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Five people honored for volunteer efforts

Ryan Sheridan

Moffat County has many people who are willing to use their time to help others, and at Friday’s Moffat County Commissioners’ meeting, five residents were recognized for the time and effort they donate in various volunteer functions at a small ceremony in the Courthouse.

The Colorado Cares Volunteer Service Awards were established to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement. Governor Bill Owens has proclaimed July 28 as Colorado Cares Day to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Colorado’s admission into the Union and to encourage all citizens to give back to the state and neighborhoods.

There are nine categories for the Colorado Cares Awards: Children/Youth, Seniors, Health, Community Pride, Education, Good Samaritan, Centennial Award, Exceptional Events and Rising Stars. Winners are selected for each participating County, and these county winners are entered in the statewide program, with those who are selected for state award being invited to attend a special recognitions ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on July 27. Winners for statewide honors will be announced July 13.

Moffat County had volunteers who qualified for five categories of recognition. The winners were given a signed certificate from governor and $25 in spree bucks.

“It is our honor to make this presentation today,” Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson said. “These volunteers really make this county tick.”

Bobbie McAlexander was recognized in the Children/Youth category for volunteer efforts with the Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and the local schools and Sunday school classes.

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“Bobbie has a wonderful attitude which she passes on to the children with whom she works,” said Rebecca Baker, who nominated McAlexander. “The amount of planning and organizing is unimaginable.”

The Good Samaritan award was given to Carol Luscomb, who was nominated by Evelyn Tileston.

“Carol has a helping hand and a compassionate heart,” Tileston said. “Does someone need at ride to the grocery store or doctor? Carol is there to help. Is someone walking along the road to the Columbine Apartments, hot and tired, or wet and cold? Carol is there to help. Is there a need for a meal to be taken somewhere or a little extra food to last a day or two? Carol helps.

“Carol is a good example, a role model for the rest of us. She is willing, cheerful, and honest. She thinks of ways to help without being asked.”

Gail Severson was honored for the Community Pride category for her work with many community projects and activities, including Moffat County Wrestling, the Softball Association, Toys for Tots, Moffat County Sheriff’s Scholarship Fund, and the Moffat County United way.

“Her dedication to Craig is heartfelt and always includes her own ‘hands on approach,’ nominator Audrey Danner said. “Gail represents the volunteer who only asks ‘how can I help?’ and then leads with such a positive force.”

Helen Moore was selected for the Centennial Award for over 20 years of volunteer activity. Moore was nominated by the Craig Senior Citizens, citing her numerous achievements in fund raising, trip organizations, volunteering and representative work on behalf of senior citizens.

The Rising Stars category was awarded to Brian Poole, 13. He was nominated by Rebekah Vowels.

“Brian is an active, energetic 13-year-old young man who has a big heart for his community of Maybell, Colorado,” Vowels said. “He is a product of a small community where volunteerism is alive and thriving, and is a credit to the folks who influence his life.”

In other business, the board:

Approved a land transfer to the Kill ‘Em Dead Pest District.

Passed Resolution 2001-33, which transfers a portion of sales tax revenue for capital projects, as directed by Referendum 1A.

Passed Resolution 2001-35, approving the supplemental budget.

Authorized the final accounting of an FAA grant for the Craig-Moffat County Airport runway.

Passed Resolution 2001-34, organizing a Computer/Internet Policy for Moffat County employees.

Approved the contract with Professional Radiological Consulting, Inc. of Loveland, Colo. to examine the Indoor Arena.

Approved the text for the Oil and Gas lease for Moffat County, subject to addition of a checklist concerning surface owner issues.

Approved the Bergquist Exemption Plat for a site off of Moffat County Road 30.

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