Routt County mailed 8,675 ballots in October, and about 50 percent have been returned as of Thursday afternoon.
For the economy to recover, we need to support sensible legislation in the Senate that limits burdensome regulations and encourages private industry to invest in Colorado.
There is a lot at stake in the election this year, and the need for our elected officials to work together across the Continental Divide as well as across party lines is more important than ever.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside money is flowing into Colorado state house races, including District 26 in Routt and Eagle counties.
Diane Mitsch Bush and Chuck McConnell are from Steamboat Springs, which raises the question of how well they are coming across in Eagle County, the only other county besides Routt in House District 26.
Routt County voters can cast ballots during the early voting period that began Monday and continues through Nov. 2.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Tim Corrigan, and I am running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ District 1 seat. I’m a dedicated husband, a parent of four, a community volunteer, a local businessman and the president of the Soroco School Board.
After 60 years of living the bounties provided by Routt County, I would like to give back to this very special Yampa Valley community by serving as a county commissioner.
Who is Doug Monger? I’m a fiscal conservative, a moderate Democrat, a problem solver, and a consensus maker who takes pride in thinking outside the box. I am a strong advocate for private property rights and multiple uses of our public lands. I am a leader and have consistently shown leadership qualities.
I am running because I believe we need a fresh perspective and vitality to address the critical issues we face in our county. Right now, we need to work together through all areas of our county to get our economy moving.
I will cultivate our common ground, ditch the partisan bickering and heated ideological rhetoric and work earnestly across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide to make a better Colorado.
I will work every day if elected to help small businesses in our state hire more employees; invest in property, plants and equipment; and help contribute to the American Dream.
I think there are several agencies within the federal government whose functions could be pushed down to state and local governments, where there is more transparency and more accountability.
The federal debt and lack of spending control, the inability of Congress to manage the federal government and our current “war mentality” are major issues that I feel must be addressed in order to move our country forward.
If the past few years of gridlock and partisanship have taught us anything, it’s that our current Congress is no longer capable of coming up with solutions to our problems.
It’s important that as we develop energy resources including oil, gas and clean coal, we put equal effort into common-sense conservation and environmental protection.
Some residents who own property in the Stagecoach area but do not use it as their residence weren't notified about a proposed mill levy cap increase on the November ballot for the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District.
Emily Tracy, the Democratic candidate for Senate District 8, said Colorado’s statehouse is occupied by “very much an urban/suburban Legislature.” Republican candidate Randy Baumgardner said collaboration between parties is the only way to get things done in Denver.
House District 26 candidate Diane Mitsch Bush said she felt vindicated upon learning that the state is considering new rules on water quality testing for oil wells. Her opponent, Republican Chuck McConnell, argued that developing the state's many natural resources without burdensome regulations is the quickest way to boost the economy.
Today's candidate forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CMC auditorium. Follow the link to watch live video from the forum.
The most recent campaign finance reports show some disparities in fundraising efforts by Routt County residents running for elected office.
Some residents already have received their ballots, but another opportunity to meet local candidates before the Nov. 6 election is Thursday night.
Diane Mitsch Bush is running for the Colorado House District 26 seat
Chuck McConnell is running for Colorado House District 26
Jim Barrows is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat
Tim Corrigan is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat
Tina Kyprios is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat
Doug Monger is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.
For the first time in 12 years, Northwest Colorado will not be represented at the state Capitol by someone named White. The real question is whether Senate District 8, a typically safe Republican seat, will stay in GOP hands, or if Breckenridge Democrat Emily Tracy can topple two-term state Rep. Randy Baumgardner.
Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat has been one of the most fiercely contested in the state — if not the nation — the past few years, and for good reason.
Voters on Nov. 6 will decide whether to retain Judge Michael O’Hara III as the chief judge for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
Brett Barkey is running unopposed for district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
2 CU Board of Regents seats are on the ballot this year.
Colorado voters soon will decide the latest attempt at marijuana legalization, this one in the form of Amendment 64, which proposes amending the state constitution to allow adults 21 and older to possess and use small amounts of marijuana.
The town of Yampa is asking voters to approve reducing the number of Town Board seats from six to four.
The Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District in South Routt County near Stagecoach is requesting an increase in its mill levy cap.
Amendment S, put on the ballot by Colorado lawmakers, would reform the state’s government employee personnel system through a variety of changes that supporters say are necessary to modernize and make flexible the state’s rigid personnel rules.
Amendment 65, one of three statewide ballot questions to be decided by Colorado voters this fall, seeks to strike down the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by instructing state lawmakers and Colorado’s congressional delegation to push for and support campaign finance reform at the federal level.
It may sound cliche, but Routt County voters absolutely will have an impact in races up and down the ballot this year, starting with the presidential contest.
Jim “Moose” Barrows, Tim Corrigan, Tina Kyprios and Doug Monger got a chance to introduce themselves to Oak Creek Town Board members and South Routt residents at Thursday's meeting.
The outcome of the Nov. 6 election has the potential to shift county government’s regulatory outlook on permitting oil and gas wells, but it would take time for any policy changes to be noticed.
Amendment 65 is a toothless attempt to get Colorado lawmakers and the federal government to limit campaign contributions and spending.
Voters have little time left to register to vote in the upcoming election. Routt County residents still can visit the Clerk and Recorder's Office to register by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday or can register online at www.govotecolorado.com.
While we can sympathize with some of the arguments proponents make, the state’s Constitution isn’t the place to address marijuana legalization, especially when such legalization will be in direct conflict with federal law.
Business issues from the need to support lone eagles to the role of government in economic development got a close look Wednesday when the Steamboat Pilot & Today hosted local candidates.
Chuck McConnell says "Oil and gas creates jobs today — these are high-paying jobs," while Diane Mitsch Bush counters that "Research and experience show small businesses are the job creators."
With the voter registration deadline less than a week away, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland is encouraging voters to verify their information online.
Much of the friction has come from frustration over the approval process for permitting new oil and gas wells and some residents’ inability to collect royalties.
The newspaper's Coffee and a Newspaper gathering will provide opportunity for an informal meet and greet with local candidates. All are welcome to stop by between 7 and 9 a.m. Wednesday.
New voters who registered from Sept. 14 to Monday at www.govotecolorado.com using a mobile device or tablet may not be registered, according to a news release.