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That’s the stuff: Sandrock students donate hundreds of stuffed animals in fundraiser

More than 330 Sandrock Elementary School students banded together to raise money to purchase hundreds of stuffed animals for local children going through traumatic experiences.

The students raised $572.15 through a penny drive competition hosted by the school administration and the Parent Action Committee led by PAC President Kassie Vesely, mother of two Sandrock students. 

“It may not seem big, but it’s huge to these children, a stuffed animal is something that can comfort them when they’re scared,” Vesely said.

The fundraiser produced 366 plush bunny rabbits, snakes, unicorns, bears and other assorted stuffed animals that will be given to children by local emergency personnel.

Colorado State Patrol Capt. Doug Conrad holds two pink bunnies donated by Sandrock Elementary students for children going through emergency situations after a school assembly honoring the students for raising enough money to purchase and donate hundreds of stuffed animals.
Kamisha Siminoe/Courtesy Photo

“We thought this could be impactful to not only our children, but other children,” Sandrock Elementary Principal Kamisha Siminoe said. “I think it’s great that this is kids helping kids.”

For two weeks, students donated pennies to their grade tub in the hallways of the elementary school. The grade that had the most pennies won the challenge, but students could sabotage other grades collection by donating nickels, dimes or quarters to counteract and cancel out a certain number of pennies in that grade’s tub.

“It was great, because if you’re a kid who doesn’t have a lot at home, but maybe you find a dime and contribute 10 pennies to this process, you still have an opportunity to make a difference regardless of how much money you have,” Siminoe said.

During a PAWS assembly at the school Monday May 13, the fourth grade class of 45 students was celebrated for collecting the most pennies during the penny drive competition.

Representatives from the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire/Rescue, Memorial Regional Health EMS and Memorial Regional Health Emergency Room were on hand Monday to talk to the students and thank them for their efforts.

Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume speaks to Sandrock Elementary students during an assembly honoring the children for raising money and donating hundreds of stuffed animals to emergency first responders to give to children in crisis situations.
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Each agency will receive 61 stuffed animals to have on hand if they encounter scared children going through emergency situations.

“We appreciate this,” Memorial Hospital Foundation Director Eva Peroulis said. “It was so nice of the school to do this for us. It’ll be nice to have the teddy bears in the hospital or in the ambulance, it does ease their fears, it really does, because going to the hospital is scary for kids. It’s scary for adults, but giving them a teddy bear is huge.”

The fundraiser may benefit the Sandrock Elementary students just as much as the children receiving a donated stuffed animal, Siminoe said.

“We know as adults what it feels like to give of ourselves, whether there’s recognition or not we walk away feeling pretty good,” she said. “I think too many times we can be pretty caught up in our own stuff so to give our children an opportunity or a way to give of themselves also helps to build some confidence and self esteem and they go away feeling pretty good. The more opportunities we give our children to do that, I think the better.”

Living Well: Women’s health — How to make the right choices

Every year during National Women’s Health Week, health providers around the country remind women of all ages how to practice healthy habits, both mentally and physically.

The leading causes of death for women in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women also have unique health issues such as pregnancy, menopause and conditions of female organs. But health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

For example:

  • Women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men.
  • Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men.
  • The effects of sexually transmitted diseases can be more serious in women.
  • Osteoarthritis affects more women than men.
  • Women are more likely to have urinary tract problems.

Women’s Health at MRH

Memorial Regional Health has expanded its Women’s Health Team in recent years to include more choices for local women. The team includes Liz Kilmer-Sterling, RN, MSN, a certified nurse midwife, and OB/GYN physicians Dr. Laura Cieslik and Dr. Scott Ellis.

When women choose a women’s health provider for pregnancy care, labor and delivery or for regular preventive care, MRH wants to make sure women can find a provider who is the right fit for each patient in terms of personality and philosophy.

Cieslik takes a holistic approach to patient care, looking at the whole person in terms of nutrition and health — which is exactly the message that is communicated nationally through National Women’s Health Week.

Holistic health is a lifelong journey that includes daily choices. Womenshealth.gov offers a checklist for women in their 20s through 90s, with each decade suggesting a different set of criteria for healthy living.

Some of these tips include getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol use, eating healthy and getting at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

Should you be doing self breast exams? Is it time for a mammogram? How often should you be getting a Pap test? See factbox for recommendations about various health screenings.

