Business Buzz: Carwile takes new position with Tri-State, announces next comment period |

Business Buzz: Carwile takes new position with Tri-State, announces next comment period

Terry Carwile
Noelle Leavitt Riley

In early June, former Craig Mayor Terry Carwile accepted a public relations position with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. to maintain public outreach during the WildEarth Guardians and Office of Surface Mining lawsuit.

Colowyo, a subsidiary of Tri-State, has been involved in several legal procedures after a federal district court deemed that the environmental assessment done on the mine in 2006 was insufficient. It’s now Carwile’s job to keep the public informed of advancements in the case.

“I helped with getting the word out about several things like the initial petition drive,” he said.

Recently, he has been informing the public about the upcoming release of the revised environmental assessment, which will be available on July 27. After its release, Carwile said there will be a comment period which the public may attend to voice their input on the new document.

Carwile said that ensuring that the public stay informed is a necessary duty during the proceedings.

“There is a great and justified apprehension about what is going on with the environmental situation and the judge’s decision relative to the environmental assessment,” he said.

So far, he has experienced a lot of support from the public during the events he has organized.

Carwile is not new to the local coal business. He was on one of the first crews at the power plant, working there from 1976-77. In 1978, he began working for Trapper Mine, where he stayed until his retirement.

“I have a long history with coal and the power generation businesses,” he said.

With a vested interest, he hopes that he can make the trial process as transparent to the public as possible. He stressed that community members play an important role, especially once the new assessment is released.

“Folks need to get out and comment on the new environmental assessment,” he said.

The time and date of the comment period will be announced in the Craig Daily Press and in Rio Blanco’s Herald Times once that information has been released.

Castle Ranch Steakhouse welcomes Shane Burum as new chef

Castle Ranch Steakhouse at the Clarion Inn & Suites officials recently hired former Stacks Smokehouse Chef Shane Burum as their new executive chef.

Burum’s first day in his new kitchen at Castle Ranch was July 13, less than a month after Stacks closed.

“It’s a much bigger operation,” Burum said.

As executive chef, Burum is responsible for all of the food served in the restaurant, at the bar or in the banquet hall.

He said right now he’s focused on making some adjustments and improvements.

“That’s where my experience and my schooling kind of comes in,” he said.

Castle Ranch Steakhouse, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, offers breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m.

Gino’s boasts live music on Thursdays

Gino’s owner Joe Belcher recently revived live music each Thursday, labeling the weekly event Thursday Thunder.

Thursday Thunder welcomes a variety of bands including local groups Four 2 Play and Wet Juan.

“Sometimes it’s acoustic, sometimes it’s electric,” Belcher said, adding that since its revival, the event has brought in a lot more business.

In the coming weeks, he’s confident that Thursday Thunder will continue to be a popular attraction.

“I’m excited to have live music again. I’m bringing Thursday Thunder back with some more life in it,” he said.

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