Richard Bear

Richard Bear 14 hours, 16 minutes ago on Investigator's career was not free of controversy

Let me see if I got this right... City Manager hires an investigator to check up on some pretty serious allegations like sexual harassment and racism allegedly on the part of the Chief and his 2nd in command. Now we find out that this investigator comes as a recommendation from the insurance company the city uses to cover their a$$es. Likely, the insurance company will cover the cost of this investigator since they're trying to appear "caring". Then we find out her previous cop job as Chief in Littleton was found to involve similar alleged management styles that left her department in a state of low morale due to a "harsh environment created by former police chief Coogan". Yet we're supposed to believe she's still a good fit for this job? Methinks something smells rotten in Steamboat! May be time to get the Justice Department involved.

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Richard Bear 17 hours, 46 minutes ago on Steamboat police chief, deputy chief put on paid administrative leave

The city still needs to address the potential conflict of interest issues from within this investigation. With the City's insurance company recommending the investigator there cannot really be, in fact or in the public's perception, an impartial investigation. City Council, STEP UP! Your job is to direct the City Manager's actions. She works for YOU! Your credibility is truly in jeopardy.

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Richard Bear 2 days, 18 hours ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

Hiring an investigator recommended by the insurance company is outrageous! How can this be considered independent and impartially non-biased? I think we citizens deserve better.

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Richard Bear 4 days, 10 hours ago on Police chief misconduct accusations cast cloud over police station project

Wondering where you read that John Kerst doesn't care about the history or the very ripe current events. I don't see that in the article above. I know John personally, and know he cares deeply about things that affect our city. Or are you just stirring the pot?

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Richard Bear 3 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs local's passion leads to new clothing business

Good Luck, Melissa! People thought we were crazy when we started our clothing company, Allergic to Cities, here in town over 10 years ago. We had those same fears and "creeping doubts" but now we're represented by a national firm and are in stores in over 25 states. Stay with it and listen to qualified sources, not the naysayers who wish they had the gumption to take on a great idea like you did. BTW, don't forget to do your legal due diligence, there are a lot of rip-off artists out there waiting in the weeds to knock you off.

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Richard Bear 5 months, 1 week ago on Johnny Spillane take his place in Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Congrats to a terrific guy and his family. Well deserved! A slight misquote from his buddy Billy Demong, however. I think he meant to say that Johnny was the first American to win a Winter Olympic Nordic medal. Our town's own Billy Kidd seemed to be, in my memory, the first American to win any Winter Olympic medal. Regardless, a superb accomplishment, Johnny.

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Richard Bear 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Terri Williamson: The impact of words

Well now, this is the second time I've noticed a concern such as this in the past week in our paper. Seems our good ol' "friendly town" vibe is continuing to be undermined by a few a-holes with some sense of false entitlement. I too have noticed this "right-of-way" mentality as well, as I drive on the county roads where lots of bikes love to ride. While most riders show common sense and stay in a safer single-file, three and four abreast is not that uncommon, even on the far side of a blind curving hill. Slamming on my brakes to avoid collision, and to allow the riders to retain a single-file formation, often yields dirty looks at best and some universal sign language at worse. I've even witnessed riders continue forward, at speed, through a moving cattle drive, causing all kinds of chaos. Hopefully, if our well-staffed law enforcement branches will start patrolling these county roads more often, and ticketing the offenders, we'd have less letters like the one here. I send personal apologies to our new residents and visitors alike.

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Richard Bear 8 months, 4 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council won't entertain police station ballot question

Maybe Erie, Colorado has a more realistic assessment of the REAL needs for their cop shop. Do we REALLY need to build a private gym (workout area) and an indoor shooting range? Can't the Police folks go to Health and Rec to buff up, or to the existing RCRC shooting range to practice their deadly aim?

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