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Our view: YVHA housing project shows promise

As the Yampa Valley Housing Authority moves forward with a proposed project to build a 48-unit apartment complex on a 10-acre tract of property it owns on Elk River Road, we are becoming increasingly optimistic about the promise the project holds to provide Steamboat Springs with a new supply of attainable workforce housing.

Our view: More bang for URA’s bucks

We commend Steamboat Springs City Council for taking a stand in favor of creating an urban renewal authority, we just wish the city council would dream a little bigger.

Our view: A hard act to follow

After 10 years on the job, Tracy Barnett has announced she’ll be stepping down as manager of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs this summer.

Our View: City, Yampa Valley Housing Authority partnership a win

It won’t come as a surprise that we view collaboration between government agencies as a common-sense approach to tackling projects when possible. There are cost efficiencies that can be realized in shared projects, which saves taxpayers money and demonstrates good government planning.

Our View: Collaboration makes sense

The county has announced it is interested in collaborating on a shared law enforcement facility west of town, and we think this proposal has the potential to save taxpayers money and is worth considering.

Our view: Who's afraid of the big bad bear?

We’d like to be able to write that Steamboat Springs City Council took a bold step Tuesday toward ending the problem of bears that has plagued the city in recent years.

Our View: Empty inns get new life

Imagine this scenario — the community of Steamboat Springs establishes a goal to build an affordable, transitional workforce housing facility. The building must have the capacity to house 60 to 90 people for several months until they can secure permanent housing.

Our view: Howelsen sets us apart

Howelsen Hill Ski Area may be tiny by modern standards, but it undeniably looms large in the history of competitive skiing in North America.

Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

If there is a perennial part of Steamboat Springs’ summer scene that is more beloved by a broader swath of both the local community and our visitors than the Free Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill, it’s difficult to imagine what it might be.

Our View: School board should avoid rush to polls

The hiring of a pre-bond engineer by the Steamboat Springs School Board a week ago Monday could set the stage for a bond issue election in November.

Our View: City’s credibility takes huge hit

The revelation Tuesday night that a close relative of a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council had been hired to vet the final police station sites was shocking to say the least.

Our View: Steamboat's signature stories

As we embark on a new year in Routt County, it’s common to look back on the previous year to determine if there were memorable moments, lessons learned and progress made or lost.

Our View: On the front lines of tourism

This week, we especially want to praise all of the hardworking people at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the transportation hub run by Routt County that is literally the lifeline for our winter resort economy.

Our View: Housing authority on the right track

As we enter 2015, one of the major challenges facing the Steamboat Springs community is a scarcity of affordable rental housing. The increasingly tight rental market has caused rents to rise, and more and more people living here on moderate incomes are finding it extremely difficult to secure housing.

Our View: Dogs have owners; cats have staff

We think the existing city staff at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter has done a fine job, in concert with volunteers from the Routt County Humane Society, of providing compassionate care for abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats for many years.