A few days ago, Steamboat Springs lost much of its Internet and telephone service again. Like the last time this happened, a construction contractor doing excavation work carelessly cut the fiber-optic cable that provides our telecommunication services. The response so far is, “Oops.”
I just read the article in the Steamboat Today about the potential substantial increase in the pay for Routt County elected officials. While there are some elected positions that should be filled with individuals with specific training and expertise (sheriff, treasurer, assessor and clerk), and it is important to attract candidates to run for those positions that have the expertise to adequately perform their duties, I do not feel that is the case for the position of Routt County commissioner.
Routt County is now considering the revision of county residential zoning to include short-term house rentals. Short-term is defined as a few days up to 30 days. These are generally known as “vacation house rentals” (VHRs) and mostly rented through the Internet (VRBO, AirB ‘n’ B, etc.).
We live in one amazing community. Our family was amazed by the overwhelming love and support we received during this most difficult time in our lives.
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped with the 9/11 Never Forget project.
This letter is in response to your poll asking for our opinion on the overall effect of legalized pot on the Steamboat community.
Love your Steamboat community? Then love our schools, because they greatly influence quality of life in the ’Boat.
We think the Routt County Commissioners and planning staff are moving cautiously down the correct path as they investigate the possibility of legalizing short-term rentals outside commercial areas in the county in order to better regulate them.
As residents of Steamboat Springs, we are sensitive to the disturbance that rural Routt County residents have experienced from the use of nearby residences as vacation homes. After all, they likely chose their properties for the relative peace and quiet they offer.
What happened in New York City 14 years ago now flashes on and off screens amid all the rest of our daily digital bombardment. The past, some say, is over and done, but the numbers speak otherwise. Even as far away as Routt County, we can hear what they say.
This community has been developing classical music education and programs for our children for more than 25 years. I suspect more than 1,000 children have learned or are learning violin, cello, piano, flute and other instruments. Some students have gone on to careers with orchestras around the country.
As a long-time summer resident and owner of property in Routt County, I have often been bemused by the statements and pronouncements of the local elected officials.
School is back in session, and the Steamboat Springs School District is now operating its own preschool. The program, which serves 3 to 6 year olds, was previously run by the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, but this fall became part of the district’s elementary program.
Our view: We think the city council/city manager relationship needs to be better defined and properly structured in order to be productive.
I was excited to learn about the upcoming bond issue and mill levy override to build new facilities for K-12 students. This is a great economical, cost-effective, economy-of-scale way to approach all the remodels, upgrades and new facilities needed here.