The changes at the Sheraton have the potential to affect the local economy, and the community deserves direct communication about what that entails.
"Ultimately, we think it would be a beautiful thing if that tax money could be dedicated to Howelsen Hill rather than being used to build something new that the city would have to maintain down the road." — Editorial Board
We were gratified and encouraged last week by news of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s $150,000 gift to our county’s three school districts, money intended to help the schools improve their efforts in the area of behavioral health, including those related to substance abuse.
"We applaud the school board for seeking a way to find a long-term solution for making all-day kindergarten free for all students." — Editorial Board
The Community Housing Steering Committee's final recommendations aren’t likely to be the cure-all for our housing problem, but we’re encouraged to see the community re-engaging behind this essential need.
"We don’t view substance abuse education and treatment as a core city service, and therefore, we would not support a new sales tax to address this issue, even though it’s an important one." — Editorial Board
Securing adequate community housing is of concern to all Routt County residents, and we encourage the public to become involved with the important work of the newly formed Community Housing Steering Committee.
"In our opinion, the rules that govern dogs in public places should not be an inconvenience to people who control their dogs in the first place." — Editorial Board
We can’t speak for the black bears who tangled with recently retired Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Manager Jim Haskins, but we’re certain Steamboat Pilot and Today’s newsroom will sorely miss him.
"When the STARS Ranch becomes a reality, it will set Steamboat apart from other mountain communities." — Editorial Board
We recognize that years of engrained negativity cannot be erased in a single year or by a single survey. Change is a process, and processes require time. But to see such a dramatic turnaround in such a short period gives us great hope for the future, and that hope is anchored in the knowledge that the changes we’ve seen through the past eight months are only the beginning.
"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.