As the new chair of the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table, I’m writing today to give an update on some of the water issues being addressed both in Northwest Colorado and throughout the state.
On behalf of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, I want to thank our entire community for a fantastic 103rd Winter Carnival. Once again, our army of community supporters and volunteers came together to pull off one of the most unique celebrations anywhere in the world.
On Jan. 31, the Steamboat Pilot & Today published an in-depth article on opiate and heroin addiction in Steamboat Springs and Routt County titled “Breaking the silence.” The article brought attention to a national crisis that has hit home, and the information provided in the piece is only the beginning of a larger community conversation we think needs to happen now.
I read with great dismay the article in the Friday’s Steamboat Today that the Winter Carnival sculptures were discontinued this year, which sounds as a lack of interest on the students’ part.
I ask for your indulgence as I foray into the first person. I have previously expressed my displeasure with an interim city manager appointing a permanent chief of police. Though still not endorsing the process, the outcome could not have been better. The city of Steamboat Springs is extremely fortunate to have a man of Cory Christensen’s expertise, experience and most of all character as our chief of police. Our fair city will be a better place with his leadership.
We were dismayed to see how easily city and county governments are letting go of the community goal of building a combined police and sheriff’s facility on the west side of Steamboat Springs. It would be a facility that could realize operational efficiencies for the taxpayers and also pay dividends in the form of building cohesiveness between the two largest law enforcement agencies in the county. It’s also a strategy that was the first choice of a citizens committee tasked with leading the former city council out of the wilderness.
Thanks to Wednesday’s issue of Steamboat Today and Audrey Dwyer for shedding further light on this important financial support for arts and education in our community.
On behalf of the Rx Task Force, we want to thank you for reporting on the growing opiate addiction issue in our valley. Your article provided a necessary community snapshot of this rising national epidemic.
Colorado’s diverse energy sector has powered our state’s economy, helping to create thousands of jobs and driving our unemployment rate down to about 3.5 percent. It’s one reason our recovery has outpaced the rest of the nation.
As board members of Partners in Routt County, we want to thank the community for 20 years of supporting our mentoring programs. Community-based mentoring between adult volunteers and at-risk youth, along with our school-based mentoring led by a committed staff, have served thousands of young people across the valley.
The Steamboat Springs School District used its new emergency messaging system for the first time last week when it notified parents that students at Strawberry Park Elementary School were being evacuated to the middle school gym due to an unexplained odor of gas at the campus.
Our most sincere gratitude goes out to the South Routt community for pulling together and donating 297 books for our local schools.
We were greatly encouraged by Monday’s news that the Steamboat Springs Board of Education intends to move forward with seating a 17-member steering committee to study the district’s facilities needs and develop a plan that addresses these needs in a way that’s palatable to the community.
Last week, in the Glenwood Springs central administrative offices of Colorado Mountain College, something special happened. Roughly 30 of our employees volunteered their time during lunch to fold, stuff and prepare nearly 2,000 personalized letters for mailing.
In a special election Tuesday, Hayden voters approved a measure that will allow the commercial cultivation of marijuana for retail and medical uses under limited circumstances.