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Our view: If you build it, they might come

"In our opinion, the money needs to fund a comprehensive marketing campaign aimed at making sure visitors and locals know it’s business as usual on Yampa Street despite the inconveniences that will be caused by ongoing construction work in the downtown area." — Editorial Board

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Ann Ross: Ode to mud season

"I love mud season for many a reason ..." — Ann Ross

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Making air travel more family friendly

"Between growing security lines, shrinking seat sizes and paying extra for everything from carry-ons to window seats, there’s plenty to grumble about in modern air travel." — Michael Bennet 

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Our view: What are we waiting for?

The level of public opposition to the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ exploration of the possibility of allowing more rural property within 5 miles of cities and towns to create secondary housing units makes us wonder how committed our community is to creating workforce housing.

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Paul Wellman: Steamboat could lead the way

"The real issue is not baiting the poor bears and inciting them to do battle with trash containers." — Paul Wellman

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Our view: Marijuana education matters

Our view: Young people deserve to know the facts about how marijuana will affect them, and it’s up to the adults in their lives to educate them.

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Marc and Denny Swanson: Not the natural choice

"We hope that Natural Choice can find a location that better suits their needs, but we feel the town, our customers and community groups would not be served by having that location be in the Curve Plaza." — Marc and Denny Swanson

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Scott Wedel: Council should adhere to code

"Will we say that the Community Code defines the sort of height, mass and setbacks that the community has agreed is desired in our downtown area? Or will we say that the Community Code standards are no longer relevant ...?" — Scott Wedel

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Our view: Don't overlook opportunity

"Given the steps that have already been taken, we think prime use for the Overlook site would be as a residential subdivision." — Editorial Board

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Ron Pollard: Disappointed in system

"I was very disappointed how delegates were awarded to Cruz without the opportunity for local Coloradans to vote." — Ron Pollard

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Loretta Van Norstrand: No vote a mistake

"I was very unhappy that the Republican Party made the decision to eliminate the vote of the people to express their support for a presidential candidate." — Loretta Van Norstrand 

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R. Guthrie: Be safe this summer

"Put two vehicles passing each other and a biker in the middle, and you’ve got an accident waiting to happen." — R. Guthrie

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Chris Kipfer: Ski companies benefit from monopolies

"Most of our ski companies profit from government-granted and protected monopolies on public lands." — Chris Kipfer

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Our view: Fix the planning, bidding process

We encourage the city to learn from this experience and review its policies and procedures for initiating such capital projects. This is particularly important in terms of a project such as Central Park, in which delays will almost certainly have a negative impact on residents and businesses alike.

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Alissa Merage: Alpine coaster vs. peace and beauty

Having lived in Southern California for a brief spell and returning recently to Colorado, the thought of a roller coaster at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort is dredging up thoughts of the world we left behind.

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