Lyman Orton: Catamount gating


A vocal minority of homeowners at Catamount Ranch & Club (the golf course area) is agitating to get a “security” gate installed at the entrance. As one of the founders of Catamount, I consider this a slap in the face to the greater Steamboat Springs community and not at all the intent we had in creating the place. We owners specifically directed that Catamount would not be a gated community because of the negative signal that sends. We wanted Catamount to be community-minded and welcoming.

I don’t know who these folks are that keep agitating for a gate, but I hope they calm down and learn to enjoy what is one of the safest places in the world to live — Routt County. But I think they know that and use “security” as a code word for letting the rest of us know just how exclusive they are. I know many Catamount residents, and they are great folks who participate in our community. It’s sad to see that snobism has arrived in the valley, and I have urged the homeowners association at Catamount to stop this nonsense in its tracks.

The heritage and culture of our valley is neighborliness, friendliness and a welcoming attitude. Gated communities send exactly the opposite signal. Come on, what’s there to be so afraid of? Stampeding elk?

Lyman Orton

Steamboat Springs


sledneck 6 years, 11 months ago

I hate to be the one to tell you, Lyman, but "snobism" arrived in this valley a good ways back. There are other gated communities here already too.


carlyle 6 years, 11 months ago

I am beginning to really like George Krawzoff. He has strong opinions, expresses them fairly and has a twisted sense of humor.


stillinsteamboat 6 years, 11 months ago

George, get a clue, Lyman is a "rich people". I think his point is valid.


1999 6 years, 11 months ago

i think he said golf course catamount not pleasent valley catamount.


1999 6 years, 11 months ago

hey Lymon..Thanks for letting us ride and run and hike on your land!!!!


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