Prescribed burns in store for Moffat County

Ahead of fire season, firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management have a hot date with a certain area of Moffat County.

According to a Wednesday news release, BLM will conduct two prescribed burns beginning Monday, May 13.

“The 40-acre Oxbow Prescribed Fire is planned on a combination of Bureau of Land Management and state lands along the Little Snake River near Moffat County Road 21,” the release said. “The burn will remove decadent cattails and riparian grasses to improve wetland health.”

BLM will also burn a five-acre portion of Browns Park known as Ferret Pile along BLM Road 166 to improve the health of the range.

“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” said Toni Toelle, supervisory fire management specialist for the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit.  

Residents may see smoke rising from these areas, but BLM said that smoke should dissipate Monday. The news release said those residents worried about health effects from prescribed fire smoke can visit BLM’s wood smoke and health section of their website.

Robert Amick: Dark Sky designation for Dinosaur National Monument is commendable

It is unfortunate that the Moffat County Commissioners have taken a position suggesting that International Dark Sky Association Dark Sky Park designation of Dinosaur National Monument poses a threat to energy development. It simply does not. Most of the lighting technology used on drilling rigs and sites is a classic example of obsolete 20th century wasteful and poorly designed lighting technology that directs light outward and upward into the night sky causing light pollution and trespass.

Energy production and development companies should engage a qualified lighting design engineer to outfit their drilling apparatus with state-of-the-art non-polluting warm white LED cutoff luminaire technology. Consequently, light trespass and pollution could be virtually eliminated resulting in a win-win outcome for dark sky preservation while concurrently not posing any threat to energy development.

Obsolete, inefficient and light-polluting luminaries (light fixtures) direct light into the visual field of drivers and pedestrians causing loss of adaptive vision (similar to driving down the road while facing a setting sun). When the human eye perceives a bright light source, adaptive vision causes the pupil of the eye to constrict and limits the amount of light entering the eye causing a substantial reduction of visual acuity. This phenomenon may result in inability to see more dimly lit objects (e.g., oncoming vehicles, deer and elk, vehicles parked alongside the roadway), that could result in a collision or loss of control, with related injury, death and property damage.

The International Dark Sky Association in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America has promoted and advocated for a reduction of light pollution and light trespass caused by poorly designed, obsolete and wasteful lighting technology.

More than half of the world’s population has never seen a pristine dark sky in which celestial bodies such as stars, comets, meteors, planets, satellites and the milky way galaxy are easily viewed. Most residents of urban areas only see a murky gray night sky where only the moon can only occasionally be seen at full brightness due to light pollution.

What the Dinosaur National Monument has achieved in being designated as a Dark Sky Park is highly commendable, and enhances the historic dark sky night appearance of the original area that was seen by the 19th century pioneers and Native Americans of Northwestern Colorado.

Prior to the early 20th century introduction of light-polluting outdoor high intensity street and highway lighting, buildings with light polluting floodlighting, sports lighting of athletic fields and many other inappropriate lighting technology applications, such issues were rarely present especially in rural areas.

The net effect of light pollution and light trespass is far more serious to human health and safety than most people realize.

Light pollution is associated with health risks to humans and animals as a result of the inappropriate proliferation of blue-white light that affects circadian rhythms (sleep cycles) and is caused directly by both outdoor and indoor blue-white lighting sources.

Current research has shown a verified connection as affirmed by the American Medical Association strongly advocates use of “dark sky-friendly” warm white cutoff outdoor illumination technology (and similar interior lighting technology) as a means helping prevent or reduce the incidence of serious and fatal metabolic diseases such as breast cancer. Moreover, sleep deprivation resulting from exposure to blue-white light through computer and television screens, as well as “daylight” color temperature (4,000 to 6,500 degrees Kelvin) fluorescent and LED lighting which is similar to sunlight should not be used after the sun sets.

All outdoor and indoor lighting should have a color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin or less. Lamps will have a color temperature identification on their packaging indicating a color temperature scale ranging from “warm white” which is 3,000K to bright or cool white at 4,000K and daylight at 5,000K to 6,500K. Only lamps rated at 3,000K or less should be used at night.

