Having celebrated the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, most Americans proudly believe there are no modern vestiges of governmental injustice similar to those that caused 56 delegates to the Continental Congress in summer 1776 to risk their lives by announcing the birth of a new nation.
This week, I had the pleasure of spending an hour with Ronald “Chip” Ravenscroft while he gave me a refresher course about why the residents of Steamboat Springs chose to institute a tax structure that is based on sales taxes instead of property taxes.
While crawling along Yampa Street trying to obey the new 15 mph speed limit, take the time to think about whether you want the Steamboat Springs City Council to begin the process of saddling city residents with new taxes.
A little less than a month ago, as I was heading out on a Saturday morning to one of my favorite spots in the valley, I received a call from this paper’s editor, Brent Boyer. As soon as he said, “I have some bittersweet news,” I sensed that Brent had called to tell me he was leaving the Steamboat Pilot & Today. I wish my intuition had been wrong.
Of all the tragedies in life that are incomprehensible, the death of a child is the most difficult to fathom. That assault on our desire to live in a world shaped by natural order is compounded when a child dies in the violent manner that Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan did this week here in the Yampa Valley.
During the first several seasons, the opening scene of every weekly episode of “Hill Street Blues” — a popular 1980s TV police drama – invariably centered on Sgt. Phil Esterhaus conducting roll call.
“These people don’t belong in Lyons. They certainly don’t belong in the foothills around Lyons.” That is a direct quote from Lyons resident Patrick Ward, originally reported by the Lyons Recorder. Who was Ward complaining about? Bicyclists.
It’s time the council cast aside its economic development delusions of grandeur and return to the basics of running the city based on the actual needs of the city.
Last Saturday, as elected officials across Colorado continued to wrestle with drafts of laws and regulations implementing Amendment 64, thousands of people gathered in Denver’s Civic Center Park for the annual 4/20 rally protesting laws restricting the use of marijuana.
From the Yampa Valley to Washington, D.C., it is nearly impossible to cut through the deliberately misleading political noise that clouds any search for facts required at the outset of meaningful public policy debate.
It’s unfortunate the Steamboat Pilot & Today didn’t have a videographer in the room during Wednesday’s standing-room-only Coffee and a Newspaper event featuring Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins discussing recently proposed and enacted Colorado gun control laws.
The juxtaposition of two news accounts this week concerning public officials subverting the legislative process from opposite ends of the political spectrum illuminates America’s growing disrespect for the rule of law.
This week, the Steamboat Today reported on the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s failure to contact Galen Woelk, a key witness in the investigation of the March 17, 2011, death of Cooper Larsh.
The question moving forward in the Cooper Larsh case is whether the police department and City Council will conduct an appropriate examination to determine what, if anything, went wrong with the 2011 police investigation of Larsh’s tragic death.
Spend an hour with Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel and you’ll quickly learn that he is a serious, dedicated professional who understands the responsibilities of his job and cares deeply about providing the best security possible to the 210,000 passengers who move through his airport every year.