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Our View: Don't worry, be happy and share the road

When a trip through town that usually takes 10 minutes turns into a 20- or 30-minute waiting game, it’s easy to understand that tempers will flare. We encourage motorists to plan ahead, give themselves some extra drive time and simply take a deep breath when, inevitably, they find themselves stopped by the flag crew.

Mary Pat Ettinger: Art festivities successful

Dear editor, Many thanks to the Steamboat Resort Association and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for their outstanding work on this last weekend’s art festivities.

Gene Cook: Great fishing demise

Every time I come home from fishing on the Yampa, I intend to write this letter. Perhaps now is the right time.

Donna Triptow: Supportive community

I would like to share with the Steamboat Springs community my experience in the recent 10th annual triathlon based at Lake Catamount on Sunday.

Our View: Unsung heroes

Events of Aug. 9 and 11, two of them tragic and a third harrowing, reminded us of how much the greater community relies apon the 30 volunteers with Routt County Search and Rescue.

Gregory W. Smith: We work for Colorado, Routt County

In late June, Colorado PERA released its annual financial report containing another clean audit by KPMG and showing earnings of more than $6 billion in investment performance, a return of 15.6 percent and an improved funded ratio. This strong investment performance comes even with a more conservative assumption on future investment returns the PERA Board implemented last year.

Our view: Slow down but don't stop

And while we respect the council’s desire to gather all the information they need before taking action, we believe it’s important they continue to push forward on the project. It’s OK to slow down the process to thoroughly research the TIF and its effects on other taxing entities, but we urge the council to avoid letting the project come to a complete halt.

Charlie Preston-Townsend: Planning the future of Yampa River

The Friends of the Yampa is a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Steamboat Springs and dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the recreational and environmental integrity of the Yampa River and its tributaries through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships.

Our View: Routt County Fair's 100th a birthday worth celebrating

Hitting the century mark is an accomplishment for any person or business, and when a volunteer-driven event turns 100, it’s a huge milestone worth celebrating. This week, the Routt County Fair is marking its 100th birthday, and the annual event, which now spans a week, is already off to a great start.

Paul Bonnifield: Start of a golden age

Right now, Americans are freer than in the past. They are living longer and enjoying their last years. Opportunities are plentiful for those who see it and have the courage to try.

Jack Horner: Core trail is for bikers

As the manager of a small business on west U.S. Highway 40, I can say from experience, traffic has always been a thorny issue.

Susie Makens: No apology from me

The other day I went to see the movie, “America.” Not knowing what to expect, I was captivated from the beginning.

Joe Meglen: The state of our union

As we observe the state of our union, and the direction we are traveling, it is obvious that unless there is a drastic change in course the idea of America, the great experiment in liberty, will be extinguished.

Our View: Pavilion is a symbol of peace

Progress is being made at the Peace Pavilion at Rotary River Park structure now under construction at Rotary Park along the Yampa River Core Trail. On Tuesday, wooden trusses were placed by crane onto the foundation to create the structure’s main shell, which now is visible from U.S. Highway 40 south of Mount Werner Road.

Our View: Shifting out of neutral

After reading the recommendations of parking consultant Scot Martin in the July 30 Steamboat Today, can we all agree that we won’t be building a $2 million-plus parking structure in the first half of this century?