Our View


Our view: Supporting the arts in Steamboat Springs

The Chief Theater has become a community cultural institution so rapidly this winter that it’s almost difficult to recall that it was until recently a small cineplex movie theater. At the end of ski season, the Chief already feels like it belongs to all of us.

Our View: Regional building department software update a step forward

We hope the city will remain part of the regional department system as it monitors improvements advanced by the new software. We think many of the concerns voiced by those involved in the building permit process will be addressed by a new, more modern software system.

Our View: What a difference 2 weeks makes

A park at Seventh and Yampa offers the promise of creating public access in a block where there currently is very little. But the prospect of Blue Sage Ventures, the prospective buyer of the YVEA building, redeveloping the property on Yampa between Ninth and 10th streets (without demolishing the building) to offer a mix of commercial and residential is one that commands attention.

Our View: Less is not always more

Yampa town leaders sought a legal notice change as a way to save money, but it is our contention that the small cost savings, if any, that Yampa will realize is far outweighed by the greater loss of public accountability.

Our View: New river park tops the list

Hindsight convinces us that the members of the lodging tax committee made a wise choice this week when they identified their top priority for spending $900,000 in lodging tax revenues pegged for Yampa Street.

Our View: School Board should pledge to work with BOCES

As long as the specter of Steamboat’s withdrawal looms, the future of BOCES remains uncertain, which could make it difficult for the organization to retain qualified staff members who may be forced to look for employment elsewhere if they think their positions are in jeopardy of being cut.

Our View: Time’s a wastin’

At issue: City Council goal setting. Our view: City Council retreat should have resulted in specific, attainable projects

Our View: Mayo network enhances patient care

The recently announced partnership between Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic is good news, further solidifying the local hospital’s reputation for excellence and enhancing patient access to high-quality health care.

Our View: Let the sun shine in

The subject of “work product” has reared its ugly head again with the revelation that Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark recently sent two emails to members of the Steamboat Springs City Council and marked the correspondence as confidential by designating them as work product.

Our View: CMC elevates Steamboat’s educational offerings

Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, which sits high above the western edge of downtown offering spectacular views of Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill, serves as a brick and mortar reminder of the visionary work undertaken by a group of committed community leaders who realized the value of keeping a college in Steamboat Springs and fought hard to save it more than 30 years ago.

Our view: Having it both ways

On Feb. 23, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted stringent new statewide rules intended to reduce the emission of air pollutants from oil and gas wells, and this action stands out as validation of the vigorous stance taken two years ago by Routt County. At that time, county officials engaged and stood up to a couple of state agencies as the county sought to exert more control over air and water quality issues at a time when it appeared Northwest Colorado might be on the cusp of an energy boom.

Our View: Summer air service takes flight

Expanded summer air service has been an item that’s been on the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s wish list for years, as well as ours, and we view the added air service from late June through early September as a potential boost for summer tourism.

Our View: Building Trust

We think that the highest responsibility of the Routt County Regional Building Department is to protect the consumers who purchase residential, commercial and industrial buildings here. But right after that comes the role of efficiently serving the construction industry that is such an important economic driver in the local community.

Our View: Preserving Steamboat’s unique brand

John Shipley, president of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board of directors, likes to remind the Steamboat Springs community of a historical fact — before we were Ski Town USA or Bike Town USA, we were “Cow Town USA,” and it’s a brand we’d be smart to continue to promote.

Our View: Don’t try this at home

Millions of skiers and riders have been inspired and motivated this week by the high-speed turns and aerial gyrations of Olympic athletes in the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center and Extreme Park in the mountains outside Sochi, Russia.