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Partnering In Dotsero Mobile Home Park for Family of Eight

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"For the past five years, Susana Martinez Oliva has dreaded the onset of winter..." so begins the story in The Colorado Trust which highlights how NWCCOG's Energy Program served Martinez by improving the structure's energy efficiency.

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Summit Advocates- Saving 20% Per Month

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The Summit Daily highlights NWCCOG Energy going above and beyond for Summit Victims of Assault to save them operating costs on their shelter so they can invest more in their mission.  It is typical of the Energy Program staff to seek out additional resources and funding partners when they can to add valuable work to a project.

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Energize Colorado Gap Funding Program

Through the fall of 2020, the NLF managed Energized application scoring, analysis and funding for all of Northwest Colorado, processing 637 applications which was the 2nd most for any region behind the Denver Metro area. The Energize Colorado Gap fund through the NLF and through NWCCOG acting as a fiscal agent awarded $1.674 million in grants to 128 businesses.

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Eagle Climbing + Fitness

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NLF funds enabled Eagle Climbing +Fitness to equip and staff a world-class facility without high interest loans or unreasonable loan covenants. Funds were used for equipment such as climbing walls, hand holds, padded flooring, harnesses and ropes. NLF is proud to be the public lender for this project…THE world-class climbing gym and fitness facility between Golden and Grand Junction.  

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Salamander Credentialing System

One example of grant purchased equipment used by every County is the Salamander Credentialing System which they share in massive disasters. The Salamander is a card ID system which can print new cards on site, and is used to track the location of personnel and equipment in real time. It keeps records of on-scene usage,…

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Project THOR “In the News”

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Project THOR’s launch was featured in the Colorado Sun. "Internet outages became a distant memory this month as a good chunk of western Colorado turned on a new broadband system. But this wasn’t built by a typical telecom. It took a band of local governments and partners from 14 rural communities to stitch together the 481-mile network, dubbed “Project Thor.”    

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Breckenridge Fiber9600

Things move fast in Breck. The Town recently invested in an extensive network of public fiber to accelerate innovative solutions to major challenges. The Town of Breckenridge was the first to connect to Project THOR through a Summit County hosted Meet-me-Center location to support their ambitious municipal broadband project, known as Fiber9600 (9600 is the…

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Aspen Community Broadband

NWCCOG celebrates The City of Aspen’s “Aspen Community Broadband” project which was recognized for one of three annual Excellence Awards from CGAIT (Colorado Government Association of Information Technology) in 2020 for “Enhancing Public-Facing Communications and Services.” This is the announcement from CGAIT: Aspen's remote geographic location and the adverse impacts from periodic commercial Internet Service…

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Vintage Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

According to a September 2020 AARP report, experts, resident advocates, and those with loved ones on the inside long term care facilities say that the COVID lockdown is fueling a mental health crisis that's amplifying the devastating impacts of the pandemic on the long-term care industry. Even before the pandemic, social isolation and loneliness were…

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Vintage Dental & Vision Voucher Programs

One recipient of Vintage Dental & Vision Voucher Programs recipient recently had an abscessed molar that they did not want to have pulled. This person was missing molars on both sides of the mouth, so this molar is crucial to being able to chew. Due to underlying health issues, the abscessed molar put this person…

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Vintage In-Home Services Program

One recipient of the In-Home Services Program stated this year that “having been a caretaker for elderly before, I know how important it is for people to stay in their own homes. Without finding this would be impossible. I would like to stay in my home and without these resources, it would be nearly impossible.”

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Vintage Transportation Voucher Program

One recipient who uses the Transportation Voucher Program for mileage reimbursement has a health condition which limits the type of food she eats. Due to her rural location, she has to travel more than an hour each way to purchase food at a grocery store with a larger selection to meet her needs and for…

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Vintage Caregiver Programs

One of Summit County’s caregivers recently said that Vintage’s Caregiver Program “…gives us, caregivers, the sense that we are appreciated and support is given for respite. Thank you.”

