Our View


Our View: Blight can be good thing

In one of its first actions since four new members were added to its ranks, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Nov. 17 to designate the city’s downtown area as “blighted” in order to qualify for a $600,000 community development block grant from the Department of Local Affairs.

Our View: 1 great day of giving

Among the most gratifying and reliable characteristics of the Yampa Valley is the unswerving altruism of its residents.

Our View: All Routt County's students matter

The plain language South Routt School District Superintendent Darcy Mohr used this month to describe the future of the schools in Oak Creek and Yampa should the district fail to reverse the downward spiral of student enrollment struck us as not only appropriate, but also courageous.

Our view: Snow worth making noise about

If there are destination skiers and snowboarders in distant states who have been hesitating this fall to book a ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, there’s a good chance news of the ski area’s early opening this weekend has their attention.

Our View: Smooth operator

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth is predicting the airport’s restaurant operations will break even by 2016, which is a major improvement for an operation that lost close to $600,000 over 2013 and 2014.

Our view: A history lesson for school leaders

The new school board can learn from their predecessors who served 20 years ago and follow their lead by appointing a true citizens committee to guide planning for the next building proposal.

Our View: Clean Power Plan bad deal for state

In a Sept. 4 news release, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced she will join a multi-state legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of Section 111(d) of the Clean Power Plan to mandate state regulation of greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions by electric utility generating units, or EGUs, which make use of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas.

Our view: New chief faces challenges, opportunities

The city of Steamboat Springs is emerging from a difficult summer in terms of its relationship with the police department, a relationship deeply wounded both by a series of allegations that ultimately led to the departure of former Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle and the city’s attendant reticence with regard to the particulars of those allegations.

Our View: Consensus matters

The sheer size of the proposed $92 million school bond issue, the number of unanswered questions it has raised and the level of rancor it has inspired in the community strongly suggest it needs a longer gestation period.

Our view: Passing pot tax prudent move

On Nov. 3, Hayden voters will be asked to decide whether to levy an excise tax on the sale or transfer of medical and recreational marijuana by cultivation facilities that may or may not ever come to exist.

Our View: Tim, Doug, Cari Show

The Routt County Board of Commissioners took a step in the right direction this month when it dedicated a high-volume phone line to offering its constituents the ability to call in and listen to live public hearings. But let’s agree, it was a baby step in the digital era.

Our View: Doing right by our leaders

Last Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the provisions of a new state law that will boost the salaries of elected county officials — including the salaries of the commissioners themselves — by some 60 percent.

Our view: Welcome to the 'Sharing Economy'

We think the Routt County Commissioners and planning staff are moving cautiously down the correct path as they investigate the possibility of legalizing short-term rentals outside commercial areas in the county in order to better regulate them.

Our view: Investing in preschool is money well spent

School is back in session, and the Steamboat Springs School District is now operating its own preschool. The program, which serves 3 to 6 year olds, was previously run by the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, but this fall became part of the district’s elementary program.

Our view: We aren’t looking for ‘Nirvana’ at Centennial Hall

Our view: We think the city council/city manager relationship needs to be better defined and properly structured in order to be productive.