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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.