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Vintage Ship Medicare

One Vintage SHIP counseling recipient said of the program in 2020, “I needed to have my heart medication refilled. It was in January and the co-pay for the medicine was more than I could afford. The organization that I contacted paid the co-pay and I was able to get my heart medicine, keeping me from…

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Swan Mountain Recreation Path

Summit County is home to an existing 55-mile countywide recreation path that is utilized by an estimated 500,000 people each year. This recreation path is a primary amenity supporting the county’s resort economy and the valued “quality of life” that attracts visitors and residents alike. The missing segment of this recreation path system is the…

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Gypsum Community Arts Center

The NWCCOG Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Gypsum, and with the support of other local governments within Eagle County, Colorado, leveraged support for the construction of an outdoor theater in Gypsum, Colorado. The Community Arts Center is designed primarily as an outdoor theater. However, the design is such that the doors in front…

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Blue River Restoration Project

The Blue River Restoration project was a collaborative effort involving representatives from the Town of Silverthorne, NWCCOG Foundation, Inc., Trout Unlimited, US Forest Service-White River National Forest, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Water Board, and Summit County Government. Between November 1, 2002 and November 1, 2003 the working committee raised $99,898…

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Dumont

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Job loss following a cancer diagnosis can compound the hardships faced by members of our communities, as it did for this senior couple in Dumont. Their manufactured home was a high energy user with an old furnace—only 63% efficient—delivering more heated air to the outside rather than inside. A sewer leak and an incorrectly vented…

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Red Cliff Broadband Program

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Cliff never felt so far from civilization as when cell phones and broadband be-came standard tools for living and working. Town doggedly pursued broadband to bring the modern era to it’s citizens for close to a decade, and didn’t get far until NWCCOGs program came along. After nearly 4 years of assistance from NWCCOG and…

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Cliff never felt so far from civilization as when cell phones and broadband be-came standard tools for living and working. Town doggedly pursued broadband to bring the modern era to it’s citizens for close to a decade, and didn’t get far until NWCCOGs program came along. After nearly 4 years of assistance from NWCCOG and…
Patti Clapper

Council Vice Chair

Patti Clapper

Pitkin County Commissioner

Patti Clapper was first elected to the Pitkin County board of county commissioners in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006, then after being off the board, she was elected again in 2014. Patti has been a dedicated representative to NWCCOG, and has served as Council chair and on the Economic Development District board. Patti has also participated in the national organization for COGs, known as the National Association of Regional Councils where she represented 5 western states on the NARC board and served as chair of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Committee. Patti moved to Pitkin 38 years ago. Her children are 4th generation in Aspen and her grandchildren are 5th generation in the Roaring Fork Valley. Patti notes that “the cumulative value of being a NWCCOG member provides invaluable opportunities to establish relationships with elected officials and a variety of regional and statewide organizations.”
Carolyn Skowyra

Council Secretary-Treasurer

Carolyn Skowyra

Town of Dillon Mayor

Carolyn Skowyra was elected as the Town of Dillon Mayor in 2018 after having served as a town trustee for a term. She moved to Summit County to ski in 2009 after graduating from Wellesley College and met her future husband while working at Arapahoe Basin, and decided to stay beyond one season. Today she is the head coach of the local swim team and an active participant in Mountain Mentors and Summit County 4H. She has been Dillon's representative at NWCCOG since 2016. As a member of NWCCOG, representing the Town of Dillon, Carolyn says, “I contribute to and benefit from robust conversations around local/regional issues. I enjoy sharing ideas and tools with our neighboring communities and embrace the opportunity to keep Dillon informed and ahead of the challenging yet common issues facing our mountain communities.”
Karn Stiegelmeier

Council Chair

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Karn Stiegelmeier

Summit County Commissioner

Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner is a fifth generation Colorado native born in Colorado Springs. She has worked for the National Forest Service and National Park Service in roles that include wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, fire dispatcher, naturalist, and park ranger. Karn taught science to a range of ages in public, private and charter schools. Karn is NWCCOG Council Chair. She also serves on other boards and committees including the NWCCOG Water Quality and Quantity Committee, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Summit Water Quality Council, Friends of the Lower Blue River, Colorado Counties Acting Together, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, and Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition. Karn believes that one of the key strengths of NWCCOG is that there is no substitute for sharing resources and leveraging grant potential to serve our entire region. NWCCOG’s many programs, such as the AAA, Weatherization, Economic Development District, Northwest Loan Fund, Emergency Management and Broadband efforts serve our communities in many ways. Karn says, “the NWCCOG Council provides a regional forum for sharing perspectives and actions in our diverse geographic area. Discussing issues in a cross jurisdictional contexts helps prevent re-inventing the wheel. We are able to learn from each others experiences, especially with current hot topics like e-bikes, short term rentals and wildfire response and planning” Karn will be termed out as a Summit County Commissioner in 2020.

