Otero County Emergency Manager and Otero County Landfill Director Dan Chavez recently attended an Emergency Managers Conference. He was elected Emergency Manager of the Year for Southeast Colorado, including the counties of Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers.

Otero County Emergency Manager and Otero County Landfill Director Dan Chavez recently attended an Emergency Managers Conference. He was elected Emergency Manager of the Year for Southeast Colorado, including the counties of Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers.

Willard Behm appeared before the commissioners to request a letter of support to be chosen as a member of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of Director Wayne Whittaker. Behm has been an irrigated farmer in the district for 38 years, on the Catlin and Larkspur Ditches. He became interested in the LAVWCD through his interest in the Larkspur Ditch. He has been on the Farm Bureau in Crowley County and is an attorney.

Nick Koch of Cheraw, a retired Air Force and Navy reserve officer who now works in the Soil Conservation Service and is mayor pro tem of Cheraw, also requested a letter of support for the same position. He is very interested in the progress of the Arkansas Valley Conduit and has experience with irrigation systems, as well as BA and MA in agriculture from Kansas State.

The commissioners are preparing letters of support for both candidates. Chairman Kevin Karney said he is pleased to see two such high quality candidates and he does not envy the person who must judge between them.

Otero County Economic Development Coordinator Danelle Berg reported on a meeting with local high schools and colleges, manufacturers, health providers, Workforce representatives and economic development teams on the subject of creating an apprenticeship program based on the Swiss model. Students accepted for this program would receive a three to five year apprenticeship, be paid for their services and get school credit also. The participants see the program as a way to get top students back after college and to develop a skilled workforce.