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I agree with all of this. Especially because one of my goals within the next couple of years is to become a local business owner. I also have several friends who are currently or are in the process of becoming local business owners. However, my problem is that some of the local business owners and the community have to do their part to keep the interest of buying local. How about doing some updating to some of the businesses? For example, the movie theater. With the exception of some new to them seats, that place has looked the same since I was a kid and I am sure before that. And they wonder why people go to Steamboat for a movie. Or why not let another theater in? It would be good for competition. The jewelry store downtown, its like a dark dungeon in there. Who wants to even look at jewelry in there, when you can go to Steamboat or Grand Junction and shop in one of their beautifully lit and maintained stores. How about a decent restaurant? We do have a few good ones, don't get me wrong. But the variety isn't here. Again that's why people go to Steamboat or Grand Junction. And just one more and I will get off my soapbox, why, why, doesn't this community want a recreation center? I will never figure this one out. People are spending their money at the one in Meeker when that money could be staying here and it would give our community an option of an indoor activity during the cold winter months. These are just a few examples of where are local money is going instead of staying here the valley. Its really not rocket science. Change is good!
All excellent points, jennysr38. This community could support much more than it appears, just ask our neighboring communities.
I try to shop local, I really do! But more often than not, I can't get what I'm looking for here. Face it, there aren't a lot of choices in this area, so if I have to get it somewhere else, I will. As far as the rec center, it has been brought up several times over the 20+ years I have been in Craig, and the response from this community has been the same, "it's too expensive, I don't want my taxes to go up, there wouldn't be enough demand for it, there is plenty to do here already".....etc etc. I don't think we need a huge monstrosity of a complex, but a nice indoor pool, walking track, and basketball court might be nice. Maybe set near a park so it would draw families in the warm months too. Maybe on a level site, so we don't have to worry about it sliding off the hill like the high school!
You take your wave pool, stick a large tent over it- BOOM, Rec Center! Seriously, we would get a big bang for the buck from something like what's in Meeker.
Anyone know of who to contact about a rec center? Or know who has been involved with it in the past? I know, probably a losing battle. But maybe if we keep trying. It doesn't have to be anything major. Exactly as you said selket42. I really think we would benefit from that greatly.
The all famous saying in this town is 'i will have to order it'. that is so frustrating when you need an item now. Also, the bigger cities seem to be cheaper! Why is that? Just saying. Indoor community pool would open up a lot of options for so many things. for young and older.
While it is harder to shop locally at times the effect of doing so will also not change things overnight. As more shoppers chose to purchase out of the area businesses have had to adapt by carrying less inventory, reducing sales forces, etc. It may not always be the easiest or least expensive choice, but if you are willing to TRY to invest more in your local economy more often than you don't the change will start to show. Also, if you have not been into the jewelry store downtown for quite some time you should go again. The extensive remodel that the business underwent in 2009 has brought the appearance up to par with the excellent customer service!
Why would we have to BUILD a new community center, why not incorporate it with something that is already here, The HIgh School has a pool, the Boys and GIrls Club has basketball hoops, the Ice Skating Rink has tons of room especially during the summer while the ice isnt being used there are many options available here that dont seem to have been considered before.
Great article, but too little too late. Any chance local businesses had was shot to hell when that massive Walmart was built. Local businesses just can't compete. If you really want to support your community, stop shopping there.
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