"If the Steamboat Springs City Council is making New Year’s resolutions for 2017, we hope a pledge to meet less often in executive session tops that list." — Editorial Board
The success of the latest in a series of free ski days, hosted by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreational Services Department at Howelsen Hill Dec. 23, leads us to the conclusion that, without a doubt, there is demand for low-cost family Alpine skiing and snowboarding in the heart of downtown Steamboat.
"In the final analysis, the ski area’s new policy isn’t about money; it’s about doing all that can be done to ensure the safety of residents and guests." — Editorial Board
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continuing its Christmas tradition of reprinting one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”
"City Council wasted time and precious political capital quibbling over an amount as little as $10,000 that ultimately helps move a housing project forward when Steamboat’s housing shortage is reaching crisis levels." — Editorial Board
We all know that demand for housing here is outpacing supply. What that means is that we are in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens to undermine every sector of our economy.
"Policing, by its very nature, is reactive, so it’s nice to see our local police department embrace opportunities to work toward collaborative solutions to community challenges." — Editorial Board
On Nov. 22, Steamboat Springs Resort Association CEO Jim Clark, who had been at his post a little more than two years, tendered his resignation. This situation could be seen in two ways — as another setback or as an emergent opportunity.
"We also urge the council to take the necessary steps to abide by the city charter and put the health insurance question on the ballot for voters to decide." — Editorial Board
"We have a strong middle class in Steamboat Springs; let’s not price them out of the community." — Editorial Board
"This level of fundraising is a testament to our community’s generosity, and we think it’s pretty fantastic to live in place where giving is a way of life." — Editorial Board
Though last week’s decision by the Routt County Board of Commissioners, which will allow rural homeowners to construct secondary housing units on their properties, elicited disagreement between county commissioners and the Routt County Planning Commission, we think the move has the potential to relieve at least some of the county’s affordable housing problems.
" ... no matter what may be percolating across the nation, we live in an inclusive community that values kindness, tolerance and compassion for others." — Editorial Board
The rift that developed within the Steamboat Springs School Board appears to have arisen following the November 2015 election of Margie Huron, Michelle Dover and Sam Rush to the board, and the subsequent election of newcomers Huron and Rush as board president and vice president, respectively.
"Now that CC4E has a new report in its hands, it’s our hope the release of updated demographic information will allow the group to move forward with its task of providing the school board with recommendations about the district’s future facility needs." — Editorial Board