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

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

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