Highly efficient LED lamps should have a Color Rendering Index of at least 80 and higher than 90 is preferable for optimal full spectrum reproduction of natural colors of skin tones, foliage, fabrics, paint, etc.

How does color temperature and intensity of light affect human neurophysiology?

When the human eye perceives the presence of blue-white light (produced by sunlight), it signals the brain to suppress the production of the neurohormone melatonin which induces sleep. Consequently, the brain is tricked into thinking that “it is now daytime,” and begins to stimulate a hunger response, increased mental alertness and wakefulness associated with daytime activity.

This phenomenon may result in inability to experience a full night’s sleep and may cause irregular sleep cycles and patterns at night. Infants and children are particularly adversely affected by blue-white light at night.

Variable Color Temperature LED technology permits changing from cool colors during daytime hours to warm colors at night with a dimmer-type control device. Such technology is utilized in offices, schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities to promote sleep as night approaches, and conversely to stimulate wakefulness as daylight approaches.

Computers, smart phones, televisions can reduce blue-white light intensity by shifting to yellow and lessen brightness for night applications in most devices.

Sleep deprivation has devastating impacts on productivity, long term memory, and overall cognitive functions.

Drowsy driving and microsleep are thought to cause as many deaths as alcohol and drug impairment.

Wildlife are similarly affected by such lighting causing similar effects and impaired ability to navigate and sleep during the night where such lighting sources are impacting their natural habitat.

For a full description of these and related issues, and the Model Lighting Ordinance, see the IDA website at darksky.org.

County Commissioners and Town Governments urged to collaborate on adopting a universal MLO and to consult with the International Dark Sky Association for guidance on adoption of a Model Lighting Ordinance which many Colorado communities and counties have implemented as a means of educating the public, local governments as well as lighting retailers designers/engineers and contractors on appropriate and effective dark sky friendly lighting technology and light sources.

Moreover, rural electric utilities and communities are replacing their inefficient blue-white street lighting luminaries with new 3,000K warm white LED cutoff luminaries that direct light downward and not into the visual field of drivers or pedestrians passing along a roadway or parking area..

Energy production companies can become better community partners through upgrading to dark sky friendly efficient lighting technology which provides far better and safer working conditions for their employees and at the same time preventing light trespass and light pollution negative impacts on the environment and landscapes.

Reputable lighting design consultants and engineers with IESNA and IDA affiliations are recommended for optimal dark sky friendly lighting design consultation.

Living Well: Home Health services help patients recover, thrive

After receiving care in a hospital setting, patients often recover faster when they’re back in the comfort of their own home.

The MRH system began offering Home Health services in 2017. MRH hired specific providers for this type of care, which includes nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and mental health and resource assistance by a licensed clinical social worker. The Home Health and Hospice agency serves a 50-mile radius from Craig, including Moffat and Routt counties.

Home Health is a skilled care service offered in the home after a hospital stay or a nursing home stay. Members of the care team come to the home to help patients with medical needs such as:

  • Helping you manage medications
  • Teaching you how to move around safely in your home
  • Helping you adapt to daily living skills to accommodate your physical needs
  • Assisting you in completing treatment plan items, such as strength building
  • Providing infusions when necessary
  • And more!

While Home Health and In-Home care sound like the same thing, they are not. In short, the main difference is that Home Health provides medical care in the home, while In-Home care is longer-term care that provides assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals. MRH provides both of these home care services through its Home Health department.

Transitioning from hospital to home

Home Health care can last for a few weeks up to several months, depending on the patient’s situation — the average duration of Home Health care is about 60 days. The frequency of the home visits also varies depending on a patient’s illness or injury — you might see one provider once a week, or your condition might require multiple visits per week from different Home Health team members.

“Home Health services allow people to remain in their home for a longer time, which not only helps them to recover more quickly and fully, but also helps keep the cost of care down,” said Kristine Cooper, Executive Director, Memorial Regional Health Home Health and Hospice.

These services provide patients with more freedom and choice in their care, while the care team also provides education and support for patients’ loved ones so everyone can be as safe as possible in the home.

Living Well: The relationship between physical and mental health

Increases in physical activity — even relatively gentle activities such as walking, stretching or taking the stairs — can help reduce the risk of becoming depressed.

