Our View


Our View: Help police nab 'em with anonymous tip line

This week, Routt County Crime Stoppers launched a new “Text a Tip” hotline that represents one of the first positive public agency responses to emerge in the wake of the McKeon case, and we think the law enforcement agencies involved in the effort should be commended.

Our View: New campaign helps teens rise above

A new statewide campaign aimed at reducing drug use among teens was launched in Steamboat Springs the last week in October. The unveiling of a huge graffiti-inspired mural at the Boys & Girls Club and the introduction of a youth-centric social media plan marked the start of the #IRiseAbove effort here and across Colorado.

Harriet Freiberger: Day to honor our military

Few people remember when they first heard the word “veteran,” but awareness of what it means has a lot to do with response to the national holiday Tuesday.

Our View: City manager evaluation process shouldn’t be this difficult

Since March, the Steamboat Springs City Council has been grappling with a new process for reviewing the performance of its city manager — the only city employee to work directly for the council.

Our View: County’s airport needs interim leadership

Dave Ruppel has, for nine years, provided Yampa Valley Regional Airport with the steady, professional leadership needed to bring one of the most important pieces of transportation infrastructure in all of Northwest Colorado into a new era with a modern terminal.

Our View: Vote to extend school mill levies

There are two issues on Tuesday’s ballot, Referendums 3A and 3B, that propose to extend existing mill levies previously approved by Soutt Routt and Hayden school district voters. These measures do not represent new taxes, and since the levies first were approved five years ago, tax revenues have been put to good use by both districts, and there is data to prove it.

Our View: Proposition 104 deserves passing grade

In support of transparency and open government, the Steamboat Pilot & Today endorses Proposition 104, a ballot measure that will require Colorado’s public schools to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with their teachers in open meetings.

Our View: Proposition 105 is costly and confusing

Proposition 105 would require foods that are genetically modified or produced with genetic engineering to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” This ballot measure sounds good on the surface, but upon closer study, we don’t think it is as simple and low-cost as proponents claim it to be, or even necessary.

Our View: Amendment 68 is not worth the gamble

All that glitters is not gold, and Amendment 68 is dangling an attractive payoff for K-12 public schools in the hopes that voters will buy its bait-and-hook campaign and ignore the facts of the ballot issue.

Our View: Vote no on Amendment 67

Heather Surovik’s story is a sad and tragic tale. When Surovik was 8 1/2 months pregnant and leaving her last prenatal appointment, a drunk driver blew through an intersection and crashed into her car. She woke up in the hospital’s intensive care unit to discover her unborn child had not survived the crash.

Our View: Our week to celebrate

This week has been designated as National Newspaper Week, and here at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, we acknowledge this occasion by pausing to assess the state of our rapidly changing industry and take a closer look at our profession. Evaluating where the newspaper industry has been and where it is headed are not easy tasks.

Our View: Course correction

The news late last month that revenues at Yampa Valley Regional Airport have dropped precipitously in the past five years, necessitating budget cuts, should be of serious concern to everyone in the Yampa Valley. That includes those of us who don’t personally use the commercial service in and out of the valley.

Our View: Stick to the point

The Steamboat Springs City Council recently reviewed its rules for public comments at meetings and decided to stick with its policy of limiting citizens’ input to three minutes at the podium on a given subject. Council members also will continue the practice of listening to the comments but not engaging in a public debate about the stated concerns.

Our View: UGB process needs fixing

We believe the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County were justified this month in restructuring the rules for expanding the city’s urban growth boundary. For many years, that boundary has prevented urban sprawl from taking place in the open spaces immediately surrounding the city.

Our View: To invest in solar energy or not?

Last week, the Steamboat Today reported on the Routt County commissioners' hesitation to invest in the community solar garden that is being constructed in Craig, and that response by the commission left us a little mystified.