case the Romney team needs anything. "We're involved in sending out notices and getting all the help we can get for this."

The Romney campaign is using the Grand Junction Police Department to help with the event. "As is customary anytime we have these visits, we have will be providing assistance from the law enforcement perspective," says Kate Porras, public information officer with the Grand Junction Police Department. That's all officials would tell us. "Because we don't want to give away any of our security plans, we can't go into those plans right now." They don't anticipate any problems, but "we will be prepared for anything," says Porras.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Clifton Fire Department are also providing assistance. "We're providing for Governor Romney tomorrow (Tuesday), an ambulance, and an engine company, as per their request; mainly our function is to help out with any kind of crowd, medical conditions," says Greg Martin, Assistant Fire Chief with the Clifton Fire Department.

And officials encourage you to come out. "The Romney campaign has assured me that if you've sent in your name, and you've e-mailed it or called it in, that you will be allowed to get in, and to be sure to come on whether you've gotten a reply back or not," says Ehlers.

Officials say overtime pay for local police and fire will be minimal. Mesa County, and the City of Grand Junction are not involved in planning or assisting with the event.

We're told it's the fire department's call as to when the maximum occupancy has been reached for safety reasons.

Governor Romney's town hall meeting is Tuesday at Central High School.

Doors open at 9am. The event starts at 10am.


