"In a progressive, caring community like Steamboat, it’s difficult to accept that family wealth could determine a child’s educational opportunities." — Editorial Board
While we don’t doubt the good intentions behind city staff’s desire to replace the children’s after-school care facility known as the Igloo, we applaud Steamboat Springs City Council for deciding June 21 to table plans to build a new modular building at a cost of $775,000, at least until its October budget hearings.
"We too are cautiously optimistic about Brynn Grey’s proposal, and we think the city is wise to explore all options when it comes to Steamboat’s housing crunch." — Editorial Board
Keep your eye on the prize, Steamboat. The inconvenience we’re now experiencing will seem a minor thing, indeed, when compared to the spectacular results we’ll all be able to enjoy for decades to come.
"As public servants, members of this council need to be aware the comments they make at meetings will be judged by the people they serve, and as community leaders, they are held to higher standards." — Editorial Board
With a new crew of river rangers on the job, the city and community of Steamboat Springs are on track to do more to protect recreationists who may mistake the Yampa River for a water theme park.
"Public trust is on the mend, but the lessons to be learned from the years prior to the new chief’s arrival should never be forgotten." — Editorial Board
It is not Planning Commission’s endorsement of the new Igloo project that concerns us; rather, it is the fact that commissioners also sanctioned a variance city planners are seeking to delay construction of the new facility’s sidewalk until 2017.
"All five members of the school board need to find a way to work together for the benefit of students." — Editorial Board
Now that we’ve had a week to think about it, we view the decision to allow the tax to sunset as one that is fair to the taxpayers, but also strategic.
"We can’t wait to see what develops from this new collaboration between one of Steamboat’s most revered performing arts programs and two of Routt County’s rural schools." — Editorial Board
It’s gratifying to know we have a city council that’s willing to consider all aspects of a question — even new information gathered after the fact.
"We believe there is great value in the prospect of Steamboat becoming a Colorado Creative Industries Creative District." — Editorial Board
We were pleased to learn that a panel of community members had recommended offering the permanent city manager post to Steamboat Springs interim city manager Gary Suiter, who has demonstrated that, not only does he have the administrative skills to improve the performance of city hall, but also the personality to work with City Council while being responsive to citizen inquiries.
"Addressing the growing problem of abuse of prescription painkillers and other opioid drugs in Routt County and across Colorado is a major battle facing the healthcare, law enforcement, schools and treatment communities." — Ken Davis