July 20, 2010
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Last year, a longtime Hayden public official decided to move west to Craig with his wife, Julie, to eventually retire in Moffat County. Chuck Grobe, 61, amassed a lengthy record of public service over 32 years in Hayden. His resume includes serving as town mayor for six years, mayor pro-tem for four years, vice chairman and chairman of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, and more than 20 years on the Hayden Planning & Zoning Commission, among others. On Saturday night, Grobe announced his intention to continue his tradition of public office by running for the Moffat County Commission’s District 2 seat during the Moffat County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.
The 2012 general election is less than a year away and candidates vying for a variety of public service positions are emerging. In the last 10 days, a host of veteran players and newcomers have announced their candidacy, including state representative Ran- dy Baumgardner and incumbent state senator Jean White, who will battle it out for the District 8 state senate seat, and assistant district attorney Brett Barkey, who has thrown his hat into the ring for 14th Judicial District Attorney. At the county level, two Moffat County Commission seats are up for grabs in 2012 including the district 1 position, which will be vacated by Tom Gray who is term limited, and the district 2 spot currently held by Republican Audrey Danner.
The world has changed since Scott Cook graduated from Moffat County High School in 1975. “It used to be you just had to be kind of better than your fellow Americans to get a good job,” said Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet. “Now you’ve got to be better than everybody in the world.” In his view, competing on a global level makes high-quality education particularly important now. Cook is one of several Craig businessmen who are part of a newly formed group called Commitment to Excellence. Its mission: To help improve the local school system.
All five of Moffat County’s major government funds experienced growth in 2010, according to findings of an independent audit conducted by McMahon and Associates, LLC, an Avon-based firm. Moffat County increased its net income by $5.2 million, according to the audit.
Mathers: Hickenlooper supports Colorado clean coal tech
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he was pleasantly surprised by a Wednesday meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver. “It was so much different than that other guy, Ritter,” he said while driving back from the meeting. “He is very personable and very attentive. When you talk to him, you know he is listening to you.”
With city election nearing, mayor questions whether request is politically motivated
Two months. That’s how long Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner asked the commission and Craig City Council delay negotiations concerning the Moffat County Public Safety Center lease. However, Danner and Craig Mayor Don Jones disagree about the reasoning for the discussion delay.
For Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan, Tuesday will be one she won’t soon forget. And even though she has done it twice before, she doesn’t think the day’s activities will be any less moving. Sullivan will join seven other elected officials at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Moffat County District Court to be sworn into their respective elected offices. The ceremony will be a completely new experience for some, and for others it will be one they have had the honor of participating in several times before.
Commissioners moving forward with November ballot measure
The Moffat County Commission took another step Tuesday toward solidifying the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. At its regular meeting, the commission approved, 2-0, a resolution containing a ballot question for the November election. As of now, the measure will appear before voters. However, the commission has until Oct. 6 to withdraw the question, if it chooses.