New year, new goals

Resolutions from public officials, community leaders mixed


Daily Press Staff

Many public officials and community leaders kicking off the New Year say they've resolved to make no resolutions.

"I never keep them," said Bonnie Roesink, deputy district attorney.

"I haven't really thought about it that much."

David Waite, Roesink's colleague and applicant to replace outgoing Judge Joel Thompson, said he's given up on New Year's pledges, which inevitably don't work out for one reason or another.

"Getting into shape," Waite said of past resolutions that have faded with time.

"I know I should take better care of myself, but as soon as I say it, I won't pay attention to it," said Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way executive director.

Linda Booker, owner of Yampa Avenue's On the Shelf bookstore, takes a somewhat similar view.

"Just work on things all year long," Booker said. "You set yourself up for disappointment when you don't follow through."

Al White, representative-elect for the newly formed state House District 57 covering Northwest Colorado, also doesn't buy into resolutions

"If it's worth doing, it's worth doing any time of the year," said White, offering his version of wisdom heading into 2003.

"We should all live every day like it's New Year's Day, minus the hangover," White mused.

With court clerks across the state bracing for cuts to the state's budget to be announced next month, Moffat County Court Clerk Diana Meyer has practical New Year wants.

"I guess it's to get through the first six months in one piece," Meyer laughed.

Area law enforcement for the most part did outline New Year's pledges, both personal and professional.

"Like everybody else, to try and shed some Christmas goodies," said Gary Torgerson, captain with the Craig-based troop of the Colorado State Patrol.

The trooper wished for safer roads and highways in 2003.

"For the Patrol, to allocate our resources to best serve the people of Colorado and Moffat County," Torgerson said

Walt Vanatta, Craig Police Chief, is keeping it simple.

"Maybe have a better year than last year, and last year was pretty good, too," Vanatta said.

Buddy Grinstead, Moffat County sheriff, insists he's been too busy to outline many personal resolutions.

Grinstead called for a safe 2003 for all Moffat County law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders.

The sheriff said he'd also hope for a continued healthy working relationship "between agencies" as well as "the county commissioners."

As far as the county commissioners, Les Hampton said he has "never made one that I've kept. I've never made it a point to say I'm going to be better at something next year."

Marianna Raftopoulos said she wants to spend more time with my family and children watching them in their activities and supporting them."

"I want to continue working on plans for a recreation center and putting county policies in place," Raftopoulos said. "I look forward to working with a new board and moving in a positive direction."

T. Wright Dickinson, who will be leaving office Jan. 14 because of term limits, said he hopes to see the pilot project come together "so Moffat County can demonstrate as a community that we can have a beneficial impact on the management of federal lands in Moffat County."

"The citizens can show they can be a quality partner in management of public lands," Dickinson said. "My resolution is to prove that can happen."

Darryl Steele, who will be replacing Dickinson, said, "My New Year's resolution will be to making things better in Moffat County and make it a better place to live."

Others in the community also have outlined personal and professional goals.

Moffat County School Superintendent Pete Bergmann kept his simple: "To work less and play more."

Dave DeRose, mayor of Craig, said while he rarely makes a resolution -- "there's no sense lying to yourself for five days" -- he is keeping a positive frame of mind.

"I'd like to see sales tax revenue double, but I don't really have any control over that, so I'd like to see things not fall apart for the city because we're doing pretty good now," Mayor Dave DeRose. "I'd like to see us maintain status quo."

City Councilor Bill Johnston said he doesn't wait for New Year's to resolve to change something he doesn't like.

"I don't believe in resolutions. I try to change all the time," Johnston said. "For the city, I'd like to see the recreation center plans continue to move forward. I think it's long overdue. I'd also like to see the economic development effort get off the ground and get rolling."

City Councilors Don Jones and Tom Gilchrist said they have similar thoughts as their colleagues.

"I don't make resolutions because I don't keep them," Jones said. "It's a waste of my time. I hope the sales tax goes up and the economy events out, but what can you do?"

"I usually don't make New Year's resolutions," Gilchrist said. "I hope we move ahead and come up with a recreation center plan that's acceptable to the public."

Craig City Councilman Kent Nielson said he doesn't believe in resolutions.

"Why say something you're not going to do," Nielson said. "I would like to try to be more patient and try to lose weight."

Other resolutions from Moffat County residents included:

"I resolve to eat better and exercise and take better care of myself. I have a tendency to work myself into oblivion. I need to slow down and take care of myself."

Maybell Ambulance Service Director Karen Burley

"I resolve to exercise more. Most of the time if I make resolutions I don't keep them, but if I have one, that'd probably be it."

Craig resident Teri Looper

"My New Year's resolution is to not make new one."

Randy Call, city Road and Bridge Department director

"I resolve to learn to use the Internet and e-mail by myself."

Evelyn Tileston, Independent Life Center director

"I resolve to try to be more peaceful.

Loyd DeuPree, retired Craig resident

"I resolve to be a little nicer."

Kristy Shepherd, Craig resident

"I resolve to try to maintain my good health."

Marv Pearson, retired Craig resident

"I resolve to start a new diet -- not necessarily a healthy one."

Al Shepherd, owner of Shepherd and Sons Plumbing

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