"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
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.
"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
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.
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.
"Given the steps that have already been taken, we think prime use for the Overlook site would be as a residential subdivision." — Editorial Board
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.
We commend the Steamboat Springs Board of Education for its unanimous endorsement of a new bill working its way through the state legislature that is intended to increase transparency and reporting of spending on odd-year elections — most notably, local school board elections in Colorado.
The newly approved park ranger program should help protect the Yampa River and ensure the river and the Core Trail remain wholesome places for people to play.
The Steamboat Springs School District plans on dropping its all-day kindergarten program only a year after instituting it, and to say we were disappointed by this development would be an understatement.
Our view: City leaders must evaluate current parks and recreation assets and come up with a tax-neutral plan that details how funds generated by a new tax would be spent.
The news this week that the city of Steamboat Springs expects to begin construction in autumn 2017 on a new U.S. Highway 40 pedestrian underpass alongside Fish Creek is the most welcome development for cyclists and people on foot in our community since the city installed manually operated blinking pedestrian crossings at 10 locations around the community in 2014.
The time to get involved is now, and we encourage community members to attend one of the three forums this week.
There can be little argument that the long-discussed and soon-to-begin construction project on Yampa and Oak streets will ultimately benefit everyone, from visitors to residents to the numerous businesses that call the riverfront stretch of Yampa Street home.
City business involving taxpayers' money must be conducted openly and transparently, and we hope the council, moving forward, will think long and hard before it uses its executive session privilege. Decisions made in secret leave the public in the dark.