Briefs for Feb. 14, 2013: CNCC President to speak at State of the County

— Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Craig Chamber of Commerce State of the County event Feb. 22.

George, who has served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife as well as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, will talk about the role of community in “community education.”

“CNCC and the communities it serves are incredibly lucky to have a resource like Russell George, and the Chamber is thrilled that he has consented to be the keynote speaker at our annual meeting,” Chamber Executive Director Christina Oxley said in a news release. “Our business community cannot be successful without a skilled workforce and the role that CNCC can and does play in workforce development is crucial.”

The State of the County is the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and was expanded seven years ago from a Chamber-specific luncheon to include State of the City, State of the County and State of the Chamber addresses. In years past, Gov. John Hickenlooper, former state Sen. Al White and former state Sen. Jean White have headlined the event.

Mayor Terry Carwile will give the address for the city of Craig, and Commissioner Tom Mathers will represent Moffat County.

The State of the County event is at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers and are available at the Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way. Tickets include dinner and coffee or tea. There will be a cash bar.

For more information, call Oxley at 970-824-5689.

Moffat County Booster Club to meet Wednesday

The Moffat County High School Booster Club will hold a general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria.

All spring coaches are encouraged to attend so the Booster Club can discuss their needs for the upcoming season. The Booster Club also will discuss its accomplishments thus far and what it can do in the future.

Library closed through Monday for holiday

The Moffat County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday for Presidents Day. The library will reopen under normal hours Tuesday.

Club 20 committee meetings slated

Community leaders from across the Western Slope will gather in Grand Junction next week to participate in five of Club 20’s 2013 winter policy committee meetings.

“During the Club 20 policy committee meetings on Feb. 7 and 8, our members were the first to hear about the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange launch timeline, the efforts of the Grand Valley Citizens for a National Park, and Sen. Michael Johnston’s plans to introduce legislation modifying Colorado’s School Finance Act,” Club 20 Executive Director Bonnie Petersen said in a news release.

“Next week, committee members will hear about proposed changes to enterprise zones, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rulemaking, the Oil Shale PEIS, immigration and sage grouse legislation.”

Club 20’s policy committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. All meetings will be held in the conference room of the Ute Water Conservancy District Office in Grand Junction. The discussions are free and open to the public. Individual meeting agendas are posted online at www.club20.org. Call 970-242-3264 for more information.

CPW seeks for hunters, anglers for roundtable

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is forming regional sportsmen’s caucuses, and the agency is inviting all active hunters and anglers from the northwest region to meet and discuss wildlife issues with managers, biologists and agency officials in Grand Junction next week. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn Hotel.

In addition to the wildlife-related discussion, attendees will select two delegates to represent the region’s wildlife concerns at the newly formed Sportsmen’s Roundtable to be held in Denver next month.

The roundtable will provide hunters and anglers from the four regions of the state with direct access to agency officials, including wildlife commissioners.

“We have always had forums for public input, but this is a formal method for stakeholders to voice their ideas, opinions and concerns early in the decision-making process,” Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said in a news release. “This gives our agency valuable input from our constituents that is critical for our wildlife management decisions and goals.”

Although any member of the public can attend and provide input at the local caucuses, delegates and members of the Sportsmen’s Roundtable must be licensed and active anglers or hunters. All participants in the roundtable must commit to attend the biannual regional caucuses and Sportsmen’s Roundtable meetings and serve a two-year term.

The Sportsmen’s Roundtable will consist of 24 members — 16 statewide members and two delegates from each of the four regions. Statewide members are selected through an application process. Any licensed and active hunter or anglers interested in applying for a statewide position can visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Pages/Roundtable.aspx. The application deadline is today.

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