That’s according to a study published in January in JAMA Psychiatry which found that any kind of movement can add up to keep depression at bay. The findings are significant because of the relatively small amount of activity that’s needed in order to decrease depression risk — and also because research has long shown a link between good mental health and good physical health.

“We saw a 26 percent decrease in odds for becoming depressed for each major increase in objectively measured physical activity,” said the study’s author Karmel Choi, a clinical and research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He said that the increase in physical activity is what you might see on an activity tracker if you replaced 15 minutes of sitting with 15 minutes of running, or one hour of sitting with one hour of moderate activity like brisk walking.

“I think that’s why our study findings were especially appealing. It didn’t say you have to run a marathon, do hours of aerobics, or be a CrossFit master just to see benefits on depression,” he said.

Physical health conditions   

Depression and other mental health issues can contribute to digestive disorders, trouble sleeping, lack of energy, heart disease and other health issues, according to Harvard Medical School.

The national association Mental Health America reports that a healthy lifestyle can prevent the onset of mental health conditions, too, in addition to physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Mental Health America recommends lifestyle practices such as humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship and work-life balance for good mental health.

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“Finding a reason to laugh, walking with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy,” according to Mental Health Association. Ongoing research is also exploring whether physiological changes seen in depression may play a role in increasing the risk of physical illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

In people with depression, scientists have found changes in the way several different systems in the body function — including signs of increased inflammation, changes in the control of heart rate and blood circulation, abnormalities in stress hormones and metabolic changes typical of those seen in people at risk for diabetes.

“It is not yet clear whether these changes seen in depression raise the risk of other medical illness. However, the negative impact of depression on mental health and everyday life is clear,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Finding gratitude: Hayden teen optimistic as she fights rare cancer Ewing sarcoma

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — At first, Lexus Halone’s family didn’t think much of the small bump on the 18-year-old’s leg.

But then it grew and started to bother her.

So, they had it looked at in Craig. Doctors thought it might just be a cyst but went ahead and sent a piece to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction for a full biopsy.

On September 20, 2018, the family got a call from Children’s Hospital in Denver. The Halones needed to drop everything and be there the following day.

After blood tests, x-rays and an MRI, they were sent home to wait for results.

“Scary” and “nerve-wracking” would be understatements, Nikki and Travis Halone, Lexus’ parents, said.

Then, on October 10, Nikki got a call. Doctors confirmed a diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones or in the soft tissue around them.

“My mind was blank,” Nikki said. “My body was numb, and I couldn’t even speak. I began to cry.”

The doctors told the family to be prepared for upwards of nine months of treatment. Each treatment would consist of five days, with a flush out on the sixth. They described “an aggressive treatment with a long road to recovery.”

“It all happened so fast,” said Nikki. “Everything changed.”

Ewing sarcoma is more common in teenagers and young adults, though Children’s Hospital only sees about 10 cases per year, Nikki said.

It can’t be prevented, according to the Mayo Clinic, and it isn’t inherited or linked to any lifestyle or environmental issues.

Now, about seven months after they went in for the initial tests, Lexus continues to travel to Denver every other week for chemotherapy and, when needed, blood transfusions.

The hope is for Lexus’ treatments to finish at the end of May, but that is still yet to be determined based on screenings, Nikki said. Regardless, testing and monitoring will continue for at least 10 years and, potentially, the rest of Lexus’ life.

According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “about 70% of children with Ewing sarcoma are cured. Teens aged 15 to 19 have a lower survival rate of about 56%. For children diagnosed after their disease has spread, the survival rate is less than 30%.”

The trips have been hard on the family, both emotionally and financially. Lexus has four younger brothers. Nikki has a car that works for around town but not long distances. Travis needs his truck for work and is currently the sole income provider. Nikki travels to Denver with Lexus and relies on shuttles — for which the cost quickly adds up. They also have been able to travel occasionally with Angel Flight, an organization of volunteer pilots who provide transportation for people with medical needs.

Their insurance coverage is fair, Travis said, but still leaves the family with tens of thousands of dollars in expenses.

“It’s been a pretty scary ride for everyone,” Travis said.

Aside from losing her hair, Lexus looks like any healthy teenager. She has a gentle smile and striking gold eyes. While she is self-conscious about going out without a scarf or a hat, Lexus’ smooth scalp only serves to enhance her natural beauty.

