Cattlemen honor Hotter

La Plata County Commissioner Kellie Hotter spends her days in the comfort of government buildings and offices, but that didn’t stop the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association from naming her “Cattleman of the Year.”

Hotter, a sixth-generation county resident who hails from a ranching family, was given the award at the organization’s annual banquet this week for supporting the local ranching community.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition of my efforts and this vote of support from the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association, whom I hold in such high regard,” Hotter said. “My ties to La Plata County are deep, and our family legacy is very important to me. I am proud to be recognized by the Cattlemen’s Association as a staunch ranching and agriculture supporter.”

Carrying multiple family traditions, Hotter is running for re-election to the county commission this November. Her great-great-great-grandfather was one of the first elected officials in Durango, elected as coroner in 1883. Her great-great-grandfather, meanwhile, operated a cattle ranch, which is now a community park named in their honor: Folsom Park.

In her personal and elected roles, Hotter has been a fervent supporter on the local, state and national levels for agriculture preservation, 4-H and Future Farmers of America, a news release said. She also serves on the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.

Herald Staff