Craig Mayor Terry Carwile says historic events made 2012 a memorable year for the city

Romney, Rockwell among 2012 Craig highlights

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“Craig, Colorado, made the national stage when Gov. Mitt Romney paid us a visit last May during his campaign to become president. It was a surprise visit with only a few days to prepare, but the community came together to give a great welcome to the governor and offer him the hospitality that typifies the Yampa Valley.”

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile about one of 2012’s defining moments for the city

— Every year is eventful. But Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said 2012 was historical, if not even a little bit magical.

On Friday, Carwile delivered the State of the City address during the seventh annual State of the County event hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

In a message similar to last year’s, Carwile said he was pleased to report the city appears to be continuing its slow upward crawl out of the recession. He touched on several positive economic indicators during his speech, including sales tax revenues that rebounded for the second straight year to the tune of $226,000, and a total construction valuation of $4.4 million, up from $1.8 million in 2011.

Those positive trends and others helped secure a healthy budget increase of 16 percent in 2013, Carwile said.

Carwile said it was a host of historical events that defined Craig in 2012.

The city saw the dedication of the Major William E. Adams Veterans Telehealth Clinic and the Marianna Raftopoulos One Stop Business Incubator. It drew thousands of visitors with the Triple Crown baseball tournament, the Colorado State BBQ Championships, the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival, and the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

The community also mourned the passing of Clyde the elk, but celebrated the adoption of J.R. by Wyman’s Living History Museum.

But there was one event that topped all the others, Carwile said: a presidential campaign stop by Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Craig, Colorado, made the national stage when Gov. Mitt Romney paid us a visit last May during his campaign to become president,” Carwile said. “It was a surprise visit with only a few days to prepare, but the community came together to give a great welcome to the governor and offer him the hospitality that typifies the Yampa Valley.”

Looking forward to 2013, Carwile outlined plans to spend $300,000 on pavement projects and to construct sidewalks in the vicinity of Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School through a Safe Routes to School grant.

The city also has partnered with Moffat County to rehabilitate Shadow Mountain, which depends heavily on winning a $1 million Energy Impact Assistance grant through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

“The state has received over $50 million in grant requests,” Carwile said. “Unfortunately there is only $20 million in the grant fund this cycle.

“Even though the grant fund is at a very low level, I am optimistic our joint application will be viewed favorably by the Energy Impact Assistance grant committee.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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