What a Week: Signs, work, and trash cans in trees?

These are the highlights of a busy candidates week. Start following Becca on the campaign trail here.

Thank you everyone who has kicked my campaign for County Commissioner into high gear!

One week ago we ordered a batch of yard signs. Half of these are already on the streets through some grass roots distribution and all of our first print of large signs will be up before the week is out. Supporters who haven’t gotten a yard sign yet should stay tuned or reach out for info on where to get yours.

My first round of donations has made the signs possible. New donations arrive with hopeful and supportive notes each day. I’ve had to get help with thank you notes. We are now working toward raising what we need for timely mailers and traditional and online targeted outreach.

I also held my first meet the candidate event live on zoom and facebook on Tuesday night. Over 400 people have viewed the recording so far. The Journal also made the official candidate announcement coupled with my responses to their list of county commissioner candidate questions. The Journal announcement is edited down, and slightly more detailed responses can be found here on my website.

I enjoyed the activities spread throughout Dolores on Saturday. New records were set in the Escalante Bike Race and lots of amazing crafts and treats could be found at Flanders Park. There were a mix of masked and un-masked patrons, all respectfully making space for one another and enjoying the Dolores celebration. I am most impressed with the women’s business team that has set up shop with the arts coop, bakery, and yoga studio.

Outside of campaigning, a Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices class kicked off that I am co-teaching online to an amazing group of wildfire resilience leaders throughout the country, I participated in the Colorado Forest Collaborative Annual Summit and the Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative monthly meeting (both online), and a variety of more mundane tasks associated with running the statewide non-profit Fire Adapted Colorado.

Thanks Matt for capturing me as I sought to avoid the crazy obstacles in our last simulation.

I also got to take a half-day fire truck driving training and simulator course by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control and brought to town by the Cortez Fire Protection District. This was useful, fun, and made me feel motion sick for the rest of the day.

I managed to fit in a little family time, which included resolving the most unusual thing that happened this week. A neighbor’s empty dumpster landed 15′ up in one of our elm trees.

Whether an act of the weather, a prankster, or a strong and upset passerby that found a dumpster blown into the road, this can was quickly rescued via grapple hook and Suburban. (It wasn’t a bear. The receptacle had clearly dropped down into the branches from above, landing or being placed perfectly upright and open. No cherry pickers were noticed in the area 🙂

It seems that there is always something interesting going on around here. How we choose to react to what happens to us and in the world around us is what measures us.

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