With state budget cuts looming large across the board, the Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension office could be feeling the bite of the axe in the near future.
Impacts on the office have yet to be determined, but what we already know is what a critical role -- especially to youth -- it plays in Moffat County.
The Extension office oversees the 4-H and other youth programs that not only provide educational activities for teens and children, it also helps preserve the agriculture heritage of the area.
Anywhere from 250 to 400 youth participate in 4-H and other programs.
The Extension office also is responsible for the Life Skills Expo held recently at the Centennial Mall in Craig, which teaches youth such skills as how to prepare for job interviews and how to balance a checkbook.
The office is funded through Moffat County and Colorado State University dollars as well as federal grants.
Another aspect of the office that might suffer deals with public health, such as food safety programs.
The office staff, which discussed the situation with Moffat County commissioners earlier this month, already is looking at ways to trim it operations.
We believe state and local leaders have an obligation to make sure the Extension office remains viable because of the vital role it plays in our community.