July 10, 2007
Bryce Jacobson, publisher of the Craig Daily Press
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Bryce Jacobson announced today his resignation as the publisher and editor of the Craig Daily Press. He is leaving to accept a position as the advertising director of the Greeley Tribune, a Swift Communications newspaper. Jacobson, 35, has served as the publisher of the Daily Press since January 2006, and as editor for the last several months. His last day is Feb. 6.
This past Saturday in Meeker a student-athlete on the Craig Middle School 8th grade boys basketball B team, after losing a close game, kicked the game ball against the wall in frustration. This action upset the Meeker coach so much that he immediately got in the face of the CMS coach and began yelling at him until the referee separated the two. The CMS coach handled the situation appropriately by attempting to apologize for the mistake and even after the players shook hands attempted once again to apologize, which created about 10 more minutes of tense conversation while the A team prepared to play. I’m not saying the offending student-athlete's actions shouldn't be addressed. He made a mistake and needs to know that.
They have said things such as, ‘sometimes you have to do what’s right,’ ‘if there is a conflict of interest – so be it,’ ‘there are citizens against virtually everything.’ They also have said, ‘we know the taxpayer said no in 2002, but this is different, we know we said we wouldn’t do this in 2006, but we have been fiscally responsible.’ I have also heard elected officials lament on many occasions in the past to the fact that taxpayers don’t attend their meetings, and that the public doesn’t seem to care what they are doing. Because of these comments, I was totally shocked that when taxpayers did show up in large numbers on Tuesday night, our elected officials didn’t allow them to have a voice.
We’ve received plenty of feedback here at the Craig Daily Press regarding Wednesday’s editorial about sports and coaching performances at Moffat County High School, so much that I felt it necessary to explain a bit more about the opinion conveyed. These opinion pages are designed to share and create dialogue, and with those goals in mind, we believe Wednesday’s opinion was a success. The newspaper’s opinion — note that Wednesday’s editorial was the work of newspaper representatives, not the editorial board — attempts to convey feelings and views of our staffers and sentiments we’ve heard in the community. We believe Wednesday’s opinion provided an accurate viewpoint of the feelings many in our community have regarding the current state of athletics at MCHS, as well as expectations overall on the court, field of play and in the classroom.
The Craig Police Department has recently been focusing on parking issues along First Street. The issues stem from those of us who have children playing in Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball, coach pitch and fast pitch parking illegally along the shoulder of the street near Woodbury Sports Complex. Each night games were played last week, police officers made their presence known on the scene with multiple cars and lights flashing.
Are you looking to clean up the view from your driver’s seat? Nu View Auto Glass is ready to assist you in the task. Having served the Craig area now for about 10 years via a mobile service, the business has now opened a store location at 1115 Yampa Ave. in Craig.
Local residents launch Hayden steakhouse
Moffat County residents Pat and Ann Marie Roberts, owners of R & R catering, have opened a restaurant in Hayden. The Double Barrel Steakhouse, located at 825 W. Jefferson, is a great place to eat. The menu is filled with great entrees such as hamburgers, chicken fried steak, steak and much more. The food is fantastic. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to close Sundays. You can visit the restaurant at the Hayden location, or call 276-2020 for more information or to book your holiday party.
A Moment’s Focus is offering family photo mini sessions this holiday season. They include a 30-minute sitting session, online gallery and 25 pre-designed holiday cards for a total of $50. These sessions are available from now until Dec. 5.
Holiday shopping dollars spent in Craig can go a long way
As many of you know, I am a big proponent of shopping locally. Normally around this time of year, I would be asking you to spend all of your holiday gift shopping money in Craig, but not this year. My request this time around is a little different.
Executives from Toyo Tires USA visited Craig last week to meet with representatives from Chapman’s Automotive and Tri-State Equipment about the fleet test program implemented by Toyo. Toyo Tires USA, with the assistance of Chapman’s, is working with Tri-State Equipment’s fleet to analyze their cutting edge, innovative products to ensure they are meeting the needs of those in Northwest Colorado and southwestern Wyoming.
If you’re looking to install or repair an elevator in your building, Elevated Technologies, located in Craig and serving Northwest and Central Colorado, is available to help you. Elevated Technologies is now offering free consultation and free estimates. Services that are offered include elevator service, repair, modernization, installation and inspection.
Confusion is running mad throughout Moffat County today, as I am sure it is in all other counties. In today’s day and age when our leader, President Barack Obama, names a czar for almost every issue that arises, he has apparently overlooked this very important one. The downtown businesses, Centennial Mall, Sunset Meadows and Craig Christian Church are hosting Halloween trick-or-treating events Saturday, which happens to be the day before the actual holiday.
Dr. Kirk McKey’s chiropractic clinic has been offering drug and alcohol testing for some time now. The business recently announced that Hazel Holdridge has been certified with LifeLock to perform the tests, in addition to McKey. The tests are available to be purchased by businesses or individuals.
I would not be doing my job as a business columnist if I didn’t address the lodging tax issue that is going to be presented to you on the general election ballot this year. During my tenure here at the Craig Daily Press, which is now nearing five years, I have heard and been involved in many conversations regarding the lack of diversity in our economy.
