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We have concluded our 2021 Great Decision session in Durango
We thank you for attending any and all of these discussion sessions
It is not too early to mark your 2022 calendars for our next season

We would like to thank our outstanding 2021 session moderators:
Mike Todt Prof. Ben Waddell
Prof. Paul DeBell Alex Lemmell
Curt Johnson Prof. Ruth Alminas
Guinn Unger Holly Vaughn

We sincerely thank our 2021 sponsors
League of Women Voters of La Plata County
American Association of University Women
Foreign Policy Association

Lastly, we thank our faithful 2021 crew
Janice Sheftel Katherine Burgess
Susan McGinness Lyle Hancock
Ellen Park Ross Park

See you in 2022!

La Plata County Mitigation Level BLUE

On April 16, 2021, the State of Colorado retired its color-coded dial for COVID-19 mitigation and public health protocols. 
The State of Colorado has shifted responsibility to local public health agencies and directed them to enact protocols that fit the health conditions of theircommunities.

On April 15th, SJBPH issued a local public health order putting both La Plata and Archuleta counties in a simplified version of “Level Blue,” maintaining the most effective protocols and trimming others (like percentage capacity limits) from the State’s outgoing dial system.

Read More about Level Blue    View the SJBPH Dashboard

League Advocacy and Action

Find more Action Alerts on our ACTION ALERTS page

and don't forget to contact your LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES



LWVCO supports measures that are intended to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons, and we support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.

HB21-1298 Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements

Sponsors: Reps. Amabile & Woodrow and Sens. Gonzales & Pettersen

This bill addresses four issues on Background Checks:

Violent Misdemeanor Prohibitions – a person who has had a conviction for certain violent misdemeanors will not be able to purchase a firearm for 5 years after the conviction.   People who have demonstrated a tendency to violence are 5 times more prone to be arrested for further violent crimes than those without violent convictions.  

Closing the Charleston Loophole – a transfer of a firearm cannot be completed until the background check is approved. This removes the current 3-day limit for CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) to do the background check.  

Extending the appeal period – The period for CBI to resolve an appeal to a background check denial is extended from the current 30 days to 60 days.  

Final dispositions – Under current law, the inability of CBI to obtain the final disposition of a felony case could not constitute a reason for denial.  This provision is removed.  

HB 1298 will be heard on Wednesday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. by House Judiciary Committee.  Contact House Judiciary Committee Members-2021 to urge them to SUPPORT this bill.


LWVCO supports measures that are intended to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons, and we support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.

HB21-1299 Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Sponsors: Reps. Sullivan & Bacon and Sens. Fields & Hansen


This bill establishes the Office of Gun Violence Prevention with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to coordinate and promote effective activities to reduce gun violence.  It will conduct public awareness campaigns on state and federal laws, especially the Extreme Risk Protection Orders law as well as other protection orders.  If funds are available, it will award grants for community-based gun violence initiatives aimed at interrupting the cycle of violence.  

HB 1299 will be heard Friday, May 7th after adjournment by the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee.  Contact House Behavioral and Public Health Committee-2021 to urge them to vote YES on this bill.

About Us


The League is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, and work  to increase understanding of major public policy issues.  We influence  public policy through education and advocacy based on policy positions that are adopted by our members following studies and agreement.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County has restated its goals
for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion -
The League of Women Voters of La Plata County works for a stronger democracy, rooted in principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our DEI working group is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard, every individual is counted, and every person has a seat at the table. 2/22/2021

WELCOME from our LWV La Plata (ZOOM) BOARD

Our LWVLPC Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Jean Aaro, President

Ellen Park, Membership Director

Deb Ruddell, Treasurer

Martha Mason, Secretary

Trish Pegram, Director at Large

Diane Goodchild, Director at Large

Laurie Meininger, Director at Large

Alex Lemmel, Director at Large

Committee Leaders

Karen McManus – Voter Services

Ross Park – Webmaster

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Communications Dashboard LWVLPC April 2021

In March, we added 2 new member-only pages:
-Free and Fair elections
-Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (JEDI)
to support our 2021 LWVLPC Actions and Advocacy
We have added BLOGs to each of these pages to gather members POSTs and/or COMMENTs
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This month we have added  our Revised Member Handbook 
Thanks to Diane & Ellen for their super efforts!

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