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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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