Melanie Turek

Melanie Turek 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Bob's Downtown Conoco gets new owners

We always take our cars to Bob's because they are fair and honest. They also truly represent that "local" spirit. Last year, our car suddenly wouldn't start and all the electric just went dead, so we had it towed to Bob's; turns out it just needed a new battery, which my husband was capable of buying and replacing. Bob let us keep the car at his garage overnight, let us do all the work on site, and then drive away. No charge. Great staff, great owner, great place. Good luck to the new team!


Melanie Turek 1 month ago on Cedar Beauregard: Howelsen’s value key

In order to make an informed decision on this issue, we need to know the total revenues generated by Howelsen (including season passes and one-day tickets, as well as the snack bar) and the total operating costs (which should include everything from staff to utilities to food costs to annual maintenance, including these massive repairs). It will clearly be a huge loss, but the question is, how huge? Only then can the community decide if that expenditure is worth it.

I would also be curious to know the same info for all other city-run rec services, including the tennis center, the ice rink, the rodeo grounds, the ball fields, and so on.

Honestly, this seems like a basic analysis the paper should do, given the importance of this issue.


Melanie Turek 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Mary Darcy et all: Programs matter most

That's true, but we know we have to build something. So the choice will be this now, or something for a little less (relatively speaking) later.


Melanie Turek 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Mary Darcy et all: Programs matter most

It seems worth noting that the tax numbers being thrown around aren't telling the full story. It's been said that a $92 million project will cost the average taxpayer $272 or so (I haven't seen anyone contest that, so I assume it's true). But of course, the choice isn't $92 million or nothing; the choice is $92 million or the alternative, and if I recall, the other options come in around $70 million. So, that's a difference of about $60 per taxpayer. One may have very good reasons for opposing C2, but the "crazy high cost" wouldn't seem to be one of them, since we're looking at spending a ton of money regardless.


Melanie Turek 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Sonja Macys leaving Yampatika for Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Thank you for your service to Yampatika and to our city. You were an excellent councilwoman, and you will be missed by the citizens of Steamboat. Good luck with the new job! Glad you get to stay in town!


Melanie Turek 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Council to consider city manager separation agreement Friday

Why are we paying the attorney to negotiate a severance package? The contract apparently gives her two months salary if she is fired. What's to negotiate?


Melanie Turek 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Spoke Talk: On your left ...

Scott, I did not mean to suggest that a cyclist riding to the left of the white line should stay there when a vehicle passes; at that point, of course, the cyclist should move right. So as the car passes, the cyclist moves over to the white line (or even past it, onto whatever shoulder there is, depending on the circumstances at that moment). That still buys the cyclist room, since the passing car had to be 2-3 feet left of the white line to pass in the first place; and it avoids the negative scenarios you describe, since if the driver suddenly decides to swerve back into the lane, the cyclist is exactly where you say he should be--as far right as possible. No cyclist should ever remain stagnant, or complacent; he should be constantly adjusting to stay as safe as possible.

Also, I was not talking about highway riding, which is an altogether different thing. You couldn't pay me to ride on a highway like 70. On a "highway" like 40, you almost always have a very good shoulder. But on our local roads, like Twenty Mile, traffic is minimal, the speed limit is relatively low, and there are plenty of long stretches of clear sight lines.

The fact that you are an experienced rider who covers 180 miles in a day is admirable, but your blanket statement to "hug the white line" is not automatically "safer." There is really no "one rule" for safe cycling, other than "obey all traffic signs." Depending on the road, the traffic conditions, the most common vehicular use, and so on, a cyclist's strategy will have to change and adjust. I find that here in Steamboat, on our county roads, it is far better to claim a little extra space before the cars come screaming by.

Also, to your point about "angering" drivers who must cross the yellow line to pass a cyclist riding to the left of the white line: drivers shouldn't be passing said cyclist if they CAN'T cross that yellow line; they should wait until there is no on-coming traffic, allowing them to given plenty of room, just as they would when passing a car.