Our View


Our view: Passing pot tax prudent move

On Nov. 3, Hayden voters will be asked to decide whether to levy an excise tax on the sale or transfer of medical and recreational marijuana by cultivation facilities that may or may not ever come to exist.

Our View: Tim, Doug, Cari Show

The Routt County Board of Commissioners took a step in the right direction this month when it dedicated a high-volume phone line to offering its constituents the ability to call in and listen to live public hearings. But let’s agree, it was a baby step in the digital era.

Our View: Doing right by our leaders

Last Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the provisions of a new state law that will boost the salaries of elected county officials — including the salaries of the commissioners themselves — by some 60 percent.

Our view: Welcome to the 'Sharing Economy'

We think the Routt County Commissioners and planning staff are moving cautiously down the correct path as they investigate the possibility of legalizing short-term rentals outside commercial areas in the county in order to better regulate them.

Our view: Investing in preschool is money well spent

School is back in session, and the Steamboat Springs School District is now operating its own preschool. The program, which serves 3 to 6 year olds, was previously run by the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, but this fall became part of the district’s elementary program.

Our view: We aren’t looking for ‘Nirvana’ at Centennial Hall

Our view: We think the city council/city manager relationship needs to be better defined and properly structured in order to be productive.

Our view: City needs to stop stonewalling

It’s been more than seven weeks since Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Matt Stensland filed a Colorado Open Records Act request for Reports 3 to 5 from the city of Steamboat Springs’ investigation into allegations of police department misconduct.

Our View: Course set

At the end of September, we’ll say goodbye to Peter Perhac, vice president of Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Earlier this month, Perhac, who has led the campus for the past seven years, announced he would be leaving his post and returning to his home in Las Vegas.

Our View: Hayden at crossroads

The Hayden Town Council took a bold step when it voted at its Aug. 5 meeting to allow licensed, commercial marijuana-growing operations to operate within the city limits. Now, that decision is being challenged by an unnamed resident who is seeking to override the ordinance passed by the council through a recall petition.

Our View: Keeping wheels spinning

After 98 miles and some deceptively taxing hill climbs, the difference between first and 15th place in the opening circuit race of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge bicycle race here Aug. 17 could be measured in a handful of seconds. We think it’s time for the community of Steamboat Springs to scrutinize the measurable results — or “measurables,”

Our View: Take a stand for openness, transparency

No one can argue that it’s not a tumultuous time for the city of Steamboat Springs. Our city leaders are grappling with the resignation of a police chief and deputy chief in the wake of a contentious police department investigation, which has left residents highly dissatisfied due to the limited amount of information that has been released about what the investigation found or didn’t find.

Our View: Evil wins when good does nothing

This November, our electorate will return to the polls. Among other offices, the electorate will choose as many as five new city council members (seven members serve on council), as well as four seats for the Steamboat Springs School Board (out of five). As of last week, only four candidates had picked up petitions for council, and only one candidate had picked up a petition for the School Board.

Our View: Project delay blessing in disguise

It’s never good news when bids come in too high, but in the case of the Central Park Drive reconstruction project, we think it was actually fortuitous. The city received only one construction bid, and it was 25 percent higher than projected costs. In response, the city opted to postpone the road construction project until next year.

Our View: It’s time for the Routt County Fair

Just more than a century ago, on a 37-acre tract of land just south of what is now downtown Hayden, the Routt County Fair was born. And beginning this week — Thursday through Aug. 16 — the fair returns for its 101st year.

Our View: City needs to hire deputy city manager

The city of Steamboat Springs’ search for a deputy city manager abruptly changed course last week, and the about-face has left us with a case of whiplash.