May 28, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Craig Daily Press "Spokeswoman: Presidential candidate to discuss energy, job creation during Craig event "

Joe Moylan:
"Romney is expected to cite Craig and Moffat County’s abundant natural resources and dependence on the energy industry in his speech about the economy and job creation.

“We’ve heard a lot of promises from President Obama that he simply hasn’t followed through on,” Pompei said. “We’ll be talking to people across the country from now until Election Day about the governor’s ability to create jobs and his vision for moving the country forward.”

On Saturday and Sunday, local officials and law enforcement met with members of Romney’s campaign staff and U.S. Secret Service agents to discuss logistics of the event.

Visitors will not be allowed to gain access to the event until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Romney campaign news release.

The first 1,300 people will be routed to a special, up close viewing area, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

Residents hoping to take advantage of the special section are encouraged to arrive early.

However, because the secure area will be accessed through magnetometers, the Romney campaign will not grant secure area access to anyone carrying a backpack or weapons — even pocket knives will not be allowed, Vanatta said.

Cameras and camera cases are permitted.

Although the event does not open to the public until 7:30 a.m., Vanatta said city staff will begin closing streets as early as 5 a.m. to provide Romney campaign staffers enough time to set up.

Among the road closures are Yampa Avenue between Victory Way and Seventh Street; the 500 block of Breeze Street; the alley between the 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue and Breeze Street; and Sixth Street from Breeze to Russell streets.

In addition, the Moffat County Department of Social Services parking lot will be closed beginning at 5 a.m., as will the city parking lot south of Alice Pleasant Park.

The area will be closed to all vehicle traffic, Vanatta said.

Those attending the event will be routed down Breeze Street to the entrance, which will be located at the Department of Social Services parking lot.

Romney is scheduled to appear at 3:35 p.m. in Las Vegas following the campaign event in Craig, Pompei said.

Although the GOP contender has received invitations from local elected officials and energy operators for tours and meetings, Pompei could not confirm Sunday how much time he would spend in Craig after the public event, if any...."  (Read more?  Click title)

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