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A group of current and former Rio Grande County Planning Commissioners recently gather together with Dwight Freeman and his wife Kandy to thank him for nearly forty years of volunteer service on the Planning Commission.

 

Dwight and Kandy moved from Oklahoma to Monte Vista in 1975 to take a job as an ag loan officer at the Monte Vista Production Credit Association.  Five years later he was offered a job with the Bank of Monte Vista where he worked with farmers and ranchers for many years.  Shortly after he came to the bank Dwight's mentor and Rio Grande County Planning Commissioner Bud Haigler unexpectedly passed away.  Dwight took over more responsibility at the bank and was also appointed to fill Bud's seat on the Planning Commission in 1980.  It wasn't long and Dwight found himself elected Chairman of the Planning Commission. 

 

Rio Grande County has had a tradition of filling seats on the commission with community members that have a expertise that is important for the intelligent growth and development in the County.  For that reason, at any given time, there will be farmers, ranchers, contractors, consultants and/or business men and women serving on the Planning Commission.  The purpose of this board is to work with community members as they develop ideas for growth in Rio Grande County.  The intent is not to stifle growth but to encourage ventures that will hopefully be successful and also benefit the County in a positive way. 

 

Throughout Dwight's long tenure the County has seen many changes that have offered challenges for promoting growth and also maintaining the rural agricultural atmosphere that many of us have enjoyed for decades.  The western part of the County transitioned from livestock and lumber to summer homes and tourism.  The southern part of the County had a large contingent of residents from the Midwest move here that were used to living in a self-sufficient style and preferred providing for their community needs mostly with nearby small businesses.  In the north portion of the County farms continued to get needs mostly with nearby small businesses.  In the north portion of the County farms continued to get larger and crops change following market trends with the main challenge being the lack of water. 

 

Dwight remained chairman throughout most of the these challenges.  The characteristic most appreciated by his fellow board members was Dwight's ability to conduct a meeting in a room full of community members, and sometimes non-community members, who all passionately felt that they would be impacted by the proposed business or project.  Although emotions could be high and voices sometimes loud, Dwight always knew how to control the situation and end discussions on a positive note. 

 

The last major project that Dwight oversaw was a professional rewrite of the Land Use Code Book.  This project was meant to replace a code book, which was sometimes confusing and contradictory and had been updated many times, with one that was well organized and designed for easy change in the future.  The process took over a year to complete and was approved in December. 

 

Dwight and Kandy may now move to Parker and enjoy retirement with their daughter's family and know that he left the Rio Grande County Planning Commission with the tools and knowledge to move forward for another forty years.  Thanks Dwight!!

 

Written By: Mike Mitchell

2020 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair

February 4th - 6th, 2020

Ski Hi Park

Monte Vista, CO

 

This three day conference offers information on livestock, forage, vegetable, and grain production.  The trade fair includes cutting edge agricultural products, equipment, and technologies.  The overall theme of this year's conference is WATER.  Please join us!

Some of the topics include:  Clorado Climatology, Potato PVY Round Table, Ergot in Barley, Water Use in Hemp Production, Pre- and Post-Natal Nutrition of Cattle and Sheep, Hybrid Potato Breeding, Water Round Table

Demonstrations:  Hemp Harverster, Calving School, Potato Seed Culler, Baleage

 

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:27

2019 OHV Amendment Resolution & Map

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We have amended our OHV Resolution, check out 

https://www.riograndecounty.org/departments/elected-officials/commissioners#resolutions

OHV Resolution Map 

For more information.

Thank you!

Rio Grande County Department of Social Services IV-D Child Support staff received the Colorado Family Support Council’s Outstanding Medium Size County award for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the annual IV-D Conference.  Carolyn Gonzales received the Lump Sum award for a Medium Size County for 2018-2019 for collecting $112,713.27.  Staff also received the award from the Colorado Department of Human Services for Mineral County for meeting all four IV-D Task Force performance measurers for 2018 for CSTAT. Congratulations to this staff!

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Suzanne Bothell has been appointed to the Homeland Security and All-Hazards Advisory Committee "HSAC" as the Colorado Counties Incorporated representative, for a 2 year term through 2021.  

County representation is important to this committee and CCI appreciates Commissioner Bothell and her ongoing committment to the work ahead.

 

If you have any questions please contact Commissioner Bothell. 

The advisory committee provides a critical link between the citizens of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Their primary responsibility is to solicit input from stakeholders within each member's area of expertise as well as to communicate the committee's recommendations to the region and other stakeholders in their efforts to control noxious weeds in  Colorado.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Commissioner Glover.
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 09:23

2019 Holiday Schedule

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RESOLUTION SETTING THE 2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR RIO GRANDE COUNTY

 Day Date Holiday Comments
Tuesday January 1 New Year's Day  
Monday January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Monday February 10 President's Day  
Friday April 19 Good Friday 1/2 day
Monday May 27 Memorial Day  
Thursday July 4 Independence Day  
Monday September 2 Labor Day  
Monday November 11 Veterans Day  
Thursday November 28 Thanksgiving Day  
Friday November 29 Day after Thanksgiving  
Tuesday December 24 Christmas Eve  
Wednesday December 25 Christmas Day  
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 09:00

New County Elected Officials Sworn In

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Officials Swearing in 2019Rio Grande County Elected Officials were sworn in Tuesday morning, January 8th, 2019 by Judge Amanda Hopkins. Left to Right is Commissioner John Noffsker, Clerk and Recorder Cindy Hill, Assessor JJ Mondragon, Treasurer and Public Trustee Cherilyn Rue, Sheriff Don McDonald, and Judge Amanda Hopkins.

 

Officials Swearing in 2018Coroner Stephen Hunzeker was sworn in on January 2, 2019 by Judge Amanda Hopkins

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 18:26

2020 Budget Adopted

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The 2020 Budget was has been approved by to the Rio Grande County Commissioners at a Special Meeting. To view the 2020 Budget click here.