Coach, teacher honored at Chamber luncheon

More than 60 Craig Chamber of Commerce members attended the Chamber's annual business luncheon last week at the Craig Holiday Inn. The event was held to inform members of the Chamber's accomplishments during the last year.

Chamber Director, Cathy Vanatta, said that membership and financial records are in order this year thanks to many donated hours and diligent efforts to resolve ongoing computer problems. Vanatta said procedural revision projects have been implemented as well as an orientation program for new staff and board members.

Chamber membership continued to grow in 2000 and efforts were focused on membership recruitment and retention.

The Chamber's Economic Development Committee continued working on its target industry analysis and "Connect to Craig an economic diversification strategy," has been completed, she said. Dr. Dean Hollenbeck, chairman of the economic development committee, gave an update on the status of the report and said the group will meet with the Moffat County Commissioners before the report will be printed for public use.

The Chamber will develop a strategy for promoting support for ongoing economic development from private industry based on the findings in the report.

The Chamber helped improve awareness of issues in the area by giving input on changes in the big game hunting seasons and by opposing the expansion of the boundaries of Dinosaur National Monument and opposing the creation of the Vermillion National Monument, Vanatta said.

At the close of the luncheon, Chamber Board President, Brian Lundy, presented Roman Gutierrez with the "Sunshine Award." Gutierrez is a teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, is the head coach for the State Champion Moffat County Bulldog varsity wrestling team and was named the Class 4A Coach of the Year.

The Sunshine Award is given to a person in the Craig area who has given freely of their time, to improve life in Craig, Vanatta said.

"The Craig Chamber of Commerce presented the award to Roman for his work with the young people of Craig and Moffat County," she said.

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