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Our view: Do as we say, not as we do

It is not Planning Commission’s endorsement of the new Igloo project that concerns us; rather, it is the fact that commissioners also sanctioned a variance city planners are seeking to delay construction of the new facility’s sidewalk until 2017.

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Our view: School board division is concerning

"All five members of the school board need to find a way to work together for the benefit of students." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Building credibility with voters

Now that we’ve had a week to think about it, we view the decision to allow the tax to sunset as one that is fair to the taxpayers, but also strategic.

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Our view: Applause for new arts education initiative

"We can’t wait to see what develops from this new collaboration between one of Steamboat’s most revered performing arts programs and two of Routt County’s rural schools." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Council shows flexibility

It’s gratifying to know we have a city council that’s willing to consider all aspects of a question — even new information gathered after the fact.

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Our view: Celebrating Steamboat’s art scene

"We believe there is great value in the prospect of Steamboat becoming a Colorado Creative Industries Creative District." — Editorial Board

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Our view: New city manager ‘gets’ mountain towns

We were pleased to learn that a panel of community members had recommended offering the permanent city manager post to Steamboat Springs interim city manager Gary Suiter, who has demonstrated that, not only does he have the administrative skills to improve the performance of city hall, but also the personality to work with City Council while being responsive to citizen inquiries.

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Ken Davis: New technology, public awareness key to fighting prescription drug abuse

"Addressing the growing problem of abuse of prescription painkillers and other opioid drugs in Routt County and across Colorado is a major battle facing the healthcare, law enforcement, schools and treatment communities." — Ken Davis

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Our view: City needs to bear down on problem

"The city remains obligated to do everything it can to discourage bears from getting into trash, and we think the solution lies first in strict enforcement of city ordinances." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Good gates make good neighbors

We wholeheartedly agree with Routt County planning commissioners’ Thursday vote to allow the homeowner’s association at Marabou Ranch subdivision to install a lock on its main gate, which was prohibited in the subdivision’s original 2005 county permit.

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Our view: If you build it, they might come

"In our opinion, the money needs to fund a comprehensive marketing campaign aimed at making sure visitors and locals know it’s business as usual on Yampa Street despite the inconveniences that will be caused by ongoing construction work in the downtown area." — Editorial Board

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Our view: What are we waiting for?

The level of public opposition to the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ exploration of the possibility of allowing more rural property within 5 miles of cities and towns to create secondary housing units makes us wonder how committed our community is to creating workforce housing.

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Our view: Marijuana education matters

Our view: Young people deserve to know the facts about how marijuana will affect them, and it’s up to the adults in their lives to educate them.

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Our view: Don't overlook opportunity

"Given the steps that have already been taken, we think prime use for the Overlook site would be as a residential subdivision." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Fix the planning, bidding process

We encourage the city to learn from this experience and review its policies and procedures for initiating such capital projects. This is particularly important in terms of a project such as Central Park, in which delays will almost certainly have a negative impact on residents and businesses alike.