By Lori Cowan

Recently it was stated that I don’t do anything. Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this statement made by someone who has not taken the time to discuss issues with me and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I don’t usually worry about such statements but rather find solace in the fact that those who know me, know what I do for our community on a daily basis.

My job as a supervisor is to set policies and procedures for our county. Volunteer work is important, however, the real role of a supervisor is to oversee county services and to work with fellow supervisors to make decisions that positively affect not only the district in which I was elected but the county as a whole. At no time should the decisions we make be for our own ideology or self-interest. Unfortunately, people react to self-promotion and don’t realize the actual work being done by a supervisor as part of the duties agreed to when one is elected. It is important for me to sit on the many committees that I sit on to get the job done and to meet the expectations of the job for which I was elected. It’s important that all supervisors meet these expectations.

I’m realizing more and more that those who don’t know me are taking what is stated by other people and or on social media as fact. I realize the problem lies with me. If I’m not putting out there all that I am doing, how are people to know? I thank all of you, who do call or email when you have a question or concern but for those of you who don’t have time here is a quick update.

When I ran for office, I focused on three significant issues: Last Chance Grade, healthcare and community revitalization.

I have worked closely with people at the state, federal and local level to find solutions and prompt progress for the improvement of Last Chance Grade. To date we have secured $10 million from the California Department of Transportation — $5 million in the spring of 2017 and another $5 million in the spring of 2018. These funds are going directly to the study, and eventual selection of alternate routes for Last Chance Grade.

Never in the history of Last Chance Grade has this happened. Funds have always gone to repairing the current alignment. This is due to the many partnerships and engaged stakeholders who have come together to get this done and who continue to work together for our community.

I have worked for the past two years with Sutter Coast Hospital and College of the Redwoods to bring the registered nurse program back to Del Norte County. This partnership will hopefully come to fruition in the spring of 2020. I have also worked with the superintendent of schools to bring back Health Career Pathways to the high school. They are now in their second year of the program. It is important to educate our kids so they can come back to our community and have an opportunity for good jobs.

I have worked with other stakeholders in our community to bring a marketing firm to Del Norte County so that we can promote our wonderful county. Tourism is vitally important for economic growth. I am very excited for the launch this spring.

I am a member of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority, which made the decision to transition from an EAS airport to an AEAS airport to ultimately provide jet service to our community. Something that some said would never happen. In early 2019, our new airport terminal will be opening, a 20-plus year project in the works that is now a reality.

These are just a few of the many, many things I am involved with. I am a representative of you, the people. If you have questions and or concerns please email me anytime at lcowan@co.del-norte.ca.us class="Apple-converted-space">

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2019.

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