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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We think the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is wise to invest in a customer service training program that already has a proven track record of success.
Already in 2014, the Yampa Valley has lost two visionaries who were among its most effective “doers” of the past half-century, with the Jan. 3 death of former Steamboat Ski Corp. executive Martin Hart followed closely by the death of former Routt County Commissioner Bill Haight on Feb. 2.
Hitting the century mark is a huge accomplishment for any organization, especially one like the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which is a cornerstone of the Steamboat community, helping to define its culture and impacting the lives of more than 22,000 athletes and their families along the way.
Congress can't be trusted from year to year to pay its property tax bill. So we think PILT monies should be approved five years at a time.
The Steamboat Springs Film Committee’s aspirations are bold and exciting, and provide another avenue for marketing Steamboat that we think is worth funding and supporting.
As the city of Steamboat Springs deliberates whether to implement paid parking downtown, we think it should consider a trial run in existing parking lots during busy seasons.
At the most recent Coffee and a Newspaper event held Jan. 8 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the assembled group was asked to look ahead and identify what they thought were the most important issues facing Steamboat Springs and Routt County. As the discussion broadened, conversation shifted to the importance of educating youths about the dangers of marijuana use and the role adults can play in ensuring children understand the issues surrounding the legalization of pot.
We support Steamboat Springs City Council’s decision this week to grant Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern’s request for $21,000 from the city general fund to help attract more convention business to the community.
We think the timing is right for placing a BID funding proposal back before voters. This is not a general election. Only those who are commercial property owners in the BID district, which encompasses Lincoln Avenue and Yampa and Oak streets from Third to 12th streets, will have a say on the issue.