Upper San Juan Health Service District (USJHSD) Board of Directors Election – 2020

The upcoming election features five candidates for three three-year terms on the Upper San Juan Health Service District Board of Directors Election. To vote, you have a few options.

How To Vote in the 2020 USJHSD Board of Directors Election

  1. Apply for an absentee ballot by April 28, 2020, at 5 pm. The voter will fill out the application and return it to Heather Thomas, Designated Election Official, via email to [email protected], facsimile to (970) 731-0907, or mail to Designated Election Official, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The Designated Election Official will then mail a ballot to the mailing address as noted on the application. Ballots must be received by the Designated Election Official by 7:00 p.m. Election Day, May 5, 2020.
  2. Come to the polling place – the Pagosa Springs Medical Center Board Room – and vote in person. All regulatory safety guidelines will be observed and enforced.
  3. On Election Day, voters will also have an option of casting their vote from their vehicle (a drive-up option, so-to-speak). The first judge gets the voter affirmation signed and verifies eligibility. The second judge issues and receives ballot. If there is more than one voter in the car, the Medical Center will provide the option of voting inside the car or taking the ballot into the polling place to vote there. Once the ballot has been voted in the car, the second judge will tear the stub off and place it in the ballot box. The voter will also have the option to place his or her own ballot in the ballot box. (Also, the Medical Center encourages voters to bring their own pens.)

See more information on the election at http://pagosaspringsmedicalcenter.org/board-of-directors-election/.

Meet Matt Mees, USJHSD Vice Chairman – Profile of Riff Raff Brewing Company Good Friend and Advisor

Matt Mees, USJHSD Board Vice Chairman
Matt Mees, Board Vice Chairman
Upper San Juan Health Service District

Matt Mees, Vice Chair, USJHSD Board of Directors at PSMC, has lived in Pagosa Springs full time since January 1977. He and his wife Lois raised their two children here. Here are 10 things we didn’t know about him.

  1. He and his wife have 5 granddaughters. They call him “Po”, and he doesn’t know why.
  2. He grew up in Wall, Texas outside of San Angelo. He dropped out of High School and joined the Navy, serving on a submarine. He served in the military from 1969 to 1972.
  3. He was an undefeated pitcher for his Catholic school baseball team.
  4. His high school friend introduced him to Lois in a clothing store at Christmas time. “She had the cutest long pigtails.” They were engaged by April, married in August and are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year.
  5. He has “done a bunch of stuff” in Pagosa Springs including, but not limited to, building and developing the River Center, the now Quality Inn Oakridge, the High Country Title building and several restaurants.
  6. His favorite project was what is now the Springs Resort and Spa that he “did with a partner.” He recalls digging the pools with his employees and hoping that people would pay $2 to soak in them.
  7. His favorite band is the Eagles. His children remember falling asleep in the car on family road trips listening to Eagles music. His last will and testament states that the song Hotel California will be played at his funeral.
  8. His favorite television show is Nova, and he enjoys most programming on the History Channel.
  9. He and Lois have a Samoyed dog, Russia, who is a certified therapy dog through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. They take her to Pine Ridge and the Beehive, and they will soon bring her to the PSMC to visit patients.
  10. He believes he owes it to the community to give back through volunteering for the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

“The most important thing we have as a community is our rural health care. I experienced not having it and needing to drive to other places before the medical center was here. I wish I had more to give.”

His magnum opus? “My family and making a difference in our community, especially during these trying times during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

His favorite health tips? “Go outside and be a part of nature.”