Farm to Table to Farm: The Eat Local Movement

By |2019-08-28T14:04:13-06:00August 28th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald August 10, 2019 Farm to Table to Farm: The Eat Local Movement You may have heard the term “Eat Local” around town, and with the harvest season drawing near, this call to action becomes more relevant than ever. Local First has a long track record of advocating for the [...]

Brand your business as local and independent

By |2019-07-14T09:26:10-06:00July 14th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald July 13, 2019 Brand your business as local and independent Last month’s Local First column discussed business as a force for good and the next generation’s estimated $1 trillion in impact investing by the end of 2020. While the positive social and environmental impact that these businesses have gives [...]

Business as a force for good

By |2019-06-17T13:51:53-06:00June 17th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald June 15, 2019 Business as a force for good Can business be a force for positive change in the world? Taking a step further, can business address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges? The next generation appears to think so. A 2018 study by Fidelity Charitable suggests [...]

The push for local, renewable energy

By |2019-06-17T13:57:32-06:00May 18th, 2019|Home Page, Power Local|

Printed in the Durango Herald May 23, 2019 The push for local, renewable energy The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board election on May 2 has transformed the Board of Directors into a strong majority of forward-thinking individuals who advocate for local, renewable energy. This is a reflection of the growing demand, as expressed [...]

Local solutions to health care could provide relief

By |2019-06-17T14:01:27-06:00April 20th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald April 20, 2019 Local Solutions to Health Care Could Provide Relief Rising healthcare costs have become a hot topic of discussion, particularly as insurance premiums and other medical expenses continue to soar. In fact, health care seems to come up as a discussion point more than the weather these [...]

Independent businesses an ecosystem’s native species

By |2019-03-24T09:16:14-06:00March 24th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald March 23, 2019 Independent businesses an ecosystem’s native species The word resiliency can be used to describe both an ecosystem and an economy. Resiliency ultimately means the ability to bounce back or recover from a shock, or the ability to avoid the shock altogether. Take the 416 Fire, for [...]

Let’s get creative with our outdoors

By |2019-06-17T14:01:04-06:00February 23rd, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald February 23, 2019 Let’s get Creative with our outdoors It’s the penultimate day of a 30-day trip as I sit here and write this column. My bare toes are pushing through a sandy beach at Surprise Canyon on the Grand Canyon. As Durangoans, many of us have had the [...]

Public Utilities Commission Supports Reasonable Buyout Amount

By |2019-02-17T16:34:26-06:00February 17th, 2019|Home Page, Power Local|

Big news today in the renewable energy and rural electric cooperative world: the CO Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that it has the authority to determine whether Tri-State is charging Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) a just and reasonable price to buy out of its contract. In fact, the PUC rejected Tri-State’s argument to dismiss the case [...]

Local Artists Share Story: Durango Joes Mural

By |2019-02-17T16:32:07-06:00March 19th, 2018|Artist Spotlight, Create Local, Home Page, Localists Spotlight|

Who: Local artists Hayley Kirkman, Sarah Sturm, Allie Wolfe, and Dakotah Andreatta.  What: Local is the Way! mural on the side of Durango Joe's When: This project started in August 2017  How: We had originally planned to work with another local business to paint directly on their wall, but they receded their offer mid-way through planning. Thus, we [...]