The news this week that the city of Steamboat Springs expects to begin construction in autumn 2017 on a new U.S. Highway 40 pedestrian underpass alongside Fish Creek is the most welcome development for cyclists and people on foot in our community since the city installed manually operated blinking pedestrian crossings at 10 locations around the community in 2014.
The time to get involved is now, and we encourage community members to attend one of the three forums this week.
There can be little argument that the long-discussed and soon-to-begin construction project on Yampa and Oak streets will ultimately benefit everyone, from visitors to residents to the numerous businesses that call the riverfront stretch of Yampa Street home.
City business involving taxpayers' money must be conducted openly and transparently, and we hope the council, moving forward, will think long and hard before it uses its executive session privilege. Decisions made in secret leave the public in the dark.
The margin was narrow, but we think the preliminary approval by Planning Commission of developer/brothers Eric and Brent Rogers’ planned 60-unit 1125 Lincoln Apartments at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 12th streets this month is a positive sign of a new outlook in city government.
The outpouring of support for Howelsen witnessed at last week’s meeting put to rest any thoughts that the historic hill is not worth the city’s investment in it.
A recent issue between county school districts and the Education Fund Board could have easily been averted by open communication.
The city needs to keep the current snow storage site where it is and not waste any more time debating the issue.
On Tuesday, voters in 12 states — including Colorado — will cast the initial ballots that will eventually determine their party’s nominees for president of the United States. Dubbed “Super Tuesday,” it marks the biggest single day in the primary season and offers the largest cache of delegates for candidates of both major political parties.
We understand the challenges the state of Colorado faces with funding highway projects, but we think the state Senate’s narrow vote this month in favor of a new bill, which would siphon $15 million away from a fund that supports mass transit across the state to provide a modest boost to highway safety projects, is irrational. We call upon the House to let it die a natural death.
In the first two weeks of February, the Soroco School District was hit with two rounds of troubling news.
On Jan. 31, the Steamboat Pilot & Today published an in-depth article on opiate and heroin addiction in Steamboat Springs and Routt County titled “Breaking the silence.” The article brought attention to a national crisis that has hit home, and the information provided in the piece is only the beginning of a larger community conversation we think needs to happen now.
We were dismayed to see how easily city and county governments are letting go of the community goal of building a combined police and sheriff’s facility on the west side of Steamboat Springs. It would be a facility that could realize operational efficiencies for the taxpayers and also pay dividends in the form of building cohesiveness between the two largest law enforcement agencies in the county. It’s also a strategy that was the first choice of a citizens committee tasked with leading the former city council out of the wilderness.
The Steamboat Springs School District used its new emergency messaging system for the first time last week when it notified parents that students at Strawberry Park Elementary School were being evacuated to the middle school gym due to an unexplained odor of gas at the campus.
In a special election Tuesday, Hayden voters approved a measure that will allow the commercial cultivation of marijuana for retail and medical uses under limited circumstances.