Chamber director resigns

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After six months as executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Annette Gianinetti resigned Tuesday.

In a statement to the board of directors, Gia--ninetti said she resigned because of changes in her personal life.

Her last day with the Cham--ber is Jan. 20.

Recent illness of some close friends caused Gianinetti to want to spend more time with loved ones, she said Wednesday.

She said she didn't think she could dedicate as much time to her personal life as she would like and still run the Chamber.

Gianinetti also said she plans to move to Dixon, Wyo., sometime in the near future.

Although Dixon is only about an hour away, Gianinetti said the Chamber's bylaws require that the Chamber's executive director live in Craig.

Gianinetti's first day as Chamber director was July 1. She took over for Kathy Vanatta, who resigned in June. Vanatta had been Chamber director for six years.

When Gianinetti became executive director, one of her goals was to help members obtain health care for their employees, she said.

Although she is leaving the Chamber, Gianinetti said she still is committed to helping people in the area obtain health care.

"I still think we can get a health care plan in this valley," she said.

Gianinetti doesn't have another job lined up, but she said she plans to stay in the area for a while.

She said she also would continue to work with Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse, a group she helped launch.

She also plans to continue to work with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on new hunting license allocation rules, she said. Gianinetti and other local business leaders are concerned the new rules will hurt Northwest Colorado's economy because they give more licenses to in-state hunters and fewer to out-of-state hunters.

Chamber Board of Directors President Christina Currie said Gianinetti's resignation was unexpected. Currie also is a reporter for the Craig Daily Press.

"We would have liked to have kept Annette," Currie said. "She was terrific and the community really embraced her."

The board of directors has not discussed Gianinetti's resignation yet, but it probably will next week, Currie said.

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