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Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner is a fifth generation Colorado native born in Colorado Springs. She has worked for the National Forest Service and National Park Service in roles that include wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, fire dispatcher, naturalist, and park ranger. Karn taught science to a range of ages in public, private and charter schools. Karn is NWCCOG Council Chair. She also serves on other boards and committees including the NWCCOG Water Quality and Quantity Committee, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Summit Water Quality Council, Friends of the Lower Blue River, Colorado Counties Acting Together, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, and Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition. Karn believes that one of the key strengths of NWCCOG is that there is no substitute for sharing resources and leveraging grant potential to serve our entire region. NWCCOG’s many programs, such as the AAA, Weatherization, Economic Development District, Northwest Loan Fund, Emergency Management and Broadband efforts serve our communities in many ways. Karn says, “the NWCCOG Council provides a regional forum for sharing perspectives and actions in our diverse geographic area. Discussing issues in a cross jurisdictional contexts helps prevent re-inventing the wheel. We are able to learn from each others experiences, especially with current hot topics like e-bikes, short term rentals and wildfire response and planning” Karn will be termed out as a Summit County Commissioner in 2020.

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Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner is a fifth generation Colorado native born in Colorado Springs. She has worked for the National Forest Service and National Park Service in roles that include wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, fire dispatcher, naturalist, and park ranger. Karn taught science to a range of ages in public, private and charter schools. Karn is NWCCOG Council Chair. She also serves on other boards and committees including the NWCCOG Water Quality and Quantity Committee, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Summit Water Quality Council, Friends of the Lower Blue River, Colorado Counties Acting Together, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, and Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition. Karn believes that one of the key strengths of NWCCOG is that there is no substitute for sharing resources and leveraging grant potential to serve our entire region. NWCCOG’s many programs, such as the AAA, Weatherization, Economic Development District, Northwest Loan Fund, Emergency Management and Broadband efforts serve our communities in many ways. Karn says, “the NWCCOG Council provides a regional forum for sharing perspectives and actions in our diverse geographic area. Discussing issues in a cross jurisdictional contexts helps prevent re-inventing the wheel. We are able to learn from each others experiences, especially with current hot topics like e-bikes, short term rentals and wildfire response and planning” Karn will be termed out as a Summit County Commissioner in 2020.

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Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner is a fifth generation Colorado native born in Colorado Springs. She has worked for the National Forest Service and National Park Service in roles that include wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, fire dispatcher, naturalist, and park ranger. Karn taught science to a range of ages in public, private and charter schools. Karn is NWCCOG Council Chair. She also serves on other boards and committees including the NWCCOG Water Quality and Quantity Committee, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Summit Water Quality Council, Friends of the Lower Blue River, Colorado Counties Acting Together, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, and Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition. Karn believes that one of the key strengths of NWCCOG is that there is no substitute for sharing resources and leveraging grant potential to serve our entire region. NWCCOG’s many programs, such as the AAA, Weatherization, Economic Development District, Northwest Loan Fund, Emergency Management and Broadband efforts serve our communities in many ways. Karn says, “the NWCCOG Council provides a regional forum for sharing perspectives and actions in our diverse geographic area. Discussing issues in a cross jurisdictional contexts helps prevent re-inventing the wheel. We are able to learn from each others experiences, especially with current hot topics like e-bikes, short term rentals and wildfire response and planning” Karn will be termed out as a Summit County Commissioner in 2020.

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Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner is a fifth generation Colorado native born in Colorado Springs. She has worked for the National Forest Service and National Park Service in roles that include wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, fire dispatcher, naturalist, and park ranger. Karn taught science to a range of ages in public, private and charter schools. Karn is NWCCOG Council Chair. She also serves on other boards and committees including the NWCCOG Water Quality and Quantity Committee, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Summit Water Quality Council, Friends of the Lower Blue River, Colorado Counties Acting Together, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, and Summit County Conflict Resolution Coalition. Karn believes that one of the key strengths of NWCCOG is that there is no substitute for sharing resources and leveraging grant potential to serve our entire region. NWCCOG’s many programs, such as the AAA, Weatherization, Economic Development District, Northwest Loan Fund, Emergency Management and Broadband efforts serve our communities in many ways. Karn says, “the NWCCOG Council provides a regional forum for sharing perspectives and actions in our diverse geographic area. Discussing issues in a cross jurisdictional contexts helps prevent re-inventing the wheel. We are able to learn from each others experiences, especially with current hot topics like e-bikes, short term rentals and wildfire response and planning” Karn will be termed out as a Summit County Commissioner in 2020.