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3 CNCC students awarded Bilodeau Academic Scholarship

Erin Fenner

— Three Colorado Northwestern Community College students were presented with the Bilodeau Academic Scholarship at the regular Craig City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The scholarship, named after former CNCC Vice President and former Craig City Council member Gene Bilodeau, is awarded to students who study or will study at CNCC.

"A student being selected for this scholarship is held to high academic standards as well as have a sense of community," said Renee Campbell, general manager for the Craig Daily Press.

Jocelin Torres Terrazas, a graduate of the CNCC cosmetology program who is pursuing a degree in psychology, and Kali Smith, a certified nursing assistant at CNCC who is working on becoming a registered nurse, each were awarded $500. Alan Miller, who also won the award in 2013 and is planning to graduate from CNCC with an associate degree in history, received $1,000.

"This scholarship is specific to CNCC, and I think that's the reason why it's important," said council member Ray Beck, who contributes to the scholarship fund.

It's crucial for a city to make higher education a priority, Beck said.

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The scholarship recently was renamed in December to honor the work Bilodeau put into the community before he left the city in 2013, Beck said.

"We are very excited to have changed the name of the scholarship this year from the Citizen Academic Scholarship to the Bilodeau Academic Scholarship," Campbell said. "Gene Bilodeau was an integral part of our community for over 23 years and was held in the highest regard."

Beck and his wife, Dixie, both contribute to the scholarship fund, along with Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, Moffat County School District Superintendent Joe Petrone and the Craig Daily Press.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

Other City Council agenda items

At their bimonthly meeting, Craig City Council also:

• Approved, 7-0, the renewal of a 3.2 percent beer off premises license for Mini Mart Inc., dba Loaf N Jug, at 2411 W. Victory Way.

• Welcomed Corrie Ponikvar, executive director of Moffat County United Way, to discuss the contributions from the city of Craig and its employees. City employees donated more than $16,000 to United Way, Ponikvar said.

• Welcomed Audrey Danner, interim director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, to discuss the regional economic development plan coordinated by Stronger Economies Together. The council endorsed the plan with a 7-0 vote.

• Discussed the private water/sewer lines within city limits at the Pine Ridge II subdivision with resident Roger Kendall. The council encouraged Kendall to workshop the issue with Craig City Manager Jim Ferree.

• Approved, 7-0, an ordinance that would vacate an undeveloped part of Seventh Avenue West.

• Discussed the April 2014 financial report. The countywide sales tax revenues were 12 percent lower than the budget and the city sales tax revenues were 8 percent lower than budgeted.

• Discussed the water and wastewater report for April. Craig treated about 890,000 gallons per day of wastewater and treated nearly 22,000 gallons of waste from septic haulers.