Lachelt, Blake, Westendorff: Code draws community interest, county response

We are so pleased that the draft first module of La Plata County’s revised Land Use Code has generated so much interest and engagement among our community since we released it for comment in...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Westendorff: A new year, a new land use code and time to shape it

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a great start for you and that this is a great year for each of you and for La Plata County. We have already hit the ground running, delivering on our...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Westendorff: Praying for snow, preparing for wildfires

The weather over the past several weeks hardly shows it, but this year’s version of winter is just around the corner – at least the calendar says so. The sunny skies and warm temperatures we all...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Westendorff: Grateful for innovation, balanced budget

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, I’m beginning my list of things to be grateful for this year. On the top of the list from my perspective as a La Plata County commissioner is the...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

We are all La Plata County; join the conversation

In addition to pumpkin carving, Halloween goblins and colorful oak-covered hillsides, October also means budget season for the La Plata County Commissioners, when we look at the hard work your...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Westendorff: Mesa will carry our county fair legacy forward

It has been a couple of weeks now, but I’m still feeling nostalgic for the La Plata County Fair, which is a highlight for me as a resident and a county commissioner. This year’s theme, “A Living...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Westendorff: Coordinated fire response effective and extraordinary

A little more than a month and nearly 2 inches of rain later, the Lightner Creek Fire that erupted with frightening speed on June 28 is quickly becoming a distant memory, and that is good news for...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

A little bit of good news does not solve budget woes

When it comes to revenues, we commissioners take all the good news we can get. Late last month we got a little bit of good news. As we head into the 2018 budget season, we have been anticipating a...

DATE: May 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Water, broadband among needs requiring planning and financial creativity

As La Plata County commissioners, we believe that we have a vibrant county built on a history of entrepreneurship, harnessing our resources and reflecting the unique and diverse character that...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

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