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Our View: Welcome new leadership with open arms

Editorial board:

Renee Campbell, newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley, newspaper representative

Gary Cole, newspaper representative

Shirley Balleck, community member

Everyone in Moffat County has seen the hard work local organizations, government officials and residents have undertaken to grow our economy.

As such efforts take place, we mustn’t forget the new leaders across town who are bound to make a difference in our sacred area of Colorado.

Let’s take a look at the long list of Moffat County organizations that are, or will be, under new leadership:

• Craig Economic Development Partnership:
• Craig Economic Development Partnership:
Recently, longtime Craig resident Michelle Balleck took the reins of CMEDP. Her vivacious spirit, energy and professionalism is just what that position needs. Recently, longtime Craig resident Michelle Balleck took the reins of CMEDP. Her vivacious spirit, energy and professionalism is just what that position needs.


• Craig Economic Development Partnership:
Recently, longtime Craig resident Michelle Balleck took the reins of CMEDP. Her vivacious spirit, energy and professionalism is just what that position needs.

• Colorado Northwestern Community College:• Colorado Northwestern Community College: This week, we welcomed a new president to our prized community college, Ronald Granger. He joins the Craig community from Riverton, Wyoming, where he formerly served as vice president of administrative services for Central Wyoming College. This week, we welcomed a new president to our prized community college, Ronald Granger. He joins the Craig community from Riverton, Wyoming, where he formerly served as vice president of administrative services for Central Wyoming College.

• Colorado Northwestern Community College: This week, we welcomed a new president to our prized community college, Ronald Granger. He joins the Craig community from Riverton, Wyoming, where he formerly served as vice president of administrative services for Central Wyoming College.

• Moffat County School District:• Moffat County School District: David Ulrich is our school district’s new superintendent. It’s his first role as a superintendent, and he’s not been modest about his excitement to join the community. Before moving to Craig, Ulrich was deputy director of secondary education at North Kansas City Schools in Missouri. David Ulrich is our school district’s new superintendent. It’s his first role as a superintendent, and he’s not been modest about his excitement to join the community. Before moving to Craig, Ulrich was deputy director of secondary education at North Kansas City Schools in Missouri.

• Moffat County School District: David Ulrich is our school district’s new superintendent. It’s his first role as a superintendent, and he’s not been modest about his excitement to join the community. Before moving to Craig, Ulrich was deputy director of secondary education at North Kansas City Schools in Missouri.

• Moffat County High School:• Moffat County High School: The high school has a new interim principal, Craig Crebar, and a new athletic director, Rich Houghton, the latter of whom spent the past seven years as a teacher in Glenwood Springs. Crebar moved to Craig from Alaska, where he was assistant superintendent of the Lower Yukon School District in Mountain Village. The high school has a new interim principal, Craig Crebar, and a new athletic director, Rich Houghton, the latter of whom spent the past seven years as a teacher in Glenwood Springs. Crebar moved to Craig from Alaska, where he was assistant superintendent of the Lower Yukon School District in Mountain Village.

• Moffat County High School: The high school has a new interim principal, Craig Crebar, and a new athletic director, Rich Houghton, the latter of whom spent the past seven years as a teacher in Glenwood Springs. Crebar moved to Craig from Alaska, where he was assistant superintendent of the Lower Yukon School District in Mountain Village.

• Craig Middle School:• Craig Middle School: Longtime local Sara Linsacum is the new assistant principal and athletic director at CMS. She has a long history as a leader and teacher within MCSD. Longtime local Sara Linsacum is the new assistant principal and athletic director at CMS. She has a long history as a leader and teacher within MCSD.

• Craig Middle School: Longtime local Sara Linsacum is the new assistant principal and athletic director at CMS. She has a long history as a leader and teacher within MCSD.

• The Memorial Hospital:• The Memorial Hospital: TMH hired Andrew Daniels as the new CEO last week, and his first day on the job is Aug. 22. He was vice president and chief operating officer at Avita Health System in Galion, Ohio, and vice president of non-clinical operations and information systems at Galion Community Hospital from 2006 to 2016. TMH hired Andrew Daniels as the new CEO last week, and his first day on the job is Aug. 22. He was vice president and chief operating officer at Avita Health System in Galion, Ohio, and vice president of non-clinical operations and information systems at Galion Community Hospital from 2006 to 2016.

• The Memorial Hospital: TMH hired Andrew Daniels as the new CEO last week, and his first day on the job is Aug. 22. He was vice president and chief operating officer at Avita Health System in Galion, Ohio, and vice president of non-clinical operations and information systems at Galion Community Hospital from 2006 to 2016.

• Craig city manager:• Craig city manager: Jim Ferree’s last day was July 31, ending an 18-year career as city manager. Former Finance Director Bruce Nelson will serve as interim until a new manager is hired. Jim Ferree’s last day was July 31, ending an 18-year career as city manager. Former Finance Director Bruce Nelson will serve as interim until a new manager is hired.

• Craig city manager: Jim Ferree’s last day was July 31, ending an 18-year career as city manager. Former Finance Director Bruce Nelson will serve as interim until a new manager is hired.

As you can see, many changes are upon us, and we welcome the newbies to our community. With new leaders come change — perhaps the change will quench Moffat County’s thirst to move economic development forward.

Now that most of our new leaders are in place, lets rally around them as a community and embrace their presence. Let’s make them feel welcome.

Craig is not just rural, it’s a frontier community, meaning we still have wild horses, true cowboys and hard-working farmers and agricultural land that is on the rugged outback of our rolling mountain plains.

We hope our new leaders who moved here from other states take advantage of all the beauty Moffat County has to offer. We are more than just a rural town. We are proud of Moffat County’s hidden treasures.

Take a trip to Dinosaur National Monument. Head out to Sand Wash Basin, and catch a glimpse of the 600 wild horses that roam the open space — it’s a magnificent site. Hike and camp at Black Mountain. Take 45 minutes to hike Cedar Mountain.

Attend our annual festivals — Whittle the Wood and Moffat County Balloon Festival — and our annual soirees, including Crab Fest, Down Home Christmas Celebration, Festival of Trees and Diamond and Spurs, to name a few.

We challenge our new leaders to embrace all the nuances that come with living in a small town.

And for those who’ve lived here for decades, let’s welcome our newcomers with open arms.


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