Our View


Our View: A proactive approach to Proposition 104

We think the School Board was wise to show its support for a more open employee contract negotiation process in advance of the election. Ultimately, voters across the state approved Proposition 104 by a three-to-one margin, which is evidence that the public has a strong interest in open meetings and making sure government business is conducted transparently.

Our View: Food on the go

In our opinion, food trucks don’t compete with traditional restaurants but enhance Steamboat’s growing reputation as a culinary destination. They have the potential to complement downtown’s quaintness and its easygoing ambiance by offering visitors and locals even more epicurean options.

Our View: Blazing a trail

In the early stages of a 2012-13 campaign to persuade the Steamboat Springs City Council and the public to commit future millions in lodging tax funds to building new trails with the potential to drive more resort visitation to Steamboat Springs, one of the ideas that gained considerable buy-in was the goal of extending the heavily used Yampa River Core Trail.

Our View: Eyes on the pass

The snow that has been falling since Sunday comes at just the right time for the start of the 2014-15 ski season and provides the perfect backdrop for an editorial urging travelers to use the new webcams the Colorado Department of Transportation has installed offering real-time views of road conditions on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Our View: Hearth and home

One could approach the news this week that Routt County Habitat for Humanity is dissolving from several points of view, but we find ourselves focused on the implications the news holds for Routt County’s attainable housing market.

Our View: Help police nab 'em with anonymous tip line

This week, Routt County Crime Stoppers launched a new “Text a Tip” hotline that represents one of the first positive public agency responses to emerge in the wake of the McKeon case, and we think the law enforcement agencies involved in the effort should be commended.

Our View: New campaign helps teens rise above

A new statewide campaign aimed at reducing drug use among teens was launched in Steamboat Springs the last week in October. The unveiling of a huge graffiti-inspired mural at the Boys & Girls Club and the introduction of a youth-centric social media plan marked the start of the #IRiseAbove effort here and across Colorado.

Harriet Freiberger: Day to honor our military

Few people remember when they first heard the word “veteran,” but awareness of what it means has a lot to do with response to the national holiday Tuesday.

Our View: City manager evaluation process shouldn’t be this difficult

Since March, the Steamboat Springs City Council has been grappling with a new process for reviewing the performance of its city manager — the only city employee to work directly for the council.

Our View: County’s airport needs interim leadership

Dave Ruppel has, for nine years, provided Yampa Valley Regional Airport with the steady, professional leadership needed to bring one of the most important pieces of transportation infrastructure in all of Northwest Colorado into a new era with a modern terminal.

Our View: Vote to extend school mill levies

There are two issues on Tuesday’s ballot, Referendums 3A and 3B, that propose to extend existing mill levies previously approved by Soutt Routt and Hayden school district voters. These measures do not represent new taxes, and since the levies first were approved five years ago, tax revenues have been put to good use by both districts, and there is data to prove it.

Our View: Proposition 104 deserves passing grade

In support of transparency and open government, the Steamboat Pilot & Today endorses Proposition 104, a ballot measure that will require Colorado’s public schools to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with their teachers in open meetings.

Our View: Proposition 105 is costly and confusing

Proposition 105 would require foods that are genetically modified or produced with genetic engineering to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” This ballot measure sounds good on the surface, but upon closer study, we don’t think it is as simple and low-cost as proponents claim it to be, or even necessary.

Our View: Amendment 68 is not worth the gamble

All that glitters is not gold, and Amendment 68 is dangling an attractive payoff for K-12 public schools in the hopes that voters will buy its bait-and-hook campaign and ignore the facts of the ballot issue.

Our View: Vote no on Amendment 67

Heather Surovik’s story is a sad and tragic tale. When Surovik was 8 1/2 months pregnant and leaving her last prenatal appointment, a drunk driver blew through an intersection and crashed into her car. She woke up in the hospital’s intensive care unit to discover her unborn child had not survived the crash.