Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak announced Wednesday that she won't seek a sixth term in office next fall. Stahoviak has represented South Routt on the Board of County Commissioners since 1993.

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Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak announced Wednesday that she won't seek a sixth term in office next fall. Stahoviak has represented South Routt on the Board of County Commissioners since 1993.

Stahoviak won't seek a 6th term as county commissioner

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Nancy Stahoviak announces retirement from county government

The longtime commissioner who represents South Routt will not seek a sixth term in fall 2012.

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Former Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak

— Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak’s announcement that she would not seek a sixth term in office in 2012 was less than 15 minutes old when two Republican hopefuls announced their candidacies to fill the District 1 seat.

First in line to replace Stahoviak are former Olympic downhill ski racer and businessman Jim “Moose” Barrows and South Routt rancher and Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brita Horn.

Stahoviak told the Routt County Republican Central Committee during a noon meeting Wednesday that when she last ran for office in 2008 she was fairly certain it would be her last four-year term in office.

“In January 2013, I will have served as a county commissioner for 20 years, and I truly think it will be time for someone else to take on that responsibility,” Stahoviak said. “I truly appreciated and enjoyed my service to citizens of Routt and promise you I’ll continue to do the same for the next 14 months. But after that, it’s time for home and family.”

Routt County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Diane Mitsch Bush praised Stahoviak’s work ethic on Wednesday.

“No one works as hard for the people as Nancy Stahoviak,” said Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who represents Steamboat Springs. “You can always count on Nancy to be extremely well prepared. I value that because it’s crucial. And her institutional memory is unparalleled.”

Stahoviak’s district wraps around three sides of Steamboat Springs and extends south through Oak Creek and Yampa and all the way to the Eagle County line. Before being elected county commissioner, she served as a town trustee in Oak Creek for two years, mayor for two years and town treasurer for five years. She has lived in Oak Creek for 35 years.

Fellow County Commissioner Doug Monger also praised Stahoviak’s preparation but ventured that her greatest contribution was probably made while working on issues that made a difference in the lives of families.

“Her passion for human issues has always been her strength, including her work on affordable housing, quality child care, workforce issues and more directly her support of Routt County employees,” Monger said. “Routt County as we know it today has a lot of Nancy’s passions embedded in its look and feel.”

Horn and her family operate a large cattle ranch in extreme South Routt County on County Road 4, not far from McCoy.

Although she lives in Routt County and her two teenage daughters attend Soroco High School in Oak Creek, Horn said she has been chief of the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department with a district that stretches from Burns to Radium in Eagle County. She will have served as chief for four years as of December. Horn also keeps a busy schedule as a paid part-time EMT with the Eagle County Ambulance Department.

She became a member of the Routt County Planning Commission this year and said she has become immersed in the expanding activity in energy exploration here.

“I want to make sure we do it the right way,” Horn said. “I want to be a listener and follow through on what people tell me.”

Barrows is a native of Steamboat Springs and a 1996 inductee into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. A Realtor with Prudential Steamboat Realty, he lives on rural acreage on Routt County Road 14. Barrows dominated downhill racers in the Rocky Mountain Division during his youth and went on to ski for the University of Colorado. He gained notoriety for a dramatic fall during the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, and he went on to finish a business degree at Denver University.

He has continued to work in the ski industry and organized many fundraisers to generate scholarship money for junior skiers.

“I can’t take the place, but (I can) fill the seat ... that Nancy has so ably taken care of the last few years in District 1,” Barrows told fellow Republicans during Wednesday’s meeting. “Given the political and the election cycle we just went through and when you look at all the things we’re going through, I think it’s time for someone with some heritage and some conservative views to continue that conservative feel. I’m stepping up and announcing I’ll run one year hence from now.”

During her tenure as county commissioner, Stahoviak endured two medical crises that required lengthy convalescences. She resumed her duties with the county remotely from medical care facilities as soon as she could participate in lengthy conference calls.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said Stahoviak’s decision not to seek another term in office held a silver lining.

“On a personal note I guess the best thing about her retirement will be that I will be able to refer to her as a friend rather than one of my bosses,” Sullivan said.

Stahoviak has served on a number of state, regional and local boards over her 30-year career in public service.

According to her bio on the Routt County website, Stahoviak’s current boards and committees include:

  • Colorado Rural Workforce Development Consortium Board
  • Yampa Valley Housing Authority Board
  • South Routt Community Center Board
  • First Impressions Child Care and Early Childhood Education Board
  • Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council
  • South Routt Early Learning Center Board
  • Routt County Economic Development Cooperative
  • Board of Directors for Northwest Options for Long Term Care; and Yampa Valley Recycles

In 2008, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. honored Stahoviak with its annual Hazie Werner Award for Excellence. In December 2009 she was given the distinguished service award by Colorado Counties Inc. for her longtime service to Northwest Colorado.

Over the course of five elections, only once — in 2004 — has Stahoviak faced an opponent. She was elected that year with 72 percent of the vote.

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

Moose owns a ranch so he will have an educated opinion on AG taxing.

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1999 2 years, 10 months ago

while I certainly don't agree with her politics...Nancy has put in a lot of time serving Rt County. Thanks for your time Nancy.

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Clay Ogden 2 years, 10 months ago

Also not agreeing with all of her choices ... but ... I've always supported her because she has been a tireless advocate her constituents and a dedicated public servant ... passionate and transparent ... no hidden agenda.

I'll miss her in this position and I think the personal that replaces her has mighty big shoes to fill.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 10 months ago

I think she always did her best to serve the public interest and her ideological leanings were secondary.

