MCHS Class of 1964: Thanks for reunion
September 11, 2014
To the editor:
The Moffat County High School Class of 1964 had an awesome 50th reunion in August.
We would like to thank all these for helping to make the event so spectacular and our returning class members feel so welcome: Doyle and his staff at the Hampton Inn & Suites; the management and staff of The O.P. Bar and Grill; Brother's Custom Processing; Beth Gilchrist, for an awesome tour of our "old" high school; Craig Chamber of Commerce; Museum of Northwest Colorado; Craig Daily Press; all the other motels and hotels who so generously provided discounted rates to our class members; and all the other businesses with which we came in contact.
In reminiscing about growing up in Craig, it was often that Craig was a great place to have enjoyed our childhood, and it pleases us that it is still a welcoming and pleasant place to come home to.
MCHS Class of 1964
To the editor:
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After reading about the latest news in the greater sage grouse conservation effort, it seems high time for Colorado's decision-makers to lead on this important issue.
As a state, we are facing a unique but narrowing window of opportunity to develop a proactive state conservation plan that would protect the iconic bird and avoid an Endangered Species Act listing. The good news is that declines in greater sage grouse populations have lessened in the past 20 years, with some populations even increasing.
Also, the environmental community and energy industry seem to be on the same page on the basics of this issue. For instance, all agree that an ESA listing of the greater sage grouse would have enormous impacts for all who use our public lands, from recreationists, sportsmen and ranchers like me to rural communities, energy companies and private landowners.
Meaningful action by Colorado and other western states is therefore clearly the best way forward. That's why it is so disheartening to read about the foot-dragging by Colorado, while states such as Wyoming and Oregon actively advance state conservation plans. Even the leaders of Moffat County have demonstrated positive action, inviting Interior Secretary Sally Jewell out to see the county's conservation efforts firsthand.
Now it is time for Colorado's state leaders to step up.
Gov. John Hickenlooper should bring all sides together to advance a balanced state conservation plan. This should include setting aside the most critical habitat for long-term protections and addressing the most immediate threats to the grouse. More flexible management practices then can be implemented in the remaining habitat areas.
The sooner we tackle these challenges with reasonable and forward-looking solutions, the better off all stakeholders will be.
Dennis Webb's recent article chronicling the Environmental Protection Agency's visit to Craig to discuss their new carbon pollution safeguards illustrated some common misunderstandings about the pollution limits.
First, EPA's safeguards are not an existential threat to Colorado's economy. They allow each state a great deal of flexibility in how it chooses to comply. The shift Colorado makes can include favoring renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar. These sectors are booming in Colorado, especially solar, and they provide sustainable jobs and revenue for the state.
Second, the new pollution limits' implementation would be a boon to Coloradans' health. Less carbon pollution means less asthma and lung cancer, which means less state and residents' money being spent on health care as well as the obvious physical and emotional toll these health problems entail.
Finally, the EPA's pollution limits are necessary for our children's futures to be healthy and sustainable. Human-caused climate disruption is real. It is a fact no matter what many deniers choose to "believe." And if we do not take steps to prevent climate change, future generations face rising temperatures and extreme weather such as droughts, floods and wildfires.
I, like most Americans, think climate action is needed now. It's time we stand with the proposed EPA's pollution safeguards to make sure Colorado remains the beautiful state we love.
Students behave well
To the editor:
Dear second-grade teachers, students and parents at East, Ridgeview, Sandrock, Sunset Elementary and Calvary Baptist Schools,
Thank you so much for participating in our educational field trip to the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials. We have worked to provide the highest-quality learning experience to all the student groups we had the pleasure of entertaining during our 28th annual event.
We would like to recognize that your students were on their best behavior during our event. From watching the competition to participating in wool spinning and observing Navajo weaving, the students remained respectful of the activities they were part of.
We hope to see your classes back again next year with a new group of students to teach and share in the experiences that the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials has to offer.
Thank you again,
Carly Thomson Publicity and education chair,
Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials