Susan Marshall: Covering North Routt


I found it curious when I studied the “news contacts” in the paper. In addition to the central coverage of Steamboat Springs and special topical areas, I discovered that reporters are assigned to cover the news in South Routt and Hayden. It’s comforting to see a commitment to covering two important communities outside of Steamboat Springs.

My problem? I live in North Routt, a vibrant and close-knit community that begins just 7 miles north of Steamboat and covers more than 400 square miles. We have great diversity with many newsworthy events but little coverage. It seems odd that there is little interest in our goings-on.

We are home to two state parks, numerous hiking and skiing trails, great restaurants that also serve as top-notch musical venues and community centers and several guest ranches ranging from affordable cabins to high-end and highly revered “dude” ranches. We also have some of the most productive ranches in the county, and many multigenerational families and others are ensuring these properties remain as the rural land we all love.

Our community has its center in Clark, anchored by the Clark Store (which is our post office, lending library, liquor store, deli, grocery store and overall “meet your neighbors” gathering place), the North Routt Community Charter School (delivering the highest quality education to 80 K- through eighth-grade students in a state-of-the-art facility), the North Routt Preschool (providing a solution for working parents with prekindergarten children), a North Routt Community Church that meets weekly and one of the two North Routt Fire Protection District fire stations.

Not far from Clark is the eclectic Hahn’s Peak Village, complete with a historical society and several museum buildings, reflecting the history of its economic and political importance within the county.

Besides the annual Steamboat Marathon (the course of which occurs primarily in North Routt), we offer the Glide the Divide Nordic skiing race and have reintroduced July Fourth fireworks at Steamboat Lake just this year. I know I’ve failed to mention many organizations, events and activities that are a critical element of our community. I learn about many in our tiny free newspaper, North Routt Rumors, but wouldn’t it be nice to see them in the Steamboat Today? I’m sure visitors and other Routt County residents would like to know more about what is happening in North Routt and the issues it faces.

Susan Marshall

North Routt


Bill Fetcher 3 years, 8 months ago

Dear Susan: I attended the Clark School, 1st through 7th grade, 1952-1958. Each Monday we students would be asked to submit news stories regarding our families; trips, visitors, birthdays, illnesses, accidents, etc. as well as school and community events such as the annual Christmas party. The teachers (only two at that time) would edit our stories and submit them for printing in the Pilot. The other rural schools also submitted news items in those years before consolidation. We learned some basic journalism; who, what, why, when and where, as well as what's not news (dog bites man), as well as what makes news (man bites dog). Why not appeal to the staff at North Routt Community Charter School to get this program started? It's long overdue. Yours truly, Bill Fetcher


mark hartless 3 years, 8 months ago

Just an FYI...

A lot of folks that live up north don't want themselves or their community in the news. They want to be left alone and don't want the advertisement.

There is also an entire publication called "Rumors" or something like that which is usually available at the Clark Store. Published weekly, I think...


Brian Kotowski 3 years, 8 months ago

One of the things I most enjoy about living out in the sticks is the anonymity & privacy. No one stumbles into my driveway by accident, and that's how I like it. But that's me - Ms. Marshall clearly likes the limelight more than I do. Different strokes...


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