Whenever I start talking about Craig being in the cusp of an economic boom, half of my staff looks at me like I have lost my mind, which is a look I often receive here at the paper.
And the other half of my staff agrees, saying "I wish we could have the new stores without our population growing."
It is evident to me Craig is about to experience an economic upturn, at the very least. There are a lot of things happening that point to this.
As an example, The Mem-orial Hospital, Colorado Northwestern Junior College and Moffat County School District could all be in the middle of building projects at the same time.
In the event that these three entities do so, there could be money savings involved for all of them, if they could coordinate their projects.
It could also mean that there would be more than 150,000-square feet in new or remolded structures in Craig -- again, all completed within a couple of months of each other.
It could mean three futures of three major economic contributors will become more efficient and move their infrastructure into the 21st century.
Wouldn't that be great? How are we going to handle this change?
Still, change is difficult. It is difficult in many different ways.
And the only way that we, as a community, can make these impending changes easier is to get involved.
It is my hope that the school board meetings are full of parents in the next couple of months, so much so that they have to begin using the Moffat County High School auditorium for their board meetings to hold the number of people interested in the future of their buildings.
The decision on whether or not to request a bond from the citizens of Craig is not just going to affect our pocketbooks. It will affect -- negatively or positively, depending on the outcome -- the education of our children.
The board of education has many difficult decisions to make during the coming months. As do the boards of CNCC and TMH.
Get involved, stay informed and let's be ready for the economic boom that may be on its way.