Organization honors retiring board member

Susan Alvillar

Susan Alvillar has been honored for her role in founding and growing a Western Colorado organization that promotes communication between the energy industry and the communities in which it operates.

Alvillar, a founding board member of Community Counts Colorado, received a certificate of appreciation at the group’s annual meeting in Parachute. She recently retired after 12 years with the organization.

Alvillar also worked as a community relations manager for several energy companies.

Community Counts Colorado was founded in 2007 and established a toll-free telephone number for residents to report issues with drilling activity, including dust, mud, noise traffic or odors. Companies respond and work to address issues.

Community Counts subsequently developed into a broad-based community organization that includes different industry sectors as well as associations, businesses, local governments and residents in Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties.

Community Counts also offers an online map of drilling operations, a training program to foster communication and conflict resolution and an online forum for queries For more information, visit the website at