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M2 Minute: Audrey Danner — The satisfaction of serving

A political appointment and a successful election offered me the opportunity to serve as your Moffat County Commissioner. My role as an elected official in Moffat County was to understand our community issues and offer options for change. The unique position allowed me to know the vast number of public services and information we expect as citizens, how they are paid for and work with our capable staff as they deliver those services each day. I have had the great fortune to work with a variety of people to explore ideas and develop strategies that helped our community move forward in a unique way. Each person and his or her unique perspective brings value to the conversation.

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Bringing her best back to Craig

Whether it’s hitting the links or serving up a top-notch steak, Ann Marie Roberts is a top choice in Craig. Roberts has been making her mark on the youth of Craig for years, and has recently taken another step to serving the entire community. A Craig native, she recently started working and living in the city full-time, and has therefore been able to get involved even more.

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Taking care of the little things

Residents in need of understanding or help having been going to Shirley Seely to get it for longer than some of them have been alive. Seely, the City Clerk and Personnel Director for the City of Craig, has been playing the instrumental-but-overlooked role of clerk for almost 25 years, and has been working for the city more than 30. The Craig native moved there as an administrative assistant from Moffat County Safe Bank in 1982, and became the clerk seven years later.

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A commitment to serve

Kamisha Siminoe balances family with service to community

The state of equality has evolved considerably since the dark ages of human history, and much more so in the United States since the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements of the 20th century. Though modern women can be found working, and excelling, beside their male counterparts across multiple industries the ranks of certain professions continue to be dominated by men. And there are few jobs where that trend holds more truth than in the business of firefighting.

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Roots in reporting

Although Jane Hume and Lois Wymore are many things, there are just as many they are not. Hume is not a lawyer’s wife, nor is she the brains of the operation. “That’s Lois,” she said. Wymore is not a pushover. Set a challenge before her and she’ll take it on, more than likely succeeding.

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Craig woman doing great work behind the scenes

Dedication, experience and a willingness to learn. These are the values espoused and used by Craig resident Lynn Barclay of the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake River Field Office. Barclay, who has been in Craig for over 20 years now, has taken on countless jobs of the behind-the-scenes variety and been instrumental in working on fires and natural disasters across the country.

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Bound by a bridge

Craig residents share cancer treatment experience through daughter, coworker

The world is a small place, or at least sometimes it feels that way. And although the phrase is most often reserved for chance encounters far from home or the discovery of mutual friends, colleagues and acquaintances, it also can be a small world for residents facing similar illnesses at almost the exact same time. In October 2011 Craig residents Lila Herod and Tony Grajeda were diagnosed with cancer about a week apart. Not only were Herod and Grajeda diagnosed in the same month, they also underwent treatment at about the same time and had their respective surgeries two days apart at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

M2 Minute: Amendment 64 — What now?

On Nov. 2, 2012, Colorado made history alongside Washington, when the majority voted in favor of Amendment 64, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Amendment 64 legalizes possession, consumption, and cultivation of up to six plants for adults 21 years of age and older, and set in place the outline for the regulation of retail cannabis stores. The amendment also sets aside the first 24 Million dollars in Tax revenue from those stores for schools and education. Governor John Hickenlooper then signed the bill into law on Dec. 10, 2012, officially enacting the amendment and effectively changing Colorado's legal stance on cannabis. All other laws regarding cannabis remain in place. Like alcohol, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public and to drive under the influence.