Melanie Turek

Melanie Turek 1 month ago on Our view: Seize the opportunity

Well, looked at from the other perspective, one could ask why the developers are so reluctant to spend what it actually costs to get this through the planning process. Even if it's a factor of five, i.e. $50,000, that is presumably a rounding error in the overall cost of the project. How committed are these people if they are going to nickle-and-dime the city (and us) over this stuff? Do they not have the capital they need to do their due diligence? My reaction to their position is that it is a huge red flag.


Melanie Turek 2 months ago on Jim and Nancy Spillane: We will not close our eyes

And with Sessions, Pompeo and Flynn, the racism and hate continue. And with Ivanka sitting in on meetings with world leaders, and her husband and brothers getting security clearance, we also have a kleptocracy to look forward to.


Melanie Turek 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Final draft of Bear River Park master plan unveiled to the public

It would be great if, in the meantime, they could put a water fountain (or one of those giant water coolers) at the park. And maybe start by building a shaded resting spot, too.


Melanie Turek 9 months, 4 weeks ago on Committee plans forums to gather input on school district

Colin, the feedback form on the committee web site doesn't work. Please let me know how to get you my input--I cannot make the meetings this week. Thanks


Melanie Turek 1 year, 2 months 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 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 4 months 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.