On Jan. 31, the Steamboat Pilot & Today published an in-depth article on opiate and heroin addiction in Steamboat Springs and Routt County titled “Breaking the silence.” The article brought attention to a national crisis that has hit home, and the information provided in the piece is only the beginning of a larger community conversation we think needs to happen now.
We were dismayed to see how easily city and county governments are letting go of the community goal of building a combined police and sheriff’s facility on the west side of Steamboat Springs. It would be a facility that could realize operational efficiencies for the taxpayers and also pay dividends in the form of building cohesiveness between the two largest law enforcement agencies in the county. It’s also a strategy that was the first choice of a citizens committee tasked with leading the former city council out of the wilderness.
The Steamboat Springs School District used its new emergency messaging system for the first time last week when it notified parents that students at Strawberry Park Elementary School were being evacuated to the middle school gym due to an unexplained odor of gas at the campus.
In a special election Tuesday, Hayden voters approved a measure that will allow the commercial cultivation of marijuana for retail and medical uses under limited circumstances.
We were encouraged by the constructive tone of Steamboat Springs City Council’s Jan. 18 discussion on the future of Steamboat’s historic skiing operation at Howelsen Hill, which set aside any notion of the city discontinuing skiing there. Instead, city leaders are now looking forward to exploring opportunities to mitigate the city’s exposure to fiscal risk from damaging mudslides on the hill and generate increased revenues from ski operations.
One of the most difficult challenges humans beings — particularly those in leadership roles — face is realizing they were wrong, admitting it and reversing course.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continuing its Christmas tradition of reprinting one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”
We were dismayed this week to read in the newspaper that five of 18 businesses checked this week by the the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement sold alcohol to an underage shopper working with officers. We thought our resort community had come so far in the past decade.
It’s the season of giving, and the residents of Yampa Valley proved their generosity this past week by raising $463,879 on Colorado Gives Day through the local Yampa Valley Gives program.
Few of the realities we humans face are as painful and traumatic as the passing of a loved one, whether it comes as a peaceful harbor at the end of a long, full life or a capricious and cruel thief in the night.
The recent news story about the elderly woman who lapsed into unconsciousness here Nov. 29 after choking on food at one of Steamboat Springs’ finest restaurants but was revived by alert strangers reminds us we can’t always expect that two firefighters out on a date with their wives will be sitting at the next table when we need them most.