Is ‘Not Funny’ Safer?

judi ~ February 14, 2024 ~ Blog Love: 0

Recently, a gumshoe reporter from the Wall Street Journal scoured the Federal Highway Administration’s 1100-plus page Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices released in December of 2022 and discovered on page 519 unsettling guidance to state officials who program Variable Message Boards (VMB).  Traffic Manual to VMB programmers – no more jokes.

Hope In Science – A Beacon for 2024

judi ~ January 12, 2024 ~ Blog Love: 0

I prefer cheery reflection as 2023 ends, though the portents of 2024 weigh heavily during this darkest part of the year. In these newsletters, I attempt to mix equal parts salt of realism and pepper of encouragement. We need both in the face of despair.

Will Courts Bust Realtor Cartel?

judi ~ November 8, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Underway in federal court, a class action suit takes aim at one impediment to affordable housing: the fees charged by realtors. I’ve always found realtors ironic and disingenuous listening to them opine on the “free market” when, they stand protected behind one of the largest collectively bargained, price-fixing schemes in the U.S. when it comes

November 2022 News – Muni Sales Tax Windfall and The New Sin Tax, Northwest Loan Fund (NLF) hosts State Conference, The NWCCOG welcomes new Fiscal Assistant

judi ~ December 13, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Municipalities are raking in record sales tax income. Among all the affordability pains that residents of mountain towns face and following the major disruption to the local and national economy due to a pandemic, that distinction between how towns currently fair in contrast to their residents should give pause to leaders as they budget for

October 2022 News – Federal Support Welcome, Antedotum Inc,, Vintage’s Steamboat Office, Energy Program welcomes new employees

judi ~ December 13, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

NWCCOG is hiring a Regional Grants Navigator contract position for 2023 (and beyond subject to annual legislative appropriation) thanks to the four sponsors of SB22-15 including local Representative Julie McCluskie.  Keep an eye out for that position posting at our website in late November NWCCOG has worked with OEDIT to co-create these positions to be

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August 2022 News – Mobile Home Parks, Rural Communication, Energy

judi ~ August 25, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Mountain resort communities have had a love/hate relationship with Mobile Home Parks (MHP).  For years, the “hate” part derived from two factors. One, as a “cash cow” for mom-and-pop owners, and to the consternation of leaders and planners, MHPs rarely “redeveloped,” nor are MHP improved despite communities growing around them.   A misnomer, the units aren’t

May News – Is State Losing Its Mojo and other news from Region Econ Summit

judi ~ May 24, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

As if nothing changed while everything shifted, State Demographer Elizabeth Garner was back May 51h at the Silverthorne pavilion where NWCCOG hosted the first in-person Regional Economic Summit in 3 years. What sounded like far off warnings in 2019 are now upon us. My big takeaway: Colorado is losing its mojo. It’s economic mojo and

April 22 – Roof tops or Tents, BAR-U-EAT, Combating Calamity

judi ~ May 1, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

What happens when a mountain community approaches workforce housing as if responding to a disaster? Those of us in attendance at the Spring Colorado City and County Managers Association (CCCMA) conference in Glenwood on April 14th got a glimpse of two communities that recently treated housing as a crisis.

March 2022 – 4 Day Work Week. THOR, Mountain Pine Manufacturing

Michelle ~ May 1, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

One trend we are seeing in service, retail and restaurant trades is places of business being closed during hours and days that they used to be open. This is often a resu It of “workforce shortages” which translates also to trying to prevent burnout from the few workers smaller businesses still have, or the owners

February 2022

judi ~ February 28, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Like the NYT, in Mitch McConnell vs. Republicans I’m not sure of motives, nor should too much be made of the rift, though coming from the master of keeping colleagues in line, it must be said that democracy needs more squabbling within the parties and less conformity if it is to survive these times. The

January 2022

judi ~ February 28, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Welcome to 2022, as we begin another strange year, folks. My completely uneducated position as a non-epidemiologist is that as 2022 winds down months from now, that COVID and its’ variants will–for real, after a nearly 3-year cycle– loosen their grip on infection rates, hospital capacity, global supply chains, inflation, and our day-to-day lives—including the

December – Tackling the Mental Health Crisis together

judi ~ January 5, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

In recent years, courageous leaders in the high country have taken bold steps to address a crisis that impacts us each and all. In 2022, NWCCOG will highlight those efforts and encourage action in other communities. I’m talking about a suite of issues known as Behavioral Health which includes all types of mental health and

November 21

judi ~ November 22, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

Employee engagement is News. Cultivating esprit de corps is always a challenge, especially through the past 18 months. With most daily work being remote, including NWCCOG’s monthly staff meetings, it was gratifying at the November meeting, to hear from team members who shared what made them proud, and what they look forward to in 2022.

October 21 – Where have all the workers gone?

judi ~ November 22, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

The past 18 months of COVID pandemic has triggered structural changes to our workforce. The topic may have overtaken housing, which is saying something. It seems everyone I talk with has an anecdote. Here is my take on the workforce shortage: People adapt. One adaptation is that some are learning they don’t need to work

September 2021 – Guest Authors Tina Strang and Erin Fisher

judi ~ November 22, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

On September 17th, Vintage , Garfield County, and Northwest Colorado Options for Long Term Care, welcomed Teepa Snow for the 13th Annual Caregiver Conference at the Keystone Conference Center. Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change.

August 2021 – Emails are not a job, THOR in the canyon, Admin Team

judi ~ September 2, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

If the past 18 months threw you off balance, and the external uncertainty left a low-grade anxiety lingering across your organization, maybe you should re-consider that your work habits. I’m reading Cal Newport’s A World Without Email concurrently with a virtual 8 -week mindfulness course. I highly recommend both to reconnect with how managing people

July 2021 – Wages, Jobs, Going Back to Work

judi ~ August 12, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

For those who think that “workplaces and wages will just return to normal” there is a reckoning on the horizon. Workers have awakened to their value, and options. Local governments and other employers who don’t adapt will suffer. One sign is a recent LinkedIn post from a member county “advertising” that they offer health care benefits for

A Mountain Migration Tipping Point? June 2021

judi ~ June 22, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

This newsletter introduces The Mountain Migration report, other legislation going on in Colorado that may impact our communities, and thoughts on what it might mean to declare a housing emergency — some municipalities are considering just such a move. It also explains why the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act  or SHRED is so

May 2021 – “Updates from the Water Quality & Quantity Committee – QQ” REVISED 9/21

Michelle ~ June 1, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

Milestones for water advocates can be years in the making. As a 40-plus year advocating entity and partner to many local jurisdictions involved these matters, NWCCOG and the Water Quality & Quantity Committee (QQ) have been keeping a close eye on recent milestones for two major transmountain diversion expansion projects which occurred this past month.

April 2021 – “Slow and Fast Thinking on a Public Board”

Michelle ~ June 1, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

Were you on a Town Board that made decisions, hundreds or perhaps thousands of them including those many decisions-within-a-decision?  If you remained in town, have you encountered impacts from your decisions?  Some decisions I recollect vividly – that vote on the leash law after 3 packed public hearings.  Others leave me wondering “well…how did we

March 2021 – “Grateful”

Kristylee Gogolen ~ March 1, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

I’ve recently written letters to both of my children and read them aloud expressing how grateful I am to each for who they are and what they’ve brought to my life. The exercise was more impactful than I expected. Even if you have appreciation for those around you, it is likely that you express that