Time for a clean sweep

Clean-Up Craig Week starts Saturday, focuses on routes used by Ride the Rockies cyclists

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A pretty little town, where downtown businesses swept and hosed the sidewalks.

That is how Sally Smith recalls Craig in the 1970s.

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The image Smith saw was not the same when she returned nearly two years ago, after having moved away.

"The town has gotten rather shabby, and it doesn't need to be," she said. "There are a lot of people here who would like to see it look nicer."

Smith is attempting to change that image.

"I thought it was time to stop complaining and start doing something."

As the chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, she is urging residents to get out and clean up the town as part of Clean-Up Craig Week, which runs Saturday through May 20.

"We're hoping that people will take initiative and do some clean-up of their own places -- sweep the sidewalks, pull up weeds, gather up trash," she said. "In addition to that, we do have several assigned groups who will be going around and cleaning assigned areas."

The clean-up also will focus on the main corridors and routes Ride the Rockies cyclist will see when they ride into town in June.

The Beautification Commit-tee, a subcommittee of the Craig Chamber of Commerce established in October 2006, has nearly $1,000 in gift certificates to entice people to get involved with the clean up. Certificates include fast food, restaurants, retail stores and more.

Residents can earn a certificate by taking a picture of their place before they clean up, and then snapping a photo after they clean up, and bringing both photos by the Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way, or e-mailing the photos to director@craig-chamber.com.

People out and about cleaning also may find a certificate come their way.

"We will find some way to reward as many people as we can," Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie said. "Particularly the youth."

Senior citizens or those who are disabled can get help with the clean up project by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

In addition to trying to get the town clean, the Beautification Committee looks to add some beauty by hanging flower baskets on seven lampposts on the 500 block of Yampa Avenue in late May.

Forty smaller flower baskets are available for business, as well.

"I would like to see (Craig) as a town where people come to and say, 'This is a place I would like to return to,'" Smith said.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

Jerry Raehal can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 204, or jraehal@craigdailypress.com.

  • On Saturday, the city is placing dumpsters free for public use at City Market, North Park and Safeway.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, the city is accepting tires, appliances and scrap metal at City Park. The city will dispose of said items free of charge.
  • Free towing is available for anyone who wants to dispose of a vehicle. Businesses providing the service include:

-- Round Bottom Auto Wrecking; 824-3395; vehicle must have title, tires and be within city limits.

-- Ike's Automatic Transmission Shop; 824-6475; vehicle must have a title or bill of sale, will tow within reasonable distance.

-- Westside Automotive; 870-1065; vehicle must be accessible and tires aired, titles preferred.

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