I think Moose has big enough feet to fill most anyone's shoes. :)

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Jon Quinn 2 years, 10 months ago

Nancy is truly a dedicated public servant. She is also a genuinely warm and caring human being. Her leadership and passion will be greatly missed. Thank you Nancy.

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sedgemo 2 years, 10 months ago

YVB, you should run if you are inclined. It can't be a race with only one moose!

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

yvb, You get paid - you have outrageous health benefits- if you need extra money you can just take it with no consequences. What else do you want?

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CONative 2 years, 10 months ago

Nancy's a tough cookie, and we've been fortunate to have her as long as we have.

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

yvb, In the Summer, when your traveling down a county road and a group of bicyclist ignore your presence and block your way, you could do something about it. You would be "a higher up".

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the_Lizard 2 years, 10 months ago

20 years is truly long enough for any public servant, no matter how hard working and lovely. Can we look forward to the hard working and wonderful, Monger to retire any time soon. Not that he isn't a great public servant and all, but.....new ideas , fresh thinking, different people, yep it's time BTW, they make 58,500 dollars a year, not excessive, but with benefits and what not they cost us about 87,000. Up from 2010 because of the increase in cost for medical benefits.

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

It's a good thing they make more then the high school resource officer. It will be a tough campaign for Mr. Monger with that $75,000.00 missing.

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sledneck 2 years, 10 months ago

Do it YVB !

Lizard is right, good or bad 20 years is more than plenty...

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

yvb, Another point for you to ponder. It's agreed Moose is a good man. Born and raised in Steamboat. Were looking for a commissioner for South Routt. Not Steamboat.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, look at the district's boundaries - to get the population even between the CCs they had to move the northern district boundaries to Walton Creek Road. So someone with a history in both SB and living along county road 14 is well situated for the district's population.

He is certainly living closer to more of the district's population than Ms Horn.

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mavis 2 years, 10 months ago

Really- They get full benefits and that much of a salary???? There are a LOT of people that live along 14 that would be very qualified. And actually change things up and maybe this county would move in a good direction. Thank you for your service Nancy and committment but we need some changes fast!

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

Scott, It's not really who lives the closes that counts. It's who will best represent the residence of South Routt. I would prefer to have some one that knows the people and the specific concerns of the area. A long time South Routtie. If their outspoken that would be a plus too.

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spidermite 2 years, 10 months ago

Yep, That's long enough. You've got the out spoken part covered too.

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mtroach 2 years, 10 months ago

I would invest a consideralbe ammount of effort and time into keeping an anti-bikite like yvb from taking office. Our next county comnish need to look toward ballance and cooperation, not a "heads will roll" mentality. No matter the party or ideas, once a canidate is elected he/she must repersent everyone in the district, not just the angry oldtimers. Yvb could not do that, and would be the cause of more problems than soluitions.

Now, can we please make this election about issues rather than personality.

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spidermite 2 years, 9 months ago

It's good to have a strong opinion. We don't need any more two- faced people.

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mtroach 2 years, 9 months ago

Ok yvb, why not drop your anonymous handle and talk issues. I'm not running for anything and do not live in SRoutt. You see me as single minded, I perfer single-track minded, but non the less think you would not be a good "team player" for our county government. If elected,your extremeist views and big mouth would cause more problems than good. Shocking the system and busting heads is not a good leadership position, would result in ineffective government and would not get you reelected. I really think your unwillingness to compromise on any issue is not a quality we need in government.

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sledneck 2 years, 9 months ago

Just register to run, YVB. THAT will be enough to get the "issues" ball a-rollin'.

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spidermite 2 years, 9 months ago

mtroach, Would not be a good "team player" for our county government. Are you suggesting that we should only vote for canidates that share the same opinion? No different points of view should be considered? Sometimes shocking the system helps. Keep in mind there are three commissioners and the majority rules.

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kathy foos 2 years, 9 months ago

You might be good YBBoy ,but you are gross ,rude and cant stop the brutal chip and seal.Nope we need fresh young well educated and a real doer,from South Routt.It seems Nancy is totally for Steamboat in all matters anymore,dont expect that again.If we dont get a say in this county with our own rep,then why pay taxes?

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kathy foos 2 years, 9 months ago

There is one Steamboat person I would vote for if he ran,Ralph Cantifio.He has always helped people from this end of the Valley and stood up for us recently.He is ethical ,I would also endorse Karen Halterman ,very smart woman and fearless.Im open to any kick ass person that isnt a mean hater for no reason,When Sled runs that will force an idiot like me to run,so I could beat him for sure. and and we all dont need that war.Whoever it is ,had better know about gas and oil issues.And better protect this valley.

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spidermite 2 years, 9 months ago

Sun, Ralph Cantafio ???

"Ole lone ranger" I've figured out who you are.

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the_Lizard 2 years, 9 months ago

Okay, so Sun, now I'm intrigued, why would you be the people's choice over someone like say, sledneck. As an aside, I am intigued by some of your business ideas, why don't you follow through and get one going?

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spidermite 2 years, 9 months ago

Lizard, Sun has an advantage over Sled. Alot of old family names are associated with the Yampa Valleys heritage. This can give a canidate an edge. Weve got Camilletti, Rossi, Crawford, Brenner and the Fooses. I think the Neck family, Sled, Red and Harry, are new to the valley.

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the_Lizard 2 years, 9 months ago

HA,ha spidermite. ;-) Thanks for the perspective on the matter though. I am unconvinced, however that one name on your list is associated with Routt county heritage and is an old family name, but perhaps you can convince me otherwise. What do I know? I do not know Red nor Harry Neck, but I do like Sled's politics, new to the valley or not.

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