Dennis, yes I worked with one of the La Plata Co. Commissioners in the mid-oughts on oil and gas issues and also with OGAP during that time. But Durango is much different from Crawford. The ski and tourist towns like Durango, Breckenridge, Dillon, etc., are full of newcomers with very different political agendas than the good ole boys. We don't care for the traffic and crowded feeling of those places, plus housing is very expensive in them.
Grand Junction is all together different. It has never been a wealthy place and has experienced a boom and bust economy for generations. Housing is relatively cheap here. It is a good place for seniors, although we go to Denver for the best surgeons. But for workers, wages are lower than any other urban area except Pueblo and the best leave for better money and amenities. Denver is booming and attracting well educated young people who easily find jobs there. Without a research university and with mediocre schools, they and high tech companies don't come here.