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We Want to Hear From You

Fremont County has $9.3 million to spend, and we want your input on how it can best be utilized for our entire community.

Although your three Fremont County Commissioners continue to question the wisdom of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package known as the American Rescue Plan Act, it did bring a windfall to not only Fremont County but to our local cities and towns, as well.

These funds have been described repeatedly as “transformational” and “once-in-a-generation.” With help from our entire community, we can pull together a plan to create a legacy that our children and grandchildren will enjoy for decades to come.

Intended to speed up recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession, ARPA funding must be utilized according to the multitude of restrictions laid out by the federal government.

Primarily, the funding should boost recovery from the pandemic, address its ongoing economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong recovery. It also is intended to address systemic public health and economic challenges.

The funds provide substantial flexibility for each government to meet local needs. They also can be used to make necessary infrastructure improvements in water, sewer, and broadband.

While the county does have until the end of 2024 to commit the funding, the countdown has begun and the clock is ticking. We have legitimate needs in many county offices and departments, including the Sheriff’s Office and Public Health and Environment to name just two, but we also are making strides toward bringing broadband to unserved or underserved places in Fremont County.

We think that’s exciting, but we also know there is much more work to be done.

Since we are looking to piece together the strongest plans and projects for these funds, we want to hear from you. Big ideas or small, we want to hear them all!

County staff has created a special input page on our web site to gather ideas and feedback on how you want to see this funding spent. Please remember we do have limits – for example, no road repairs or projects qualify. Remember the above guidelines when suggesting ideas.

We continue to familiarize ourselves with the rules, which have yet to be finalized. Anyone interested in the 151-page interim final rules can check them out here Interim Final Rule (treasury.gov).

Completing and filing the input form is easy – answer a few questions and click “Submit.”

A link to the input form is found on the home page of www.fremontco.com. Although no final date has been set to accept public input, please remember we do have a time limit and plan to start making decisions soon.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Debbie Bell is the District 2 Fremont County Commissioner.

NACO Conference

Two Fremont County Commissioners just returned from the National Association of Counties Annual Conference following discussion and action on a wide range of topics with other leaders from throughout the country.

County leaders as well as officials from the White House and Congress attended the conference at Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“We are working on issues with other Commissioners from all over the country to become a powerful voice to make our county better,” said Commissioner Dwayne McFall, current board chair. "It is an amazing feeling to know we are making a difference.”

McFall and Commissioner Debbie Bell joined sessions with speakers including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

In addition to serving as voting members on different steering committees, the local two officials attended many workshops focused on the American Rescue Plans Act funding. Those funds are directed to solve problems created by COVID-19 as well as infrastructure and other local issues. Fremont County will receive a total of about $9.4 million, and the county is considering broadband and other projects.

Bell serves on the NACo Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee. She discussed additional broadband issues as well as bio-based products in manufacturing and road materials.

“Allowing us time to delve into a variety of subjects means we bring diverse information back home,” Bell said. “Our time at NACo allows us to dive more deeply into national politics and look at broader issues that affect us all.”

McFall is a part of the NACo Public Lands Policy Steering Committee, which focused on efforts to better manage natural resources, reduce the threat of wildfire, and improve economies in public lands counties like Fremont. He also has been involved with a NACo Broadband Task Force representing both Fremont County and all of Colorado.

“Monday we released a report to push Congress to make high speed broadband available to all at an affordable cost,” McFall said. “High speed broadband is no longer a luxury. It is now an essential.”

Fremont County Commissioners already work through Colorado Counties, Inc. to prioritize issues and lobby state legislators on issues important to all counties throughout the state. Currently serving as CCI President, Bell accepted an Achievement Award for Summit County on its groundbreaking preschool program.

Also a member of Women of NACO’s Leadership Network, Bell was elected to the position of Historian for 2021-22.

“It is truly an honor to be in the same room with so many amazing women leaders,” Bell said. “The power in the room was palpable. I’m excited to serve this group in this way.”

The 2022 NACo Annual Conference is coming to Colorado. Adams County won the bid and will host the event July 21-24 next year. It is expected to bring an economic impact of more than $70 million to Colorado. For more information visit www.naco.org.

