Northwest Colorado reacts to governor’s forum |

Northwest Colorado reacts to governor’s forum

Joe Petrone
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— Following Gov. John Hickenlooper’s public forum Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig, the Craig Daily Press spoke with Northwest Colorado residents about their thoughts.

“I’ve heard the governor several times, and I believe that in his heart and his head he understands all of Colorado. I think it becomes clearer for him when comes out here, so he’s deepened his understanding for sure.”

— Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent

“I thought he spoke very well and that he addressed what was questioned of him and that he had very good things to say. I think he does care about the problems of rural Colorado.”

— Rosalie Crane, Craig resident

“He listened to the points on things like the sage grouse, and he gave good answers on things we didn’t know about.”

— Shirley Balleck, Craig resident

“I appreciated him coming down and ‘leaning in,’ as he said. I hope he’ll take what we all say here and take it across the hill and help us all out.”

— Ron Cox II, Craig resident

“There’s a lot of issues that got broached today that just don’t have the easiest answers for a 60-second response. I thought it was a fairly well-conducted thing, and the audience’s questions were well thought out and he gave good responses. He sees it from a much broader perspective than we do, but I think he takes away an understanding of what we need to see around here and what our apprehensions are in the regulation of industries and the listing of sage grouse as endangered species. It sounds like he and the Western governors are responding in a thoughtful way to what’s coming down the pipeline, and I hope he’s effective in communicating (to the federal government) that some of what they want to do could cripple us.”

— Terry Carwile, Craig mayor

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