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Updated Thursday 8/11/2022

Saturday, August 13 Members Meeting and Social

Hello Everyone:

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will meet at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, at the Dolores Public Library.

Dolores will be busy Saturday and there is a parade at 10 am. You might plan to come five minutes early. I talked with the Library Director and he will plan to open a few minutes early for us. We're having some sweet and savory refreshment at the meeting. Plus you will hear from Connie Fox about the 102-year-old League. Karen Sheek is going to outline several projects we have planned for the next three months. There will be sign-up sheets and you can select your activities. We are seeking greater participation from League members and friends.

August 13, 10 am, Dolores Public Library. We hope you will come.

Eleanor Kuhl League Leadership Team

PS: Ignore article in The Journal that said the meeting was on August 10. It is listed on correct date in the Community Calendar.




Meet your county, city, and town administrators

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County has planned programs for 2022 to help residents learn what local government offices do on a day to day basis. The presentations will include the County Manager, the County Clerk, city and town managers, County Sheriff and Cortez Police Chief, County Assessor and Treasurer, fire districts, and water districts. Presentations will be on Zoom.

All interested citizens are invited to join and learn about local governments.

The continuing tentative schedule includes:

August - Congressional District candidate forum in coordination with other Leagues in District

September 15 - County candidate forum

September 22 - State candidate forum

October 13 - Ballot Issues presentation

Please remember this is a tentative schedule depending on availability of specific speakers.




Recorded and Replayable Meetings:

June 8 - Congressional District 3 Candidate Forum -

On June 8 at 6 p.m. the Candidate Forum for candidates for our congressional district was excellent! All 5 candidates (2 Republican and 3 Democrats) answered the League member's questions.

You can view it on YouTube here
CD3 Primary Candidate Forum 6.8.2022.
Its' highly recommended. The candidates are Lauren Boebert (R), Don Coram (R), Adam Frisch (D), Sol Sandoval(D), and Alex Walker (D).

January 15 - County Administrator, Cortez, Mancos and Dolores Town Managers

This presentation was recorded on January 15, 2022, and was by a panel of speakers including

Shak Powers - the Montezuma County Administrator,
Drew Sanders - Cortez City Manager,
Heather Alvarez - the Mancos Town Manager and
Ken Charles - the Dolores Town Manager.

Before you click the link below to replay this excellent presentation, highlight and copy the passcode, then paste it in after clicking the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/3s0gPkA7hm...
If you need a passcode, enter: L15#2022

February 12 - County Assessor and County Treasurer

The replay link for the recorded version of this very informative meeting is
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/sP6DZixljZOTExjq_wXHb4jaEpEMlfrT- gPY3CW3Y4Va0Aw9S86Ya1UlUJWH6VPO.w8Pjw5beEt-pTgzN

March 12 - County Sheriff Steve Nowlin, Cortez Police Chief Vern Knuckles and Mancos Marshall Justen Goodall.

The League sponsored a Zoom meeting Saturday, March 12 with local law enforcement offices: Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin, Cortez Chief of Police Vern Knuckles, and Mancos Marshall Justen Goodall.

To replay the meeting:
The link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1uk4j5jZ4Cwf0V...
password:H4PTH*N!

Alerts from the League (Click links for details)

SUPPORT HB22-1287 - Protections for Mobile Home Residents

Sponsors: Reps. Boesenecker and Hooton; Sen. Winter

SUPPORT HB22-1355 - Producer Responsibility Program for Recycling

Sponsors: Rep. Cutter; Sens. Priola & Gonzales

LWV Montezuma Events

Events and Presentations




Register as Unaffiliated to vote for Montezuma commissioner

by Karen Sheek, president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.

In 2016, Colorado voters approved Proposition 108, allowing unaffiliated voters to vote in Colorado primary elections without registering with a particular party.

Unaffiliated voters receive two ballots in the primary and choose which primary they will participate in. Only one ballot can be submitted. If both ballots are returned, they will be rejected and no votes will be recorded. In Montezuma County, there are 7,544 registered Republicans, 3,283 registered Democrats and 7,841 unaffiliated voters. Third parties equal 318.

Proposition 108 had bipartisan support, passing with almost 53% voter approval. There were several arguments in favor: 1) Only about 5% of voters participated in party caucuses before the passage of Proposition 108 — not a sign of a healthy democracy. 2) Opening primaries to unaffiliated voters increases participation in a process that is fundamental to a democracy — voting. 3) Elections are publicly financed and unaffiliated voters who comprise over 1/3 of registered Colorado voters should have a role in selecting the candidates who will be on the ballot in the general election. 4) Allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in the primary may result in candidates being selected who better represent all Coloradans — not just those adhering to a particular party platform.

In Montezuma County, your voter registration will determine whether you will have a say in who will most likely become our next county commissioner. No Democrats are running for any county offices. The chance that an independent or write-in candidate will petition on to the fall ballot is slim and none. Unless you are registered as a Republican or unaffiliated, you will have no say in determining who will play a major role in our county government over the next four years.

If you are a registered voter or will be registering to vote in Montezuma County for the first time and want to think about what option you would like to take in this year's primary, consider changing your registration to or registering as an “unaffiliated” voter. It doesn't mean you're changing parties, nor will it dictate how you will have to vote in the general election.

Colorado's elections are all-mail ballots, and ballots for the June 28 primary will be mailed June 6 to 10. The deadline for changing your registration is June 6. You can do this by going online at GoVoteColorado.gov or stopping by the county clerk's office, 140 West Main St. It's quick, easy and free! If you need help registering or have questions, the county clerk's staff is knowledgeable and very customer friendly, so don't hesitate to call (970) 565-3728.

