This past week, Routt County commissioners tabled a request to amend a gravel hauling permit to expand the hours gravel can be hauled from the Steamboat Sand and Gravel pit on Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs.
On Wednesday, Steamboat Springs area residents will be hitting the slopes for the first day of the 2013-14 ski season and enjoying more than 630 acres of open terrain while donating to a local organization that exemplifies the spirit of the community.
Increasing our telecommunications connectivity is of the utmost importance to the community, but nobody wants that new cell tower in his or her picture window. We get that. But we think the bumpy trip through the Routt County planning process, which is being endured late this fall by Union Wireless and residents of two rural subdivisions south of Steamboat Springs, could have been avoided.
The National Retail Foundation predicts the average American shopper will spend $737.95 this Christmas, which translates to total forecasted holiday sales of $602.1 billion nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Keeping those staggering totals in mind, the Steamboat Pilot & Today encourages area residents to consider spending those dollars locally rather than shopping online or traveling to the malls and big-box stores in Denver.
According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of high school students reported being bullied electronically. The CDC also reported that victims of cyberbullying were more likely to attempt suicide, contemplate self-injury, skip school, suffer from low self-esteem and depression and be plagued with health and psychological problems.
Because of the lack of competitive council races, debate about city issues was tame, and candidates did not fall under the intense scrutiny of an engaged electorate. So in other words, the easy part is over, and now the work begins as the council is faced with several important decisions right out of the gate, including employee pay raises and funding for a new police station.
We couldn’t fail to notice this week the relative ease with which the Routt County Board of Commissioners gave county employees a raise in marked contrast to the ongoing struggles of the Steamboat Springs City Council to do something similar.
If you already were planning to commute between Craig and Steamboat Springs this winter for work or school and we said you could save $5,000 to $10,000 annually by riding the Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus, you’d seize the opportunity, wouldn’t you?
The participation of the Steamboat Springs Police Department in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday struck us as a very good idea given the growing national trend toward abuse of prescription drugs.
There is nothing in Senate Bill 213, which Amendment 66 funds, that specifies how the tax money generated by the new two-tiered income tax would be spent.
Don’t let the confusing ballot language put you off — Referendum 2A offers the promise of continuing the renaissance of Yampa Street and providing more of the world-class bicycling and walking trails that add so much to the quality of life here.
Routt County voters will be receiving ballots for the Nov. 5 election in the mail this week. Area residents have a little more than two weeks to make their decisions, and the Steamboat Pilot & Today encourages voters to use that time for education and careful reflection on the issues.
Proposition AA is the follow-up to Amendment 64, which Colorado voters approved last November, legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. With the passage of Amendment 64, the state of Colorado was required to establish a system for regulating the retail marijuana industry and to enact an excise tax on the product to fund public school construction through the state’s Building Excellent Schools Today program.
The West Routt Fire Protection District is asking Hayden-area voters to approve a 1.5 mill levy increase in the November election.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Department is recommending changes to the way it notifies the public about pending projects.