On January 8th, 2018 the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted an informational presentation on Political Party Caucuses and Primary Elections 101. Guest speaker was Chaffee County Clerk, Lori Mitchell.
An overview of Party Caucuses and New Rules regulating CO Primary Elections including Unaffiliated Voters Participation was discussed. View the Video:
On December 11 at Noon at the United Methodist Church in Salida at 228 E. 4th St. Sue Greiner and Kathy McCoy representing Arkansas Valley Women United presented on America’s Public Lands.
Since well over 80% of Chaffee County is public land of some kind, you might want to learn more about the challenges surrounding these lands.
In the past year, the current Congress and the Department of Interior have aggressively pursued numerous initiatives that threaten to diminish our federal public lands–reducing national monuments, gutting the Antiquities Act, cutting agency budgets, weakening resource extraction regulations, and proposing to divest our Federal Public Lands to the individual states. Sue Greiner and Kathy McCoy, as a project of the Arkansas Valley Women United, will discuss the Bears Ears National Monument review, as well as these other concerns and their implications for Chaffee County, Colorado and the West.
Public Lands Slide Show
Sue Greiner has co-owned Wilderness Aware Rafting in Buena Vista for 32 years. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a B.A. in Sustainability Studies. Sue piloted a community solar project in Buena Vista and is on the board of Friends of Browns Canyon. She is an avid hiker, loves to travel, and is passionate about protecting our public lands.
Kathy McCoy taught graphic design for 32 years. She has applied her design skills and experiences to local organizations like GARNA, USFS, Town of BV and volunteers for Friends of Four Mile, the Stage & Rail Trail, and various land use initiatives. She chaired a focus group in the Chaffee County Land Use Roundtable and the Citizens Code Committee.
Money in Politics: What it is and What Can Be Done About It.
The public was invited to attend this informational presentation on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Sangre de Cristo Community Room in Buena Vista, Colorado from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Rionda Osman, from LWV of Boulder County’s Campaign Finance Reform Team, spoke about money in politics at the national, state and local levels, including ways we can advocate for improvements in election financing.
MONEY IN POLITICS – DRINKS & DIALOGUE
On Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Branding Iron in BV featured speaker, Caroline Fry, the Advocacy & Media Manager with Colorado Common Cause discussed with an audience of about 40 people how money affects state and local races. She shared hands-on strategies to use to track money in Colorado politics. The audience enjoyed complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Below are the slides from the presentation.
Caroline recommend a few things that you may find interesting:
The Secretary of State’s TRACER website: http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/homepage.aspx
This is where you can see every dollar coming in and out of every committee that is raising and spending money in Colorado elections. I am hoping to record and release a short video explaining how the public can use the website to “follow the money” during the 2018 elections. For now, you can watch the Secretary of State’s training videos on their website (pay specific attention to 7) search contributions & 8) search expenditures): http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/WebTraining.aspx
Colorado Common Cause email list:
Folks who sign up will hear about what we’re working on throughout the year, including action alerts, special events, and Common Cause news.
Colorado Action Committee:
This is a sign-up list for Common Cause activists who want to do more than just receive occasional emails from us. I personally email this list bi-weekly with updates about how they can get plugged into our work. For example, there’s a net neutrality rally that we’re planning in December 9th, and some of my action committee members are helping us with the planning.
Additionally, folks can follow Common Cause on Facebook and Twitter.
Director Jason Grant Smith to Participate in the Screening of his Film, I Voted? at the League of Women Voter’s Drinks and Dialogue Event at the Boathouse in Salida, on October 26th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
How do you know if your vote was counted? How do you know if the electronic voting systems that are increasingly used by states are accurate? I Voted? is a film which was featured at the Tribeca film festival this past year that investigates these concerns. Produced by Katie Couric and directed by Jason Grant Smith, the film takes a close look at some of the serious security problems with electronic voting.
Come to this League of Women Voters Drinks and Dialogue event on October 26th, at the Boathouse, 228 North F Street, Salida to see the film and have a post film discussion. Jason Grant Smith, the director, will participate remotely to answer questions and make comments about the film. Lori Mitchell, County Clerk will also be available to answer questions about the Colorado approach to issues of voter security. Buy a drink, enjoy some appetizers provided by the League and join us for this enjoyable and thought-provoking evening.
Forty members and guests enjoyed the LWVCC annual picnic. Representative Jim Wilson gave an update on the legislation he worked on last year and what he will introduce this year. Kerry Donavan was unable to attend, because of a state committee meeting. She did send a her regrets and a summary of her bills. Thank you, Scott Hartman and Mary Helen Dunn for getting and preparing the pulled-pork and doing the set-up and take down. Karen Dils, Jan Scar, Rose Mirich, Marjie Gray and Bob Gray also helped and many other pitched in to help clean up. LWV members brought delicious side dishes to share. Marjie presented a power point showing what the LWVUS and LWVCO have been actively doing while we all enjoyed our summer. We welcome two new members from Salida: Nancy Kirkwood and Judy Bol.
On March 13, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The LWVCC hosted a community event on Chaffee County Transportation Issues now and in the future. The public was invited.
On Monday, February 13th the Chaffee County, Colorado Commissioners Dave Potts, Keith Baker, and Greg Felt spoke about current and future issues facing our county. They also answered questions from the audience. The public was invited. The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County invites you to view the video below.
Are you wondering what are the legal and business issues confronting marijuana businesses? The League of Women Voters Chaffee County hosted a public meeting March 21, Noon-1:00 to learn about these topics. Kat McQuillan who operates the Tenderfoot Health Collective, which sells both medical and recreational marijuana and hemp products was the speaker. She opened this Salida business in 2009. The meeting was held in the United Methodist Church, 228 E. 4th St. Salida.
Meet Mayor Jim Dickson from Salida and
Mayor Joel Benson from Buena Vista
The League of Women Voters hosted a meeting with the Chaffee County Mayors from Salida and Buena Vista on September 21st, 2015.