Aryeh Copa

Aryeh Copa 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

Not "malignant stupidity", irrational fear and overreaction is what I am opposing and my reasoning has nothing to do with your dog. Your arrogance supersedes your intelligence or you would not make such wrong assumptions about me, my intelligence or education.

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Aryeh Copa 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

Mark, I couldn't agree with you more. While I do not want to see wildlife in densely populated areas, I think we need to accept that wildlife will travel through these areas and cross roads to be in their natural environment and occasionally something is going to go wrong. Human error and laziness has almost domesticated bears and fox in Steamboat as trash is left out and some attempt to hand feed foxes. We must admit that there is a lot of shared habitat between humans and animals. We see herds of elk on golf courses during the winter and moose on the ski runs. So far no major issues but it is only a matter of time before someone is maimed because they did not have proper fear of an animal. I enjoy seeing wildlife from afar and do my best not to disturb them, the presence of so much wildlife is only proof that I live in the mountains, not a city or urban center. Attacks by wild animals are rare but I fear the knee jerk reaction if a child is harmed. I wonder how many people/kids are bitten or attacked by domesticated dogs and cats compared to wildlife. The most dangerous animal to humans is still the human. Happy new year to all, humans and animals.

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Aryeh Copa 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

Well I hope you put up a sign in "mountain lion" that tells them where their natural environment is and where they are not welcome.

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Aryeh Copa 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

I bet your afraid of moose and coyotes too. Why stop there? What about mosquitos, bees, tics and spiders? So much scary stuff out there. Better stay inside until someone sterilizes the outside for you.

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Aryeh Copa 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mountain lion shot after killing dog

Yeah lets live in a sterile world where we have nothing to fear. I love the mountains but please, kill all the animals that live here and offer any kind of threat to me. Will someone please kill all the sharks in the ocean also so I can go surfing? Never mind the consequences of removing predators from their natural environment, I won't live long enough to see the real effects. Maybe we can intentionally increase the rate of global warming so there will be no more snow and no avalanches to worry about when I go skiing. Oh wait, that doesn't work. Are we so afraid of being part of the ecosystem that we need to rule over it and destroy everything that threatens us? Maybe we should just stay inside and view wildlife safely from our living room with our riffles across our laps in case the Big Bad Wolf comes knocking on our door. BTW, moose are far more dangerous then the lions, wolves and bears of your nightmares, but it is still nice to see them around and it's a reminder to stay sharp and aware. This world is not only for us. Regularly seeing wildlife is one of the privileges of living here. While we continue to push wildlife out of their natural environment, occasionally (rarely) wildlife will win. Are we OK with that? Stop the sissification of America (and Steamboat).

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Aryeh Copa 1 year, 11 months ago on New trail machine leaves builders giddy

There is a major point being missed here by some. Back country, single-track trails are nothing like bike paths, core trails or sidewalks. Single-track trails do not come with a blueprint and require a significant amount of “field fitting” to best fit into the landscape while doing minimal disturbance to the land and wildlife. Anyone can learn the basics of sustainable trail design, but a great trail requires as much creativity and artistic vision as it does science. And that vision has to be present in the field, during the build, if world class trails are to be the result. There is a reason that there are specialty trail building companies and a reason that most of the pre-qualified bidders for these three small projects, are trail specialists. The reason is that the community wants “world class” single-track, not a road through the forest. Most of the higher dollar projects in the Trails Alliance proposal are precisely the type of projects that local contracting/excavating companies are qualified for and RCR is not. But hiring these companies to build single-track is like hiring a house painter to create a fine art portrait simply because they understand how to mix paint. Of course when the house painter messes up a portrait, you can always hire someone new. If a contractor messes up a back country trail, then there is massive environmental destruction that is expensive and difficult (or impossible) to fix. RCR has vast experience designing, building and maintaining back country trails as well as fixing mistakes and re-routing poorly built trails done by other contractors. RCR purchased a trail machine in order to create world-class trails with the least expense possible to the city and therefore stretching the 2A funds. RCR’s is a non-profit organization who’s motivation is to build and maintain the best possible trails for the community and themselves to enjoy, the motivation is not greed, that is why RCR won the bid, they succeeded in saving the city money by being the lowest bidder. Claiming the bid process was rigged for RCR is laughable and shows either a total lack of knowledge of the bid packet, or an attempt to misinform the public. Wealth is about more then money. You all might try to get outside, away from the computer and hike a mountain and enjoy a trail and maybe discover that you don't need to be rich to live rich in a place like this.

