Together, we face 416 aftermath

Five weeks ago on June 1, when the 416 Fire began, it was immediately clear that our community was facing a major challenge that would not be quickly or easily resolved. The extremely dry...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Get involved in land use planning in La Plata County

We have been hearing from many of you expressing interest in and concerns about the land use code and district plan update processes, and we very much appreciate your involvement. We want to give...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Lachelt: Keeping our community safe in fire season

The last month has done little to change the moisture levels in Southwest Colorado – at least not for the better. Combined with low humidity, hot, dry winds, relatively little rainfall, and...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Lachelt: Preparing for wildfire, making our community safe

Spring is officially here in La Plata County, bringing with it longer days, warmer temperatures, gusty winds, early flowers, itchy eyes and preparations for the summer months ahead. This is a time...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Lachelt: Preparing for wildfire, making our community safe

Spring is officially here in La Plata County, bringing with it longer days, warmer temperatures, gusty winds, early flowers, itchy eyes and preparations for the summer months ahead. This is a time...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Lachelt: Taking input to heart, Commission works for change

Every day there is a lot going on at La Plata County, as our various departments work to provide the services you rely on from your local government. These services include road maintenance, child...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

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

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