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Knoebel says quality of life, young families key

Next mayor looks to future of Oak Creek

Zach Fridell

Nikki Knoebel is running unopposed for mayor of Oak Creek. Knoebel, who was appointed to the Town Board in October, said she plans to concentrate on bringing a high quality of life in Oak Creek.

— Nikki Knoebel said she wasn't planning on running for mayor so soon after being appointed to the Oak Creek Town Board, but when the opportunity arose, she grabbed it.

"It was one of those things that just being on Town Board, I realized how much I enjoyed it and being a part of everything that goes with it," said Knoebel, who joined the Town Board in October. "Nobody was running for mayor, and it was always something I wanted to do. … It was a little earlier than I expected. I just decided to step up."

Knoebel, the special events manager at Catamount Ranch & Club, also volunteers with the Oak Creek Hockey Association and said she hopes to bring more youth-friendly activities to town.

"My biggest thing is just concentrating on the kids in town," she said, including working with other groups, earning grants and planning activities for the town.

"One of our goals is to have a high quality of life in Oak Creek," Knoebel wrote in response to a candidate questionnaire. "We want to attract young families who cannot afford to live in Steamboat (Springs) to choose Oak Creek over other surrounding towns. We want to be a family-oriented town with a focus on kid-friendly activities."

If she is elected mayor — and she is the only candidate running for the seat being vacated by Mayor J Elliott — Knoebel said she wants to have coffee with people in town and "be approachable for the citizens."

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Knoebel said she also would encourage businesses to team up and work with the town to attract visitors and business.

"We can focus on some people from Steamboat. They don't get our utility bills so they don't know about our" businesses, Knoebel said. She said the town could create a "Main Street" organization like Steamboat has to encourage spending from one store to the next.

"The town of Oak Creek can add events such as a running or bike race, 'Oak Creek Days' or expand on the Labor Day festivities to help bring more people to the town," she wrote. "Community involvement is a priority, and making Main Street user-friendly will help promote the great local restaurants, grocery store and liquor store."

Polls in the election are open until 7 p.m. today, and Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the town should have results as soon as 9 p.m.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail

Oak Creek Town Board election

The polls for the Oak Creek Town Board election are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall. Voters must live within town limits and present a driver’s license or other photo ID to vote. All mailed ballots also must be returned today by 7 p.m. to Oak Creek Town Hall. For more information, call Town Hall at 736-2422.

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To learn more about Nikki Knoebel, read her candidate questionnaire here.