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Scott B - as always, I appreciate your thorough approach to issues like this and presenting fact vs. a contrived opinion pushed on us as fact (see the downtown URA discussion). Trying to predict where we will be in 5-10 years is by no means an exact science.
My wife and I both grew up with community schools, and while mine was a short drive away, my wife enjoyed the ability to walk every day to a large, multi-level catholic school. I don’t think we can value enough the fact that we have that in this community, at all grade levels, and it is a big reason why alot of us have worked as hard as we have to make a life here. Our kids can walk to Soda Creek now (and will to middle and high school as well) and we can hear the sounds from the high school stadium on a Friday night. It is the vision that we - and many others here in town - built our decision on when moving here, and studies and consultants aside, it should be a big factor in this discussion. I have a hard time with the idea that we have to keep knocking things down and rebuilding them bigger and better when there are ways to maintain and improve, especially with the brilliant architectural minds that exist today.
This town has an incredible amount to offer as a community, and the notion of uprooting our high school and putting it in a location that requires lines of cars heading west every morning does not sit well with alot of us. I look forward to more discussion on this and making the prudent decision for the community!
Welcome to Steamboat! As native Right Coasters (we lived in Boston and Atlanta), we made the same move 5 years ago with our then 2-year old for a slower pace and great community. We've gotten that and so much more here, and now with two more little ones in tow we could not be happier. Looking forward to bringing the family down and trying out the new menu - and tasting that East Coast-style pizza!
First off, starting a business in a small town is a big venture so congratulations on getting it launched and we wish you nothing but success! And I can think of many a night when we have 3 hungry little kids and just stare at each other to see who is going to cook - a delivery service that brings food AND a few glasses of wine for us is sent from heaven, and worth every bit of extra margin!
As someone who has an office on Yampa, I have a hard time with the idea that we have a parking problem. Sure, you might not always be able to park in front of the building that you want to visit, but I have never had a problem finding a spot in 5 years. Nor have I heard people complaining about it down there - this feels like an issue that has been created to further an alternate agenda.
And the parking in Aspen is a mess - not the kind of image we want to portray to our out-of-town guests!
We mimic the sentiments above - the word "Ciao" in our house gets an immediate reaction from the kids and means we are ready to pack up and head down to see Lynne and Massimo. Our 6 year-old has grown up there, and the twins have just gotten big enough to sit at the counter with their pizza and gelato. It is an immediate feeling of being "home" when you walk in their doors, and you can't put a value on that kind of place.
These are the kinds of places we need in Steamboat, and it is unfortunate that the circumstances dictate them having to close. We of course want them to stay open as well, but running a restaurant is no easy task and we know that they are putting in a lot of hours to keep me in my Salted Caramel fix. Ciao Gelato is a part our family, and we thank them for every minute we've had inside their doors!
I am having a hard time digesting this story. The original charge was that she left this little boy alone for over 20 hours, which by itself was a shock. As someone stated before, you can't leave a 3-year-old alone for 15 minutes, much less 20 hours. And all so she could get some without the burden of having her child in the room? Inexcusable.
Now they are saying 4 nights, which I am having a hard time believing. She sounds like she is completely unfit to raise a child, but how could she have thought that the child could make it 4 days on his own? Did she already know that the child was gone and didn't want to go back to the cabin? It doesn't make sense, but do things like this ever do?
And what was this little boy's last minutes like? Was he searching desperately for the one person that he counted on in his early life to take care of him? Was he scared and in pain for a long period of time? And why did she take the bus to the hospital after calling her family to tell them something was wrong?
This story makes me sick.
Pretty classy reply Mark. Funny to think that others - like myself, and a good number of others here in Steamboat - actually agree with the opinion that Ken shares here. Guess we are all idiots for not thinking like you. Classy.
Wow, I have to agree with Mark on this one. Joe is simply expressing his concern as I am sure alot of families are at this point. I spend alot of time on the road and this issue has been hyped beyond belief by the media - I can absolutely see where he is coming from, and why is everyone so quick to tell him to take his money elsewhere? As alot of people are pointing out to him, it has always been here but is rarely if ever seen by most visitors - but the media is now painting (and showing) this picture of folks lining up around the block to get it while conveniently forgetting to mention that you STILL can't smoke it in most places. Yes, his family's chances of an having any issue with MMJ aren't any greater than before (much slimmer than random drunk guys streaking down hotel hallways) but let's give some leeway on this topic. If you want to blame anyone, blame the media for blowing this out of proportion and let's try and educate and ease visitors into this "new world" - my guess is that the "go find another place to visit then" wouldn't sit well with our friends who rely on visitor dollars. If Joe was considering another town besides Steamboat, then this reaction to his opinion probably made the decision easy for him. My two cents.
Interesting comments Michelle, especially in regards to Yampa Street. If you've spent time down here (and our office is on Yampa, so we bike this lane and street daily), you would know that the bike lane actually shares space with parked cars in some spots and WE are forced to move left to avoid them (and a lot of doors that fly open unexpectedly). There are also pedestrians in the lane now as well as a few Segways recently, so the street as a whole is one big melting pot of usage. I am sorry that YOU feel that WE are so inconsiderate - a topic that has been debated here ad nauseum and will go the way of so many that will never be agreed upon - but to use this picture of an example of OUR "disregard" for the rules of the road is off base and misinformed.
As someone who grew up in the South and the land of sculpted lawns, I think we need to take a hard look at them here in the west and ask ourselves if they are worth the resources needed to maintain them. I know that families are supported by their maintenance and they do play a role in our economy, but we can't ignore how much water is being used here. This is a resources that needs to be reallocated to every day living vs. the patches of green in front of our houses. One mans humble opinion...
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