Clay Ogden

Clay Ogden 1 hour, 34 minutes ago on Q. & A. with Michelle Dover, Steamboat Springs School Board at-large candidate

The question was "Do you support the proposed $92 million bond measure? Why or why not?"

So ,,, Do you support the proposed $92 million bond measure? Why or why not?


Clay Ogden 1 week, 1 day ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

This plan failures to understand the cost of ownership of assets and the failure to leverage existing assets. The district has decided at least twice now to back away form the Whistler property because it is too small. It will never get bigger and should be sold to reduce the bond requirement. The property where the district offices sits is immensely valuable but not for a broken down building that has failed for years to be reasonably usable, That should also be sold to reduce the debt load. Do those two things and then this proposal makes some sense.


Clay Ogden 2 weeks, 2 days ago on City council candidates think downtown parking an issue

Hi Scott … I’m not sure if downtown parking is a ‘problem’ but it seems to me parking, traffic and road closures are, at least, issues to be discussed. I’ve lived near Soda Creek Elementary since 1989 and I think a real watershed happened when previous councils allowed Ski Times Square to be gutted (without insuring the ensuing development) as it drove a lot of tourist events downtown. Parking, traffic and road closures are no longer occasional or limited to the downtown corridor. Leaving Lincoln and Yampa out of it … Oak and Pine from 3rd to 8th have been closed numerous times for the past several summers with traffic zooming through residential neighborhoods with narrow roads and no sidewalks. Parking for downtown events reaches all the way to Soda Creek Elementary … 5 blocks from downtown. I don’t know where you live … but the residential area of downtown, particularly on weekends, is a nightmare. Let’s spread the love and close streets somewhere else for a change … on the mountain (where these events used to take place), in Whistler, Steamboat II, the Sanctuary, etc. for a change.


Clay Ogden 3 weeks ago on CenturyLink outage disrupts phone service, sends 911 calls to Moffat County

My personal and professional experience is that the ladies and gentleman at the bottom of the CL pile work very hard. Middle and upper management are a horrible joke.

Consumers (business and residential) need to vote with their wallets and shop elsewhere, Everyone (especially state and local governments) need to pressure the Public Utilities Commission to hold this worthless, sniveling, git of a company accountable.


Clay Ogden 4 weeks ago on New Mexican restaurant slated to replace Rio Grande in downtown Steamboat

Jeff ... why don't you try opening your own place and pay all the bills including the property tax rate at 3.7 times that of residential rates and let's see where your affable prices settle in.


Clay Ogden 1 month ago on Hinsvark: Investigator found "paramilitary" culture at Steamboat Springs Police Department

Personally I think the city attorney should follow Ms. Hinsvark out of the door. Even well intentioned folks can get lost and mired by precedence and cultural myopathy.

By Ms. Hinsvark’s own admission a culture of abuse and professional neglect has existed for years … the excuse being 'well that’s what we/they inherited’. The upside and downside of bureaucrats is that they maintain consistency as high level appointees and elected officials come and go. The current culture is poisonous and it seems to me we need and deserve something considerably better than we are getting.

The top of the pile ... City Council, City Manager and City Attorney needs to be talented and brave enough to do what's right and not what's been done in the past.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 1 week ago on Whistleblower under investigation for perjury by DA's Office

Ya'll need to be careful ... Mr. Barkey will target you (and everyone) next! I sat as a juror in a criminal trial recently where the DA pressed a jury trial with no evidence against someone alleged to have stolen $80. An expensive farce. Huge waste of time and money.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 1 week ago on City of Steamboat Springs releases 'Report 6' police investigation summary

George ... unfortunately your personal ax betrays you and clouds a rational response. Take a breath. It's clear you have a lot to offer (intellectually and historically) but to me your message often gets lost in your very personal rage, anger and obtuse cynicism. If you really want to make a difference and create change I suggest you leave that behind.

This is far from enough but the discerning eye ought to find some very interesting nuggets that seems to point a spotlight on the multiple failures to adhere to fairly basic best practices and ought to point that same spotlight at the top of the management pile for failures to be engaged, informed, disciplined and accountable. My guess is this goes well beyond (historically) the current city manager and council (as you well know) ... but that is where we need to start.

Our job is to now demand something better and replace the elected officials that fail to do so. Elections are just a few months a way and we have a real chance to make a difference. The incumbents have a record to stand on or trip over ... and little time to burnish the optics of their failures.


Clay Ogden 3 months, 4 weeks ago on Use of Emerald Park fields to be discussed at two public meetings this week

What fool wrote that ordinance? "youth activities exclusively" ... send that individual back to law school ... is there really no definition of "youth" in the ordinance? I don't really care about the field usage but whoever wrote that drivel needs to retire and get off the city payroll.