Stoner, Colorado "mayor" claims harassment over plans to turn town into marijuana mecca
|McDonald shows off his garden.|
Who does McDonald blame for these matters? He names Mark Rodgers, a local business owner (he owns Shiloh Steakhouse in Cortez), a well-known conservative who sold him the property and still holds the note on it. McDonald believes Rodgers doesn't like his Stoner plans and is trying to force him out, using as pretext the fact that he's late on a payment that was due in mid-October, and calling in political favors with the sheriff's department to keep the pressure on.
Ridiculous, counters Rodgers. True, he did phone the sheriff's office about McDonald last week, but only because he feared the mayor was vandalizing the property himself and he wanted to protect his investment. "He had made statements to both neighbors that adjoin the property that he was going to burn the place down," Rodgers says. "And they'd also seen him busting out windows; he was mad and throwing stuff through them."
McDonald concedes that he was mad and yelled during a recent visit by deputies, but vehemently denies either vandalizing or burglarizing his own stuff.
As far as McDonald's plans for Stoner, Rodgers says he doesn't care what he does with the town as long as his acts within the confines of the law and keeps up with his payments -- and while he declines to go into detail about how late on the latter McDonald might be, he confirms that money is owed.
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