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Our View editorials

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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Our view: BID will be worth the wait

July 4, 2017 — The city of Steamboat Springs has made a significant investment in downtown improvements as evidenced by the extensive work that has been completed on Yampa and Oak streets this summer, and we have no doubt downtown businesses have benefitted tremendously from the transformation. With this […]

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Our view: Taxing questions

July 1, 2017 — A recent community survey conducted by the city of Steamboat Springs indicates strong local support for the addition of a new "sin tax" to the sale of alcoholic beverages and marijuana to help support governmental operations. The survey also gauged residents' opinions about a number […]

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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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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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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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Our view: Downtown Steamboat is looking spiffy

June 13, 2017 — If you haven't walked down Oak Street in Steamboat Springs lately, you're in for a treat. Improvements to the downtown street are progressing ahead of schedule with new sidewalks, stamp concrete bump-outs at key intersections, new lighting, undergrounded utilities and some new flowerbeds. After you […]

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Our view: Creating housing to conserve community

June 10, 2017 — The news that the board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority will explore taxpayers' enthusiasm this summer for approving a mill levy to build on the newfound momentum on the community housing front is one of the most encouraging signs we've seen in 15 years […]

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Our view: Will more parks in Steamboat go to the dogs?

June 6, 2017 — The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has endorsed a proposal to create three new off-leash dog areas in town, and we support that recommendation with one caveat. We think off-leash parks at Stehly Park in Old Town and Whistler Park on the south side […]

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Our view: It’s going to get better

June 3, 2017 — Summer in Northwest Colorado always seems to come as a mixed blessing. The days grow warmer, the snow begins to melt and the valley turns green and vibrant again. Skis and snowboards are traded in for bikes, boats and hiking boots, and the months that lie […]

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Our view: The battle against the opioid epidemic continues

May 30, 2017 — The opioid epidemic is real, and as the Steamboat Pilot & Today has reported and continues to report, it's hit Steamboat Springs and Routt County hard. One overdose death is too many, and from 2014 to 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Routt […]

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Our view: Hands off national monuments

May 27, 2017 — We were pleased this week with the news that Colorado U.S. Sen. Corey Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton had reached out to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking him not to make any changes in the status of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in […]

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Our view: Lessons on acceptance

May 23, 2017 — Steamboat Springs High School students and staff celebrated their differences and their similarities during the school's first-every Diversity Week May 15 to 19. The observance was kicked off with a school-wide assembly featuring a presentation by Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete […]

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Our view: The little town that could

May 20, 2017 — We were both pleased and proud to learn last week that our neighbor to the south, the tiny town of Oak Creek, was recently named by Colorado Parks and Wildlife as 2017's Northwest Region Partner of the Year. According to CPW's website, the town was […]

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Our view: CC4E’s recommendation to Steamboat school board makes sense

May 16, 2017 — After more than a year of studying the needs of the Steamboat Springs School District in the wake of a failed bond issue, the Community Committee for Education — CC4E — presented its formal recommendations to the school board last week. Our view: The option […]

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Our view: Telling might save a life

May 13, 2017 — A week ago, administrators at Steamboat Springs Middle School may have averted a tragedy. On May 7, school officials were notified that one of their students had "threatened harm and actions that may or may not have included harm to others," according to a letter […]

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Our view: Busy season ahead

May 9, 2017 — It was a case of déjà vu when we learned last week that Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter wanted to investigate the possibility of the city running its own building department in the wake of Routt County Building Department Director Ben Grush's announcement he […]

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Our view: Addressing a deadly dilemma

May 6, 2017 — According to traffic safety statistics released by the Colorado State Patrol, as of March 31, troopers had investigated 114 crashes that involved fatalities or injuries specifically linked to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a 6.5-percent increase over 2016 numbers for the same […]

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