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Julie Westendorff: La Plata County is on track for a great 2020

Well folks, this is my last column. As the year draws to a close, so will my stint as chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Gwen Lachelt and I have one more year to work for you before our...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Julie Westendorff: It’s budget season – and we’re not strapped!

It is hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching, but the chilly temperatures, snow on the mountains and the fact that we are in budget season for 2020 all prove that it’s true. As we...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Getting the county land use code right is critical

Don’t look now, but summer suddenly disappeared on us. With cool mornings and evenings beckoning the coming fall foliage, jumping in leaf piles and sipping apple cider are replacing summer time...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Check the all-star activities in La Plata County

I’ve loved July my whole life. It is the summer month: You don’t have to think about school around the corner; swimming in the lake is always best; corn and peaches start coming in; baseball is in...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Responses to disaster reflect county’s key values

The contrast between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019 could not be more stark. As of June 1, snowpack in the Animas River Basin is 1,493% of the median. Last year on the same day, it was 0%. This...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Historic driving tour offers some planning lessons

It’s officially springtime in La Plata County, when the rivers run high, calves and foals wobble their way through pastures and the Historic Preservation Review Commission’s annual driving tour is...

DATE: May 12, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

County stays ahead of Mother Nature’s surprises

You know that it is April in La Plata County when you layer your clothing just to walk down the street. Mother Nature seems to move front and center in the springtime. We thank her for the...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Winter for the ages leaves county residents buried

The last 10 days have been nothing short of epic in La Plata County as far as winter goes, with some locations seeing 80 inches of snowfall over the course of the last storm that closed schools for...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

County needs to surmount big challenges

The beginning of the year is always a time of high activity and change at La Plata County, and 2019 is delivering large doses of both. In January, we said goodbye to County Manager Joanne Spina,...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Fire, drought and flood defined 2018 for county

Happy New Year to each of you! I hope your holiday season was restful, festive and joyous and that 2019 is off to a great start already. At La Plata County, the year ahead offers change, challenge...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

La Plata County needs your help to get this right

Since 2016, the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners has made revising the land use code a priority project so that we can bring predictability to the development process, bolster economic...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Big plans at Durango Mesa Park

The high school fall sports season is drawing to a close, and this has been a banner year for many La Plata County teams across a range of athletic events – I have certainly had my share of...

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

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