Local officials to reflect on 2009 at State of the County

City, county and state issues focus of Friday’s State of the County


If you go

What: State of the County featuring state Sen. Al White

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

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

Cost: The event is open to the public, but tickets cost $40 for dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

Call: For more information, call the Chamber at 824-5689

Residents will have an opportunity to get a firsthand account of local and state issues at Friday’s State of the County address.

Northwest Colorado officials will gather at the address to discuss and listen to the events of 2009 and what 2010 possibly could have in store.

The event, hosted by the Craig Cham­­ber of Commerce, will feature a State of the City address from Craig Mayor Don Jones, a State of the County address from com­­missioner Audrey Dan­ner and a State of the State address from Colorado Sen. Al White, R-Hayden.

Among state issues to be discussed will be budget shortfalls, the economy, energy, resource development and the growth of the state, White said.

“What I would really like to do is talk about the budget, the situations I’m in here at the state and how it is going to affect people in Northwest Colorado and Craig,” he said.

In addition to the speeches, various awards will be presented to the Small and Large Businesses of the Year, Businessperson of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

The Chamber also will recognize its Ambassador of the Year.

In its fourth year, the event will give representatives a chance to discuss the past year and issues to come.

“It serves to report what the city, county and state did in 2009,” Chamber executive director Christina Currie said. “What are they proud of, what were their accomplishments, how did they use our tax dollars, and looking forward to 2010, what can we expect?”

This will be the first time White will speak at the event.

Inviting him to address constituents was important to the Chamber to get a broader view of issues, Currie said.

White contends that he wants to bridge perceived gaps between rural areas and state government.

“When they see things happening by way of reduced state services, impacts on their schools and reduced grants to their cities and their counties, they need to understand why,” he said. “I think that people feel fairly disconnected from their state and federal government, and I want to offer them a level of connectivity.”

Danner agreed that such events are important to residents.

“I believe it’s important to give a retrospective, but then also talk about how we are looking forward, what we will be doing this year — the activities, the services, how we are going to be looking at our budget,” she said.

The event tries to host speakers that represent issues currently facing the local community, as well as Colorado as a whole, Currie said.

“We wanted to get some information and get a bigger perspective on the state level,” Currie said. “Every day, we’re hearing news about daily state level changes to make up for the budget deficit.

“As a committee, we wanted to sit down and try to see what is going on at a local, regional and state level.”


Harlan 7 years, 2 months ago

I have never understood why there is a charge to attend this. Doesn't every citizen deserve to be informed regardless of their financial situation?


CindyLou 7 years, 2 months ago

Now I'm not what some would call a smart women, but I think its possible that the Holiday Inn charges to use their facility. They may have let people use it for free in the past but I am pretty sure they are charging to use it these days. And with the economy the way it is I am pretty sure they have started charging for food. Like most businesses they are trying to stop the leaks and while they may not have noticed 100 pieces of chicken disappearing from the fridge when times were good I am sure they would miss it now.

And from what I hear, they give out some awards there too and that costs money. At least it use to. I guess they could have just salvaged a piece of beetle kill pine and wood burned someone's name on it, but for some unknown reason people shy away from displaying those types of awards on their business wall unless their kid made it, so I guess they will have to suck it up and spend more than $9.95 to make them.

And of course there is all the planning and preparation that goes into something like this. While I hear back east they just outsource event planning to India and China, small town folk tend to still do the work themselves and that can cost money too. So the end result is, if you want a piece of Chicken and the opportunity to enjoy good company and a night away from the kids you'll have to pony up the $40 bucks, but if you can't spare the cash I am sure you can fetch a free copy of the CDP outside the Cavy and read about it on Saturday.


Harlan 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the explanation CindyLou. I find it had to believe that his event could not be scheduled at a county owned facility. What does chicken have to do with the exchange of information to the community? Awards? for what? Your explanation sounds like this is a social event. My guess is it wasn't titled correctly when it was promoted.


taxslave 7 years, 1 month ago

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taxslave 7 years, 1 month ago

This mornings Denver Post. Ritter signs law that adds new taxes beginning this coming Monday....March 1st...



JenniferRiley 7 years, 1 month ago

The event was free to attend. There was only a charge if you wanted to eat dinner. It was advertised a number of times in the Craig Daily Press.


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