Foundation hosts annual meeting, artifacts display

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The Community Foundation of Craig hosted more than 30 residents for its annual meeting to discuss the non-profit organization's accomplishments and plans while displaying Navajo artifacts and turn-of-the-century photographs of Native Americans.

The event was free and residents were invited to enjoy the displays of Native American culture. The photographs by Edward S. Curtis were from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

"One photograph was from 1904, two were from 1907 and two were printed on tissue paper," Foundation board member Pam Foster said. "The event went fine."

The evening also served as the foundation's annual report night. The public meeting is required each year by the non-profit's 501C(3) designation and included a financial report, a grants report and a review of completed, ongoing and future projects.

"Our biggest ongoing project is trying to secure the railroad depot, and we talked about our partnership with the Downtown Business Association," Foster said. "We secured a $5,000 grant for the DBA to promote and expand the winter Art Walk and to help organize the Sagebrush Arts Festival that we have planned for August."

The train depot at 304 Yampa Ave. was originally designated to be demolished by Union Pacific Railroad in October, but efforts by the foundation and the Museum of Northwest Colorado have kept alive the possibility of saving the building. Union Pacific has not made a final decision on the fate of the building.

Foster said a major project the foundation was working toward is the Mustang Project, which envisions a visitors area that would have a life-size bronze herd of wild horses, information kiosks and maps guiding visitors to the areas where wild horses roam in Northwest Colorado.

The Sandwash Basin, located two hours west of Craig, is home to more than 200 wild horses that run free across the Bureau of Land Management-run area.

The foundation also announced at the event that one acre had been donated to them for the Mustang Project, Foster said.

In a financial report distributed at Thursday night's art show and meeting, the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado claimed assets totaling $53,527 $37,538 of which was listed as "Restricted as to use" and $15,989 listed as unrestricted. The report also showed $759,503 in deferred giving earmarked for the foundation.

"Financially we're fine," Foster said. "Anyone who would like to see our financial report is welcome to. The report is open to review by anyone who has an interest."

Copies of the Foundation's financial reports are available at 512 Yampa Ave.

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