Mischief mounts in Palisade over pot campaign signs

Ruth Elkins said the upside is it will all be over in six days.

Then, perhaps she won’t worry about the prospects for petty crime at her property in normally sleepy—but politically agitated for the moment—Palisade.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, Elkins said she phoned the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to report a white truck speeding away eastbound from her property in the 3600 block of G Road. According to a Sheriff’s Department report, Elkins told deputies her white and red sign with the words, “Vote No on 2B,” had been removed from the yard, speeding away in the bed of the pickup. A report indicated the incident remains under investigation.

“The absolute nerve ... and in the middle of the day,” Elkins said. “Everything’s been such a drama.”

The signs were replaced and were undisturbed as of Wednesday morning, she said.

Both sides with a stake in the fate of Mesa County’s last medical marijuana dispensary have reported skullduggery in the form of stolen or mistreated campaign signs in recent weeks, law enforcement officials said.

While theft reports involving signs have been rare, Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles said the department received several reports of signs in yards being knocked down or otherwise obscured. Those reports initially involved “yes” on 2B signs, supporting a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

“We weren’t getting complaints from ‘no’ supporters, until we started getting complaints from the ‘yes’ supporters,” Quarles said.

The same day Elkins reported her disappearing signs, a separate report was filed about a pickup running over a pair of “yes” signs, planted adjacent to Palisade High School, according to Quarles. The reporting party said a Chevrolet pickup was involved, but a license plate number wasn’t provided, the chief said.

A 93-year-old woman in the 500 block of West Sixth Street on Oct. 15 reported a group of people pulled “yes” signs from her yard and yelled profanities at her, Quarles said.


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