Our View


Our View: Turning a negative into a positive

Yampa Valley Electric Association’s purchase of 15 acres of TIC’s now-empty campus in West Steamboat as the site for its new headquarters made headlines all last week. Like many other business and community leaders, this editorial board views the real estate deal as a smart business decision and a win-win situation for the local electric cooperative and the community as a whole.

Our View: Service with a smile

Steamboat Springs is enjoying a restaurant renaissance, and visitors and locals alike are reveling in the new dining choices. New restaurants have opened in record numbers across downtown, and while the new venues are drawing diners, it’s important for owners and managers to remember that it is excellent service that brings customers back.

Our View: Raising awareness about a serious subject

This past week, a woman contacted us directly after reading an article the Steamboat Pilot & Today published on July 16 titled, “Police still offering drug detection kits.” The young woman told us about being victimized by someone using a date-rape drug. She did not want to be identified or interviewed for a news article, but she did want us to know about her experience to validate the problem and possibly save other women from the trauma she experienced following a normal night out with friends.

Our View: Let’s not give up on field house

As appealing as we find the proposal by Kevin Sankey and Mark Lynch to raise donations for a large athletic field house adjacent to the Strawberry Park schools, we understand why a majority of the Steamboat Springs School Board decided Thursday night against assuming ultimate financial responsibility for the facility. The purpose of the Steamboat Springs Athletic Center would only be tangential to the school district’s core mission of providing our youngsters with the best academic education we can afford.

Our View: Howelsen has real and symbolic value

As the city of Steamboat Springs continues its new master planning process for Howelsen Hill, it’s a good time for the community to reassess the value and importance of the park and weigh in on its future.

Our View: When more than just the lights go out

We’ve found multiple reasons to praise Yampa Valley Electric Association since Diane Johnson took the reins as general manager in June 2013. However, we think our rural electric cooperative needs to modernize the way it informs customers about power outages.

Our View: A move in the right direction

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted last week to enter into negotiations to purchase a small piece of residential property at 603 Yampa St. with plans to develop the parcel into a riverside pocket park. The action followed a recommendation made to council by the Yampa Street lodging tax committee, which is tasked with helping decide how the lodging tax dollars earmarked for the project (as much as $900,000 throughout two years) are spent.

Our View: Finding a fit for Steamboat’s changing economy

Soon after we recovered from the surprise this week over Chamber CEO Tom Kern’s announced decision to resign his position in order to be closer to elderly parents in Michigan, we were reminded that the search for his replacement begins now.

Our View: Saddle pals

The great divide that once existed between cattle ranchers and road cyclists in Routt County appears to be narrowing, and a weekend road ride that wound its way through the Yampa Valley’s most fertile ranch land proved just that.

Our View: If they grow it, why not sell it?

We were impressed this week with the efforts taken by Oak Creek town officials to educate and reassure residents about plans to develop two marijuana grow centers in that South Routt County community and to explain the economic growth that could result.

Our View: It’s time to revive housing conversation

A recent forum and a state report released a few weeks ago have brought two of Routt County’s age-old issues — affordable housing and the cost of child care —back to the forefront of community conversation. Both issues are complex and far from new, but as the economy improves and the housing market begins to rebound, it’s the right time to re-engage the community and its leaders in a healthy discussion about how Steamboat Springs and Routt County plan to respond to both needs.

Our View: Getting the cop shop right

City of Steamboat Springs staff and the Steamboat Springs City Council settled this week on three very practical sites from which to choose a final location for a new police station.

Our View: Time for action

Broach the subject of developing Rita Valentine Park and you’re sure to spark a strong response, especially if major projects like a new police station or a recreational center are mentioned as they have been in the past.

Our view: Cyclists camped in the grand ballroom

A big slice of the Steamboat Springs resort community went to extraordinary lengths last week to allow the venerable Ride the Rockies bicycle tour to make a two-night stop in Bike Town USA. We think resort leaders and their lieutenants deserve recognition for the diligence and collaboration that was required.

Our View: Night skiing gains traction

Night skiing, introduced at Steamboat Ski Area this winter, has proven to be a worthwhile experiment that gained momentum, and as a result of its popularity and promise, will be expanded from three to five nights next season.