Spring is a funny season in Routt County.
The ski mountain closes, and a number of local shops and restaurants follow suit, if only for a couple of weeks to re-energize before the summer tourism season kicks off. The Steamboat Springs School District has its Spring Break - which must be one of the latest spring breaks of any public school district in the country - and dozens of families pack the car or the suitcases and head to places such as Moab and Mexico. Even the Steamboat Springs City Council is taking a couple weeks off.
At times, it feels as though only a few of us remain to watch over the town. Of course, the reality is most of us are still here, working with the same sense of urgency as any other time of year. The same goes at the Pilot & Today, where just because the pace of city business slows doesn't mean the news does, too.
The past couple weeks have brought updates on Triple Crown and its ongoing negotiations with the city and Chamber, concerns about flooding and fire dangers, and questions about the local impact of the struggling economy, rising fuel prices and floundering domestic airlines.
But I know there always are more stories worthy of sharing with our readers. Stories like that of Wendell Hicks, who last week celebrated 45 years of employment at Steamboat Lumber. Or of iconic Routt County residents Elaine Gay and Evelyn Monger, who both celebrated their 90th birthdays.
The fact is, many of the stories we write are born out of the suggestions and tips of readers. If you have an idea for a story - whatever it is - give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. My contact information is at the end of this story.
We need you
I mentioned in a column a few weeks ago that the Pilot & Today soon would be looking for two community members interested in serving a four-month volunteer term on our Editorial Board. That time is upon us.
The Editorial Board meets weekly at 10 a.m. Tuesday to formulate ideas for the editorials that appear in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the newspaper. The Editorial Board consists of myself, Publisher Bryna Larsen, City Editor Mike Lawrence, reporter and columnist Tom Ross and the two community representatives.
Interested community members must be able to commit to attending most, if not all, of the Tuesday meetings (which typically last between 60 and 90 minutes) as well as be engaged members of the community who are knowledgeable about many local and regional issues.
Anyone interested in serving on the board should write me a letter of interest detailing your background as well as the reasons for your interest in participating in the editorial process.
Letters can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Attn: Brent Boyer, Steamboat Pilot & Today, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. I can be reached by phone at (970) 871-4221.
From the Editor appears in the Thursday edition of the Steamboat Today.