Richard Bear

Richard Bear 1 week, 2 days ago on Jim Clark: Why do we have to call it 'Mud Season'?

Oh, Jeezus, oh, jezuss... When have I seen such a soft, slow, high-arched softball come at me when I'm at bat! But wait... I'm on vacation (need a break from mud season, ya know) and the rest of the blogging phalanx covered this doofus' comment so well Welcome to Steamboat Springs, Jim. Time to become a local, if you can. Good luck with that one.

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Richard Bear 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Coogan out, new police investigator named

Thank you Tony (Connell) for stepping up and stating what many of us found extremely "obvious" regarding the potential conflicts with Coogan. Now about Ms. Hinsvark. Are you suggesting she can amend the report that she receives from the new investigator prior to Council's review of the findings? I hope I'm not reading this correctly. I think her "personal judgement" has been called into question several times during her short tenure already. Finally, Council, grow a pair! You are representing the rest of us. Our City's national reputation is at stake. Are you listening to the feedback?

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Richard Bear 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 4 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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