Our View


Our View: A move in the right direction

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.

Our View: Finding a fit for Steamboat’s changing economy

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.

Our View: Saddle pals

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.

Our View: If they grow it, why not sell it?

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.

Our View: It’s time to revive housing conversation

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.

Our View: Getting the cop shop right

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.

Our View: Time for action

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.

Our view: Cyclists camped in the grand ballroom

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.

Our View: Night skiing gains traction

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.

Our view: Embracing vacation homes

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.

Our View: New evaluation process is welcome

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.

Our view: Realizing the dream of connectivity

The news this week that a nondescript room in the Steamboat Springs School District administration building is about to be turned into a communications technology hub could someday help the larger community realize the holy grail of connectivity.

Our View: A game changer

Just a few months ago, this editorial board challenged the Steamboat Springs City Council to be legacy thinkers — to move beyond general objectives and set big, important goals and follow up with action that will make a difference for local residents.

Our View: Sharing the harvest

When we learned this week about the new “Grow a Row” for LIFT-UP of Routt County program initiated by the Northwest Colorado Food Coalition, we were intrigued with its simplicity and potential.

Our View: Playing a bigger role in recreation

The Steamboat Parks and Recreation Commission wants to be more active in the decision-making process, and the City Council needs to give these commission members a voice.