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Public offices should publish phone numbers beyond the Net

Janet Day/ Talk of the Valley

Got Your Number: Governments sure make it difficult to find them if you don’t have internet access at the time you’re looking.

Have you tried to find a telephone number for any county office? The phonebooks list only a few offices and that list doesn’t include the county clerk. A call to 411 information provides a 726 number that results in that annoying “the number you are trying to reach is no longer in service” recording. And trying to talk to an information operator just prolongs the agony with conversations that include things like “No, not Brand County. Grand. With a G.”

The federal government isn’t any better. Looking for the number to a post office? You’re not going to find it anywhere other than nicely asking the postal clerks to tell you what it is. I understand that the clerks’ and postmasters’ time is best spent helping customers who are actually in the post office, but all parts of our governments should be publicly accessible.

On the other hand, I have to say that the Grand County web site is a joy to peruse. It’s attractive, easy to use and, most importantly, helpful, with every phone number you’d need.

Going, Going, Gone: Will the last resident leaving Grand County please turn the lights out? It’s distressing to see the continuing exodus of residents, including some long-time residents, who have to go elsewhere to look for work. Local jobs are few and far between. One recent posting for a part-time position resulted in more than 60 applications. Other businesses are reducing staff, slashing hours and cutting pay.

The effect goes beyond just those losing or looking for work. The economic dominos touch everything from restaurant viability to social service needs to home foreclosures.

Found Art: Local artist Brock McCormick has a current show of his interesting work at the Fraser Library. McCormick incorporates found objects, ink and other media in his landscape art. The found objects include pieces of metal and wood, rusted nuts and bolts, and wire. “Metal is a symbol of industry, while rust demonstrates the resilience of nature, the passage of time, and the beauty of change,” he reports about his work. “Rusted metal is a point where man and nature meet.”

Notable Eateries: I found a great new review of some of our local restaurants, offering kudos for their tasty and filling breakfasts. The Associated Content blog written by a research scientist gives a nod to Mountain Rose (griddle cakes, biscuits and gravy), Carver’s (Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict), Cosmic Dog (burritos, of course) and Beaver Village Lodge (breakfast buffet). Read the whole review at

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