La Plata County Commissioner Kellie Hotter spends her days in the comfort of government buildings and offices, but that didnt stop the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemens Association from naming her Cattleman of the Year.
Hotter, a sixth-generation county resident who hails from a ranching family, was given the award at the organizations annual banquet this week for supporting the local ranching community.
I am very honored to receive this recognition of my efforts and this vote of support from the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemens Association, whom I hold in such high regard, Hotter said. My ties to La Plata County are deep, and our family legacy is very important to me. I am proud to be recognized by the Cattlemens Association as a staunch ranching and agriculture supporter.
Carrying multiple family traditions, Hotter is running for re-election to the county commission this November. Her great-great-great-grandfather was one of the first elected officials in Durango, elected as coroner in 1883. Her great-great-grandfather, meanwhile, operated a cattle ranch, which is now a community park named in their honor: Folsom Park.
In her personal and elected roles, Hotter has been a fervent supporter on the local, state and national levels for agriculture preservation, 4-H and Future Farmers of America, a news release said. She also serves on the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.