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LWV Presentation on June Ballot

Did you know that Cortez will have an election on June 8? Citizens will be asked to vote on Exempting the City from SB 152. In 2005 the Colorado Legislature passed Senate Bill 152 (SB 05-152), which excludes local governments from entering into the broadband market and prohibits most uses of municipal or county money for infrastructure to improve local broadband service without voter permission. More than 100 municipalities across Colorado have passed opt-out provisions allowing them to enter into broadband partnerships or businesses. Join the Montezuma County League of Women Voters on Saturday May 15 at 10:00 for a ZOOM presentation on this important ballot issue.

Presenters will be Rick Smith, City of Cortez General Services Director and Miriam Gillow-Wiles, Executive Director for the SW Colorado Council of Governments. Both are experts on broadband and will provide information on what this ballot issue means and the importance of voting in the June election.

The Zoom link is



Click here for the LWV Colorado website version of the following with more info and links:

FRIDAY, MAY 21 ~ 5pm - 7pm
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021 ~ 10am - 2pm
via Zoom

Please mark your calendars now!
You may expect the Final Call to Convention on or before April 6, 2021. Final Call will include registration information and all documents on which Convention Delegates will vote, including:

  • Proposed Program for 2021-22
  • LWVCO FY22 organizational budget
  • Slate of nominees for the LWVCO Board of Directors
  • Requested changes to LWVCO bylaws

Caucuses will be held on Friday, May 21 from 7pm - 8pm.
Would you like to host a caucus? Email bhendrix@lwvcolorado.org by April 12!

Nominations are now open for LWVCO's biannual awards honoring outstanding Colorado Leagues and members! Please click the award name to access the nomination form. All nominations are due April 12, 2021!

  • LWVCO Individual Achievement Award
    Honoring an individual who has provided innovative and effective leadership at one or several levels within his or her local League
  • LWVCO Community Connection Award 2021
    Honoring a small and a large Colorado League that have advocated for issues which have positively and visibly impacted and affected its local community.
  • LWVCO Gerry Cummins Empowering Voters Award
    Honoring a League overachiever whose work demonstrates an exceptional dedication to creating a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate

Our Meetings Schedule

Date Time Topic Speaker
January 9 10:00 COVID-19 vaccine Marc Meyer, Infectious Disease Director at SWHS
February 13 10:00 The Constitution Dr. Richard Moser, retired Professor of Political Science at Tufts Univ. and FLC
March 13 10:00 The State of the City Mayor Mike Lavey and Rachael Medina (City Council Member and Mayor Pro-tem)
April 10 10:00 Identity Theft and Fraud Hazel Heckers, Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
May 15 10:00 Presentation on election on June 8 on Exempting the City from SB 152 Rick Smith, City of Cortez General Services Director and Miriam Gillow-Wiles, Executive Director for the SW Colorado Council of Governments
June 12 10:00 Medicine Horse Center Lynne Howarth, E.D.
July 10 10:00 EEA Rate Structure Change Josh Dellinger, EEA General Mgr.
August 14 10:00 Montezuma County Issues and Future County Commissioners
September 10
October 8
November 12

League of Women Voters meetings are open to the public so please invite your friends to participate.

Regular meetings of the League are scheduled for the second Saturday morning of each month. If you have program suggestions, please contact Betty Janes at ejanes@frontier.net.

Reminder: It is time for membership renewals.

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 can be replayed by clicking the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/. . .
Then (if required) type in or copy and paste this password: LrPZ$3*p

Her contact info is:

Hazel Heckers/VA Coordinator

Hazel Heckers Presentation Slides

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

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/. . .

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 search field.

LWV 100th Birthday


    "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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