Steamboat Springs Scott Ford is one of my favorite people in Routt County. His zany personality and meticulous study of the local economy and related data make him a fascinating and valuable member of our community.
Scott and I don’t always agree on local issues, but I know he’ll dissent in a respectful, thoughtful manner. That’s about as much as I can ask of anyone.
On Wednesday, Scott posted a comment on SteamboatToday.com criticizing the newspaper’s Editorial Board for taking on too many “softball” issues and for writing “articles” instead of opinion pieces. His comment was spurred by the Editorial Board’s Wednesday piece titled “Flood danger is real; be prepared.”
Scott went on to suggest an editorial about the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ decision late Tuesday to table Sweetwood Ranch owner Ryan Wood’s special-use permit application. I agree that the Sweetwood Ranch issue is ripe for an editorial, but a piece in Wednesday’s paper would have been premature given the timing of Tuesday’s county decision and the resulting lack of time for our five-member Editorial Board, which includes two community representatives, to discuss the decision and come to agreement on an editorial position about it.
And as we’ve continued to look into the issue this week, we may find that a more informed editorial would be critical of the county planning process or the guidelines for guest ranch and other special-use permits as opposed to the commissioners’ decision to table a vote on Wood’s application.
I also happen to think that the flooding danger editorial was warranted. I think there’s a very good chance in the coming weeks that runoff will become a significant property issue and potentially a safety issue for areas of Routt County, perhaps even downtown Steamboat Springs.
The weather during the next few weeks could prove me wrong (and I hope it does). But if Wednesday’s editorial motivated even a few residents to be more aware of the particular dangers facing them or their properties, and if it spurred them to prepare for the potential impacts of flooding, then I think it was worthwhile.
Perhaps many of you are shaking your heads in disagreement. Good. The Editorial Board is always open to suggestions for local topics to consider. And we’re looking for two new community representatives to serve four-month terms alongside me, General Manager Scott Stanford and reporter Tom Ross.
If you’re interested in being on the Editorial Board, please send Scott or me a short letter or email expressing your interest in the position. The next term will run from May through August.
I guarantee you’ll enjoy the Editorial Board process and feel empowered by the role you can play in helping to shape the newspaper’s stance on important community issues.
Be aware of targeted scam
It’s unfortunate that there are people in this world who resort to thievery and other means to take advantage of others. Some Steamboat Pilot & Today classified advertising customers are the latest target of such a criminal.
The scam goes like this: A caller tells a recent classified advertising customers that he is from the Pilot & Today and is trying to verify credit card information. This person uses software to manipulate his phone number so that it appears that the call is originating from the Pilot & Today. It is not.
The Pilot & Today does not contact customers via telephone to verify credit card information.
If you think you might have been contacted improperly, please call Stanford at 970-871-4202 or office manager Holly Hunter at 970-871-4223.
Brent Boyer is the editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He can be reached at 970-871-4221 or bboyer@SteamboatToday.com