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  • by Good Johnny Location: GJ on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
    @ "D" I'm a non-religious agnostic-theist, if your brain is sharp enough to wrap around that concept, who generally minds his own business. Hate for the religious seems to be your religion. Amazing how an obvious women’s libber, such as yourself, can defend Muslim violence against women and equate that to the abortion debate. Crime levels dropped dramatically after roe v wade because child-hating women who despise their own bodies, such as you, aborted their children who would have grown up unloved and eventually turn to a life of crime.
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      by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM in reply to Good Johnny
      1. I'm not against the religion. I'm against religion not minding its own business (to use your words) and instead trying to impose its dogmas on people who has no interest in it. Both Christian and Muslims do it and I made it clear that I find both examples disguising. How in the world you reached the conclusion that I defend violence is beyond me. 2. If you want a discussion while maintaining legitimacy you need to go lighter on personal attacks.
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        by Luke on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM in reply to D
        People who are religous have just as much at stake in this country as those who aren't. They pay the same as everybody else in taxes, they don't kill you if you don't except their religion like jihadists do, Christians don't stick a gun in your face and ask you if you want to be one of them, if you don't want to hear it, they leave you alone. The liberal ideaology is in many ways like the jihadist ideaology, if you don't like it, they make laws to force you to see things their way.
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          by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM in reply to Luke
          Jihadists also have stake in their countries and they also honestly believe their old book saying what's moral and what's not. So they use their majority to instate the laws accordingly to their dogmas. They obviously wrong from the point of pursuit of common good, but so are anti-choice and anti-gay efforts here in states.
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        by Good Johnny on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM in reply to D
        @ "D" They aren't personal attacks - the truth cuts deep. You persist at equating the radical Muslim problem with your “gay” and “feminist” agenda. I repeat, religion hating, i.e. hating Western Christianity, is your religion. I am not religious, but tell me the last time a Modern American Christian threw acid in the face of a woman for alleged adultery, or the last time Modern American Christians have shot a woman eight times in the back of the head while scores of men stand back cheering “Allah Akbar!” You would have to go back to the Catholic Church and the dark ages to find examples of such barbarism. It happens every day in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran. You are self-loathing, and I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry for whatever abuse you endured as a child that gave you this hate and twisted view. In the 21st Century the world has a 1.6 billion strong Muslim problem, and our politicians refuse to admit that fact. If any one is "in your face" (to use your words) it is the homosexuals like Anderson Cooper and Barney Frank "coming out"...sorry ma'am, I don't give a d@mn what you do in your bedroom.
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        by Good Johnny on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM in reply to D
        @ “D” and tell me the last time your Homosexual and Feminist organizations have gone to places like East Africa to help feed the starving. Tens of thousands of children under the age of six have died of starvation and malnutrition in the last year in this part of the world because of radical groups like Al-Shabob who will not let in aid to the starved, drought stricken region. American Christians are on the scene risking their own lives to help. Where are your organized homosexual friends? Tell me….they are in NY and CA whining and equating their movement to the suffering of African Americans and its dark stain on American history – another disgusting comparison – comparing homosexuality to the history of slavery, an embarrassment which our country and the western world will always have.
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          by D on Jul 11, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to Good Johnny
          Here, wipe that foam on your mouth. "the truth cuts deep..", heck you can't even guess my gender right let alone anything else. Religious based attempts against gays and women's choice has nothing to do with charitable efforts. These efforts will be later considered a dark stain on American history. When it comes to compassion - majority of american charities doing work in places you described are secular organizations. People who work there don't expect afterlife reward for what they do.
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          by D on Jul 11, 2012 at 08:53 AM in reply to Good Johnny
          When I say "dark stain on American history" I refer to "Religious based attempts against gays and women's choice" and not "charitable efforts"
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Namecalling is not a sign of intelligence. Concentrate on the economy. Things are not as bad as you hear on the news, they are much worse. Four more years of Obama and we will be in a long term depression. Voters who vote themselves benefits from other peoples hard work are dishonest. Go to work, stop collecting welfare and food stamps and quit whining. If you want a baby, then pay for it. You are not entitled to anything except what you earn.
  • by Talking points on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    Spoken like the ignorant, brainless conservatives you all are...I'm loving the regurgitated talking points you all hear on Fox news because each of you is incapable of an original thought or opinion.
  • by Larry Location: Grand Junction on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    Romney..What a poor excuse for a GOP candidate for president. All his comments have several versions depending on audience. Let's see the tax returns and see what he has real paid in taxes....and unbelievably wants to give more tax breaks to his donors...Voters get you heads out of the sand and stop building him up just because he is a republican.
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      by Luke on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM in reply to Larry
      Obama,,What a poor excuse for a democrat candidate for president. All his comments have several versions depending on audience. Let's see the tax returns and see what he has really paid in taxes....and unbelievably wants to give more tax breaks to his donors...voters get your heads out of the sand and stop building him up just because he is a democrat. Have you seen the latest? obama and crowd are patting themselves on the backs about starting the hybrid idea in cars and suvs, especially the Lexus RH 400h, yep, they are saying that legislation obama signed in 2010 started the whole thing. Problem is, the lexus RH 400h came out in 2004 and was on the market in 2005, thats five years before obama signed any legislation in 2010. Where do you dems get this stuff about everyone else when you can't see the truth about your own presidential candidate?
  • by Old Timer on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    Compare the picture of a man in a suit and tie to a picture of our current president. I'm reminded of the old Disney movie about Dumbo everytime i see Obama. I think Romney looks luke a leader and not a community organizer
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to Old Timer
      Stick to that thought. There's not much else
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      by Loralei on Jul 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM in reply to Old Timer
      Old Timer- Again....your hatefulness is disgusting and sad. I guess it is ok...kids will be kids, right? Or is it republicans will be republicans? Either way I guess when you have to answer for your ugliness you will realize that excuse is just not acceptable.
  • by ColoNative on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    Romney will be a great president, much better than Obama. He is a Morman, which I like because I know his values are much higher than Obama's. He has business experience, which Obama had none of and still hasn't shown any. Romney is not goIng to be playing golf or vacationing at taxpayer expense while the world goes downhill. Yep. I'm votiing for the better man.
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    If you are satisfied with the damage that Obama has caused to this country, then re-elect him. If you are not satisfied with high unemployment, excessive taxation, bad management, corruption, destruction of our constitution, and class warfare, then don't vote for Obama. Remember, voting for a third party is a wasted vote. A vote for Romney is a vote against Obama. Leave religion out of it, afterall Obama is really a Muslim.
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      by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:55 AM in reply to justice2
      The whole description of the situation is Fox News promoted BS. Things can be better, but they're definitively not as bad as some try to make us think. For one we need to get obstructionists out of the way so what's broken can be fixed.
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        by Luke on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM in reply to D
        Obstructionists? What are you talking about? obama has fixed nothing, he spent over five trillion dollars in less than three years, and fixed, absolutly, nothing. Sounds like you watch Fox news more than anybody else on here, since you know what they report, I couldn't tell you anything about them.
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          by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM in reply to Luke
          My small business is doing great, banks are still around, auto industry is saved, healthcare reform is in progress, roads are being improved, restaurants and movie theaters are packed, mall is packed, camping grounds are packed, plenty of recreational traffic on the roads. It doesn't look to me as everything is going to hell despite pretty nasty situation at the beginning on Obama's presidency. You choose to be miserable way more than the situation dictates. Also Laden's on the bottom of the ocean...
  • by Really? on Jul 10, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    Mormons make it up as they go, changing their religion to suit whatever their current needs are at the time. All they really care about is gold and land, so that they can acquire as much as possible. To me, these are not the qualities I look for in a president. Believe what you want, but stop telling people religion should have nothing to do with it; that's what he believes in, not me. I'm an agnostic, so it's not being a Mormon that bothers me, it's his belief that you can never accumulate enough. Should we always try for more in life? Absolutely. But, at whose expense?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:18 PM
    Is that picture really Romney or a look-alike because it only sort of looks like him? Actually on further inspection, it looks like Will Ferrell. And while I feel like he has absolutely no business running anything, especially an international superpower, I do agree with the calls to leave his religion out of this. Though I would ask that the people stop trying to convince folks that Obama is a muslim because he is not (I believe his former preacher was a big deal in the last election right can't have it both ways?). If you disagree with a candidate fine; stop bringing in religion and race, you are adults please behave as such.
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      by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to
      And the whole gay marriage thing is so Muslim-y.
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      by Luke on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM in reply to
      IF, obama was truely a Christian, he wouldn't be kissing up to the muslims or the gays or athiests or any of the anti-Christian groups that he kisses up to on a regular basis. Obamas former preacher was anything but, a Christian. As far as obama running an international super power, he has failed miserably at even attempting to run one, the whole world is laughing at him.
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        by D on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM in reply to Luke
        Some picture of true Christian you're painting... Whole thing was supposed to be about love, compassion and tolerance. All we get is crusades and witch hunts.
  • by What Location: Fruita on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Really? Now, it's all about what church Romney attends? Give me a break. Get a life and quit being a hater. I can't wait to see Gov. Romney! Way to go!!!
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      by USa on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:35 PM in reply to What
      If you can't wait to see Romney, you would be certain to have incontinence if a worthy canidate would show up !
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        by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:18 PM in reply to USa
        Write-in candidate?
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