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Our View editorials

Our view: Don’t give up on downtown vision

September 23, 2017 — We are disappointed, on more than one level, that Steamboat Springs City Council decided against appealing Judge Shelley Hill's recent ruling reversing the city's approval of a 60-unit apartment building at 1125 Lincoln Ave. in the heart of the downtown commercial district. Now that the "case […]

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Our view: Smart traffic signals deserve green light

September 19, 2017 — When we looked at the city of Steamboat Springs' list of proposed capital improvement projects for 2018, one particular item rose to the top. As the council begins to ponder next year's spending plan, we hope they'll quickly allocate funds for "smarter" traffic signals, which […]

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Our view: Igloo no frozen treat

September 18, 2017 — We hope when Steamboat Springs City Council reconvenes Sept. 19, it re-thinks its informal Sept. 12 decision to go well over budget and award a building contract outside the formal bidding process to fast track the replacement of its aging childcare facility known colloquially as […]

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Our view: Congress must address immigration

September 12, 2017 — On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The new plan, announced by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, gives Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program. President Obama instituted […]

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Our view: Forewarned is forearmed

September 9, 2017 — September 2017 has turned into a month for natural disasters. As Texas' Gulf Coast begins the process of recovering from the devastation of last month's Hurricane Harvey, two more powerful hurricanes — Irma and Jose — are bearing down on Florida and the East Coast. […]

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Our view: Oak Creek never looked so good

September 5, 2017 — The term "infrastructure" doesn't naturally inspire excitement, but we're excited for the future of the Town of Oak Creek with last month's on-time completion of $3.5 million in improvements along the length of Main Street that include a vital new larger water main and service […]

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Our view: Do not go gentle …

September 2, 2017 — Late last week, District Judge Shelley Hill issued a ruling reversing the Steamboat Springs City Council's mid-2016 approval of three variances that would have allowed a proposed 60-unit apartment to be built at 1125 Lincoln Ave. Hill's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed […]

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Our view: Grown weary of politics?

August 31, 2017 — Perhaps it's the distaste in the mouths of many Americans over the political scene in our nation's Capital that's filtering down to the local level, or maybe it's the demands placed on families in this hustling and bustling mountain resort town. Or maybe it's just a cyclical […]

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Our View: Standing up for a pluralistic society

August 26, 2017 — The cordial and polite reception from his constituents, both Democrats and Republicans, that U.S. Senator Michael Bennet received in Steamboat Springs this week strikes us as the way town hall meetings were meant to be conducted. In contrast, we deplore the reception U.S. Sen. Cory […]

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Our view: City should reassess impact fee system

August 22, 2017 — The city of Steamboat Springs' system for charging developers for the impacts their projects have on traffic and roads is under scrutiny once again, this time by two council members who are questioning the fairness of the current process. The question surrounding the fee centers […]

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Our view: Which path will we take?

August 19, 2017 — "Whenever the vicious portion of (our) population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon […]

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Our view: Steamboat needs to embrace tourism

August 15, 2017 — As summer begins to wind down in the Yampa Valley, the community discussion surrounding summer tourism is still simmering. A large number of letters to the editor on this topic have been published in the Steamboat Pilot & Today over the past several weeks with […]

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Our View: Big plans for Howelsen

August 8, 2017 — When City Manager Gary Suiter said he was "pumped up" about the latest conceptual plan for historic Howelsen Hill, we found ourselves sharing his enthusiasm. The thought of Howelsen becoming home to zip lines, a tubing hill and even a 200-seat restaurant with an outdoor […]

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Our view: To err is human, to explain is crucial

August 5, 2017 — We are all human beings, and as human beings, we occasionally make errors. Sometimes, our errors involve inconsequential trivialities and are barely even noticed; other times, they are larger and more impactful, and, as a result, everyone notices. But, large or small, noticed or otherwise, […]

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Our view: Old Town Hot Springs has always been Steamboat’s rec center

August 1, 2017 — Twice in this century well-intentioned citizen-led initiatives to build a grand new municipal recreation center in Steamboat Springs have been unsuccessful in gaining the financial support of the broader community. In spite of the documented desire for such amenities as indoor swimming pools and public […]

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Our View: Keep ‘Councilcare’

July 29, 2017 — During a budget retreat late last year, Steamboat Springs City Council members were met with a ticklish dilemma when, during budget discussions, they were told by City Attorney Dan Foote that the taxpayer-funded insurance benefit members receive — and have received since 1992 — was never […]

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Our View: Taking care of what we already have

July 29, 2017 — At its July 18 meeting, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted unanimously to direct Superintendent Brad Meeks and Finance Director Mark Rydberg to go forward with necessary steps to seek the district's voters' approval to borrow $12.9 million in the form of a seven-year bond […]

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Our view: Deja vu all over again

July 22, 2017 — Editor’s note: Editorial Board members Bob Weiss recused himself from the discussion on this issue. Last week's developments in the ongoing impasse between the Steamboat Springs City Council and Brynn Grey Partners — the real estate developer that wants to build some 450 new homes […]

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Tourism is Steamboat’s ‘bacon and eggs’

July 15, 2017 — Once, there was a small town in South Arkansas whose entire economy was based on a single industry, a paper mill that employed more than 1,000 workers directly and supported a large number of ancillary employers, as well. The mill paid its workers generous salaries […]

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Our view: Go with the flow on the Yampa

July 11, 2017 — Over the past week, which included the Fourth of July holiday, the Yampa River has overflowed with tubers enjoying the waterway that snakes through town. With tunes blaring and tubes connected together to create a floating party barge, there were times when the Yampa took […]

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