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Rob Douglas: Cedar’s hard work pays off again

While I’ll cheer for Peyton and the Broncos on Sunday, and I can’t wait to watch our Winter Olympians perform in Russia, my hero this week is Steamboat Springs Middle School student Cedar Turek.

Rob Douglas: A not so open discussion

By conducting a public meeting concerning sage grouse conservation while excluding the press, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. John Hickenlooper did not “foster an open and frank discussion.” Instead, they’ve raised questions about their commitment to a free and unfettered press as enshrined in the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions.

Rob Douglas: Dear Joe: Bring the kids

This week, the Steamboat Today published a letter to the editor headlined “Still kid friendly?” After announcing that his family will bring their three young children to Steamboat Springs this year for the first of many annual family ski vacations, the letter’s author, Joe Mattingly, of Houston, threatened to boycott Steamboat in the future if there’s an increased presence of marijuana in public places.

Rob Douglas: The unfair burden of being 1st

On New Year’s Day, the Colorado marijuana industry undertook the burden of being pioneers in the legal sale of recreational marijuana.

Rob Douglas: Sexual identity politics and the Olympics

Just as it was wrong back in July for Sen. Lindsey Graham to call on the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama’s decision this week to use the U.S. Olympic delegation as a political tool to oppose Russian laws against “nontraditional sexual relations” is shortsighted.

Rob Douglas: An Olympic approach to education

For some reason, when it comes to education, the benchmark is another school just down the road or across the state. Rarely, if ever, do school systems compare themselves to their international counterparts.

Rob Douglas: 2014 elections already taking shape

With the elections of Nov. 5 receding in the rearview mirror, a glance ahead shows 2014’s local, state and federal races coming into focus. With Colorado’s precinct caucuses scheduled for March 4, some incumbents and candidates already have begun the grunt work associated with running for office.

Rob Douglas: Udall’s Affordable Care Act security concerns

On Wednesday, while folks in Routt County were absorbing Tuesday’s election results, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were in a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Rob Douglas: NPR's pumpkin-headed report

As the hometown of more winter Olympians than any other community in the U.S., Steamboat Springs is accustomed to seeing residents of Ski Town USA regularly mentioned by the national and international press.

Rob Douglas: Sticker shock hits Ski Town USA

A week ago, Steamboat Springs resident Leah Wolf Martin knocked on my door and asked if I was aware health insurance premiums for coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act were far higher in Steamboat than in most other Colorado communities.

Rob Douglas: Stormy stormwater success

While property owners in Steamboat Springs dodged the initiation of a stormwater tax this week — thanks to the excellent work of a residents task force — City Manager Deb Hinsvark already has begun the groundwork for a recreation district tax that hasn’t been publicly debated by the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Rob Douglas: PTO: How much is too much?

In the coming weeks, the Steamboat Springs City Council will continue to debate a subject it has wrestled with since the onset of the Great Recession. The subject is city employee compensation, and the debate concerns how to determine fair compensation.

Rob Douglas: Steamboat and our national debt

During the next several weeks, President Barack Obama and the congressional leadership will pretend to fight about the nation’s “debt ceiling.”

Rob Douglas: Hug a Colorado pot smoker

If you think the federal government has overstepped the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution by passing laws and regulations that transgress the freedom, power and rights reserved to the states and individuals, you should hug a Colorado pot smoker.

Rob Douglas: City adds insult to injury

The city invited residents to share their thoughts about a proposed location for a new police station. And then, when those residents did as requested, the city manager tells them their view is inconsequential in the greater scheme of the city’s plan.