Vaccination Data Inaccuracy Press Release

Inaccuracy Within Fremont County Vaccine Data

FREMONT COUNTY- According to the Colorado COVID-19 Vaccination Data dashboard, only 37.5% of the eligible population in Fremont County has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) and the local Board of Health disagree vehemently with these numbers, and are working tirelessly to advocate the state to have them corrected.

Offenders in the 6 Department of Corrections and 4 Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities are counted in the county’s base population. However, inmate vaccine data is not being reported in Fremont County’s vaccination rates. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), offenders have been required to report their home address when vaccinated instead of the local facility address where they are currently residing. This means offenders living in Fremont County correctional facilities who are vaccinated are not counted in Fremont County’s vaccination rate. Approximately 7,400 offenders currently are housed in Fremont County correctional facilities.

As of June 9th 2021, the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence reported that 62% of offenders, 1,444 individuals, have received at least one dose of vaccine. Unfortunately, even though requested repeatedly, vaccine data for offenders in the Colorado Department of Corrections facilities in Fremont County has not been provided to FCDPHE.

Fremont County officials have repeatedly asked the state to correct these inaccuracies by including the vaccinated offenders who reside in Fremont County in our vaccination rate, or by taking the offender population out of our base eligible population rate.

“Fremont County consistently hovers at the lowest levels of vaccination rates,” said Kayla Marler, FCDPHE Director. “Those numbers are wrong. They are not scientific. They must be corrected, but we continue to hit a wall when we ask for resolution. This shouldn’t be that difficult.”

“Our residents need to know we are doing much, much better than the state’s numbers indicate,” Marler said. “Our citizens have done an excellent job with the vaccination, and we thank you all for your diligent efforts.”

Prepare to Pay

When the Colorado State Legislature adjourned a couple of weeks ago, it allowed your Fremont County Commissioners and many others to finally breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Over many months, we spent countless hours, often full days, working with other counties through Colorado Counties, Inc., to figure out how certain bills might affect our taxpayers and citizens. We then lobbied long and hard – sometimes successfully, sometimes not – asking our legislators to cast their votes according to the good or harm each bill might cause.

Overall, CCI took a position on 126 bills of the 623 introduced by state lawmakers in 2021. Of those 126, Commissioners statewide voted to either support, oppose, or amend 81, leaving the other 45 as a “neutral position” or monitor only. Of those 81 where we took a position of action, 74 landed where we wanted them to. That means CCI found a success rate of 91 percent in 2021, of either helping pass the bill or helping kill it.

Of the 623 bills introduced this legislative session, a total of 503 were passed and sent to the Governor for his signature. That number is fairly high, but not unusual in a year with a single party ruling both the Colorado Senate and Colorado House.

Because rural Colorado, including Fremont County, is highly conservative but our state legislature is fairly liberal, there were many, many ideas we fought against this year. Here are only a few that your local Commissioners battled long and hard, unsuccessfully.

SB21-260, Sustainability of the Transportation System, is a $5.3 billion package that found creative ways to levy new fees in an effort to dedicate funding to the statewide transportation system. The bill itself has lots of nice language about a sustainable system and expanding infrastructure and clean fleets, as well as environmental impacts and health impacts.

Prepare to pay, folks.

Many of us, including your three Fremont County Commissioners, opposed this bill from the start. Voters have repeatedly said “NO” to various ballot measure to fund transportation, as is our privilege through the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. However, this particular legislature decided they know better than the voters do, and felt it necessary to bypass our votes to fulfill their dream vision of a futuristic transportation system for all.

Instead of calling the funding mechanisms the taxes that they are, they decided to call them “fees,” meaning the voters no longer have a say. Instead, we all have to pay.

It will begin with an increase of 2 cents per gallon on fuel, with gasoline taxes eventually rising to an additional 8 cents per gallon. CCI was a major player in stopping diesel increases at 2 cents rather than the original proposal of the 8 cents per gallon, which would have effectively killed the entire agricultural industry throughout Colorado.

