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

County turns to budget, scrutinizes revenues

It is officially fall – with spectacular colors, cooler temperatures, shorter days, much-needed rain, and at La Plata County, the 2019 budget process. The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Lachelt: County will continue work on homeless issue

This has been a challenging summer for our community, beginning with the 416 Fire, which consumed more than 54,000 acres and cast a pall over La Plata County for the month of June. After the fire,...

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

Lachelt: Fire is contained, but effects are not

As of July 31, the 416 Fire is now 100 percent contained thanks to the steadfast and heroic efforts of so many firefighters and incident managers – as well as cooperation from Mother Nature, who...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Chair

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

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