Summer Greetings to Everyone in Eagle County and Routt County!
Happy Summer! It is great to be back in the mountains and be able to travel around our district and listen to you. For the past several weeks, I have been driving all over our stunning district and up and down our four river basins. As I travel at this time when rivers are fast flowing and wildflowers are growing, I am reminded how our House District is defined and enriched by our many watersheds.
Here are some of the events and meetings I have attended in late May through Mid June.
2016 FLTI Graduation in Edwards at CMC, June 6
This was my fourth time attending and speaking at the annual Family Leadership Training Institute Graduation of our new family leaders. As always, it was inspiring to hear the great work the graduates are doing and the community projects they are working on. The Projects these Family Leaders have been working on will improve life for people up and down the Valley. As real community leaders, all the graduates showed their strong commitment to making our communities better. Congratulations to the graduates! You can see their community projects here.
Mountain Connect Broadband Conference Opening Speaker in Keystone, June 7
I opened the Keynote Session on Open Broadband Access by emphasizing the essential need for quality, redundant, and reliable broadband access in our mountain communities. Broadband is not a luxury, but rather a basic utility, like electricity, for economic opportunity, education, healthcare, and emergency services. Currently, service and access are highly fragmented and often unreliable in our mountain communities and in rural Colorado.
Annual meeting of the Holy Cross Energy Association in Carbondale June 9
It was great to see everyone and learn more about all the great things that HCEA is doing for its members. Renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to be among the top priorities for Holy Cross. One renewable energy option for Holy Cross customers who want the benefits of solar ownership without the research, construction and maintenance of a stand-alone system is the Community Solar Garden. Another opportunity for customers is the energy efficiency rebate program. Holy Cross is a leader in meeting our Colorado Renewable Energy Requirements for electric coops. For more information visit:https://www.holycross.com
The Governor Signed The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Bill on June 10 at the Capitol
This law will help remove barriers experienced by young farmers and ranchers trying to enter the industry and keep farmland as farmland. We had representatives from several agricultural organizations at the signing along with some current farmers. It was exciting to finally be able to celebrate two years of hard work to help our beginning farmers and ranchers.Thank you to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the Colorado Farm Bureau for their support!
Panelist at Vail Valley Partnership & Women's Foundation of Colorado, CMC Edwards on June 14
This panel and community Discussion delved into the Findings from the Women's Foundation of Colorado Report on the Status of Women in Colorado.
I was honored to be on this wonderful panel with Louise Myrland, VP of Community Initiatives & Investments, WFCO, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, President of CMC, Susie Davis, Director of Our Community Foundation, and Jen Brown, Managing Director, Beaver Creek Resort Company. Our moderator was Pamela Smith Vail Valley Regional Committee, Women's Foundation of Colorado (WFCO). She had thought provoking questions for each of us on how we can work together to lessen disparities among women and men of various ethnic groups, improve childcare, pay equity, girls & women's education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Vail Valley Medical Center Tour June 14
I went on a very informative tour of the Vail Valley Medical Center with Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, Colorado Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar, and State Senator Kerry Donovan (D-Vail). Throughout the tour I met and was inspired by many medical professionals that all shared a distinct passion for providing the best care to their patients every day.
Roaring Fork Valley Town Hall with Representative Millie Hamner, June 17
We had a lively discussion of a wide variety of issues ranging from health care insurance rates, K-12 education, early childhood education, climate change, water, and transportation. Thank you to everyone who attended from up and down the Roaring Fork Valley!
Continuing to work for you during the 2016 Interim
Once again, I will serve on two Interim committees: the Water Resources Review Committee and the Transportation Legislation Review Committee. Meetings for both committees start in July and will go through December. As a member of these committees I will tour and visit key locations throughout the state in addition to meetings at the Capitol.
In the next few months...
Throughout the summer and fall I will continue to meet with local governments, businesses, and non-profits in both Eagle County and Routt County. I plan to attend local events, festivals and parades throughout the summer and fall as well as walking door to door to listen to you.
I will continue to work across the aisle for legislation that makes life better for all Coloradans. I am honored and humbled to represent you in the Colorado House. I am proud to work with you and for you and for everyone in our beautiful, headwaters district!
This summer and fall of 2016 I am wearing two hats: your current state Representative continuing to fulfill my legislative duties and secondly, as candidate for reelection to continue working for you.
I am running for Reelection in 2016 on my Record and Promises Kept.
I promised you I would work hard and effectively down at the Capitol to:
Expand economic and educational opportunities for all
Protect our environment
Improve our infrastructure
My record shows that I have done that. For more details, please visit my website www.dianeforcolorado.com or contact me with any questions you may have.
I would be honored to have your support and your vote.
Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.Diane Mitsch BushRepresentativeColorado State House of Representatives,District 26-Eagle County and Routt CountyP.O. Box 770535Steamboat Springs, CO 80477