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Our View: Cultural and heritage tourism

Just this month, Steamboat Springs’ main street was granted honorary status as a National Historic District. We hope local governments, cultural and tourism organizations will work to capitalize on these recent developments to reach travelers who are drawn to our cultural heritage.

Andy Kennedy and Emilie Rogers: Recycle drop-off spots

We at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in partnership with Routt County, Waste Management, Twin Enviro and the city of Steamboat Springs, have spent the past two years struggling to provide adequate options for the high demand on our public recycling drop-off locations.

Tyler Goodman: The vision of a bike town

Ski Town USA is firmly rooted into Steamboat’s culture with many memories of true visionaries. Community members like Carl Howelsen and Buddy Werner left an incredible mark as they showed us how to take advantage of one of the Yampa Valley’s many perks. The skiing culture they created gave us many things including the necessity to find something else to occupy our time the other six months of the year.

Diana Eubank: Trashy talk, trashy pond

I so enjoyed watching four young boys play and swim with the abandon and innocence of youth this past Sunday at Fetcher Pond, that is until their very nasty and foul language, at a loud volume, began.

Our View: The challenge is elementary

We were as surprised as many of you were Tuesday morning to pick up our electronic devices and read the news that the Steamboat Springs School District is already behind the curve in making plans to build a third elementary school.

Our View: Steamboat bear regulations falling short

The large number of photographs of urban bears being shared by the readers of Steamboat Today this summer confirms that the potential for human/bear encounters here is on the rise. But if you want to get a sense of how prevalent garbage bears have become in Steamboat Springs, you need to walk the length of Old Town via its alleyways.

Willie Richardson and Kathleen Marie Kelly: Let your voice be heard

The Town of Oak Creek Planning Board is meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Hall to review and consider a land use application by petitioner Dank Frank’s LLC. This application will entail a “minor land use change” to Oak Creek’s Title 17 Land Use Code.

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.