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Aryeh Copa 1 year, 11 months ago on Steamboat briefs: Ribbon cutting for new trail Monday, public is invited

There is a major point being missed here by some. Back country, single-track trails are nothing like bike paths, core trails or sidewalks. Single-track trails do not come with a blueprint and require a significant amount of “field fitting” to best fit into the landscape while doing minimal disturbance to the land and wildlife. Anyone can learn the basics of sustainable trail design, but a great trail requires as much creativity and artistic vision as it does science. And that vision has to be present in the field, during the build, if world class trails are to be the result.
There is a reason that there are specialty trail building companies and a reason that most of the pre-qualified bidders for these three small projects, are trail specialists. The reason is that the community wants “world class” single-track, not a road through the forest. Most of the higher dollar projects in the Trails Alliance proposal are precisely the type of projects that local contracting/excavating companies are qualified for and RCR is not. But hiring these companies to build single-track is like hiring a house painter to create a fine art portrait simply because they understand how to mix paint. Of course when the house painter messes up a portrait, you can always hire someone new. If a contractor messes up a back country trail, then there is massive environmental destruction that is expensive and difficult (or impossible) to fix.
RCR has vast experience designing, building and maintaining back country trails as well as fixing mistakes and re-routing poorly built trails done by other contractors. RCR purchased a trail machine in order to create world-class trails with the least expense possible to the city and therefore stretching the 2A funds. RCR’s is a non-profit organization who’s motivation is to build and maintain the best possible trails for the community and themselves to enjoy, the motivation is not greed, that is why RCR won the bid, they succeeded in saving the city money by being the lowest bidder.
Claiming the bid process was rigged for RCR is laughable and shows either a total lack of knowledge of the bid packet, or an attempt to misinform the public. Wealth is about more then money. You all might try to get outside, away from the computer and hike a mountain and enjoy a trail and maybe discover that you don't need to be rich to live rich in a place like this.

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Aryeh Copa 1 year, 11 months ago on Steamboat City Council to vote on whether to remove parking spots from Yampa Street

Although not mentioned in this article, at council meeting there were some complaints from downtown business owners about downtown business employees taking up parking spaces. These business owners could easily solve that problem by creating incentive to ride the bus or a bike. Offer an extra hour onto payroll for each day an employee rides their bike to work. Some more progressive business' already do things like this. And, spending 54k on a study from an outside group that does not understand our community is absurd, council would most likely ignore the study that will only tell us what we already know. If someone is not aware of "what technology even exists" for parking, then get on line and educate yourself instead of looking uninformed at a council meeting.

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Aryeh Copa 2 years ago on Lodging tax committee creates prioritized list of 46 trail projects

BTUSA kool-aid? Ya right. I don't think we should even be calling ourselves BT til we modernize our trail system. You should read that last line again and maybe you will get it this time. And yes, I had no idea just how closed minded you are. I would never have thought that a fellow mountain biker would do the most damage to the volunteer biking efforts of so many. Thousands of volunteer hours went into convincing this community to dedicate accommodations tax money to trails. We had numerous public meetings as well as a website for comments and suggestions. Where were you then? We have an RCR meeting every month and trails meeting every week. Where have you been? You could be very educated and informed if you attended. Instead, thanks for working so hard against us and wasting all of our time. Maybe you want start your own "Bikers against cool trails" club and see how many members you get. You clearly do not get it, non-bikers will feel much more welcome on all the multi-use trails of Emerald if there is less downhill mountain bike traffic. Directional trails serve all trail users by reducing DH traffic and conflict. The directional trails proposed on Emerald will push out no one and greatly reduce traffic on other trails. Can you hear me? So sick of sounding like a broken record. Some will never get it, til it is built, then I bet you will love it. Strava it up.

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