Our View


Our view: Grassroots initiative shows vision

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, social norms are shifting, young people’s exposure to the drug is greater and our youth are being raised in a new reality where smoking pot, from a legal perspective, is not much different than consuming alcohol.

Our View: The little town that could

When a community of fewer than 900 souls finds itself facing flat population numbers, declining property values and a stretched-to-the-limit revenue stream, it essentially has two options: Give up and allow the prevailing trends to run their inevitable course … or band together in a effort to reverse those trends.

Our View: More questions than answers

Steamboat City Council President Bart Kounovsky and City Manager Deb Hinsvark both predicted the community would not be satisfied with the police investigation summary that was released to the public Tuesday, and their predictions were correct.

Our View: Is tubing too much fun?

City of Steamboat Springs officials are leaning toward hiring river rangers to enforce tubing rules on the Yampa River, and we can get behind that initiative as long as the river rangers approach their job from a customer-service standpoint as opposed to a function of policing. And that’s not intended as a knock on law enforcement.

Our View: Connectivity more than a luxury

Connectivity is the hallmark of 21st century existence. Thanks to the exponential growth of technology during the past several decades, we now live in a world which, a mere 20 years ago, would have seemed like the stuff of science fiction, and today, most of us carry around more computing power in our pockets than existed in the entire arsenal of supercomputers it took to put men on the moon back in 1969.

Our View: How will we grow?

A pair of news stories that broke this week and are related to the city’s ambitions to provide additional workforce housing close to Steamboat Springs have persuaded us it’s time for the community to re-engage the prickly question of how we are to grow.

Our View: If you see something, say something

The news that a young woman was murdered in a quiet neighborhood in North Routt County has shaken our community and left family, friends and area residents stunned. The death of any 22-year-old is tragic, but a homicide leaves people reeling, asking the questions of why and how anyone could so violently take the life of a beautiful young woman in her prime.

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.