Rep. Perry Will visits RBC constituents

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RBC | On a blustery Monday, Oct. 28 House District 57 (Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties) Representative Perry Will met with constituents from Meeker and Rangely at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely at their monthly Community Networking Meeting.

Will patiently answered questions about current house bills and addressed concerns from the public in this town hall style meeting.

“I know what makes the Western Slope tick and I know what is important to all of you,” Will said.

Addressing renewable energy and the controversial SB 19-181 (the bill passed in April 2019 that regulates oil and gas development and operations) he said, “Renewables are great but they won’t run the grid. Coal and natural gas are what keeps these lights on.”

Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreational District Executive Director Tim Webber asked what people on the Western Slope can do to fight this sort of legislation. Will recommended that his constituents come to testify and attend the committee hearings in Denver.

He also listened to CNCC employees and Rangely residents voice their support for CNCC President Ron Granger and concerns about the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board. He offered to help the Rangely and Craig communities work together. The meeting lasted more than an hour and Will stayed after and met with constituents individually. CNCC served lunch to attendees and 30 people were in attendance.

By ROXIE FROMANG | Special to the Herald Times