Editorial: Craig boasts festivities, fun, community engagement
Renee Campbell, newspaper representative
Noelle Leavitt Riley, newspaper representative
Sheli Steele, newspaper representative
Hal Glanville, community representative
Jobeth Haydon-Tupa, community representative
Eldon Holland, community representative
The editorial board would like to welcome all the visitors and carvers to Craig who flocked to the city for the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
The four-day festival is one of our favorites, and we’re thrilled with all the excitement that’s buzzing in the air surrounding the woodcarving event.
We think the entertaining weekend provides a perfect opportunity for us to highlight why Craig and Moffat County is such a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.
Whittle the Wood is in its 15th year, and it’s probably one of the best parts of summer in Craig next to the annual balloon festival that takes place Aug. 2 and 3 at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Both festivals bring people together for entertainment, fun, food and good company.
For those who are visiting, it’s so important to highlight that Craig is an extremely giving community. When people are in need, this community comes together to help — even if you’re not from Craig. So if you find yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire and no spare, there’s no need to worry. It’s almost a guarantee that someone will stop to help you.
If we’re highlighting good works in Craig, we must outline what the older population has been doing the last two months. About a half of dozen committed citizens are vigorously working to form a Senior Center to cater to our senior citizens’ needs. Nearly 30 people show up to each one of the planning meetings, which shows how important resurrecting such a center is to Craig’s elders.
That said, our veterans continue to support Craig, its youth through scholarships, and at patriotic events (to name a few), including Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. We’d like to thank them for their outstanding presence in our community and for helping keep our democracy in tact.
Now, let’s talk about the amazing bodies of water in Moffat County. The beautiful Yampa River offers fishing, tubing and rafting opportunities to community members and tourists seeking a plethora of fun. Also, the magnificent Elkhead Reservoir is an excellent place for camping, swimming, water skiing and fishing.
Additionally, Freeman Reservoir, just north of Craig in Moffat County, offers endless trout fishing and a serendipitous scenery that’s sure to please any outdoor enthusiast.
If you’re looking for a peaceful way to learn about the history of Northwest Colorado, Craig boasts two amazing and free — yes, free — museums, one of which has a pet bull elk named Junior.
It’s probably the only place you’ll ever visit where you can actually walk up to a pet elk and touch it. He resides at the Wyman Living History Museum along with Army tanks, tractors and old fashion buggies.
The Museum of Northwest Colorado in downtown Craig has a spectacular cowboy gun collection and an intricate history of train thoroughfare on display. We’d like to thank the museum staffs for all they do to keep the museums in tact and valuable.
Living and visiting a rural community takes you away from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Denver. You’d be hard-pressed to find traffic jams in Craig, and if you live here, you’re likely to always see someone you know at the grocery store, adding to the small community’s charm.
Craig also has a phenomenal hospital — The Memorial Hospital — offering stellar health care to residents. Adding to the health of the community is all the great 5K runs/walks hosted by Friends of Moffat County Education and the Booster Club, including the Wake the Whittler that takes place Saturday morning.
In closing, we have to outline the city’s new community college. Colorado Northwestern Community College not only offers a great opportunity to further education, but it also has amazing art throughout the campus.
So, whether you’re a visitor or a resident, you can find several reasons why it’s good to be in Craig.