Our View: Craig comes through, again

Craig Editorial Board, October 2009 to January 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative
  • Kenny Wohl, community representative

Recent community-themed events in Craig reinforced what, after years of similar examples, has become a routine part of life in our town.

No matter the makeup of the Editorial Board, the community's caring and kindness toward its fellow residents and children never ceases to amaze, or impress board members.

Saturday was another instance of that.

Craig resident and businessman Red Cortner gave away about 700 hundred pumpkins to area children to decorate for the Halloween season.

There was no cost for the pumpkins, and Cortner said he provided them to children because, quite simply, he wanted to do something nice for kids.

Wyman Museum also got in the spirit of the season by hosting Wyman's Pumpkin Patch, a fall-themed family festival featuring several activities.

To top the day off, friends and family members of Cory Pike, a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate and Colorado State University student, hosted a benefit auction on his behalf at the OP Bar & Grill.

Not only did the event entail many local residents buying items at the auction, but it also included numerous residents and businesses donating items to be sold.

At the end of the day, the auction raised $21,269 for the Pike family, an impressive tally for one day's turnout.

Proceeds will be used to help the Pike family defray costs associated with Cory's illness, Burkitt's lymphoma.

The warm generosity expressed through the events Saturday is not rare in Craig - in fact, it's quite common.

But these happenings being routine is what makes Craig and Moffat County the special place that it is. It is what separates our community from many others, the Editorial Board believes.

Cortner and Wyman Museum didn't have to provide like they did Saturday for area children, and community members didn't have to support the Pike family with the auction.

That they did speaks volumes about the goodness of the community, and perhaps that's a story that's well known by now. Nonetheless, the Editorial Board believes it's one that's worth retelling.

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