Kathy on benchA third generation Colorado native I am passionate about the state I live and the towns I  have called home. Born in Leadville at 10,200 feet the mountains are a part of my life.  Currently, I live in Glenwood Springs, a vibrant community at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and mighty Colorado rivers.

I am a rusty writer, dusting off some seldom used skills.  Why do I write this blog?  Writing for me is a way to clarify my thoughts.  I also want to provide a medium to disseminate information and provide the community a place to safely voice their opinions and share their ideas.  Whether it is good, bad or ugly – I want to hear from people in our community.

A few years ago I found myself wanting to “get involved” in the community.  So I did.  I applied for the City of Glenwood’s Financial Advisory Board and Victims and Law Enforcement Board.  Years ago, my Dad, whom I greatly admired was on the Planning and Zoning Board in Leadville and was appointed to the State Planning Commission – which has since disbanded.  I applied and was appointed to the Glenwood Springs Planning Commission in June 2009.  I currently chair the Planning Commission.

I find there is a strong connection between land use and transportation planning and in February 2013 I was appointed to the City of Glenwood’s Transportation Commission.

Most recently, I am writing a year-long series of article for an on-line magazine for citizen planners, PlannersWeb.com.

I still have a day job at Colorado Mountain College that helps pay the mortgage and I am so grateful for wonderful teammates and supervisors that have supported my community involvement.  Thankfully, most meetings are in the early morning and in the dark of the night and I write in the evenings or on weekends.

Please share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you!

Kathy Trauger

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