Our View: Decision-making process needs work

Last Tuesday’s six-hour Steamboat Springs City Council meeting was marked by an interesting series of decisions and discussions.

Scott Wedel: City’s path is flawed

The most recent City Council meeting was an attempt to push toward finalizing the location of a police station that instead put the selection process into turmoil and significantly damaged the reputation of the city manager.

s and Voorhees: A big thank you

Last Saturday’s fire in Yampa left a huge hole in its the history and main street. People lost their homes and livelihood, but no one was seriously injured. Amazing!

Stephanie Finegan: What an opportunity

After reading the latest story about the city of Steamboat looking into becoming a STAR Community, my first thought was “what an opportunity.”

Our View: City’s credibility takes huge hit

The revelation Tuesday night that a close relative of a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council had been hired to vet the final police station sites was shocking to say the least.

Randy Watson: Great Steamboat service

Our family was in Steamboat over the holidays. Beautiful town, a very special place as you know. While we ran into friendly and consumer driven folks everywhere, you should know this, we had a waitress, Keri at Mazzola’s that represented your community better than anybody.

Our View: Steamboat's signature stories

As we embark on a new year in Routt County, it’s common to look back on the previous year to determine if there were memorable moments, lessons learned and progress made or lost.

Robin Stone: Solving the bear problem

Let's be aware of the probable consequences over the next 30 years of the initial steps Steamboat Springs is considering to solve the bear problem.

Our View: On the front lines of tourism

This week, we especially want to praise all of the hardworking people at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the transportation hub run by Routt County that is literally the lifeline for our winter resort economy.

Kate Nowak: Grateful to community

Routt County United Way, along with several key agencies and community partners, revamped our holiday program to help families and individuals in need while providing them a chance to participate in the process.Thanks to our wonderful community, the market was successful in helping 239 families and 833 individuals.

Our View: Housing authority on the right track

As we enter 2015, one of the major challenges facing the Steamboat Springs community is a scarcity of affordable rental housing. The increasingly tight rental market has caused rents to rise, and more and more people living here on moderate incomes are finding it extremely difficult to secure housing.

Our View: Dogs have owners; cats have staff

We think the existing city staff at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter has done a fine job, in concert with volunteers from the Routt County Humane Society, of providing compassionate care for abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats for many years.

Howard Bashinski: Turn on headlights

Please consider this letter my plea to drivers to please turn on their headlights in inclement weather. I think there are still people who don’t understand that the purpose of turning on your headlights in the rain or the snow is to make you more visible to others, rather than to help you see better.

Our View: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continuing its Christmas tradition of reprinting one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

Kent Vertrees: Prevent grouse listing

As an adjunct college professor who teaches students in an outdoor classroom near Dinosaur, I am closely following the fate of greater sage grouse. As the longtime manager of a local business, Steamboat Powdercats, I recognize that a healthy sagebrush habitat is an important driver for our local recreation dependent economy, as well as the iconic bird.