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Sparcely-populated Saguache County is getting some respect. On Friday, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that his regional staff will be holding telephone office hours for residents of Saguache County.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet answered questions in March 2018, during a town hall meeting at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center. Bennet fielded questions on a wide range of topics, including his voting record, health care, gun violence, public lands, agriculture, and others (photo by Joe Stone).

The Bennet team says they are committed to answering Coloradans’ questions, listening to their concerns, and helping them navigate federal agencies –– including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and more.

“There’s no greater responsibility as Colorado’s senator than being responsive to the needs of Coloradans across our state. I’m pleased to announce that our office is holding telephone office hours this fall in Colorado,” said Bennet. “If you’re having issues navigating a federal agency or receiving benefits, or have any questions, comments, or concerns, I encourage you to schedule time to talk with our team.”

From December 6 to December 10, Erin Minks, Bennet’s Regional Representative for the San Luis Valley, will hold telephone office hours for Coloradans in Saguache County. Details are available below.

WHO: Erin Minks, Regional Representative for the San Luis Valley

WHAT: Telephone Office Hours

WHEN: December 6 to December 10

WHERE: Via Telephone

TO SCHEDULE: Email or call 719-587-0096. Include your name, address, phone number, and a brief description of the issue you want to address, as this will help her assist you. Constituents are welcome to call any of the Bennet offices at any time for assistance and do not need to wait for office hours to ask for help or share opinions.

Traditionally, Bennet’s staff has held in-person office hours. But due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the office will be holding 2021 office hours via phone until health concerns are minimized.

For more information about navigating federal agencies, readers should visit the “How Can We Help” page on Bennet’s website:

Those without email access can call 719-587-0096. Constituents do not need to wait for office hours to ask for help or share opinions. Bennet’s office is assuring all constituents they can call at any time for assistance.