She loves art, dancing, music and yoga. She wants to be a Bureau of Land Management firefighter and help out with the family’s newly acquired ice cream cart.

One of her greatest wishes is for a female golden retriever, who she will name Princess Poppy.

On how her life has changed, Lexus said, “It’s definitely made me more grateful for my surroundings and for every day things.”

She speaks without any anger, self-pity or fear. Her parents describe her as brave and strong and someone who’s always been willing to stand up for what she believes is right — no matter what anyone else thinks.

“She’s bullheaded,” said Travis. “But in a good way.”

Lexus said she never feared dying because she never really felt ill. And she refused to let those thoughts in her brain.

“If you look for things to be happy about — it really works,” she said. “You find things to be grateful for and don’t focus on the bad stuff.” 

The Halones have a long list of people and organizations to which they are grateful. There have been friends, family, neighbors, churches, non-profits and others who have reached out and made things a little easier.

Nikki said she wants to bring more awareness to Ewing sarcoma and to the emotional and financial struggles families like hers face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis, especially for a child. To help with their expenses, she started a Go Fund Me account. They’ve raised about $1,500 of their $53,000 goal.

To reach Kari Dequine Harden, call 970-871-4205, email kharden@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @kariharden.

Living Well: For children, quality of sleep is as important as quantity

Children who don’t get enough quality sleep each night have an increased risk of injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression. The kids who get the right sleep have better attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, mental and physical health, and quality of life.

“There are different requirements for sleep depending on each stage of child development. One of the most important things is a consistent routine,” said Dr. Linda Couillard, Pediatrics physician and Medical Director for Memorial Regional Health Clinics. “But it’s not just the quantity of sleep that matters; quality is just as important as quantity.”

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Getting quality sleep

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has created guidelines for parents regarding the quantity of sleep children need at each phase of development, and The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides helpful tips for how to make that sleep quality sleep.

Sufficient sleep should be a family priority, and parents should be a role model to their children.

“Making sleep a priority for yourself shows your children that it’s part of living a healthy lifestyle—like eating right and exercising regularly,” according to the AAP.

Keeping a daily routine is another essential factor for quality sleep. Just like waking time, meal times, nap times and play times, heading to bed every evening should include a daily routine (see factbox about the The 4 Bs of Bedtime).

The AAP also recommends monitoring screen time and keeping all electronic screens out of children’s bedrooms, especially at night. To prevent sleep disruption, the AAP recommends turning off all screens at least 60 minutes before bedtime.

“It’s always good to have that wind-down period before bed,” Couillard said. “Allowing the mind and body to relax in order to have good, restful sleep is important at any age.”

Craig residents question city council’s choice to convert to monochloramine

CRAIG — About 30 residents attended the first Craig City Council meeting of 2019 and made the most of expanded opportunities for public comment, voicing concerns about the planned use of monochloramine as a secondary disinfectant in drinking water.

“Fish live and breath in water, and if it will kill them, I’m pretty sure it’s not good enough for us,” said resident Vicki Huyser during a public hearing to inform citizens about water improvement projects.

As reported in the Craig Press Dec. 27, to comply with state law, by April 2020, the city must change how water is treated and moved through the system to maintain a minimum 0.2 mg/L chlorine residual in the system, which is tested at 10 sites across the city.

The city has been out of compliance since a state rural change in April 2016.

“Regulatory violations erode public confidence in the water and in the city,” said SGM Engineer Rick Huggins, part of a team hired to help the city develop and implement a solution.

Huggins was the first to speak during the hearing, presenting information about other options tested, as well as health and safety information about monochloramine — commonly called chloramine.

“I can’t help feeling there is some bias as SGM is benefiting. … I would like to see a speaker well-versed in the opposition of chloramines to give a presentation, as well,” said resident Dave Wallace.

Wallace said he learned from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that other municipalities in Colorado comply without major modifications. He questioned why Craig needed to take additional measures.

Huggins said the Dissolved Air Floatation system used to treat Craig water, as well as the source — the Yampa River, which, due to run-off, requires more treatment than other sources across the state — prevented use of his preferred treatment system.

Wallace asked the city to consider a two-step process, making distribution changes first, then adding chloramine only if those changes don’t result in compliance.

