A series of meetings will be held in Craig Monday to gather input on the city’s downtown, for an assessment which is being conducted by Downtown Colorado Incorporated.  The technical assistance program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities hoping to support small business, create partnerships, and develop and sustain a viable and vibrant commercial downtown.  The costs for this assessment are being shared by USDA Rural Development, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the city of Craig.  The schedule will include a detailed tour of downtown Craig, and meetings with focus groups.  A two-day visit will conclude with a presentation to the public providing an assessment of the community as well as action steps. Following a downtown assessment, a detailed hard-copy “to do” list is provided to assist the community in building local partnerships and generating some quick ways to build momentum.  Each of Monday’s input meetings is geared toward a specific group.  The “public” input meeting will be from 7:15 to 8 in the Council Chambers of Craig City Hall.  The final report will be presented at 6 the following evening also at City Hall.  The complete schedule is provided below.

Community services
1 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. (city council, county commissioners and city staff)
Amenities/non-municipal services 
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Service providers such as the school district, CDOT, library, museums, non-profits, etc.)
Property & business owners 
4:45 -7 p.m. (target is downtown businesses, but all businesses are welcome)
7:15 – 8 p.m. (All interested community members)

Contact Jim Ferree, at (970) 826-2023 for more information.



Spring in the Rockies brings with it a wide variety of weather conditions, and officials from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests (MBR) are reminding forest visitors to be prepared for all possible extremes.  Prompting this message is a recent string of lost or stranded recreationists, and fatal accidents. Just this past weekend there were multiple groups of snowmobilers that needed search and rescue assistance in north central Colorado, and the previous weekend there were both avalanche and snowmobile fatalities in the same area.  Remember that days beginning as sunny and warm can end up with blizzard conditions, resulting in navigation difficulties for even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. Also, periods of warm weather can create a freeze-thaw cycle, making an icy base layer of snow. Snow accumulation on that icy layer and high winds can then make the snowpack unstable and put avalanche conditions at a dangerous level.  Current avalanche conditions across the forest range from moderate to considerable, but can change daily.  Forest visitors are urged to know the conditions and weather forecasts in the area you plan to visit.

The following are safety recommendations for National Forest visitors during the winter/spring:

  • There is no avalanche control and forest users must know the snow conditions and their abilities.
  • Conditions can change rapidly in the backcountry.  Be prepared for extreme conditions, carry appropriate survival gear and be prepared for self-rescue.
  • Remember these safety items: shovel, beacon, probe, and KNOWLEDGE.
  • Don’t recreate alone.
  • Know how to use your emergency gear.  Items such as an avalanche beacon are not useful if they cannot be properly used.
  • Much terrain throughout the Rocky Mountain region is subject to avalanches. When traveling or recreating in those areas, you are responsible for the safety of yourself and those around you.
  • Get avalanche savvy and take a certified avalanche course.
  • Pick up a map of the area you plan to visit. Recreation maps, such as the Wyoming State Trails Snowmobile maps, often show avalanche prone areas.


The Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) awarded Rick Akin and Jennifer Schubert-Akin of The Steamboat Institute, the 2013 “Leaders in Action Award” at the Annual Retreat on February 23.  Both Akin and Schubert-Akin graduated LPR in 2009 and 2006, respectively. In 2009, they established The Steamboat Institute with a clear vision to educate and inspire their fellow citizens about the founding principles of the United States. Their enterprise has set an example for how engaged citizens can have a rippling and long-term impact on both local, state and national agendas.  Both are long-time leaders in their community and each own and operate successful businesses: Akin as a highly regarded attorney in Steamboat, Denver and Austin, TX and Schubert-Akin who runs Marathon Accounting Services.  Leadership Program of the Rockies is a non-profit educational organization with the purpose of teaching America’s future leaders what freedom means and how to protect it. The “Leaders in Action Award” honors LPR graduates who made an impact and difference with their leadership.



Steamboat sophomore Lauren Anderson has been chosen by the Steamboat Springs Teen Council as teen of the month for March.  Anderson and her family are involved with the Come Let’s Dance program in Steamboat, which gives opportunities for people in Uganda to become self-sustainable.  The program has a school, sew shop, farm and base camp in Uganda.  Anderson has been there several times with her family, and has been very involved with mission work in the area.  The Council recognizes her as a role model among her peers, and says she is a caring person with a strong work ethic.  The award comes with a $25 Chamber gift certificate.



The Colorado Senate is approving stricter firearms regulations including expanded background checks, as it ties gun control to mass shootings in the state and elsewhere.  Final votes on the proposals yesterday cap a week of intense debate in Colorado’s Capitol over gun violence and how to prevent it.  Democrats have abandoned two of their seven gun-control proposals because of strong opposition. But five measures were due final Senate approval yesterday.  Most of them now head to the House or return there because of Senate amendments.  The most divisive measure given a final vote yesterday was a bill to require background checks on private gun sales. Republicans tried to argue expanded background checks are “absurd” and won’t improve safety. But they managed to persuade only one Democrat to vote against the bill.



A civil unions bill passed a voice vote yesterday in the Colorado legislature.  With Democrats in control of the legislature, and Governor Hickenlooper’s indications that he will sign the bill, it’s expected to become law.  Republicans tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill.  They wanted voters to decide the issue, and also called for a conscience clause to exempt religious organizations from having to recognize civil unions.  While supporters of the amendment said they simply wanted to protect the rights and freedoms of religious organizations, opponents called it hateful.  Democrats struck the amendments down, and a final vote on the original bill is expected today.  If passed and signed into law, the state will start recognizing civil unions May 1st.



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