It will continue with new “registration fees” to be collected at the county level through license plates. You’ll be paying these “fees” every year with your plate renewal for years to come. Oh, and don’t forget the new retail delivery fees, higher car rental fees, and more. These “fees” now are tied to inflationary indexes, to adjust automatically as prices go up.

There were a couple of other terrible bills you also should be aware of.

SB21-256, Local Regulation of Firearms, now allows all local governments to enact their own laws governing or prohibiting the sale, purchase, transfer, or possession of a firearm. Local governments include not just municipalities and counties, but all Special Districts, such as Fire Districts, Recreation Districts, and Library Districts.

Imagine driving across Fremont County to learn the gun you were legally carrying in one space suddenly was illegal as you crossed an imaginary line into a special district. Now, imagine multiplying that confusion by as many special districts and other government agencies that exist across the entire State of Colorado. Sound complicated? It will be.

HB21-1286, Energy Performance for Buildings, now requires existing buildings of more than 50,000-square-foot, or any building with a construction or renovation cost in excess of half a million dollars, to demonstrate compliance with energy performance standards. Those new standards don’t even exist yet, but will be developed by 2023. Owners of those buildings are required to submit annual energy usage reports to the state’s Energy Office, and those deemed to be out of compliance with the new standards will be hit with financial penalties.

One of our main concerns with this particular piece of legislation is its exemption of penalties for all publicly-owned buildings. This exempts not only county buildings, but all state buildings, as well. And the government owns some of the biggest buildings in the state – think about the size of Colorado Department of Corrections prisons.

This is yet another burden placed on the backs of business owners, while your government gets to look the other way. What’s good enough for our businesses should be good enough for our governments. This is another business-killing piece of legislation.

The last bad measure I’ll mention here is SB21-249, the Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass. This measure requires every County Clerk across the state to collect fees for an annual state parks pass on every single licensed vehicle, whether the owner wants the pass or not. Yes, there is an opt-out consideration, but how many folks will know that and understand it?

We don’t all use the state parks system. We don’t all want annual passes, but now they are being forced upon us for all the funding this will generate for the state. And just imagine, a business that owns 25 vehicles now will be the proud owner of 25 identical parks passes… bought and paid for, even if they don’t want them… unless they remember to opt out.

Although counties are authorized to retain a portion of the new revenues to cover its collection costs, the remainder of this new fee will be remitted to the Colorado Department of Revenue at least monthly.

Personal choice is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Remember these few examples when you cast your ballot in statewide elections next year.

Your County Commissioners will continue fighting for you at every turn. But sometimes, sadly, it’s just not enough.

Debbie Bell is the District 2 Fremont County Commissioner. She also serves as the 2021 CCI President.

 

Under Attack, Again

Coming straight from our own neighbors on the Front Range, a new ballot initiative is threatening the livelihood of our local farmers and ranchers as well as threatening our affordable, available food sources.

The “Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation” campaign bills itself as an animal-rights measure, but in reality, is working hard to kill our agricultural industry and disrupt all aspects of meat production, sales, and export.

Also known as Initiative 16, the measure would ask voters to criminalize commonly accepted veterinary and animal care practices throughout the state. It also would ban the slaughter of livestock until at least one-quarter of their anticipated lifetime, a standard far longer than consumer and foreign markets demand or can afford.

The initiative will appear on the November 2022 ballot if almost 125,000 signatures are gathered from Colorado residents, which appears likely.

Agriculture leaders and their organizations are fighting back. “Coloradans for Animal Care” is a coalition formed to oppose Initiative 16 and includes Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Dairy Farmers, Colorado Wool Growers Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Pork Producers Council.

This measure is another in a long line of attacks and insults to our agricultural heritage and the meat industry in Colorado, which is a $3.4 billion state industry with a $40 billion economic impact. We currently enjoy 38,900 farms and ranches spread across 31.8 million acres in Colorado.

Those good folks work tirelessly 365 days a year to produce commodities for both the state and the entire nation.

Their work currently includes best practices in animal husbandry, which would be criminalized by Initiative 16. In addition, today’s common animal care practices would be rebranded as cruelty to animals.

Surprisingly, the measure also would affect pets. Some medical procedures and tests may be outlawed – which could include spaying and neutering of dogs and cats – and means pets may no longer have access to the high level of medical care they now enjoy.

