Fremont County Commissioners Dwayne McFall and Debbie Bell attended the 2024 Western Interstate Region Conference, held May 7-10 in Mariposa County, Calif.

WIR is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of western interests within NACO. Those interests include public lands issues, community stability, economic development and the promotion of the traditional western way of life.

During the conference, county representatives from the 15 western states that make up WIR membership had the opportunity to attend sessions on sustainable tourism, intergovernmental coordination in disaster response and recovery, innovative forest health projects, transportation technologies, housing affordability, broadband access, drought and more.

During the closing session on May 10, McFall was elected 2nd Vice President of WIR. The position automatically will rotate to 1st Vice President and then President, so McFall will assume the duties of President and lead the organization in 2026-27.

“I have a deep commitment to advancing the interests of our western counties within the National Association of Counties,” McFall said. “I will tirelessly champion the needs of our region, speaking on behalf of all 15 western states with conviction and integrity.

“Together, we can ensure that the voices of Fremont County and Colorado are heard loud and clear on the national stage. We are united in our commitment to preserving the essence of the West and building a prosperous future for generations to come.”

The next WIR Conference is scheduled May 20-23, 2025, at Pennington County, S.D.