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The biggest issue I have flying out of Hayden is with reliability. More flights in the off season would be nice, but nicer still would be knowing with reasonable confidence that the one flight that IS scheduled will actually take off. Obviously, no one can control the weather, but it appears that the majority of issues have to do with management by Republic Airlines. Until that gets fixed I will continue to drive to DIA. (And for what it's worth, I am an LNB employee who works for a company based in San Antonio.)
Scott, the CBO estimates that tort reform will save about $11 billion over the next 10 years, including the savings in unnecessary tests performed "to be safe." That's obviously a nice chunk of change, but it's not going to fix the $2.7 trillion we spent on healthcare in 2012--a number that is growing all the time. Greedy insurance companies and the pay-for-play structure of our system have far more impact on costs that malpractice, or its threat.
Brian, look at today's blotter.
Gotta agree with Mark on this one, Scott. The airlines ought to know a heck of a lot about their customers, but United's IT systems are decades old, merged now with equally aged systems from Continental (and the two don't play well together). Their ability to leverage Big Data is poor. Beyond that, they (and other airlines) ignore basic management principles, like giving front-line employees the power to make decisions on behalf of customers (to name just one). So that, even if they HAD the info, they almost certainly wouldn't use it effectively. (United can't even get their website to allow multiple bookings on the same flight to be connected, to indicate that the different record locators represent real people traveling together, for instance; that has significant implications for re-booking, seat changes, and so on.)
As to subsidizing flights, I agree with you on the tourism side, but on the location-neutral side, it's a matter of investment--no different from a community deciding to pay for high-speed Internet, strong schools, a killer library, and so on. I don't travel as much as Mark appears to, but I am already sick of the drive to DIA--which I am forced to do to avoid the hassles documented here, and experienced first hand by me in the past. If I were a more frequent traveler who could take my job and move anywhere (which I can), I would think twice about Steamboat, and that has long-term implications for the economy. LN employees tend to make good salaries, have families, and spend $$ and time in their communities. We want them. Having reliable air service is a part of getting them.
I thought the photo was beautiful. It captured the grief and sadness of the event, but it also showed enormous humanity, to see Mr. Kirlan, despite his own enormous grief, comforting his son's best friend. I saw it and cried, but that is certainly appropriate given the events. I don't know Mr. Kirlan and I didn't know his son, but for me, the picture was worth well more than 1000 words.
My husband might disagree with you, Rhys.
Dan and Rhys, to be clear, Scott's post was not criticizing the weather forecasters, it was criticizing the reporter and editor of the paper, for printing inaccurate information (which, it seems, they have since corrected online above). I cannot fathom why that bothers you, or the other commentators; a newspaper's first obligation is to print correct information, and readers have a right to point out when it doesn't.
Jerry, I have never dated Scott. I've never even met him.
Rob, I think your understanding might be flawed. I realized Scott's nit-picking gets on people's nerves, but he is right to correct this. The job of a newspaper is to inform; this paper often does a poor job of that, and this is a good example of why: Take a news alert that says one thing and misprint it to say something else. People living in the town of Oak Creek might be curious to know whether, in fact, they can expect to see massive amounts of snow, or whether, in fact, it is just that the big dump will bypass Steamboat and favor the mountains a tad to the south.
Brian, not just anecdotal, as recent coverage in the Pilot would attest. Consider yourself lucky... maybe I should schedule my flights to be the same as yours! :-)
Mark hits it on the nose. I travel a lot for business and have stopped flying out of Hayden because I can't rely on the flights--at best it's a 50/50 chance I'll make my outbound connection, or get home on the late-night flight. Very depressing to see Republic is still running the flights (in May), since they routinely cancel those. And as Kern says in the article, that means United loses not only my revenue on the HDN-DIA portion, but often on the rest of the flight, too, since from DIA I have so many airline options. Hayden loses my parking $$ and whatever airport fees I would have paid. And I get to sit unproductively in my car for 3-4 hours each way, depending on traffic.
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