Our View: New Year's resolutions

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Craig Editorial Board

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Allan Reishus, community representative
  • Chris Runyan, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative

Editor's Note: Allan Reishus did not participate in the forming the resolution for The Memorial Hospital because of a conflict of interest, and Bryce Jacobson did not participate in forming these resolutions because of a vacation.

Each new year brings new challenges and opportunities.

And while we do not know exactly what the future holds, we can use our previous years to set goals and plan how to make the coming year better.

One of the ways we do this is by making New Year's resolutions and then trying to fulfill them.

The Craig Daily Press Editorial Board has come up with some possible resolutions for local government entities, businesses and residents.

Keep it clean, neat

First, a resolution for Craig and Moffat County residents, which includes the Editorial Board members: Help keep our city and county clean.

Local businesses and the Craig Beautification Committee have done a nice job in 2008 of updating buildings and tackling projects to make the city more attractive. But, that cannot be the only progress on this goal. A neat, visually pleasing city and county aid in promoting tourism, retaining residents and fostering stable growth and happy neighborhoods.

Really basic things we all can do include not littering, removing or hiding eyesores along major traffic routes and general maintenance on yards and buildings.

Customer service

Our second resolution is for businesses, including the Craig Daily Press: Remember how important customer service is to success.

Many local businesses have worked in 2008 to boost up customer service, but there always is room for improvement in this area.

We urge everyone to keep moving forward in delivering excellent customer service, no matter the business or industry. When we do, we all win.

County should listen

A resolution for the Moffat County Commission is to continue in the tradition of late Commissioner Saed Tayyara and listen to the needs and desires of residents.

At the same time, we urge the county citizenry to voice their wishes by attending meetings as possible or contacting elected officials with their thoughts.

We wonder if the commission could hold some meetings or workshops at night to allow greater participation, or if employers can find ways to be flexible in allowing employees to take time off Tuesday mornings to attend a commission meeting. We recognize potential hardships in both of these proposals, but we hope for discussion on both sides - government and business - on how to promote greater participation.

Another possibility might be a joint meeting between the County Commission and the Craig City Council for strategic planning and finding common ground on projects and issues.

City Council, law

For the Craig City Council, we like where things are going, and our resolution is for Craig to continue on the path set in 2008.

We feel the same about area law enforcement, including the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, the All Crimes Enforcement Team and Craig Fire/Rescue. Our city and county are safer and because of your work. Keep at it, and continue letting the public know about what is happening - including new and solved crimes and safety risks.

The Memorial Hospital

As The Memorial Hospital moves forward on construction of a new, taxpayer-supported hospital, residents crave transparency in processes and expenses.

Part of this is bolstering communication with the public, which includes remembering customer service skills and letting people know what's going on at the hospital. Medical staff is just as human as we are, and sometimes mistakes are made or days get rough. The goal for the hospital, though, needs to be making sure mistakes or bad days do not turn into unsatisfied patients or families.

This resolution is not just for the hospital, though. It also is for people who receive treatment and care at TMH. If you are confused about care, billing or other aspects of a visit to TMH, make sure to ask questions. Also, taking the time to thank a doctor or nurse for a job well done is just as important as reporting a problem to the staff or to the public.

School changes

An important resolution for the Moffat County School District in 2009 is to help students, parents, teachers and administrators make a smooth transition in the midst of major change.

One of the ways of making this work is through providing as much information about the process as possible, and tackling concerns from all stakeholders quickly, but thoroughly.

New schools with different grade levels will mean some pretty big, district-wide changes, and we urge everyone to have patience and help make the process a good experience.

We are hopeful that parents will get involved with the methods the School District already offers for giving input and feedback on changes, such as Parent Accountability Committee meetings, Moffat County School Board meetings or contacting the superintendent.

Change can be stressful and hard as it's happening, but these school changes needs to be successful for 2009 and many years to come.

On wildlife

A resolution for the Colorado Division of Wildlife is to attack issues head-on when first brought up by area farmers, ranchers and hunters. Better data on herd numbers and flexibility with changing circumstances needs to be a part of this, too. Stronger communication of policies, procedures and reasons for both will make for a better relationship between all involved parties.

For the ranchers and farmers, our resolution is to put forth the effort to work with the DOW and hunters and share in the bounty of our land and wildlife. Communication is the most important part of making this happen.

Conserving energy

Gas prices may have dropped significantly, but that does not mean that we should abandon what we were doing to cut back on consumption when energy costs were at their peak.

