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Our view: Keeping kindergarten free

"In a progressive, caring community like Steamboat, it’s difficult to accept that family wealth could determine a child’s educational opportunities." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Time to chill

While we don’t doubt the good intentions behind city staff’s desire to replace the children’s after-school care facility known as the Igloo, we applaud Steamboat Springs City Council for deciding June 21 to table plans to build a new modular building at a cost of $775,000, at least until its October budget hearings.

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Our view: Housing proposal worth vetting

"We too are cautiously optimistic about Brynn Grey’s proposal, and we think the city is wise to explore all options when it comes to Steamboat’s housing crunch." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Eye on the prize

Keep your eye on the prize, Steamboat. The inconvenience we’re now experiencing will seem a minor thing, indeed, when compared to the spectacular results we’ll all be able to enjoy for decades to come.

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Our view: Public service at a price?

"As public servants, members of this council need to be aware the comments they make at meetings will be judged by the people they serve, and as community leaders, they are held to higher standards." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Yampa River not merry-go-round

With a new crew of river rangers on the job, the city and community of Steamboat Springs are on track to do more to protect recreationists who may mistake the Yampa River for a water theme park.

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Our view: Lesson learned, not to be forgotten

"Public trust is on the mend, but the lessons to be learned from the years prior to the new chief’s arrival should never be forgotten." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Do as we say, not as we do

It is not Planning Commission’s endorsement of the new Igloo project that concerns us; rather, it is the fact that commissioners also sanctioned a variance city planners are seeking to delay construction of the new facility’s sidewalk until 2017.

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Our view: School board division is concerning

"All five members of the school board need to find a way to work together for the benefit of students." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Building credibility with voters

Now that we’ve had a week to think about it, we view the decision to allow the tax to sunset as one that is fair to the taxpayers, but also strategic.

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Our view: Applause for new arts education initiative

"We can’t wait to see what develops from this new collaboration between one of Steamboat’s most revered performing arts programs and two of Routt County’s rural schools." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Council shows flexibility

It’s gratifying to know we have a city council that’s willing to consider all aspects of a question — even new information gathered after the fact.

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Our view: Celebrating Steamboat’s art scene

"We believe there is great value in the prospect of Steamboat becoming a Colorado Creative Industries Creative District." — Editorial Board

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Our view: New city manager ‘gets’ mountain towns

We were pleased to learn that a panel of community members had recommended offering the permanent city manager post to Steamboat Springs interim city manager Gary Suiter, who has demonstrated that, not only does he have the administrative skills to improve the performance of city hall, but also the personality to work with City Council while being responsive to citizen inquiries.

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Ken Davis: New technology, public awareness key to fighting prescription drug abuse

"Addressing the growing problem of abuse of prescription painkillers and other opioid drugs in Routt County and across Colorado is a major battle facing the healthcare, law enforcement, schools and treatment communities." — Ken Davis

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