Voters may have say about CNCC |

Voters may have say about CNCC

Brandon Johnson

Moffat County voters could decide the future of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Board of Control in November.

The five-member board oversees finances at CNCC’s Craig campus and manages the mill levy collected from Moffat County residents to provide college services.

The deadline for informing Moffat County officials of any ballot questions was last week.

The board will have three seats open this fall, but that may not mean voters will choose new members.

Craig campus Vice President Dean Hollenbeck said that if only three people apply for the volunteer posts, there won’t be an election. Instead, the three applicants will be appointed to the board.

Applications for the Board of Control will be available Tuesday at the Bell Tower Building. Board of Control members can live anywhere in Moffat County.

The three members leaving are Barbara Pughe, Jim Ross and Link Derrick. All three are leaving because of term limits.

Pughe said she would like to stay on for another term.

“I wouldn’t leave if I weren’t term-limited,” Pughe said.

Pughe has served two four-year terms on the board. Her final term is over at the end of the year.

In her eight years, Pughe has seen the college start a nursing program and cosmetology program.

Pughe said she likes the job because it gives her a chance to work in the education field.

“I like to work with education and help the community and make sure the money is used properly,” Pughe said.

The Moffat County School Board also will have seats up for grabs on November’s ballot, and voters also will be asked four tax questions, two from the state and two local questions.

The state and the county will ask voters to forgo tax refunds in three separate measures, and Horizons Specialized Services will ask voters for a property tax increase.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or

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