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How do we go back to ‘normal,’ and should we?

As we enter May, we enter what is normally a time for celebration around Durango – event season begins, Fort Lewis graduation occurs and almost every weekend there are multiple happenings around...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

The COVID mandate: Adapt and survive

The theme song that appears to be emerging from the COVID-19 health crisis is “adapt and survive.” As thousands of businesses come to a screeching halt, we are all scrambling to reinvent ourselves...

DATE: April 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Supporting local business during the coronavirus

As I sit here trying to write my first column as managing director of Local First, three months into the job, the world is facing a pandemic. Whether we actually get hit hard by coronavirus or just...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Centura backs out of Southwest Health Alliance

In response to the growing support of the Southwest Health Alliance, a community-based health insurance cooperative in affiliation with the Peak Health Alliance, Centura Health announced today a...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Here’s how to help your Local First Foundation

Local First, the nonprofit organization that is the voice of local, independent businesses in La Plata County, has been serving the business community for 12 years now. We are approaching 300...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

’Tis the season for the Be Local Coupon Book

You’ve seen it around town – the bright teal book with the close-up of a Local First board member donning cool shades with a reflective Local First logo encouraging us to hone our 20/20 vision and...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Look local: Amazon enters the public sector

At Local First, we talk a lot about the impacts of shopping online to our local economy. And, to remind our readers, our name is “Local First,” not “Local or Death!” We encourage all community...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Health care co-op saves money, helps people

Have you heard about the Southwest Health Alliance? We recently teamed up with Peak Health Alliance to bring affordable and effective health care to the La Plata County region. This partnership...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

How is the Creative District coming along?

In my February 23rd column on the Durango Creative District, I had just finished a 30-day trip down the Grand Canyon and spoke to the inspiration of the outdoors and a burgeoning initiative to...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Setting goals is a positive first step

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” This famous quote coined by Zig Ziglar was taken to heart by the city of Durango at its Aug. 20 board meeting (see the Herald ’s Aug. 27...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Farm to table to farm: The eat local movement

You may have heard the term “eat local” around town, and with the harvest season drawing near, this call to action becomes more relevant than ever. Local First has a long track record of advocating...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Brand your business as local and independent

Last month’s Local First column discussed business as a force for good and the next generation’s estimated $1 trillion in impact investing by the end of 2020. While the positive social and...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

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