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Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser: Gallaher’s unintended effect on rural Colorado

June 27, 2017 — The story of Colorado Mountain College is inspiring and unique. Fifty years ago the citizens of Garfield, Lake, Eagle, Summit and Pitkin counties bucked the conventional thinking in Denver and voted to create a college in Colorado's central mountains. This courageous and generous act – […]

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Our view: Taking care of our trails

June 27, 2017 — An endowment fund, which was created last year to help maintain area trails on public lands, is currently lacking grassroots support, and promoters of the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, which is held by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, are looking for ways to change that. […]

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Melissa Hampton: Why the rush to destroy people’s lives?

June 27, 2017 — Interesting question with a very simple answer, and it has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with money and holding onto Congressional seats. The proposed health care bill is a massive tax cut for the very rich and has little or […]

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Andrew Romanoff: New GOP health plan is bad medicine

June 26, 2017 — Let's say your state faces an opioid epidemic. And a shortage of psychiatric care. And one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Let's say you live in Colorado. If you're an optimist, you might turn to Congress for help. At the very least, […]

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Dennis Brust: Paris Accord is politics, not science

June 26, 2017 — The Paris Climate Accord was an exercise in power politics and not good science. This so-called "accord" was the most one-sided agreement in political history. Two of the top three biggest polluters, China and India, gave themselves a free ride until 2030. The Obama administration […]

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Julie Hagenbuch: Respect your constituents

June 26, 2017 — When calling Senator Gardner regarding healthcare a few days ago, the last thing I expected was a tirade of lies and insults from the staffer. After stating my concern that a tax break for the wealthy takes away funding for health insurance, will raise premiums […]

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Our view: Can you hear us now?

June 24, 2017 —   The news this week that Verizon and Routt County are collaborating on the placement of a new 60-foot cell tower on the county's road and bridge shop on the west side of Steamboat Springs is a welcome development for office workers, construction foremen, restaurant […]

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Not recommended: rubber raft saves 1961 float trip

June 23, 2017 — John Fetcher used unorthodox watercraft during 1961 float down Yampa Canyon

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Bruce D. Benson: Rural Sustainability Act was great team effort

June 23, 2017 — The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that was signed into law recently that has far-reaching implications for our state. The Rural Sustainability Act is a great example of a team effort for the good of the state that will have positive ripple effects across Colorado […]

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Bob Weiss: Remembering the Monterey Pop Festival

June 23, 2017 — Fifty years ago last weekend, I watched Jimi Hendrix douse his guitar with lighter fluid, light it on fire and smash it into the stage, sending flaming pieces flying into the air. My friends and I were ushers at the three-day 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, […]

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Nancy Spillane: Cruel health care bill hits children, seniors in nursing homes

June 23, 2017 — In less than one day, these organizations agree that the new Senate health care bill asks low- and middle-income Americans to spend significantly more for less coverage. The hardest hit will be children, millions living in nursing homes with conditions like Alzheimer's or the aftereffects […]

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Paul Wellman: Coal mining is antique industry

June 23, 2017 — Western coal mining is fast disappearing along with all coal mining. Tipton’s American Energy Act is a cruel joke on all people whether they know it or not — better than hoping that this act does not pass so Colorado miners will be able to […]

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Cristina Harmon: Monumental concerns

June 22, 2017 — On June 12, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his recommendations for Bears Ears National Monument in Utah as part of a 15-day review of that new monument and a 60-day review of 27 monuments nationwide. Despite 96 percent of comments received by June 24 supporting […]

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Paul Bonnifield: Coal miners need to take note of Tipton’s proposal

June 21, 2017 — Rep. Scott Tipton’s commentary on his proposed American Energy Act is an eye opener. Every Routt County coal miner knows that the strength of western coal is its low sulfur content. Eastern coal has higher BTUs, and it is 1,000 miles nearer the largest market […]

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Artie Weber: Thanks Select Super staff in Oak Creek

June 21, 2017 — It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of thanks to Dawn, Lennard and the rest of the Select Super staff. The 2017 South Routt Elementary School PE field day was enjoyed by many. We had flag tag, the shoe kick, shark attack […]

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Our view: Steamboat’s art scene grabs spotlight

June 20, 2017 — Steamboat Springs' brand is multi-faceted, from our famous Champagne powder skiing to our ranching heritage to our home-grown Olympians, and woven into the rich fabric of our community is another thread that dates back to the arrival of Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield in the […]

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Scott Tipton: Creating all-of-the-above energy future

June 18, 2017 — For too long, the U.S. has operated with no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable increased demand for energy created by both traditional and renewable resources. As the energy economy continues to evolve, we must develop a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure both […]

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Our view: Here’s to our health

June 17, 2017 — For more than 60 years — beginning in 1950, with the completion and dedication of Routt County Memorial Hospital, the forerunner of Yampa Valley Medical Center —the Yampa Valley has enjoyed a level of medical care unprecedented in a community as small as ours, and […]

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Joyce Rankin: Education legislation and summer vacation

June 17, 2017 — Last month, I reported on the education bills that were considered during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill 267 and House Bill 1375 are two new acts that have significant impact on the rural schools I represent. SB 17-267 is called Sustainability of Rural Colorado. […]

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Community Connections: ‘Mama Africa’ more than continent; she is neighbor

June 17, 2017 — The mission of Integrated Community is to proactively promote and support successful integration of immigrant and local community members in Northwest Colorado through education, intercultural exchange and collaboration to build a more united community in which its members can communicate, participate and contribute. In 1956, when […]

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