This past week, a woman contacted us directly after reading an article the Steamboat Pilot & Today published on July 16 titled, “Police still offering drug detection kits.” The young woman told us about being victimized by someone using a date-rape drug. She did not want to be identified or interviewed for a news article, but she did want us to know about her experience to validate the problem and possibly save other women from the trauma she experienced following a normal night out with friends.
As appealing as we find the proposal by Kevin Sankey and Mark Lynch to raise donations for a large athletic field house adjacent to the Strawberry Park schools, we understand why a majority of the Steamboat Springs School Board decided Thursday night against assuming ultimate financial responsibility for the facility. The purpose of the Steamboat Springs Athletic Center would only be tangential to the school district’s core mission of providing our youngsters with the best academic education we can afford.
As the city of Steamboat Springs continues its new master planning process for Howelsen Hill, it’s a good time for the community to reassess the value and importance of the park and weigh in on its future.
We’ve found multiple reasons to praise Yampa Valley Electric Association since Diane Johnson took the reins as general manager in June 2013. However, we think our rural electric cooperative needs to modernize the way it informs customers about power outages.
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted last week to enter into negotiations to purchase a small piece of residential property at 603 Yampa St. with plans to develop the parcel into a riverside pocket park. The action followed a recommendation made to council by the Yampa Street lodging tax committee, which is tasked with helping decide how the lodging tax dollars earmarked for the project (as much as $900,000 throughout two years) are spent.
Soon after we recovered from the surprise this week over Chamber CEO Tom Kern’s announced decision to resign his position in order to be closer to elderly parents in Michigan, we were reminded that the search for his replacement begins now.
The great divide that once existed between cattle ranchers and road cyclists in Routt County appears to be narrowing, and a weekend road ride that wound its way through the Yampa Valley’s most fertile ranch land proved just that.
We were impressed this week with the efforts taken by Oak Creek town officials to educate and reassure residents about plans to develop two marijuana grow centers in that South Routt County community and to explain the economic growth that could result.
A recent forum and a state report released a few weeks ago have brought two of Routt County’s age-old issues — affordable housing and the cost of child care —back to the forefront of community conversation. Both issues are complex and far from new, but as the economy improves and the housing market begins to rebound, it’s the right time to re-engage the community and its leaders in a healthy discussion about how Steamboat Springs and Routt County plan to respond to both needs.
City of Steamboat Springs staff and the Steamboat Springs City Council settled this week on three very practical sites from which to choose a final location for a new police station.
Broach the subject of developing Rita Valentine Park and you’re sure to spark a strong response, especially if major projects like a new police station or a recreational center are mentioned as they have been in the past.
A big slice of the Steamboat Springs resort community went to extraordinary lengths last week to allow the venerable Ride the Rockies bicycle tour to make a two-night stop in Bike Town USA. We think resort leaders and their lieutenants deserve recognition for the diligence and collaboration that was required.
Night skiing, introduced at Steamboat Ski Area this winter, has proven to be a worthwhile experiment that gained momentum, and as a result of its popularity and promise, will be expanded from three to five nights next season.
We support the city of Steamboat Springs’ ongoing efforts to regulate and tax vacation rentals of homes, apartments and condominiums in an even-handed way that puts everyone on equal footing.
Knowing that communication between city managers and city councils has been a point of contention in the past, the current Steamboat Springs City Council made a wise move when it approved a new written evaluation process for the city manager.