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Jack Llewellyn
Position: Staff reporter

Embrace the ‘P’ word

Don’t hate me for using the “P” word. Yes, I’m referencing “politics.” Oh, I heard your collective moan, but I’m being serious here. We all are going to continue to be...

New year, new resolutions

Durango and La Plata County wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for entrepreneurs and, thus, small businesses. The state (translate: the big city) is often dumbfounded by what our folks here have...

Don’t pass the Buck

In 2008, an effort to encourage shopping local brought some characters to life. I have to admit this was great fun, as it inspired our creativity, and with the help of Neil Hannum (graphic a...

Lesson from Durangoans: Make every day count

As I originally set out to write this, I was reminded by the quote from the sage prognosticator Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around, you’ll miss it.” ...

Time to plan for 2020 marketing

Happy Fall! Where on earth did the year go? We are now entering the fourth quarter, and we’re all beginning our budget planning for 2020. You might not realize the Dur...

Fall for fall at September’s local events

I love autumn. It’s my very favorite season – the warm days followed by the cool nights (which makes for pleasant sleep). And the colors – as the leaves are starting to turn, the boldness of...

What story is your business trying to tell?

Storytelling is an interesting term. Many of us think of it as the fairy tales we read to our kids when they were little. But when it comes to a business, you must tell your stor...

Durango has been changed for good

As they say, nothing is more constant than change. We hate it, fight it, love it, embrace it. The stages we go through are denial, resistance, exploration and commitment. But no matter what,...

Urban renewal and the North Main District

When the Chamber was located in Santa Rita, I have to admit, I didn’t visit North Main as much as I should have. But now “relocating” to our new location (and new building) across from Duran...

Looking ahead to a great season

What a difference a year makes. First of all, I can’t believe it’s been a year since we were sweltering in spring 2018, and in the wake of those dry weather conditions, experience...

Have a voice in our economy

The late Joel Jones, whom I had the privilege to serve under after he was president of Fort Lewis College, was big on “leadership.” That’s actually an understatement. He was probably one of ...

Leadership La Plata: It’s worth it

While we have a lot of great programs at the Durango Chamber of Commerce, one of the most revered – and valuable to people who want to be involved in the community – is Leadership La Plata. ...