Allard rep meets in Craig

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Dorothy Stark had a problem with a federal job-placement agency, but she wasn't sure where to turn for help.

Then Stark picked up her newspaper and saw a representative from Sen. Wayne Allard's office would be in town Friday morning.

She went to the Craig City Council chambers to meet the representative and see if he could help.

"I got a pretty good feeling about it now," Stark said after talking to Derek Wagner, Allard's Western Slope area director.

Wagner said he would deal with Stark's problems first thing Monday morning.

Wagner made four hour-long stops in Northwest Colorado Friday, holding office hours in Steamboat Springs, Craig, Meeker and Rifle before heading back to his Grand Junction office.

Sen. Allard, R-Loveland, has Wagner make local visits about four times a year.

"(Allard) is in Washington so much of the year, he may not know about some issues," Wagner said. The meetings give the senator a chance to find out what's happening on the local level.

Sometimes constituents come to the sessions upset about Allard's stance on issues or votes he cast, but that's to be expected in politics, Wagner said.

"People have strong feelings about things," Wagner said. "It's water off a duck's back for us."

Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resources director, and Craig City Councilor Terry Carwille also met with Wagner Friday.

Carwille and Comstock discussed energy development and its effects on Northwest Colorado.

"This part of the country -- Moffat County, Rio Blanco and Garfield -- are gonna be in the trenches, on the forefront of energy development," Carwille said.

Comstock said local governments are concerned with the boom and bust cycle of energy development.

"We need to prevent the bust cycle that hurts these local areas," Comstock said.

Wagner said after Friday's meeting he would send a memo to Sen. Allard telling him what happened at the meetings.

Overall, he said the meeting was what he expected.

"We had a good mix of local officials and a citizen who needed some help," Wagner said.

Daily Press reporter Christina M. Currie contributed to this report. Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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