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Our View: Rooting for Westside to purchase property

By |2022-03-26T10:09:22-06:00March 26th, 2022|Home Page, Impact Fund|

Our View: Rooting for Westside to purchase property Originally published in Durango Herald Editorial Board, March 26th, 2022. It’s not often that we see La Plata County staff members and, in particular, a county commissioner become teary during a meeting. A moment passed over county Commissioner Marsha Porter-Norton when her face changed [...]

Local First Foundation Announces $535,000 Support for Westside Mobile Home Park

By |2022-03-24T16:20:16-06:00March 24th, 2022|Home Page, Impact Fund|

Local First Foundation announces $535,000 support for Westside Mobile Home Park Residents and community groups have raised thousands to support a second offer for the Durango property. Originally published in Durango Herald, March 24th, 2022. Written by By Aedan Hannon Residents of Westside Mobile Home Park have rallied the Durango community as they [...]

The Energy Transition is about People Power

By |2022-03-11T12:18:35-07:00February 19th, 2022|Home Page, Power Local|

The Energy Transition is about People Power This article was originally published by clean energy nonprofit Generation180. Illustration credit to Alllie Sullberg. (https://www.alliesullberg.com/) By now, you might have a pretty good sense of what the clean energy future looks like, at least from a technological standpoint. Maybe your neighbors are installing [...]

A win-win in Southwestern Colorado

By |2022-03-11T11:38:57-07:00February 18th, 2022|Home Page, Power Local|

A win-win in Southwestern Colorado Article originally published on 2/17/22 at BigPivots.com, written by Allen Best Why La Plata Electric thinks splitting only one sheet with Tri-State Generation and Transmission is the best way forward Tim Wheeler may have had the best line among the directors of La Plata Electric Association [...]

The COVID Mandate: Adapt and Survive

By |2020-06-02T18:23:56-06:00April 18th, 2020|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald April 18, 2020 The Covid Mandate: Adapt and Survive The theme song that appears to be emerging from the COVID-19 health crisis is “adapt and survive.” As thousands of businesses come to a screeching halt, we are all scrambling to reinvent ourselves and adapt to the new normal. Online [...]

Centura Backs out of Southwest Health Alliance

By |2020-03-03T17:01:19-07:00February 22nd, 2020|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald February 22, 2020 Centura Backs out of Southwest Health Alliance In response to the growing support of the Southwest Health Alliance, a community-based health insurance cooperative in affiliation with the Peak Health Alliance, Centura Health announced today a “new plan” to lower the cost of hospital services by 20%. [...]

Here’s how to help your Local First Foundation

By |2020-02-06T13:18:12-07:00January 25th, 2020|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald January 25, 2020 Here's how to help your Local First Foundation Local First, the non-profit organization that is the voice of local, independent businesses in La Plata County, has been serving the business community for 12 years now. We are approaching 300 business members in 2020. This is a [...]

’Tis the season for the Be Local Coupon Book

By |2020-02-06T13:18:49-07:00December 28th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald December 28, 2019 ’Tis the season for the Be Local Coupon Book You’ve seen it around town - the bright teal book with the close-up of a Local First board member, donning cool shades with a reflective Local First logo encouraging us to hone our 20/20 vision and “Look [...]

Look local: Amazon enters the public sector

By |2019-12-02T16:38:32-07:00December 2nd, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald November 30, 2019 Look Local: Amazon enters the public sector At Local First we talk a lot about the impacts of shopping online to our local economy. And, to remind our readers, our name is “Local First,” not “Local, or Death!” So, we encourage all community members and institutions [...]

Health care co-op saves money, helps people

By |2019-11-05T12:43:21-07:00November 5th, 2019|Home Page|

Printed in the Durango Herald November 2, 2019 Health care co-op saves money, helps people Have you heard about the Southwest Health Alliance? We recently teamed up with Peak Health Alliance to bring affordable and effective health care to the La Plata County region. This partnership evolved from a year-long community needs assessment that [...]

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