“I think there is more of a methodical approach to coming up with the answer,” he said.

Wallace thinks council members should have done more to independently research options.

“I would think you would have a stack of documents based on your own research. I think you’ve let the community down. You are hearing one biased opinion. Where are your opinions?” Wallace said.

Resident Darrell Sparks also had a list of concerns and questions.

“I’m concerned that we are having this meeting after city council voted 6-0 to approve paying for it. I’m concerned we have been in violation since April 2016, and there’s no mention of it on the water quality report or notification,” he said.

Sparks’ research showed 17 other cities use chlorine and remain in compliance.

“I’m concerned only data from one source was considered. I hope on Election Day, the citizens of Craig will remember they were ignored on the initial process of this,” Sparks said.

The potential for lead leaching and nitrification were two additional concerns raised.

NDMA — a type of nitrosamine — is a carcinogenic chemical and known disinfection by-product of chloramine, which remains when ammonia and nitrogen combine. Nitrosamines are not currently regulated. Regulations are expected in another five to 10 years when the Environmental Protection Agency reviews rules related to disinfection by-products.

Sparks added, “That could make the system obsolete.”

He also voice concern about chloramine’s impact on lead pipes within homes, a concern shared by Wallace and Huyser.

“What we missed here is the leaching of lead and metals out of the system,” Wallace said.

Huggins said state health officials consider Craig at high risk for lead contamination and the city’s water already requires rigorous testing.

He also acknowledged the city is working through an operations manual to address possible corrosion, disinfection by-products, and any biofilm that might be formed when ammonia is introduced into the system.

“I recommend to everyone … testing on their own for a baseline test, then compare into the future to see if there is a change,” Wallace said.

Huggins said residents could also remove monochloramine and chlorine from their homes system by using catalytic activated carbon (two-stage) water filters where it enters the home or at tap points within the home.

He showed an example of a filter on sale for $371 that would provide filtration for a year for a family of four with typical water use.

After the public hearing, council members, except Joe Bird, who was unable to attend, unanimously voted to approve two additional measures to pay for the project. They include:

• A loan between the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and the city of Craig Water Activity Enterprise Fund for $300,000 to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant and distribution system improvements. City Attorney Sherman Romney said the “special loan” will be forgiven once the city receives a $3.2 million bond to finance the project. “It’s almost like a grant,” he said.

• A letter to engage Lisa Mayers, of Spencer Fane, to act as bond counsel for the water activity enterprise financing at a cost of $13,500 and $380 per hour for additional services.

Council members also unanimously approved the following:

• A consent agenda to renew liquor licenses for Fiesta Jalisco, Loaf ‘N Jug, Vallarta’s, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, as well as a request for modification of premises for City Market.

• A first reading of an ordinance adopting new landfill fees for residential and commercial refuse collection.

• An agreement for added IT support services from Grand Junction-based Pro Velocity in the amount of $20,640.

• A new brewpub liquor license for the Yampa Valley Brewing Company-Barrel Cathedral, to be located at 576 Yampa Ave. Romney said all documentation was in order, including comments from businesses and neighbors within 600 feet of the location. Two of the owners and four citizens spoke in favor of the new establishment during a public hearing before the vote.

• An agreement for advertising with Colorado Mountain News for 2019 for a little more than $25,300.

• Resolutions designating the bulletin board in front of council chambers as the public posting place for notices of meetings, as required under open meetings law, and another designating the Craig Press the official newspaper of the city.

• A lease with Connections4Kids for 2019 for $200 per month.

Economic development was the topic of a workshop held before the meeting.

Council member Tony Bohrer will join council member Andrea Camp and Chris Nicholes as part of a committee to further develop a mini-matching grant program to help businesses improve and expand.

During the workshop, Brixius presented a list of potential projects

City council earmarked a little more than $162,000 for such projects in the 2019 budget, passed Dec. 11.

Projects include improvements to signage, infrastructure, and trails, with most offering short-term immediate results.

It was decided that a committee of three council members — Tony Bohrer, Chris Nichols, and Andrea Camp — will meet with city staff to flesh-out plans to offer business matching grant dollars for improvement and expansion projects.

The committee meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. The workshop will be posted, and the public is welcome to attend.

Clay Thorp contributed to this report. Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.