COMMISSIONERS TO ASK DOLA FOR SHADOW MOUNTAIN FUNDS TOMORROW
The Moffat County Commissioners will go to Grand Junction tomorrow for a video conference with the Department of Local Affairs. The purpose of the trip is to request DOLA funds for the Shadow Mountain Improvement Project. The project will see water lines replaced, along with curb and gutter improvements. Shadow Mountain Subdivision residents approved a ballot question last week, forming the Local Improvement District, and establishing a tax to help pay for the project. The Department of Local Affairs is actually meeting in Trinidad, however a video conference has been set up in Grand Junction for those entities on this side of the state to make their requests.
PRAYER NOW A PART OF MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONER MEETINGS
For the second week in a row, Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe opened this morning’s commissioners meeting with a prayer. For years, standard procedure was to follow the Pledge of Allegiance with a moment of silence. When asked about the change, Grobe said after talking with the County Attorney, the three commissioners agreed they were well within their rights to utter a prayer before each meeting, as long as it was delivered by one of the three. Grobe stressed they are not promoting any particular religion, but simply asking for guidance while making decisions. Prayer is something that has been discouraged in government operations, mostly due to fear of violating seperation of church and state laws. While Grobe maintains they are not in violation of those laws, he says if they get a complaint, they will revisit the issue.
STRINGS DIRECTORS LEAVING AT END OF SEASON
Strings Music Directors, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, will conclude their contract and tenure as classical music directors for the festival at the end of the 2014 summer season. The well-known husband and wife team has directed the popular chamber music performances of Strings for the past six years. Cárdenes, has achieved international acclaim for his compelling live and recorded performances as a solo violinist, conductors, violist, chamber musicians and concertmaster. Mead was inspired and mentored by Leonard Bernstein. She has devoted her performing career to nurturing new audiences and deepening the musical experience for seasoned concertgoers. Jim Bronner, Strings board member, said, “Andrés and Monique have made amazing contributions to the growth of the Strings Music Festival as Co-Music Directors, as talented artists, and, in Andrés’ case, as a conductor, and for all that we owe them a debt of gratitude.” Strings Music Festival’s new Music Director will be announced soon.
CRAIG/MOFFAT EDP TO DISCUSS WEBSITE LISTING
Those that are interested in what the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership (CMEDP) is doing to help guide businesses into the area should show up to a meeting Monday. The CMEDP will host the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT). The discussion will be on the Colorado Insite Tool available for communities to be listed on Advance Colorado. CMEDP will be developing an economic development link to drive business requests for existing commercial and industrial buildings, and vacant land. The state office manages the site- Advance Colorado.Gov – and local economic development groups such as CMEDP provide the information in cooperation with local realtors and data. The meeting will be held CNCC’s Craig Campus from 10 to 11:30 Monday morning.
MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO REVIEW MINK FARM PLAN
The Moffat County Commissioners will again review a plan for a Mink Farm in the county. Resident Sherman Romney would like to raise minks on a farm outside city limits. There are some that say the smell from a mink farm can be overwhelming. However, the county is inclined to grant the permit, as long as some stipulations are met, including making sure the smell is directed away from neighbors. The commissioners are also expected to approve the proposed 2014 budget, and will hear monthly reports from the Road and Bridge Department. The meeting starts at 8:30 this morning in the commissioners meeting room of the Moffat County Courthouse.
CRAIG CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE PROPOSED BUDGET
The Craig City Council is expected to adopt their proposed 2014 budget tonight. The council will also hear from Desiree Pearcy, the Moffat County Programs Director for Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, about future plans for the agency. The council will hear liquor license requests from a handful of retailers, along with a special events permit for the Boys and Girls Club’s Cowboy Christmas. That event is scheduled for December 7th. The Craig City Council meeting starts at 7:30 tonight in the Council Chambers of Craig City Hall.
HAYDEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO HOLD FUNDRAISER
Hayden Secondary Schools will hold a fundraiser this weekend. The schools will hold their Gala Fundraiser Saturday night. It consists of a spaghetti dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. Dinner and the silent auction start at 5:30, and the live auction starts at 7. The event will be held in the Routt County Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds in Hayden.
STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE TO PRESENT VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE
The Steamboat Institute’s 1773 Club will present Matt Feeney, Outreach Director and Co-founder of Adaptive Adventures, in a special Veteran’s Day tribute tonight. Adaptive Adventures provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. They partner with the Wounded Warrior Project to assist wounded veterans. Feeney was an avid mountain biker and skier when a cliff diving accident at Lake Powell in 1988 left him paralyzed from the waist down. Since then he has learned to participate in sporting events without the use of his legs. He is a 2-time U.S. off-road champion and an accomplished handcyclist and ski instructor. Tonight’s tribute will be held at The Ranch at Steamboat from 5:30 to 7:30. The cost is $10 per person; students and young professionals under 30 get in free.