As I understand it, during the most recent bust cycle of Moffat County’s long history of boom and bust, the saying in Craig was, “Will the last one out please turn off the wave pool?” Now that yet another bust cycle is possibly on the horizon here in Moffat County, I want to focus my business column this week on encouraging you — each and every one of you — to do something to prevent it.
Zumba will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 261 Commerce St. location, inside Trapper Fitness Center. The business will have 15-minute Zumba workouts every hour for visitors. According to www.zumba.com, “The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves” that allow participants to “achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.”
David Dempster, branch president of the Bank of Colorado in Craig, has completed the graduate school of banking at Colorado, according to a news release. The program provides training to banking professionals in the areas of “management and leadership,” the release reported. Dempster was among more than 100 banking professionals to graduate from the course this year, which was the program’s 60th anniversary.
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, parents and students are getting themselves ready. There are school supplies and clothes to be bought. I want to use this week’s business column to encourage you to make every attempt you can to shop with our local retail stores. I realize that some things have to be bought out of town because they aren’t available here, but much of what students need can be bought here.
The Moffat County Tourism Association replaced a member of its board Friday, a day before an organizational retreat in Steamboat Springs. During a special meeting Friday, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, appointing Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson to the MCTA board position once held by Frank Moe. Moe resigned from the position July 15 in a letter written to the commission.
Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election, I want to congratulate incumbent commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers on their victories and wish them good luck as they advance — likely unopposed — to November’s general election. It’s no secret that I voted for their opponents Tuesday night. However, this is no time for sour grapes. Instead, it’s time to reflect on what we learned from this election. The question I have today is, what do the people of Moffat County want?
Comments are frequently made about improving the community’s appearance, and for this week’s business column, I want to point out a couple of things that have caught my eye. First of all, the City of Craig has done a wonderful job with the grassy area on the 400 block of Lincoln Street. As residents and visitors alike drive by that location, I am sure they will be impressed with the nice green grass that replaces the vegetation that existed there before.
The Print Shop has hired a new designer/customer service representative. Laura Vermeulen joins the staff at The Print Shop after teaching art for a year at Rangely High School.Vermeulen is committed to serving her customers with creative designs and an efficient process.
Mom & Pop’s Smoked Bar-B-Q is now open at 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig.
Don’t miss out on the myriad of festivities happening this morning.
As the local and national economy continues its slow recovery, I am more convinced than ever that consumer confidence is one of, if not the only, indicator that can predict where things are going.
As the end of the school year draws closer, I am reminded of Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.”
Action Drain has launched a new website, www.actiondrainservices.com.
Dave DeRose, president of Masterworks Mechanical, was recently recognized in a nationally distributed trade magazine, published by the National Comfort Institute, as member of the month.
Holly Sperry, owner of The NutriTherapy Center in downtown Craig, has brought on two new specialists to perform acupuncture treatments.
Kum & Go recently announced that company stores raised more than $80,000 for American Red Cross Haitian relief efforts. According to a news release, the majority of the money, $59,000, was given by customers who donated $1 at the registers of Kum & Go stores, including locations in Craig and Hayden.
Cowgirl Adventures, owned by Sheila Davis and Christy Cramer, is offering horse adventures for cowgirls in Craig, Browns Park, Williams Fork and on the Front Range.
Each year, there are several employees, business managers and/or owners who visit me at the Craig Daily Press throughout the year to inform me of a government entity that has decided to contract with a non-local business rather than a local business.
The Moffat County Tourism Association and Downtown Business Association have made improvements to the visitor kiosk located in Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.
Nov. 15 will mark four years of business for Honey Rock Dogs in Craig. Shannan and Ed Koucherik own and operate the dog-boarding business at 1202 Rose St.
Charlotte and Glen Gariner have purchased the Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge located in downtown Craig at 538 Yampa Avenue. The restaurant is one of the most recognizable businesses downtown, and employs about 25 people during the hunting season and around 22 the rest of the year.
Much has been said in the past couple of days regarding the manner in which the Craig Daily Press handled the reporting of Kathie Johnson's death earlier this week. Some who have been critical of the coverage think the paper should apologize for the way the story was handled.
The owners of the Craig Motel recently have added a coat of paint to the outside of the building and all of the rooms, as well.
McDonald's has expanded its menu. The restaurant has added a McCafe, which offers a wide range of coffee drinks that include mocha, cappuccino and lattes.
As I drive around Craig, I am amazed when I realize the numerous businesses that I forgot to mention have made improvements to buildings to better serve customers in recent years.
Rather than giving you information about exciting business news happening in our community, I am going to write about my Christmas story. When I was a little kid, Christmas was truly a good time of the year. My family struggled financially for most of my years growing up, but Christmas always was a time of great gifts, joy and love.
Your local government officials have continued their commitment to assisting new "primary jobs" being created in Craig. On Tuesday, the Craig City Council stood by its earlier change of heart.
Friends and co-workers often joke that by attending Hayden Speedway races, my family and I are rednecks.