Our View


Our view: LIFT-UP moving up

The announcement last week that LIFT-UP of Routt County had purchased a commercial building next door to its current location with plans to double the size of its thrift store and modernize its food bank is a success story the entire community can celebrate.

Our view: Surveying the community

This week, 3,000 randomly selected residents of Steamboat Springs will receive a community survey in the mail, and today, our message is simple — fill the surveys out and return them to the city.

Our View: Education funding request a no-brainer

As the Education Fund Board is poised to make its grant funding decisions for next school year, we think there’s one request that rises to the top and begs for overwhelming approval.

Our view: Hurry up and slow down

We were impressed with the creativity, wide range of options and flexibility evident in the options presented by architect Matt Porta this week to the Steamboat Springs School Board and about 30 members of the master planning committee for possible new schools and remodels of existing buildings.

Our view: Join the conversation

Last week, members of the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission were quizzed by city officials on their ideas for a new pocket park on Yampa Street.

Our view: Nothing’s ever easy

Creating a citizens committee to legitimize the process of choosing a site for a new police station has always been a necessary first step.

Our view: Iron Horse pulling its weight?

We are as intrigued as anyone to learn what responses the city of Steamboat Springs might receive from its request for proposals regarding the future of the Iron Horse Inn property.

Our view: Finding the way home

There are several ways to look at the new time constraints on private camping in rural areas of the county imposed by commissioners this week.

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.