Elected officials give thanks


For this Thanksgiving issue, we reached out to our elected officials who head up local boards to share what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Town of Pagosa Springs Mayor Don Volger shared, “I’m thankful to live in Pagosa and serve our friends, neighbors and family. It’s an awesome privilege that I don’t deserve. I am also eternally grateful for this country where we can still worship God as we choose and recognize that God has blessed us beyond measure. I pray we remember Him and do our part to contribute to this wonderful human experiment that started with the framing of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Michael Whiting noted, “As a County Commissioner I am thankful to the entire team of 146 staff members at the County. Their dedication and results are self-evident. And to our great partners on Town Council, local nonprofits, and volunteers from the community.

“I am personally thankful first and foremost for my wife Mely. And for all our resilient and striving family and friends here and elsewhere.

“Thank You All. Clarity, Tranquility, Courage.”

Dr. Malcolm Rodger, board chairman of the Upper San Juan Health Service District, stated, “I am most thankful for the USJHSD Board to be able to approve the financing and start date for the expansion program to build our new Primary Care Clinic building and renovation of the operating rooms and Emergency Room areas. It was nine months of hard work by our staff at the Hospital.

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