Sheehan still planning Glenwood visit | VailDaily.com

Sheehan still planning Glenwood visit

Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Cindy Sheehan still hopes to appear in Glenwood Springs, as early as next month, says a man who is spearheading her planned Western Slope tour.Gary Handschumacher, a volunteer with the Paonia chapter of the Code Pink anti-war organization, said scheduling conflicts forced Sheehan to postpone visits during the middle of this month to Glenwood Springs, Paonia and Mesa State College in Grand Junction. A decision by the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs not to let Sheehan speak there had nothing to do with her change in plans, he said.Handschumacher also said people in a growing number of Colorado towns, including Aspen, Telluride, Pueblo, Denver and Boulder, are interested in having Sheehan speak in their communities.Handschumacher said he arranged Sheehan’s western Colorado visit before she became an international media figure when she led an anti-war protest near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheehan’s son, Casey, 24, died while serving in the military in Iraq. Code Pink helped organize the protests in Texas.Handschumacher said Sheehan’s schedule has become more crowded since she began drawing so much attention.”She felt bad that she had to disappoint us but her status on the planet changed dramatically in the last month, so the priorities changed a little bit,” Handschumacher said.Vail, Colorado