Even though Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently declared a “Meat Out” day in Colorado – which saw rural Colorado rise to join forces and fight – he opposes this measure.

The Governor said he “agrees with farmers and ranchers that the PAUSE ballot initiative would hurt Colorado and destroy jobs.”

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser tweeted, “CO’s farming & livestock businesses are the backbones of CO rural communities. This measure is not based on science and will raise food prices for us all; worse yet, it will cost rural jobs & devastate communities. I will be fighting against it.”

Obviously, this is not a partisan issue. It is one that would affect every person who raises meat or eats it or has pets. If PAUSE is voted in as law, the price of all beef, beef by-products, dairy products, other meat, and other animal products would increase significantly. The availability of these products will decrease, and the taste and palatability of these products will change. Consumption of other types of proteins also will increase, creating more shortages.

A recent poll by the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance showed 72 percent of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching. It also proved 86 percent of farmers and ranchers believe the average consumer has little to no knowledge about modern farming and ranching.

These decisions should not be left to urbanites who do not understand the realities of agriculture. Join the fight. Refuse to sign the petition to get Initiative 16 on the ballot. If it makes it to the ballot, vote NO.

Most importantly, talk to all your friends, relatives and neighbors. Tell them how important this is and ask them to help us fight back.

Debbie Bell is the Fremont County Commissioner in District 2.

Commissioner Discusses Recovery with Governor

Fremont County Commissioner Debbie Bell and other board members of Colorado Counties Inc. met with Governor Jared Polis on Friday, March 19, to discuss recovery from the pandemic.

Bell, who currently serves as CCI President, presided over the meeting. The board met in person at CCI offices in Denver, and the governor joined virtually.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to address the governor with our concerns,” Bell said after the meeting. “Several board members stepped up to the plate to discuss various areas of recovery, including reopening and vaccinations. We also asked, again, for the state to return control to local governments. Colorado is a vast state with both rural and urban regions, and one size does not fit all.”

During the meeting, Bell asked Gov. Polis to partner with CCI and its members as a team.

“We join you in your concern with economic recovery even as we continue to take care of the health and welfare of our citizens,” she said in her opening remarks to the governor. “We would like to know the state’s pathway to reopening, and to let us help you – both with reopening and with vaccinating our citizens.

“In short, we are here today to find out how we can help you and help the entire State of Colorado recover.”

Gov. Polis said the new “Dial 3.0” scheduled for public release Tuesday to take effect Wednesday, is a step in the right direction and addresses many issues surrounding the continued closures.

“Every day, we see another instance that voluntary compliance is becoming a thing of the past,” Bell said. “We respectfully ask for clear and concise criteria to enable counties and regions to regain local control.”

She also referenced the lack of communication coming from the state.

“We hope to see real, true, two-day communication with your office,” Bell said. “We ask again for courtesy notification of new decisions and executive orders before they are released to the general population.

“Please, let us help you and allow us to work as a team.”

The meeting was another in a long line of historical sessions between CCI and seated governors. The organization brings Colorado counties together to work on common issues, focusing on information, education and legislative representation. CCI works to present a united voice to the Colorado General Assembly and other government and regulatory bodies to help shape the future.

Drinking from the Firehose

Greetings Fremont County from your newest County Commissioner!

On January 12, 2021 I was officially sworn into office and began to once again enjoy the immense privilege of serving the people of Fremont County as one of their voices in our representative government. I look forward to seeing what we can do together to move our wonderful community forward together in these turbulent and uncertain times.

As we look to the future we can’t ignore the tremendous contribution of the giants on whose shoulders we stand. For me it is my predecessor, Tim Payne. As in 2011, when I took office as State Senator, I had to follow in the footsteps of a great public servant, Ken Kester, and now I follow another exceptional leader and public servant into office. Thank you, Tim, for your wonderful service to and accomplishments on behalf of this county over the last eight years.

My first three weeks remind me a lot of my first three weeks in the State Senate. You take in as much information as possible and learn as much as you can but at the end of the day it is akin to drinking from a firehose. Fortunately, there is a lot of overlap between the jobs and I am rolling up the sleeves and getting to work.

