David DeRose: Travelers enjoy Craig

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To the editor:

From March 25 through 27, we hosted 25 individuals at CNCC for a carbon monoxide and combustion class that you reported on in the paper.

While this class involved contractors from Fort Collins to Durango and all across the rest of the Western Slope of Colorado, it must be said that we could not have made this happen without the help of some that deserve our thanks.

Mike Melnick at CNCC was very instrumental in writing and managing the grant as were all of the local staff here in Craig with providing a great venue to study in. It is impossible to have 23 folks from another town come and leave with a positive experience without the help of the lodging properties that hosted them. I cannot account for how many stayed at which property, but I want to thank the following for providing special incentives to those who needed lodging. The Deer Park Inn and Suites, Elk Run Inn, Hampton Inn and the Clarion Inn and Suites all provided rates for these contractors. Thanks for your help.

Subway prepared box lunches that we could eat on campus to minimize the class interruption and even dealt with gluten-free requests. On Tuesday night, Carelli’s opened up the back with large seating arrangements and served guests salads to lasagna and all left full and happy. Wednesday, we went to JW Snacks for Gulf Coast Barbecue and again large tables were set up and we all were fed blackened catfish and the new pretzel-covered cheese curds and spent time getting to know new friends and allies.

With the hospitality that was shown, I am sure that, just as in 2012, all were impressed with this little corner of Colorado and may return to see what else is offered here. It always amazes me to hear folks from Glenwood Springs or Fort Collins say they cannot wait to go to one of our local restaurants or how great the lodging was, and there were many comments about our beautiful campus at CNCC.

Our guest trainers from National Comfort Institute always comment to me that they look forward to coming back and train here for many reasons but food and lodging always are on the list.

It is exciting to watch as new technologies and the truths about the nature of carbon monoxide and combustion are introduced into each individual’s head and see them leaving the class with all they thought they knew challenged and with that puzzled look on their face until it begins to sink in the last day.

Thanks to the National Comfort Institute for what they are doing for the industry and the safety of anyone who lives in or works in a building.

I am sure I will have left someone out that deserves our heartfelt thanks and for that I am sorry, but if you had a part in this, thank you.

David DeRose

Masterworks Mechanical Inc.

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