It seems as of late, and particularly in Colorado, that everyone is concerned with Syrian refugees and whether they should be accepted into our country and state.
There appears to still be a public debate regarding climate change and whether human-caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are damaging for human habitation. The important related facts are irrefutable and lead to the conclusion that humans are causing climate change that already has and will continue to have a serious impact on our environment.
As Steamboat Springs City Council sets out in the New Year with its search firm to find a new city manager, we urge that council members keep in mind the atypical nature of municipal government here.
We respectfully disagree with members of the Routt County Planning Commission who informed the Board of County Commissioners in late December that its master plan, approved in 2003, doesn’t need an update. That’s similar to saying the local economy, our housing supply, educational and healthcare institutions, diversity of businesses and the social habits of its residents haven’t evolved through the course of more than a decade.
Later this month, Hayden voters will vote whether the town can have a commercial marijuana-growing operation in the town’s industrial park. Or, the vote will be whether Hayden descends into druggie decadence with the aroma of pot so strong that passers by can get high, simply by driving through.
As I sit here in my office, Sending another email, checking another document, The snow gets deeper, and my soul sinks ever lower. The computer screen is dim, the Internet slow And the snow is ever rising.
The dispute that erupted in late December between Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and the Board of Routt County Commissioners over a PayPal account to facilitate online payment of building permit fees need never have happened. But since it has, it’s time for the treasurer to take responsibility for re-building a more collaborative relationship with the commissioners as they continue the work of modernizing county systems for the convenience of their constituents.
Water in Colorado is not owned by people, but rather people own a water right, which entitles them to use a portion of the public’s water (referred to as a usufructuary right). A water right is limited by the amount of water that can be diverted for a beneficial use without waste.
Almost every day, we travel on our roads and bridges, hop on our transit system to go to and from work and rely on our railways to transport goods across the country. The quality of our infrastructure and the ability to move people and products directly affect our economy. A deteriorating infrastructure puts our safety and the safety of our families at risk.
As we embark into a new year, it seems fitting we pause for a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation to a couple of groups of people whose crucial work takes place mostly behind the scenes and is generally greeted by little, if any, public fanfare.
As your state senator, I have been very busy this fall and early winter. The Colorado Assembly’s formal session begins every January and lasts into the first part of May but the work of the critical committees that make up the structure of your state government go on year around.
Currently, in Colorado, only about 20 percent of state lands are open to public use (access paid entirely by sportsmen through hunting license and gun sales), while the other 80 percent are leased out to the highest bidder.
Routt County commissioners have called a “time-out” on plans to build a shared law enforcement facility with the city of Steamboat Springs, and we hope that pause is not permanent.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority, the city of Steamboat Springs and Connell Resources would like to say, “thank you” to residents of Fish Creek Mobile Home Park and the Yampa River Botanic Park for their patience, endurance and, mostly, for friendly cooperation during the months of the water and sanitary sewer improvement project that affected their lives and homes.
Nice article on snowblowing. So far so good with my own blower. I broke a bolt on the left rotor my first time out, but then I popped another one in, and it started spinning again.