As I have campaigned since 2007 during my first city council run I want to be a responsive representative for you. And I will continue to do that to the best of my abilities as I have done in my other elected roles fighting for the rights of all Fremont County citizens.

The task at hand presents many new opportunities in this current economic climate as we will strive to prepare ourselves for a post-Covid world. I will continue to work toward the goal of ensuring we are poised to make the most of those opportunities to draw business and industry to Fremont.

I look forward to working with you to build a better and brighter future for all of us here in Fremont County.

Submitted by Kevin Grantham, Commissioner District 1

Code Changes Affect Ag Land

New changes to the Fremont County Building Code were adopted by the Commissioners last November and took effect Jan. 1.

For years, Fremont County had been working under the 2006 International Building Code. Building Official Wyatt Sanders worked for the better part of a year to plan and prepare to implement the changes. Following workshops, discussion and a Public Hearing that saw no input from the public, we adopted the 2018 IBC with a few minor changes.

Naturally, the new code affects only unincorporated Fremont County only, and not land that falls within the limits of any city or town. Each city and town adopts their own Building Code.

The county’s modifications shouldn’t come as a surprise to builders or contractors, but some citizens who own agricultural parcels may not understand the changes affect them, too.

Many of the revisions were minor, housekeeping items that did not affect the way the Building Department or contractors do business. Most of the substantive changes affect ag land, including a modification of the agricultural “exempt from permit” status and the definition of “Agricultural Building.”

“Exempt from permit” status previously meant an ag owner could put up an ag building with no notification to or permission from the county. Although agricultural buildings still do not need an actual building permit, owners now are required to submit plans for a determination on the building’s conformity with the new definition of “Agricultural Building.”

Those plans must include a plot map that will be shared with the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning, where it will be examined to ensure all setbacks follow regulation, which is required even on ag-designated parcels.

Ag buildings still will not be issued an actual building permit, and there will be no fees for the review by the Building Department. However, the process will create a permanent record of the conforming building that will be used in the future by both the Building Department and Assessor’s Office.

Plan approval should prevent questions and issues, including challenges of legality, for ag buildings. The new code is not to stop anyone from building, it is intended to be more definitive and to apply the rules uniformly.

Checking in with the Building Department before putting up a new Ag building will save a lot of time and trouble in the end.

Although a new Building Code is in force, all building fees adopted in 2016 remain the same. There were no increases for building permits.

In addition to adopting the 2018 International Building Code, your County Commissioners also adopted the 2018 International Residential Code and the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. All are available to view on the county web site, www.fremontco.com; or you may contact the Building Department for more information.

Debbie Bell is the District 2 Fremont County Commissioner.

Stay Safe, Vote "Yes" on 1A

In a world where “Defund the Police” is becoming a popular sentiment, it’s refreshing to see local citizens consider renewing specific funding for the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Issue 1A on this November’s ballot asks voters to renew the Sheriff’s 1 percent sales tax for public safety. It is important to note this is not a new tax. It does not increase current taxes.

Originally approved by local voters in November 2013, the tax has provided desperately-needed funding for the Sheriff’s Office to maintain a professional department that is compliant with state law, including unfunded mandates.

Sheriff Allen Cooper, just like Sheriff Jim Beicker before him, has done an excellent job of directing the funds where they were promised in 2013.

At that time, our citizens wanted to see animal control return to the Sheriff’s Office. That service has not only resumed, it has increased with two fulltime animal control officers.

As promised, the Sheriff is finally able to hire and retain deputies by paying comparable wages and providing appropriate training. We no longer serve as the training ground for other nearby law enforcement agencies and are able to keep good people to serve our citizens.

When I entered office in January 2011, I was appalled to learn the county did not pay for deputies’ uniforms or equipment. Our employees were making substandard wages, and buying uniforms and equipment out of their own pocket, while putting their lives on the line for public safety.

Two separate major renovations have been completed at the Fremont County Detention Center with this funding. The first was a complete rebuild of the kitchen and laundry areas, which had been desperately needed for many years.

