I was honored to visit the National Capitol the past week as part of the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2019 Legislative Conference. More than 40 Colorado county commissioners made up the 2,000 NACo members at this year’s conference. Chair Hansen, Commissioner Caddy and I were promoting West Slope interests, including a fire mitigation plan through biomass development, lobbying for additional grant dollars for the Montrose Regional Airport, working to restore full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and providing full funding for the Farm Bill.

I also serve on the NACo Transportation Steering Committee, which fits my expertise as a civil engineer project manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The committee is responsible for matters regarding federal transportation legislation, funding, and regulation and how it all impacts county government.

This trip was an eye-opening experience. As a Navy veteran, visiting the National Capitol is always a humbling experience; attending the NACo Legislative Conference for the second consecutive year really showed me the impact that local government can have on national legislation. I am proud to be a part of an organization like NACo that works to promote county interests in federal policy.

The highlight of the trip was presenting a fire mitigation project to both the acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and acting Director of the U.S Forest Service John Crockett. The board is committed to making sure that we work to promote the best interests of Montrose County and positively influence federal legislation.

On the local level, I have heard from several citizens regarding the “Red Flag” legislation (HB19-1177). Personally, I am opposed to this bill. I believe it violates Second Amendment rights.

On Monday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m., the commissioners and Sheriff Lillard will discuss community feedback regarding the bill and the possibility of a Second Amendment support resolution.

You are welcome to attend the meeting at 317 South 2nd Street. Keep in mind that this is a work session and the board will not be making a decision at that time. To move forward with a support resolution, we as a board would direct staff to draft a resolution to be presented at a formal board meeting. I know this is a hot topic — so staff will live stream the meeting on the county’s Facebook page if you want to tune in live or watch later.

If you want to reach the commissioners, you may reach us at commissioners@montrosecounty.net or 970-249-7755.

I was honored to visit the National Capitol the past week as part of the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2019 Legislative Conference. More than 40 Colorado county commissioners made up the 2,000 NACo members at this year’s conference. Chair Hansen, Commissioner Caddy and I were promoting West Slope interests, including a fire mitigation plan through biomass development, lobbying for additional grant dollars for the Montrose Regional Airport, working to restore full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and providing full funding for the Farm Bill.  

I also serve on the NACo Transportation Steering Committee, which fits my expertise as a civil engineer project manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The committee is responsible for matters regarding federal transportation legislation, funding, and regulation and how it all impacts county government.  

This trip was an eye-opening experience. As a Navy veteran, visiting the National Capitol is always a humbling experience; attending the NACo Legislative Conference for the second consecutive year really showed me the impact that local government can have on national legislation. I am proud to be a part of an organization like NACo that works to promote county interests in federal policy. 

The highlight of the trip was presenting a fire mitigation project to both the acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and acting Director of the U.S Forest Service John Crockett.  The board is committed to making sure that we work to promote the best interests of Montrose County and positively influence federal legislation.    

On the local level, I have heard from several citizens regarding the “Red Flag” legislation (HB19-1177). Personally, I am opposed to this bill. I believe it violates Second Amendment rights.  

On Monday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m., the commissioners and Sheriff Lillard will discuss community feedback regarding the bill and the possibility of a Second Amendment support resolution. 

You are welcome to attend the meeting at 317 South 2nd Street. Keep in mind that this is a work session and the board will not be making a decision at that time. To move forward with a support resolution, we as a board would direct staff to draft a resolution to be presented at a formal board meeting. I know this is a hot topic — so staff will live stream the meeting on the county’s Facebook page if you want to tune in live or watch later.  

If you want to reach the commissioners, you may reach us at  commissioners@montrosecounty.net or 970-249-7755.

Roger Rash is county commissioner for Montrose County’s District 3 and the vice chairman of the Montrose Board of County Commissioners. 

 is county commissioner for Montrose County’s District 3 and the vice chairman of the Montrose Board of County Commissioners.

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