All about U — Thanks, firefighters

The La Plata County clerk and recorder’s wooden U is a reflection of the county’s trying times.

La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and her elections director Erin Hutchins were stumped on how to decorate their wooden U but, sadly, Mother Nature inspired them.

The 416 Fire has ravaged the Durango area and other parts of southwestern Colorado, burning more than 34,000 acres. Displaced La Plata County voters were told they could pick up their ballots at the post office. Rain helped slow the fire’s spread but now voters impacted by flooding also are being sent to the post office.

Hutchins’ husband, Denver Hutchins, handled the wood burning, including the official firefighters logo, the burn marks between the U legs, the name of the blaze, the  “416 fire” and the date it started, June 1.

“When the fire is out, Denver will inscribe that date on it, too,” Parker said.

Secretary Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.