The second, arguably more important upgrade, was in the security system. A massive transformation occurred with new doors, new lock mechanisms, new cameras, new video storage, and more.

These upgrades created a safer for our employees as they go about their work every day.

The Sheriff also promised to replace worn-out patrol vehicles, and that also has happened. He now has a vehicle rotation schedule in place to keep a fleet maintained and ready to roll.

Also with these additional funds, the Sheriff’s Cotopaxi Substation has been reopened and now is staffed with four deputies.

All of these improvements mean better, faster service for all of Fremont County.

The public safety tax also allows the Sheriff’s Office to keep up with unfunded mandates handed down from the state. Those mandates are coming down fast and furious following the “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity” bill that was signed into law by the Governor. That bill requires body cameras for every deputy, as well as a massive electronic storage system to keep that video safe, and other new mandates.

The General Fund alone cannot keep up with these many additional expenditures, even though they are required by law.

Finally, the Fremont County Commissioners said in 2013 we would continue the same level of funds transfer from the General Fund into the Sheriff’s Office, meaning we would not trade away other funding if the tax was in place. We have kept our word, and continue to transfer more than $3.939 million from the General Fund to the Sheriff’s Office every year.

You can help keep yourself, your family, your neighbors, and our entire community safe. Please vote “Yes” on Ballot Issue 1A.

Debbie Bell is the District 2 Commissioner and current Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

Unsung Heroes of the Fair

Even though life has changed dramatically since the second week of March, we were incredibly happy to see one tradition alive and well – the Fremont County Fair.

Admittedly, because of COVID-19, the 2020 edition looked different than it has in the past. All appropriate physical distancing and mask requirements were in place, which meant the Fair spread out over about two weeks instead of the usual one. In addition, the number of attendees had to be kept to a minimum, so few spectators were allowed at many of the events. Despite all the obstacles, the Fair was an overwhelming success!

The Fremont County Fair Board struggled for a few months with major decisions surrounding the Fair. Should we cancel it? Should we limit it? Should we hold it? If so, how can we possibly be successful while adhering to the new rules? Likewise, the Fremont County Livestock Sale Committee was consulted with questions of how it might be possible to hold the Sale.

Those decisions were terribly difficult for these 28 county residents, all of whom have close ties to the Fair. All volunteers, many of them have offered their personal time to serve on the Fair Board for years, and in some cases, decades. They were raised in 4-H, or are leaders in 4-H, or have children or grandchildren in 4-H – or, in some cases, all of the above. These extraordinary folks have a heart for the work they do.

Discussion centered on the 4-H and Future Farmers of America kids themselves, especially once the Open Fair division was canceled. What would they miss out on if the Fair did not happen? And the even bigger question: What might they learn if it did?

For 2020 seniors in high school, this would be their last opportunity to participate in the County Fair. Their last chance to show off their baking skills, to exhibit their photography, to march through the arena with their prized steer. Remember, these are the very youth who already have missed out on so much, including Senior Prom, state tournaments, and a traditional graduation.

The Fair Board, much to the Commissioners’ everlasting praise, ultimately decided to continue with the Fair by making the necessary changes. This year’s crop of kids in 4-H and FFA, from the youngest to the seniors, were handed the opportunity to learn life lessons that typically aren’t part of the Fair.

They learned things don’t always go their way, and how to adapt.

They learned choices can be taken away, and how to move forward.

They learned life hands out disappointments, and how to succeed anyway.

Having participated in 4-H in my own childhood, I remember all the life lessons I learned during those formative years: Responsibility. Patience. Deadlines. Leadership. Quality. This year’s crop of 4-H’ers and FFA’ers came away with all those same lessons, and many more: Resilience. Adaptability. Gratitude. Goodwill. Unity.

We applaud the unsung heroes who made the 2020 Fremont County Fair a success: the 19 members of the Fremont County Fair Board, the nine members of the Fremont County Livestock Sale, every 4-H’er, every FFA’er, their families, 4-H Extension, and everyone else who volunteered their time to make this year’s Fair a success. Lessons learned today will help ensure every youth’s success tomorrow.

Debbie Bell is the District 2 Commissioner and current Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

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