Our view: Grassroots initiative shows vision

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, social norms are shifting, young people’s exposure to the drug is greater and our youth are being raised in a new reality where smoking pot, from a legal perspective, is not much different than consuming alcohol.

Ed Miklus: City must hire smart

Regarding the police investigation, the present presents us with, in my opinion, bogus legal advice that has enhanced stonewalling, obviated transparency, is coupled with a continuum of poor decision making by the city manager enhanced by inane public pronouncements and the release of “Pablum Report 6.”

Our View: The little town that could

When a community of fewer than 900 souls finds itself facing flat population numbers, declining property values and a stretched-to-the-limit revenue stream, it essentially has two options: Give up and allow the prevailing trends to run their inevitable course … or band together in a effort to reverse those trends.

Rob Douglas: Police report is deficient

Further eroding the public’s trust in the investigation of Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief Joel Rae, Deputy Chief Bob DelValle and City Manager Deb Hinsvark, on Tuesday, Hinsvark released a “Community Summary” of the investigation reports to the public before discussing the reports or the summary with the Steamboat Springs City Council in an executive session scheduled for that evening.

Our View: More questions than answers

Steamboat City Council President Bart Kounovsky and City Manager Deb Hinsvark both predicted the community would not be satisfied with the police investigation summary that was released to the public Tuesday, and their predictions were correct.

Our View: West Connector Trail boon to community

We were gratified last week to learn that the long-anticipated West Connector Trail is now open for business and is already enjoying plenty of use.

Emily Seaver: No tourney in park

On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council will again be hosting public comment on the subject of permitting Triple Crown to play at Emerald Park.

Pamela Lane and Trafalgar Drive residents: Park dispute continues

Hidden in the last City Council packet was a request from City Manager Deb Hinsvark to administratively negotiate a contract with Triple Crown to expand their operations to Emerald Park.

Our View: Is tubing too much fun?

City of Steamboat Springs officials are leaning toward hiring river rangers to enforce tubing rules on the Yampa River, and we can get behind that initiative as long as the river rangers approach their job from a customer-service standpoint as opposed to a function of policing. And that’s not intended as a knock on law enforcement.

John Whittum: Emerald Park dilemma

The only difference is in the number of zeros and the timing: As the Steamboat City Council considers renting space in Emerald Park to Triple Crown in 2016, the U.S. National Park Service is entertaining bids by Scottsdale businessmen to build a cable car network from the top to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in 2018.

Chris Harnden: Fourth of July unifies

Like many people, my wife and I arrived early to claim a spot for the evening’s firework show. The smell of the day’s sunscreen and bug spray filled the air as the relatively open space began to fill to capacity.

Kim Bonner: Appreciate the DMV

The Routt County Motor Vehicle Department’s server crashed some time during the night of July 8 and was down all day July 9 while the Department of Revenue did diagnostic testing from Denver to determine the nature and extent of the problem.

Jim Webster: Green needs support

I read with amusement the recent letter to the editor about “Environmental Religion.” I thought it was very creative writing but, unfortunately, lacked substantive points to contribute to the debate about climate change or sustainability of the planet.

Our View: Connectivity more than a luxury

Connectivity is the hallmark of 21st century existence. Thanks to the exponential growth of technology during the past several decades, we now live in a world which, a mere 20 years ago, would have seemed like the stuff of science fiction, and today, most of us carry around more computing power in our pockets than existed in the entire arsenal of supercomputers it took to put men on the moon back in 1969.

Megan Richard: Triple Crown access needs study

In my opinion, if the city opens up Emerald Park to the Triple Crown through Pamela Lane, in violation of the policy set in 1996, it should hire an independent consultant to conduct a market analysis on the negative impacts on property values in that neighborhood.