Our resolution is for continued energy-use conservation and promotion of "green" policies, where practical, such as recycling, carpooling and taking advantage of mass transit opportunities when available.

Remember neighbors

While we continue to promote shopping local and its benefits, we also want to promote a resolutions to remember our neighbors across county and state lines, including Hayden to the east, Baggs, Wyo., to the north, Vernal, Utah, to the west and Meeker and Rangely to the south. We are all dependent on each other in some way, and remembering that can help keep our whole region strong and united.

Happy New Year, Craig and Moffat County!

Comments

citizensforgrowth 5 years, 11 months ago

While I think much progress has been made by both local government and citizens on the apearance of our community in the past year we need to put to rest the idea that our local government can do no wrong and is being held back by homeowners and their trashy overgrown properties. While no one denies that there are properties that need attention I cant belive you gave the city and county a free pass. You must be under the infuence of a little holiday funk so here are a few ideas to get the creative journalistic juices flowing. The first impression people have of our town is driving in on Yampa Ave or Victory Way and that can be an adventure in the middle of winter as we try to cram three lanes of traffic into two lanes or less because we are unwilling or unable to remove snow from the sides of the street. Having to risk playing bumper cars to get through THE ELK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD is not the lasting impression we want to leave. Besides, who has time to look at all the trashy yards when you are that fixated on just trying to ''survive the drive''. Next on my list of things to do is what passes for a sidewalk in front of the Elk River Inn on Victory Way. This patch of dirt with some gravel on top has been like this since at least the late 1970s. Its time has definitly come. Great terrain when out in the field stalking that trophy elk but in the middle of town on main street not so much. I just cant belive this has been ignored for 30 plus years. Next, how about raising the bar a little bit when new business comes into our town . Instead of the deer in headlights look when presented with a landscaping plan that is way above and beyond what you require howabout a little poker face and ask for just a little more? Just a thought but if this happens consistently you should maybe review what your minimum requirements are. You should also look into requireing new businesses moving into old buildings to do at least some outside improvements.Im not talking revamp but just some upgrade.The same with existing businesses doing a remodel. Get them to do some outside work as well as inside. Our planning and zoning motto should be ''we will never allow another asphalt sea like KMART to ever happen again'' Happy New Year everyone and lets make 2009 the year the city of Craig raises the bar.

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rockstar 5 years, 11 months ago

Amen citizensforgrowth!

We only get one chance to make a first impression.

Residential eyesores are certainly an area to improve, but I'm not sure that should be the first priority. My understanding is that the City is getting ready to hire (or maybe has) another full-time code enforcement officer to clean up trashy places.

I'm all for residential clean-up, but in my opinion it doesn't do one bit of good to have our neighborhoods look fantastic if newcomers to town can't get past what the drive in looks like.

I know it's easier said than done, but I would rather see us put our money into making the curb appeal of Craig spectacular. Leadership starts at the top - if the City is beautiful, the residents will care more.

I don't have a great solution for how to make it all happen, but I know that I and others would probably be willing to step up and serve in a volunteer role to make necessary changes happen.

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xrsareus 5 years, 11 months ago

How about a new years resolution for our Media outlets, Radio and Newspaper. To report the news in a timely matter, when it is news and before it becomes history. To have reporters that are allowed and encouraged to ask the hard questions, get the true facts on controversial subjects that concern the people of Moffat County, no matter who's toes they are stepping on. To not get a one sided story or to take sides. Just the facts. Hire a investigative reporter.

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Ray Cartwright 5 years, 11 months ago

I hate to tell you this Xrareus but the moment it gets written down and printed or broadcast over the airways it is already "history" and no longer new albeit it might be news to you.

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freeman 5 years, 11 months ago

CITIZENSFORGROWTH- MAYBE IF YOU WERE TO ATTEND A CITY OR COUNTY FORUM ,THEY WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO LISTEN TO YOU.CAUSE IM SURE NOT TO MANY PEOPLE REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THINGS LOOK LIKE IN THE WINTER. NOW AS FAR AS PLOWING ,,YOU ARE SO RIGHT ,,THE CITY COULD DO A BETTER JOB AT SNOW MAINTENANCE.BUT THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT THERE IMAGE,THEY ONLY WANT NEW THINGS BLDGS, PARKING LOTS, DAY CARE CENTERS IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN,,,,,I THINK THEY NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH WHAT THEY HAVE ?????

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