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~ ~ *::~> :~i~i~i~:>~.~'.~~- After the rumors flew, Nucla citizens spoke out, and more than two and a half hours were spent by the Nucla Town Board behind the closed doors of executive session over their past two meetings, Mayor Mary Helen deKoevend announced that communications between the board, the Nucla Marshal, the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office will be better. "There are rumors that the Sheriff's Department screwed this case up. I don't think we've screwed anything up..." -County Sheriff, Warren Waterman I In the midst of two crucial cases for Nucla, including the one-year-ago triple stabbing of three local men and the disap- pearance of another local, Dale Williams, everyone seemed to want answers from everyone else last Wednesday night. After having attended the June 23 board meeting in Nucla, the parents of the stabbing vic- tims returned, still ~vondering whether crucial evidence in the case was the responsibility of the Sheriff's Department or the Marshal's Office. Parents, Jo Ellen Turner and Carol Barker, brought with them to this most recent meeting Montrose Chief Deputy District Attorney, Sandy Honath. Montrose County Sheriff, Warren Waterman, and Sergeant Bill McClellan were also pres- ent at the meeting, with ques- lions of their own as well as a roposal for an Interagency Agreement between the town and county sheriff's department. "I'm uncomfortable that Matt (Gudermuth, Nucla Marshal) leaves town for vaca- tion or for school and the sher- iff's department doesn't know," Waterman stated. "Recent cir- cumstances in Paradox have made it rtecessary for our deputies to spend a lot of time there. If we are called in to cover Nucla while Matt is gone, I'm telling you now that the Continued on Page 9 ih,h,,,ihhh|h,,,|.|,hhhh,,,hllh,,,h,l,,hllh'd Tickets on Sale this Week... On Sunday, August 15, our "world will be rocked," as the Rock Your World Youth Crusade, featuring Bill Scott, the band Age of Faith, and singer, Jeni V., will be in Nucla ~is part of their Millennial Tour. ... The Rock Your World Crusade will be the first event of its kind to come to the West End. I The Crusade will be offered by Z-Jam Youth Ministries, whose interactive youth radio program is currently broadcast on over 200 stations in the U.S. and Canada, with an Internet version that can be heard in 220 countries around the world. The crusade is a blend of music, worship and encouragement, designed for teens. The concert, which will be approximately 2 1/2 hours of music and ministry, will take place at 4 PM, at Nucla High School. Tickets will be avail- able across the region starting this week, and will cost $5. A youth minister for many years, Bill Scott knew that in order to effectively tell a young generation about Christ, he needed to reach teenagers through things they already knew and loved, such as music and the Internet. Bill feels that a band is a crucial part in reach- ing teens at concerts. "I spent a lot of time praying for the right band to travel with, and Age of Faith is the band God gave me," He says. "Their lyrics are right on and have everything to do with living a Christian life." Bill Scott (upper left) and the Christian rock band, Age of Faith, will join singer, Jenni V., for the Rock Your World Youth Crusade in Nucla on August 15. Tickets for the concert will be on sale this week, and community members are asked to take part in concert preparations. Age of Faith, whose fifth album, "The Truth" was released in November of 1998, brings together guitar-oriented, raw pop music with a message of forgiveness and unconditional love. "This album is for the kids we have met on the road," says lead vocalist, Jimi Ray. "We have consistently heard kids tell us that they have a hard time finding forgiveness for past mis- takes. We've really listened to what they've had to say about their hurts and their guilt, and this album is simply our response to them. We want to show that God is truly who He says He is. He is enough for us to live this life. Mistakes will be made by all, but God forgives." According to promoters of the concert, the Rock Your World Crusade will be the first event of its kind to come to the West End. An incredible investment has been made for the youth in this area, and they are hoping that preparations for it will be a community effort involving Nucla, Naturita, Norwood and surrounding areas. Much work ne.e.xls to be done before August 15, and everyone is invited to take part. An organizational meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, July 21, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Naturita, starting at 6 PM. Area pastors and residents who would like to become involved are urged to either attend the meeting or to call Rick at 865-2697 or Roger at 864-7425. Copies of Age of Faith's album, "The Truth" are also available by calling one of those numbers. 1 J