For some reason, when it comes to education, the benchmark is another school just down the road or across the state. Rarely, if ever, do school systems compare themselves to their international counterparts.
With the elections of Nov. 5 receding in the rearview mirror, a glance ahead shows 2014’s local, state and federal races coming into focus. With Colorado’s precinct caucuses scheduled for March 4, some incumbents and candidates already have begun the grunt work associated with running for office.
On Wednesday, while folks in Routt County were absorbing Tuesday’s election results, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were in a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
As the hometown of more winter Olympians than any other community in the U.S., Steamboat Springs is accustomed to seeing residents of Ski Town USA regularly mentioned by the national and international press.
A week ago, Steamboat Springs resident Leah Wolf Martin knocked on my door and asked if I was aware health insurance premiums for coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act were far higher in Steamboat than in most other Colorado communities.
While property owners in Steamboat Springs dodged the initiation of a stormwater tax this week — thanks to the excellent work of a residents task force — City Manager Deb Hinsvark already has begun the groundwork for a recreation district tax that hasn’t been publicly debated by the Steamboat Springs City Council.
In the coming weeks, the Steamboat Springs City Council will continue to debate a subject it has wrestled with since the onset of the Great Recession. The subject is city employee compensation, and the debate concerns how to determine fair compensation.
During the next several weeks, President Barack Obama and the congressional leadership will pretend to fight about the nation’s “debt ceiling.”
If you think the federal government has overstepped the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution by passing laws and regulations that transgress the freedom, power and rights reserved to the states and individuals, you should hug a Colorado pot smoker.
The city invited residents to share their thoughts about a proposed location for a new police station. And then, when those residents did as requested, the city manager tells them their view is inconsequential in the greater scheme of the city’s plan.