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Nick Rowse: Annual visitor

On Saturday, while visiting my family here on Laurel Lane just below the Steamboat Ski Area, a fireworks display was shooting off for about 20 minutes or so. Regardless of the spectacle of lights and noise, which many people enjoy, I wanted to let your readers know of negative impacts to other people and to the environment.

Guy Lothian: Poem about Storm Peak

Poem about Storm Peak

Our View: Roll up your sleeves, please

We were taken aback by the news last week that roughly 10 percent of students in the Steamboat Springs School District have claimed exemptions from immunizations, as allowed by state law.

Lisa Ciraldo: Parents’ voices needed

There seems to be a misconception that, since our schools are currently over capacity, the path has already been chosen to build an additional elementary school. This is not the case.

Bill Dring: A shared history

I applaud President Obama for his good sense of history and for his courage...

Willie Richardson: Board action confusing

This letter is regarding the Oak Creek Town Board meeting at 6 p.m. today.

Our View: Collaboration makes sense

The county has announced it is interested in collaborating on a shared law enforcement facility west of town, and we think this proposal has the potential to save taxpayers money and is worth considering.

David Moss: Obama’s firestorm

As has been widely reported, President Barack Obama made some very controversial remarks during his speech at the National Pray Breakfast. He indicated that Christians “should not get on their high horse” as Christianity has been used as a basis for justification of “terrible deeds” throughout history including the Crusades and the Inquisition and, more recently in the United States, slavery and Jim Crow laws.

Soren Jespersen: Let’s keep our river safe

Ten years ago, Friends of the Yampa participated in a process with the city of Steamboat Springs, Colorado Division of Wildlife, a citizens advisory committee and numerous other stakeholders to create the Yampa River Management Plan.

Don Lorenz: Pearl Lake, great skiing

The ski jumpers in Bill Fetcher’s video titled “Skiing at Steamboat Lake 1973” were the Lorenz brothers, Jim and Don. Bill’s dad, John, shot the videos on a beautiful skiing day in Routt County.

Ken Collins: On Keystone pipeline

Both houses have passed the Keystone even in the face of an executive veto. Let’s see what they accomplished.

Nikki Brown: Honest, kind mechanic

I want to acknowledge Shaun Doran at Doran Auto Repair for his kindness and honesty.

Brett D. Barkey: Heart-wrenching losses

I was deeply saddened by this week’s tragic loss of Deputy Clark Kreger, of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy Alycia Riggs, of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

Our view: Who's afraid of the big bad bear?

We’d like to be able to write that Steamboat Springs City Council took a bold step Tuesday toward ending the problem of bears that has plagued the city in recent years.

Leigh and John Whittum: Family appreciates care

Between Dec. 21 and 25, our daughter Maggie experienced a vascular insult (bleeding) in the pons/brainstem (brain). The diagnosis was a cavernomous angioma (cavernoma).