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Neo-Nazis’ road cleanup moves away from Colorado church

Tom McGhee
The Denver Post

Gary Randall wasn’t happy when he heard that a white supremacist group would be cleaning a stretch of U.S. 85 running past Elmwood Baptist Church, where he is pastor.

For one thing, the church has a contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation to clean the road as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. But even more important, “I just didn’t want them by our church because it is multiracial and our members are uncomfortable with anything like that,” he said.

Randall complained to CDOT and on Wednesday the agency announced that the National Socialist Movement would adopt a different part of U.S. 85, from Bridge Street to just south of 168th Avenue.

“CDOT takes full responsibility for this error and apologizes for any confusion it may cause or has caused for these Adopt-a-Highway volunteers,” the agency said in a release.

The CDOT employee who formerly handled the Adopt-a-Highway program wasn’t very good at record- keeping, said CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman. When that person moved on, a different employee approved a contract with the neo-Nazi group to sponsor U.S. 85 from 144th Avenue, where the church is located, to Bridge Street in Brighton.

“They made an error; that happens, people make mistakes,” said Neal Land, unit leader of the neo-Nazi group.

Groups that adopt highways are officially recognized in signs posted on the roads. But white supremacist groups like Land’s have used the program to get publicity and draw recruits, said Bruce DeBoskey, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

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