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Our View: Preserving Steamboat’s unique brand

John Shipley, president of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board of directors, likes to remind the Steamboat Springs community of a historical fact — before we were Ski Town USA or Bike Town USA, we were “Cow Town USA,” and it’s a brand we’d be smart to continue to promote.

Our View: Don’t try this at home

Millions of skiers and riders have been inspired and motivated this week by the high-speed turns and aerial gyrations of Olympic athletes in the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center and Extreme Park in the mountains outside Sochi, Russia.

Our View: Steamboat Chamber takes customer-centric approach

We think the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is wise to invest in a customer service training program that already has a proven track record of success.

Our View: They were visionaries

Already in 2014, the Yampa Valley has lost two visionaries who were among its most effective “doers” of the past half-century, with the Jan. 3 death of former Steamboat Ski Corp. executive Martin Hart followed closely by the death of former Routt County Commissioner Bill Haight on Feb. 2.

Our View: 100 years old and still going strong

Hitting the century mark is a huge accomplishment for any organization, especially one like the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which is a cornerstone of the Steamboat community, helping to define its culture and impacting the lives of more than 22,000 athletes and their families along the way.

Our View: Stable PILT funding is only fair

Congress can't be trusted from year to year to pay its property tax bill. So we think PILT monies should be approved five years at a time.

Our View: Reel strategy deserves support

The Steamboat Springs Film Committee’s aspirations are bold and exciting, and provide another avenue for marketing Steamboat that we think is worth funding and supporting.

Our View: Here we go again with parking

As the city of Steamboat Springs deliberates whether to implement paid parking downtown, we think it should consider a trial run in existing parking lots during busy seasons.

Our View: The power of mentoring

At the most recent Coffee and a Newspaper event held Jan. 8 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the assembled group was asked to look ahead and identify what they thought were the most important issues facing Steamboat Springs and Routt County. As the discussion broadened, conversation shifted to the importance of educating youths about the dangers of marijuana use and the role adults can play in ensuring children understand the issues surrounding the legalization of pot.

Our View: Group sales program a smart investment

We support Steamboat Springs City Council’s decision this week to grant Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern’s request for $21,000 from the city general fund to help attract more convention business to the community.

Our View: The time is now for BID proposal

We think the timing is right for placing a BID funding proposal back before voters. This is not a general election. Only those who are commercial property owners in the BID district, which encompasses Lincoln Avenue and Yampa and Oak streets from Third to 12th streets, will have a say on the issue.

Our View: The true cost of recycling

What this green-leaning ski town could use in 2014 is a doctoral candidate in environmental economics to tell us in quantifiable terms the net benefit of Steamboat Springs’ passion for recycling.

Our View: Devoted citizens save the medical clinic

In response to concerns that the South Routt Medical Center was facing serious financial challenges, local residents recently formed a citizens advisory committee to help ensure the future viability of the center.

Our View: Is pot tourism a burning issue?

Steamboat’s first retail marijuana store isn’t due to open for four days — Wednesday at the soonest — and we already can foresee that local regulations are apt to evolve, perhaps quickly.

Our View: Stick to the plan, man

The news this week that three Front Range men spent the night huddled by a campfire in Diamond Park while family members worried about their safety reminds us of the limits of modern communications technology and the unforgiving nature of the Rocky Mountains in all seasons.