Herod loves job, Craig

Toni Herod got to know Craig from frequent visits.

"For years, I used to come here to visit my sister and niece and just loved it," Herod said. "So when I had the chance to move to the mountains, I ran."

That was seven years ago. She said she and her husband, Jeff, like the camping and fishing opportunities the region has to offer.

"We love the outdoors, so this is a perfect place for us," she said.

Herod also loves her job. She works for J& J Properties, a small property management company based in Steamboat Springs with a few -- mostly rental -- properties in the Yampa Valley. Herod is responsible for several properties in Craig including the Timber Run townhouse complex, 960 Yampa Ave.

"We sent out the message we were cleaning this place up," she said. "That meant no drugs, no trash laying around, no loud music, and people needed to respect their neighbors."

The company conducts criminal background checks to ensure the safety of residents. But it also tries to show its appreciation to tenants, Herod said.

"The company sponsored a community yard sale last summer, and we also had a nice barbecue for the tenants," she said.

Herod said group's plans include a newsletter, and she's working to create a neighborhood watch group.

"The people that live here seem very interested in the idea, and those kinds of groups are very effective in keeping neighborhoods safe," she said.

Herod said her job and lifestyle fit well in Craig and has no plans to leave.

"Well, I visit family in Denver, and we go to Montana to visit relatives, but otherwise, we're here to stay," she said.

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