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How is the county saving money on this without eliminating the staff that was already doing the mowing?
I've been kind of following and reading this ever since it came up. When I moved to Craig, I left my ATV behind in Rangely, because I knew I wouldn't be able to ride it from my house to any "boonies". I don't have a trailer for it, so I can't load it up and take it somewhere. I was never much into hopping on my ATV and running to the grocery store-- mine is a pure sport toy. It doesn't have saddle bags or special compartments to put my milk in like some of the more useful farming/ranch machines do.
Rangely allows ATVs and UTV's on public streets, but Rangely is a town of 2,000 and Craig has... 8,000? IDK for sure. In the summertime, it was common to see kids on the roads, driving at a responsible speeds, to summer activities. This allowed them to get to the library, to swim team, to baseball, to whatever while their parents were at work. I did not see a lot of abuse of this, to be honest. There is also a lot less traffic in a small town-- on the side streets anyway.
We could not ride on HWY 64- it was a road to be crossed at a 90 degree angle. Which was not a huge deal- one just waited for traffic to be completely gone (so you do not get smashed by what was meant to be on the roads, semis, big trucks, cars,...) before crossing from one dirt path to another.
I have seen some irresponsible use of these machines both on and off the roads. I have also seen responsible use.
I am still undecided if I am actually for or against this ordinance. If it passes, I'm not going to go and get my ATV so I can ride it on the streets of Craig. I don't plan on running down to Safeway and zipping up and down the aisles in celebration.
I would like to think for the most part, people would be reasonable and responsible. As with any activity, there will always be those that abuse it no matter what law enforcement does to try and enforce it.
I think it's older than 25 years but the problem was building on not-so-solid of a foundation.
But you do make an excellent point- and all of that oil and gas and drilling we do.... doesn't even stay here. Someone needs to rape the people make the fuel costs go up because this is getting out of hand!
Gas is always high in Craig-- we're usually 10 cents higher or 10 cents less. Just depends. I once actually filled up my tank in Craig because it was cheaper than Rangely.
As far as asking the citizens for the money to build a rec center in Craig- I believe it was very poor timing. Not that the community doesn't need or deserve one, the timing is just not good at all!
No one's heard of this place because it's even further west and away from Denver. We're still part of the western slope. It's 90 miles southwest of you if you weren't being sarcastic.
I travel to Craig quite a bit in the winter time. :)
Our rec center is being rebuilt thanks to the voters on a bond issue.
I've been following this a little bit through articles and the commenting- we have a nice rec center in Rangely that was built during the boom of the late 80's and now it is falling apart so we are having to find money to rebuild. It is one of the best things this community has and a lot of people take pride in it. It doesn't cost an annual fee (and holy crap I hope the city of Craig doesn't do something like to you folks!) It doesn't cost a lot to go up and go for a swim, use the RB courts, weight room, cardio room or any of that. Most of the companies actually pay for passes for their employees and many use it. Lots of people just show up and "sign in". You can buy punch passes. You can just pay when you go in and use it.
Our rec center also runs youth summer programs- t-ball, little league, adult softball, college for kids (where they get to do different activities whether they be nature hikes, painting, etc.) There are water aerobics, swim lessons, etc., etc., and they even host our annual event Septemberfest along with various activities that will be held tomorrow during the 4th of July.
Before Meeker got their new rec center, they drove the hour to come and use ours. It's one of the few things our little town has that can help keep the kids out of trouble. (Kids will be kids unfortunately). Young and old, utilize the facility. I can't think of one bad thing about having it here. I understand that a lot of tax dollars are coming out of Craig resident's pockets for the new hospital and school, but these are things your community needs and deserves!
But the more I'm reading your comments, it appears that no one takes care of the facilities in Craig and this makes me sad. Or perhaps this is just a sign of the times? It's hard to get money to or grants for the western slope in our state.
I've been following this a little bit through articles and the commenting- we have a nice rec center in Rangely that was built during the boom of the late 80's and now it is falling apart so we are having to find money to rebuild. It is one of the best things this community has and a lot of people take pride in it. It doesn't cost an annual fee. It doesn't cost a lot to go up and go for a swim, use the RB courts, weight room, cardio room or any of that. Before Meeker got their new rec center, they drove the hour to come and use ours. We've had marching band camps that stay at CNCC for their practices and go down and use the center for fun time. It's one of the few things our little town has that can help keep the kids out of trouble. A lot of folks, young and old, utilize the facility. I can't think of one bad thing about having it here. I understand that a lot of tax dollars are coming out of Craig resident's pockets for the new hospital and such, but these are things your community deserves and needs!
And as moconative stated- the GOCO grants have to go in phases--I don't agree with it either, but be grateful the county even received one... for some reason they have a hard time parting with that money on the western slope of our state.
As a member of the Puck Ewes, I can see both views of this. I in fact, never think of it negatively- so I guess that makes me one heck of a hick and sure proud to be a Ewe!
I would be glad to change my logo and name though, if someone wants to put forth a huge donation to have all of our jerseys remade and redone. It's not a cheap task. Hockey is not a cheap sport-- I pay for my gas to make practices (I drive from Rangely at least once a week), we pay for our own hotels/lodging/meals on trips, fees for tournaments, ice time, referees, equipment, etc. Worrying if the name Puck Ewe is offending anyone is not the highest issue on my priority list. I want to get in there and win and make Craig, CO proud.
Should changing our name be an issue? Does it really keep players away? Why has our world become so politically correct and sensitive? Why can't we just have fun?
Oh and to clear something up, the Motherpuckers are actually from Aspen, not Steamboat. And in case you have ever wondered what is on their jerseys, it's a picture of pink lips.
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