The notion of community – the sharing of common attitudes, values, and interests – is the glue that unites and motivates us to work together toward common goals. I care deeply about protecting and building on the character qualities that make Durango distinct and unique. Stay tuned to stay abreast of what’s happening in Durango.

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  • Teens Thrive- Durango Mental Health Initiative

    New Initiative in Durango Focuses on Teen Suicide, Bullying and Mental Health Awareness

    We want our teens to live lives of joy and purpose. Far too often that joy can be diminished if that teen is grappling with mental health issues or facing extreme social challenges, like bullying. With the intent of providing healing tools and…

  • Interview with Cathy Metz – Director of Parks and Recreation

    Q & A with Cathy Metz

    Cathy Metz has served the City of Durango as Parks and Recreation Director for 20 years. The Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Under her leadership, the Parks and Recreation Department has earned many accolades, including the National Gold…

  • History of Organic Parks in Durango

    Organic Park Management in Durango, Plus a Q&A with Cathy Metz, Parks and Recreation Director
    Last week on “Your Front Seat,” guest contributor Cody Reinheimer wrote a blog post on Durango’s efforts with organic park management and the Organic Parks Durango organization. This week, I’ll begin with a summary and brief history of the topic. Then,…

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Hello Friends!
    Just a note to let you know how GRATEFUL I am to be on this journey with you through my blog, “Your Front Row Seat.” I’ve learned so much and gained so much inspiration! I’ve never been more sure of my personal mission to serve my beloved community of Durango since beginning this blog…

  • Bill Zimsky on Airports, Roads and Bridges – Guest Opinion

    Guest Opinion: Bill Zimsky on Airports, Roads and Bridges in La Plata County
    Now that the voters have rejected mill levy increases for both the expansion of the airport and for a dedicated fund for improving the County’s roads and bridges the natural follow up question is how should proponents of these two proposals move forward…

  • Durango Transit – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

    “You can’t get there from here!”  These words are NOT a hallmark of a healthy community!

    Public transportation has been a vitally important social service for Durango since 1982, connecting residents to jobs (a low cost commuting alternative – and for some, the only option), medical care, school and other important amenities. Beyond meeting these basic…

  • Roger Zalneraitis on Airport Ballot 1B – Guest Opinion

    Guest Opinion: Roger Zalneraitis, Executive Director La Plata County Economic Development Alliance – Airport Ballot 1B Guest Opinion

    As the director of the Economic Development Alliance, we have been strong advocates for a new terminal at DRO.  Being on the front lines of the debate has also exposed me and our volunteers to a lot of…

  • The Durango La Plata Airport – Ballot 1B

    Not unlike air traffic controllers directing flights in and out of the world’s largest cities, La Plata County voters in the coming election are asked to determine what routes will most effectively guide La Plata County into the most positive and advantageous future for all of its residents.

    You and I, along with other voters from…

  • Durango Business Improvement District

    Durango Business Improvement District: Ensuring That Downtown Durango is a Desirable Destination for Locals, Visitors, and Business Owners
    Although Durango has many thriving neighborhoods, most locals and visitors consider downtown the historic, commercial and social heart of our community.  It is Durango’s most popular and vibrant district, thanks in part to BID. In 1997, a group with…