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Despite outcome, election raise awareness

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As a candidate for Garfield County Commissioner, I am thankful for the support of so many people, in so many ways, for my election bid. Although I was not elected, I believe I made a difference in raising the level of awareness of how our lives and economy are interconnected.By working together, rather than against one another, we can be more effective in meeting common needs and goals. From jobs to housing and transportation, from how and where we want to grow, to the preservation of our agricultural and tourism heritage, protection of our environment, and improving our quality of life; these issues are important to us today and tomorrow.I congratulate my opponent, John Martin, and I am thankful for the experience of a positive campaign focused on the issues. In order to adequately address current needs and proactively plan for our future, we must encourage and support our leadership and remain involved in the process. With dedicated and responsive elected officials, accessible and open government, greater cooperation among all levels of government, the private sector, and residents, we can achieve a great future for Garfield County.Again, thank you for the support and votes of so many. Together we worked hard to create positive change. Success can be measured in different ways. Our work has not ended, but continues on. We can all make a difference. With involvement, dedication, and caring that begins at home and grows outward, we can all make our worlds a better place.Sincerely,Greg JeungGlenwood SpringsThanks for 20 great yearsI want to congratulate George Pearson on 20 years in Rifle as the American Family insurance agent. I first met George when we drove school buses together in 1984. At that time, most of Rifle was wondering if we could hang on during the recession, and watched many friends move out of the area as the oil companies closed their doors here.George has a great outlook, always friendly, and really worked to build a business and friendships. He helped us set up insurance for our home, and I knew I could call him with any question, and if he didn’t know the answer he would find it. Congratulations, George!Elaine FarrFormer Rifle residentThunder River Theatre Company thanks Waldorf SchoolOn behalf of Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC), I want to thank everyone in the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, staff, students and parents. A huge thank-you is necessary. For our rental fee, we received more than space used, we received a warm welcome, hands-on help, kindness, and a sincere graciousness. All of us from our board to the guild to our production team felt at home. The thoughtfulness and consideration of the Waldorf philosophy was shared with us. They came to see “Seascape” and brought friends.Many people who had never been to the school marveled at its architecture, beauty, and good feelings. Everyone enjoyed seeing the theatre transformed in our TRTC way. Having our audience attend a play in their theatre foreshadowed the feeling I am sure TRTC will have in our new theatre. It allowed us to share our aesthetic values in a beautiful venue. It was easy to treat the facility with love and respect because it was clear that everyone in the Waldorf community does.We normally don’t single out people in a thank you for fear of leaving someone out, but I must acknowledge three people … Tim Connolly, Bob Schultz, and Doug Sheffer, all of whom helped us make “Seascape” the success that it was. Their generosity of spirit was simply staggering. All of us in TRTC feel as though we have made some very special friends.Sincerely, Lon Winstonfounding artistic directorThunder River Theatre CompanyKudos to all fellow candidatesCongratulations to Larry McCown in his campaign for re-election to Garfield County Commissioner. During the long campaign season, he was focused on the issues that face citizens of the county. Larry’s statements regarding his desire to work with the people to help overcome problems were heard and well received.I am proud to have been a candidate for Garfield County Commissioner with a slate of candidates like Larry McCown, Greg Jeung and John Martin. I truly believe that the county is better for the dialogue and certainly better off for the process.Once again, my congratulations go out to Larry and I look forward to working with him in the future.Keith LambertMayor of RifleMrs. Curry goes to DenverI am writing to say thank you to the people of House District 61 for electing me as your next representative! I know that I have big shoes to fill, and I greatly appreciate your willingness to support my race and send me to Denver on your behalf. I intend to approach the job in a way that puts the welfare of the district first, and I think the best way to do that will be to build coalitions and work directly with other legislators in both parties to promote the interests of our region.I would appreciate hearing from you on the issues that you are concerned about. And I plan to stay in touch with people throughout the district. My e-mail address is: kathleencurry@montrose.net, or you can call me at 970-209-5537. I have great hope that the General Assembly will move forward on the budget/TABOR/Amendment 23 issue and will do all that I can to help find a solution to this problem. I will also follow through on my campaign promises to seek better protections for basins of origin and address the imbalances that have created problems in areas experiencing intensive natural gas production.I want to close by saying how much I appreciate the fact that this was a positive election experience, thank you to Becky Rippy and Dale Reed for making it that way.Again, I appreciate your support and faith in me! I will do my best.Kathleen CurryGunnison


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