The 2014 legislative session began officially at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. Prior to the session opening, I traveled all over our beautiful House District 26 (all of Eagle County and all of Routt County), meeting with and listening to residents at town halls, local governments, nonprofits and businesses.
For some parents, the new marijuana legalization laws may be nerve-wracking, but there are many proven ways that parents can help prevent their sons and/or daughters from using marijuana or other drugs.
At the most recent Coffee and a Newspaper event held Jan. 8 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the assembled group was asked to look ahead and identify what they thought were the most important issues facing Steamboat Springs and Routt County. As the discussion broadened, conversation shifted to the importance of educating youths about the dangers of marijuana use and the role adults can play in ensuring children understand the issues surrounding the legalization of pot.
An article dated Jan. 7 reported that ridership on the city bus had increased 7 percent in 2013. Steamboat transportation manager Jonathan Flint said the summer experienced the lion’s share of the growth, with rider numbers never dipping below 1,000 per day.
An unexpected pregnancy, for the couple who has been trying to conceive, is the best possible news. However, for the young girl or woman who may have had an unplanned consensual encounter, or who has been the victim of force, the news of pregnancy can be devastating.
Today is the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed rivers of money to flow into our political campaigns. That decision declared that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts of money to support their candidates and special interests.
We support Steamboat Springs City Council’s decision this week to grant Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern’s request for $21,000 from the city general fund to help attract more convention business to the community.
Breaking a trail through deep powder is very difficult work.
I would like to address the issue of animal control officers in the Steamboat Springs community.
Tom Ross’ article, the Pilot’s editorial, letters to the editor and many calls and emails all demonstrate that people in Steamboat feel passionately about recycling. And many people have opinions and theories about the best approach to recycling that is sustainable financially and environmentally.
I fervently implore Yampa Valley drivers to turn on their headlights during conditions of reduced driving visibility during the day. Headlights should be turned on in snow, rain or fog conditions, each of which we encounter in our area.
Water is a critical resource in Colorado. It is important to all of us in many ways. Over time, there is only a limited amount of water produced by watersheds.
We think the timing is right for placing a BID funding proposal back before voters. This is not a general election. Only those who are commercial property owners in the BID district, which encompasses Lincoln Avenue and Yampa and Oak streets from Third to 12th streets, will have a say on the issue.
The editorial “The true cost of recycling” falsely states that the closest materials recovery facility is in Denver. That is the closest MRF owned and operated by Waste Management.
I am proud to call Steamboat Springs home and incredibly grateful for the people who make up this amazing town. Not often enough are they applauded for their caring spirit and service to others.