Craig City Council discusses education, elected officials, energy

Janelle O'Dea

— The Craig City Council chambers were emptier than usual on Tuesday night with less than 10 people in the audience.

The council itself was also missing an integral member; Mayor Terry Carwile wasn’t feeling well and “didn’t want to share his feelings with us, which we appreciate,” Councilor Don Jones said.

Nonetheless, it was business as usual for the Craig City Council.

Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, gave the council an update on the college. George thanked the council for all of its continued support to the college and reported that it has grown 22 percent overall since last year.

George also said the new vice president of CNCC is en route to Craig and will officially start work next week.

The council reciprocated George’s feelings of appreciation.

“I think the college has positioned itself to bring a lot of hopes and aspirations to fruition up there on the hill,” Councilor Joe Bird said.

After the college update, the council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office and the City of Craig. The agreement provides logistical help to the city clerk’s office from the county’s elections office.

City Clerk Kathy Larson said Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod has always been of great assistance in past elections and the two have a great working relationship.

Larson also said so far they’ve received five nominations for the four open city council seats and one nomination for the open mayoral seat. The council approved the intergovernmental agreement 6-0.

The Craig City Council also voted unanimously to sign on to a letter drafted by the Independence Institute. The letter is addressed to Gov. John Hickenlooper and presents concerns about the effects on Northwest Colorado of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule.

The Moffat County Commissioners, excluding Commissioner Chuck Grobe, signed on to the letter on Tuesday morning, as well.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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