More speakers added to State of County

Tickets on sale now


If you go

What: 2009 State of the County

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17

Where: Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13

• Tickets are $40 each and available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. For more information, call 824-5689.

Additional speakers and a tribute to a late Moffat County public servant have been added to this month's State of the County address, one of the event's organizers said.

The agenda for the Feb. 17 event, hosted at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13, includes addresses from the traditional participants - the city of Craig, Moffat County, Craig Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Northwestern Community College.

This year, however, representatives from the Moffat County Tourism Association and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership were invited to attend and speak on behalf of their respective agencies.

"The event has always focused on the city, county and Chamber of Commerce," Chamber Director Christina Currie said. "This year, we invited a few guest speakers.

"Our relationship is really strong with (MCTA and EDP) right now : and this is another indicator of that."

Organizers also are planning a special presentation in honor of Saed Tayyara, the former Moffat County Commissioner and Craig mayor, who died in November 2008.

Details of the presentation are still being finalized, Currie said.

Speakers for the event include mayor Don Jones, who will speak on behalf of the city, Tom Mathers for the county and Gene Bilodeau for CNCC.

Bryce Jacobson, Daily Press publisher and former chamber president, and Lisa Balstad, current chamber president, will speak on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

MCTA and EDP speakers have not been announced yet.

Awards also will be handed out during the State of the County.

The Chamber will pick from a selection of nominees to choose a business person of the year, and a small and large business of the year.

The Daily Press and KRAI will name a citizen of the year award winner.

This year marks the third annual State of the County, which also doubles as the Chamber's annual meeting.

Currie said there are about 130 tickets available for the event, and they typically sell quickly, so anyone wanting to attend is advised to buy their tickets early.

Tickets to the event are $40, and available at the Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

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

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or


Kyote 8 years, 2 months ago

The State of TMH

I am happy to see our County and City officials coming before us in the State of the County. I am excited to also hear from the tourism association and the EDP. This is the time that each organization gets to stand up in front of John-Q-Public and be held accountable for how things went during the previous year. Sadly, I don't see The Memorial Hospital listed on the group of speakers. Our administration team is very hip on accountability these days as they have little signs posted all over the building stating that each employee must be held accountable for their actions OR else!.

I am sure they must have some really pressing engagements that prevent them from attending this function as they must be excited to let everyone know that employee moral is lower than it ever has been, at least in my 10+ year history. I know they can't wait to let everyone know that they will lose over a million dollars this year and that we pay to have our CEO and CFO gallivanting all over the country. I know they are thrilled to be able to tell the public how education for the medical staff has been slashed, but were able to spend thousands of dollars to buy trees for a hospital that isn't finished yet, meanwhile we barely have enough cash to pay our employees. While the employees never got a bonus this year both the CFO and CEO did from their bosses. Equally electrifying is the fact that almost every week they deploy a new management gimmick to change our "culture," and have sent people all over the country to get training on the next new scheme. Three years ago we had a lot of really great employees lose their jobs because we had "to many." Now they hire someone new almost weekly to replace the good ones who quit because they couldn't take the BS anymore or to fill some useless position. The last time I posted on this forum I was told by a manager that they thought I was the one who posted and if I ever did it again I would be fired. I have already been looking for a new job, but since demand for healthcare workers in my profession is relatively low in this area there is not a lot available. Like everyone here, I fear for my job, not because I do a bad job, but because we have some Bi-Polar people at the top running our organization, and that is the state of TMH.


Vicki Gutierrez 8 years, 2 months ago

All I can say is I'm glad you don't work for my company. It is my understanding that all hospital employees did receive a bonus and a cost of living raise. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. If you don't like where you work, go somewhere else. I'm sure in this economy, someone, somewhere would like your job. I sure don't want to be your "customer" (patient?) when I'm sick. I have never, ever heard hospital admin. publicly talk bad about their employees. Too bad you can't say the same for the employees talking about their administration. I think a career change is in order. And, no, I do not work for TMH.


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