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Senator to host town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to discuss range of issues in Craig on Friday

Joshua Roberts

— With Congress in recess this month, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard is taking time to tour the state and visit with concerned residents. On Friday, the senator will make his first Moffat County appearance this year.

“I want to extend an invitation to anyone in Craig and Moffat County to attend this very informal community meeting,” said Allard, whose last visit to the area occurred during a Northwest Colorado swing in the spring of 2006. “This is a chance for citizens to visit one-on-one with me about issues important to them and their community.”

The Friday meeting, open to all Craig and Moffat County residents, is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Allard spokeswoman Kristy Pollard said the senator will begin the meeting with a 5- to 10-minute introduction on congressional issues, and then open the floor to the public’s questions.

“It’s open ended, and an opportunity for the community to come and share their concerns,” Pollard said.

Issues the senator expects to be questioned about, Pollard said, are energy development, rural health care access, environmental issues, gasoline prices, affordable housing and education.

Immigration also is likely to come up, Pollard said.

“I imagine immigration will be a very hot topic, as well,” she said.

Allard, who has a ranch in Jackson County, typically spends time away from Washington, D.C. touring the state and gauging public feedback. He will be spending the month touring various counties, Pollard said.

Allard is a member of the Senate Appropriations, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committees, as well as Senate committees on health, education, labor and pension and budget.

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