Editorial: A picturesque impression

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Alisa Corey

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Patt McCaffrey

— Community representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

With an exciting exhibit coming to town soon — no, not the bear remains — and a slate of events scheduled, Craig and Moffat County could be the site of an influx of tourists this summer, a prospect good for the local economy. But, the community isn't without responsibility. With out-of-town visitors coming in, it's the job of everyone to ensure we make a sparkling first impression.

A little more than a week from now, on May 14, an interesting and artistic exhibit will open at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig that not only captures and defines Americana, but is also wholly unique to anything that’s appeared in town before.

No, we’re not talking about the remains of the bear killed Sunday in Craig, though that may be a topic for another opinion piece.

We’re referring to the 323 original tear sheets by Norman Rockwell, one tear sheet for each cover the legendary artist created for the Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 28, and the editorial board is not only looking forward to the display, but also encourages people in the community to check it out as well.

The Rockwell exhibit, combined with a slate of activities set for this summer, are sure to draw out-of-town visitors, which bodes well for local businesses specifically and the local economy generally.

However, the prospect of visitors coming to town and bringing an influx of dollars doesn’t come without its responsibilities.

A quick way for the community to lose any chance of return visits is by making a poor first impression.

That translates into improving in two areas Craig and Moffat County has struggled with at times: customer service and cleaning up properties.

Don’t misunderstand the editorial board: we’re not advocating for total overhauls and changes to our fair town, but simply touching it up in places here and there. And for businesses, we respectfully ask they ratchet up the customer attention and quality service a bit.

All in all, these are good practices for any time of the year, but this summer they’re of the utmost importance.

And, while in the ballpark on the subject of art, the editorial board would also like to use this space to commend Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus for the school’s recent acquisition and unveiling of artwork. The school recently hosted a public event, and board members were impressed by the new additions.

Like the Rockwell exhibit, we encourage anyone with some free time to check out the new pieces. We think you’ll find the time well spent.

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