‘Nice and helpful’: Five minutes with Becky Hertzog, 56, secretary at High Desert Services
Where is your hometown? “I’m from Encampment. I was born in Wyoming.”
When did you first move to Craig? “My husband was from Maybell and we got married in 1977, moved to Maybell in ’78 and to Craig in June 1980. He was having to drive here from Maybell every day anyway because he drove a dump truck here.”
Motto or outlook on life? “Just treat people the way you’d want them to treat you. Just be nice and helpful to everybody.”
When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been involved with them five-and-a-half years. They do a lot of oil field service. Previous to that, for 25 years I was with LaFarge in Steamboat.”
Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? “I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I just really like it here. I’m from a really little town of about 400 people, so this was big to me. I wouldn’t want to go any bigger, and I like Craig because it’s been a great place to raise kids, people are friendly and the community’s great.”
Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “Asiago cheese bake from Carelli’s. It’s supposed to be an appetizer, but I eat it as a meal because I love it so much.”
Favorite sport to watch? “Basketball. I love the teams in Moffat County, but my son and I are die-hard Duke fans. We go to the NCAA tournament every year, we just pick a spot and go. This was the first year we couldn’t go because he couldn’t take any more time off and my daughter wouldn’t let me take my grandson. We started taking him the year before last. Home games at Duke, it’s a really neat place, and I’d love to go there and see North Carolina and Duke play because it’s one of the biggest rivalries in sports.”
Dream vacation? “Taking my son, grandson and my dad to the NCAA Final Four. It doesn’t matter where it’s at because that would be a great thing.”
DVD you could watch over and over? “The one with the bobsled team from Jamaica, ‘Cool Runnings.’ I loved that, it was hysterical. I’ve watched it many, many times and I can just sit and laugh out loud to myself. I haven’t watched it in a long time, but I could anytime because it’s just so upbeat.”
Plans for this summer? “Nothing big, going up to see my family for the Fourth of July in Saratoga (Wyo.). I don’t really get out and about much.”
Proudest accomplishment? “My kids. I have twin girls. Robyn’s a speech therapist at the schools and Rachel owns Wildflower Beauty Salon, and then I’ve got my heavy metal band player son, Evan. I have six grandkids, too, and they’re great.”
Most embarrassing moment? “Falling down the steps in Kansas City at the NCAA tournament with my son and his friend watching, laughing. I just went boom (claps hands). And the only thing that stopped me from going down to the next level was the rail. It was right in front of everyone and the place was full. I was holding a funnel cake and I couldn’t even get up because it hurt so bad. It was televised, too, so I was hoping nobody anywhere else saw because down I went.”
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