Our View


Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this holiday weekend, we think it appropriate that we all reflect on our system of government that calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to balance the judicial and legislative branches in its role of interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

Our View: Rodeo: Part of Steamboat’s authentic brand

More than a century ago, Steamboat Springs was the place where cowboys from area ranches would gather to show off their roping and riding skills. Those early rodeo events, which date all the way back to 1897, often took place right on Steamboat’s Main Street.

Our View: Steamboat gears up for historic weekend

Since the day the USA Pro Challenge announced its 2015 race route at an event at Howelsen Hill, it’s been obvious Steamboat Springs is positioned to be at the center of the action, hosting the start of one of the world’s most-watched cycling events.

Our view: Growing the tax base for all

Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to establish an urban renewal area in downtown Steamboat in order to use tax increment financing for the purpose of improving public infrastructure.

Our view: School board is listening

We were gratified to learn this week that the Steamboat Springs School District has authorized Superintendent Brad Meeks to enter negotiations for the purchase of a soon-to-be-listed 70-acre tract at the western edge of city limits as a possible site for a new high school.

Our view: DA needs to stop impeding transparency

It’s been more than three months since Ed Zimmerman was murdered, and the public still knows very little about the facts surrounding the homicide.

Our view: The public deserves to know

Last week, in an article reporting on the status of an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct by Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, a city spokesman confirmed there may not be a final report released at the end of the investigation, which we find extremely troubling.

Our view: New attractions, new revenue

Long before Steamboat Ski Area attracted visitors to the slopes of Mount Werner with promises of Champagne powder, there was Howelsen Hill.

Our view: Westward ho!

The bike-themed Coffee and a Newspaper, sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today last Wednesday night, attracted more than 75 people and sparked a lively discussion between members of the community and representatives from bike groups and land managers across town.

Our view: LIFT-UP moving up

The announcement last week that LIFT-UP of Routt County had purchased a commercial building next door to its current location with plans to double the size of its thrift store and modernize its food bank is a success story the entire community can celebrate.

Our view: Surveying the community

This week, 3,000 randomly selected residents of Steamboat Springs will receive a community survey in the mail, and today, our message is simple — fill the surveys out and return them to the city.

Our View: Education funding request a no-brainer

As the Education Fund Board is poised to make its grant funding decisions for next school year, we think there’s one request that rises to the top and begs for overwhelming approval.

Our view: Hurry up and slow down

We were impressed with the creativity, wide range of options and flexibility evident in the options presented by architect Matt Porta this week to the Steamboat Springs School Board and about 30 members of the master planning committee for possible new schools and remodels of existing buildings.

Our view: Join the conversation

Last week, members of the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission were quizzed by city officials on their ideas for a new pocket park on Yampa Street.

Our view: Nothing’s ever easy

Creating a citizens committee to legitimize the process of choosing a site for a new police station has always been a necessary first step.