State of the County takes place Wednesday in Craig |

State of the County takes place Wednesday in Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley


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The Memorial Hospital



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Moffat Family Clinic

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The ninth annual State of the County will kick off Wednesday night with a handful of speakers who will highlight the ebbs and flows in Moffat County and the city of Craig.

Each year, the Craig Chamber of Commerce hosts the event, focusing on important topics community members care about, especially concerns with the local economy.

“This year, we thought that energy was something the community needed an update on,” said Chris Oxley, executive director of the chamber. “There’s a lot of things to celebrate in that industry.”

There’s also many concerns too, she said.

With new energy rules being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency and President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, it’s the perfect time to discuss energy, Oxley said.

“We thought it would be good for people to hear from (professionals) in that industry,” she said.

Twenty Mile General Manger Pat Sollars is one of the keynote speakers.

“It’s great that we got he himself opposed to a representative,” Oxley said.

Rick Thompson from Craig Station, along with Diane Johnson, the general manager of the Yampa Valley Electric Association, will also be keynote speakers.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig. The cost is $25 a ticket, with a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m.

This year, heavy appetizers will be served opposed to a sit-down dinner as in years past, Oxley said.

The goal in dropping the price was to get more people to attend.

“It’s a good time to come together,” said Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe. “We’re all in this together, and there are so many challenges we need to address whether it’s the city, the county or the school district.”

Moe is excited to learn what everyone has to share at the event.

The evening will also award people and businesses in the community, including the large businesses of the year, small businesses of the year and business people of the year.

KRAI 55 Country will also announce the citizen of the year.

Those interested in attending can purchase tickets at the chamber or the night of the event.

“It’s such a great way to get a snap shot of Moffat County and its economy and what people are working toward in the next year,” Oxley said.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or Follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt.

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