Jennifer L. Grubbs: How Craig chose me


Jennifer L. Grubbs

Jennifer L. Grubbs' "I on Life" column appears Tuesdays in the Craig Daily Press. E-mail her at

When my old high school acquaintance Bryce Jacobson called me out of the blue in April, I wasn't sure what to make of his words: "This is a recruitment call."

I wasn't looking to leave Sterling or the Journal-Advocate any time soon. I had plans. My sister was about to get married there, I had a vacation planned, I was in the middle of a big Web-based project at the J-A. Why would I leave?

Well, what he said made me rethink my not-leaving-Sterling plan.

He spoke of a community much like Sterling, with a small, down-home feeling, but enough people, services and options to stimulate the mind and heart. He described to me a newspaper that the community was involved and invested in. He really sold Craig and its people on that call.

I had to come see this place for myself.

What I found in early June was much as he described: a community very much like Sterling, but on the Western Slope and with a few differences in economy and industry.

I officially was offered the job later that month. After accepting, I came back to find a place to live. I really lucked out - and I found it in the Craig Daily Press Classifieds (shameless plug).

Now that I'm all moved in (no, the boxes aren't all unpacked, just moved in), I am trying to get out and meet people. It's going to take a while, but if you see a short, squat gal smiling and wearing a Newsboy hat, I'd love to chat with you.

That's how I am. I'm a people person. That's one of the primary reasons I'm in this business: to tell people's stories.

And now that I've moved to a place where I know hardly anyone, I can't wait to tell (read: edit and publish) as many of those stories as possible.

While I can definitely say that I chose to move to Craig, in a lot of ways it feels like Craig chose me. As Bryce pointed out in a meeting the other day, I'm now referring to this community as a "we" instead of a "they." Craig and Moffat County are now my home.

P.S. My column is called "I" on Life because I go by Jenni with an "I." If we do have that chat I mentioned, feel free to call me Jenni.


grannyrett 8 years, 7 months ago

Jenni-Sounds like you'll fit right in to our little community. It won't take long before you'll feel as if you've been here forever. Welcome, any may you come to love this place as we do.


George Robertson 8 years, 7 months ago

How very true, they say if you only have a year to live, come to Craig, it will seem like a lifetime. (Understand that I say that in jest)


misterkindbuds 8 years, 7 months ago

Nimrod said it best ... a year's a lifetime in Craig. Or, as they say in Steamboat - 42 miles - and a world away.

Oh, and watch out for that grannyrett character. She thinks she has some sort of clout in Matherville because she shot out a few Craigites that never left town.

Best of luck to you - but watch out for those 'ites who resist change.



Isis 8 years, 7 months ago

This comment is for misterkindbutts: We are thankful that we are "a world away". Native, or not, we choose to be here because it is a beautiful, supportive community where children can be safely & lovingly raised.


misterkindbuds 8 years, 7 months ago

There are a lot of lovely people in Craig. Good people.

Just watch out for the 'ites who resist change for the better.

And as for safe, don' tell that to Cynthia Hankins.

She dead, you know.


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