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I am a former resident of Chaffee County, frequently visit and still have friends throughout the county. 

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On behalf of the Chaffee County Census Committee, I’m extending gratitude to Chaffee County residents for their participation in the 2020 Census.

Some of you completed the census on your own (58.3%) and some through a U.S. Census Bureau fieldworker. However the information was shared, every bit of data matters.

“The Times They Are a Changin’.” So wrote Bob Dylan in the 1960s, and they seem to change even more during this tumultuous year of 2020.

A change that has been overlooked by the administrators of the Buena Vista school district is the movement to include what was formerly called Vocational Technical Training in the high school curriculum. Now called Career Technical Education (CTE), the movement has grown nationally.

Hundreds of Chaffee citizens have invested thousands of hours working on the new Comprehensive Plan, supported by Envision Chaffee County, to tell our elected leaders what kind of a county we all want to live in. County Commissioner incumbent candidate Keith Baker will ensure that Chaffee citizens get what they’ve asked for.  

I ask the voters in Buena Vista to please vote no on the retail sale of recreational marijuana. I’m not allowed to vote on town issues as I live out of town so I ask the voters within the city limits of Buenie to preserve the unique and caring qualities my/our home town has held on to for generations.

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I ask the voters in Buena Vista to please vote no on the retail sale of recreational marijuana. I’m not allowed to vote on town issues as I live out of town so I ask the voters within the city limits of Buenie to preserve the unique and caring qualities my/our home town has held on to for generations.

Let’s face it, our democracy is in trouble. President Trump and his enablers have done a masterful job in undermining it over the last four years. We now have a president who was not even elected by a majority of voters doing whatever he can to get re-elected again without the support of the majority of voters.

Do you love the outdoors and being surrounded by spectacular public lands?

Our national public lands belong to all of us. These are the places you love to hike, bike, camp, drive recreational vehicles, ski, snowmobile, watch wildlife, climb, hunt, fish, or simply enjoy the solitude.


As an unaffiliated voter I was recently researching the commissioner candidates.

A simple online search revealed that at least two federal tax liens totaling $66,226.09 have been filed against candidate Hannah Hannah. 

In Buena Vista and Salida, but mostly in Buena Vista, Biden/Harris yard signs are being stolen from private properties, almost as soon as they are posted.

In contrast, there have been no reports of Trump signs being stolen. These are criminal behaviors in Colorado, involving both trespassing on private properties and theft.

Last week two writers trashed the president, yet provided no facts or left out critical elements.

One called the president a draft dodger. As retired military, I have no issue with the president not having served.

In approving the Nestle Waters North America 1041 permit, in 2009, the commissioners, at the time, did not construct a contract that would provide adequate, and guaranteed, benefit to Chaffee County.

In Buena Vista, several Joe Biden and Keith Baker yard signs have been stolen (including mine).

I hesitated to write this letter because although stealing yard signs is unethical, illegal, hateful and infringes on my First Amendment rights, I didn’t want to make a big deal of it. Turn the other cheek and all that.

Chaffee County residents, allow me to speak to you about Commissioner Keith Baker.

Although I am not a Chaffee county voter, I am a Commissioner in a neighboring county and have some unique observations into the job.

Rural commissioners of both parties agree on two principles: preserve local control and oppose unfunded mandates delivered by policy makers in Denver.

I support Keith Baker for county commissioner.  I have known Keith for years and I have watched him as commissioner participate in numerous events and serve on boards around the county. 

Since 1976 I’ve seen many commissioners from both parties, some effective and some not.

Most folks here cherish our unique valley as verified by the large citizen involvement with Envision Chaffee County. 

It seems poetic that when the 2020 Census started, it was snowing.

Now as the response deadline lurks around the corner, we see snow screaming outside our windows.

“A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”  Patriot. (2019) – Oxford Online Dictionary 

“One who loves and supports his or her country.”  Patriot. (2019) – Merriam-Webster.com

We are hearing a lot about patriots and patriotism as we approach the 2020 election. 

But, what does it really mean to be a true patriot? 

Issues of concern for our Chaffee residents – economic polices that make responsible use of our revenues.

Hannah’s entrepreneurial business experience has always operated on a tight budget and as a single mom raising two sons she recognizes our social needs.