The League of Women Voters was founded Feb. 14, 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment was ratified and women won the right to vote. Its mission is “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy” and was founded in the belief that it wasn't enough to have the right to vote; women needed information to make “an informed vote.” The League is a nonpartisan organization — we do not support nor campaign against any candidate. However, the League does take positions about issues of importance to our democracy. As part of the mission to “empower voters,” the League sponsors candidate forums.

The Montezuma County League will sponsor a Meet the County Commissioners' forum, 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 9 at Empire Electric's Calvin Denton Room.

On June 8, LWV Montezuma County will join with the Gunnison, La Plata, Mesa, Pueblo and Uncompahgre local leagues to host a candidate forum for the Congressional District 3 candidates: Lauren Boebert (R), Don Coram (R), Adam Frisch (D), Sol Sandoval (D) and Alex Walker (D). This will be a virtual Zoom webinar and a livestream on Facebook from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please plan to attend both events.

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ACTION STEPS TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY

The 101 year old League of Women Voters envisions "a democracy where every person has the right, the knowledge, and confidence to participate."

We in Colorado enjoy some of the most fair and comprehensive voting laws in the nation; but, right now, dozens of state legislatures are crafting new laws designed to restrict voting especially by poor people of color.

The LWVUS--while remaining strictly and proudly non-partisan--develops positions about voter issues. These positions are carefully and thoughtfully arrived at through consensus of the Board.

To be informed about these evolving positions, go to www.LWVUS.org.

The national League supports Senate Bill 1, the "For the People Act." It would protect the voting rights across the country which are being assailed in too many states.

If you would like to actively support passing the For the People Act, call our Senators today and every day. Program their telephone numbers into your cellphones:

Senator Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852

Senator John Hickenlooper: 202-224-5941

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Learn About EEA Rate Structure Change

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County sponsored a presentation on the Empire Electric Association (EEA) rate structure change on Saturday, July 10th. The presenter was Andy Carter, Member Engagement Manager, Empire Electric Association. The following is a statement from EEA about the program:

"Regarding the rate structure change, we have been working on this for the past two years. The board set a strategic goal in 2019 to evaluate and propose rate structures that are fair to all members. So, the main driver of this structure change is fairness. As a member-owned business, we strive to limit subsidizations and recover our costs to run the business in as fair of a manner as possible. A second driver is member control. The new structures will give members options to choose from, and the new time of use and demand (TOUD) option will give members the opportunity to use the same amount of electricity yet still save money on their bill by planning how they use electricity. A third driver is the financial stability of the cooperative. Presently, there is misalignment between how we incur cost and how we recover costs. The new structure will better align our expenses with our revenue sources."

"When the new rate structure takes effect on September 1, 2021, all accounts will be changed to the Time of Use Demand (TOUD) rate unless you request to be on another available rate."

Click here for the EEA Rate Structure Change Information
or contact Andy Carter (970)564-4489 andy.carter@eea.coop

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Hazel Heckers Identity Theft Presentation

Hazel Heckers is the Victim Assistance Coordinator for CBI and is an expert in Identity Theft, Fraud and Cyber Crimes. She talked about how to prevent Identity Theft and what to do if you become a victim.

Hazel's Zoom Presentation recording is no longer available, however, her contact info is:

Hazel Heckers/VA Coordinator
hazel.heckers@state.co.us
303.239.4649
and her slide presentation is below.

Hazel Heckers Presentation Slides

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Learn about the Constitution

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County held a Zoom program on February 13 on the United States Constitution. The speaker was Dr. Richard Moser who is a college professor most recently at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He specifically addressed the rise of corporate power and its implications for the U.S. Constitution.

Read his presentation material below.

Dr. Moser's References For His Presentation

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Learn About Covid-19 Vaccine - Replay Jan 9 Zoom Meeting

The January 9th meeting for the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County was a Zoom session with Marc Meyer who is the Director of Infection Control for Southwest Health Systems. The discussion was informative with emphasis on vaccines. Listen to Marc's presentations to see how you can learn about how you can be vaccinated. Marc's presentation can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/. . .

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Looking for a unique history?

To celebrate the 100th Birthday of the LWV in 2020, a revised history of the LWV of Colorado was published, and it contains many local League histories as well as many biographies of past leaders.

This fascinating book is available on Amazon for $15 plus tax! Just type "League of Women Voters of Colorado" into the Amazon search field.

LWV 100th Birthday

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SUFFRAGIST BOOKLET PUBLISHED

    "Seven Women Who Never Gave Up" a 30 page booklet about seven leaders of the American suffragist movement is now available. While isolated at home during the pandemic, a team of members of the Montezuma County League of Women voters have written, edited, proofread, and published this project. Half of the copies will be donated to the high schools of the county to be a resource for civics and history teachers.

     A copy can be purchased for a donation of $5.00 to the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County. The booklets are a trove of little known facts. One entry is about Colorado’s own newspaper owner and suffragist, Caroline Nichols Churchill.

     The booklets would be interesting holiday gifts for family, friends, and young people. Send requests to Connie Fox at 6cpfox@gmail.com. She will arrange to deliver the booklets to you.

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Membership Application

Click the link below to see the form, then print it, fill it out by hand and mail the completed form with check as directed in the form.

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Membership Application and Renewal Form

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