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Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

If there is a perennial part of Steamboat Springs’ summer scene that is more beloved by a broader swath of both the local community and our visitors than the Free Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill, it’s difficult to imagine what it might be.

Our View: School board should avoid rush to polls

The hiring of a pre-bond engineer by the Steamboat Springs School Board a week ago Monday could set the stage for a bond issue election in November.

Our View: City’s credibility takes huge hit

The revelation Tuesday night that a close relative of a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council had been hired to vet the final police station sites was shocking to say the least.

Our View: Steamboat's signature stories

As we embark on a new year in Routt County, it’s common to look back on the previous year to determine if there were memorable moments, lessons learned and progress made or lost.

Our View: On the front lines of tourism

This week, we especially want to praise all of the hardworking people at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the transportation hub run by Routt County that is literally the lifeline for our winter resort economy.

Our View: Housing authority on the right track

As we enter 2015, one of the major challenges facing the Steamboat Springs community is a scarcity of affordable rental housing. The increasingly tight rental market has caused rents to rise, and more and more people living here on moderate incomes are finding it extremely difficult to secure housing.

Our View: Dogs have owners; cats have staff

We think the existing city staff at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter has done a fine job, in concert with volunteers from the Routt County Humane Society, of providing compassionate care for abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats for many years.

Our View: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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.”

Our View: There is no free bus

We think it’s good news that the Steamboat Springs City Council is receiving blowback about cost-cutting measures this winter that have resulted in changes and reductions in Steamboat Springs Transit routes.

Our View: Putting parking in gear

We like the plan announced by the city of Steamboat Springs in November to convert the Eighth Street parking lot from a maximum of four-hour parking to eight hours.

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.