Gaylan Hellyer

Gaylan Hellyer 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mountain lions concern Lake Catamount residents

I agree with Fred. The snow is deep and temps have been colder. They are using more of the manmade trails so expect an increased number of encounters.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months ago on CSP identifies crash victim

"Drug Impairment" tells me that they found evidence of drugs in the vehicle. Either way, it's a sad situation. One young woman who is dead and the burden on the driver who is responsible. The two survivors will be dealing with this the rest of their lives.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

The proposed build out of the SB700 would have been over 30 years. Plenty of time to assess and plan for growth. At this point everyone keeps pushing projected growth but it won't happen unless we address affordable housing. And what happened to the new police station?

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

Thanks...... Was just curious. I moved here from Wyoming when my kids were 1, 2, and 3. They attended Discovery Learning Center, Soda Creek, the middle school, Lowell Whiteman Primary(Emerald Mountain School) and now the high school. They weren't born here but are being raised here.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

On the births reported in Routt County......You do see people from Baggs, Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek listed in the birth announcements. Are these "Routt County Births" being counted as part of their numbers since they were born in Routt County?

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

Instead of revamping the existing school structures to meet the community needs, lets just abandon them all and build bigger and better facilities out of town. How many people have seen what has happened to city center's over the years? Moving schools out and creating suburbs is the basis of urban sprawl. In recent years there have been revivals of many city centers to draw people back in. It draws the attention back to the community and its importance. This bond has TOO many aspects that cloud the true needs of this community. Again, we sought outside input on the Soda Creek Elementary re-build and our needs were not truly met. The school out-grew its space within the first few months. The teachers lounge became an art classroom, the art room became a regular classroom, now the 5th grade is in modular buildings behind the school. In reality, there should be a two story addition built when they now sit. The gym/stage/cafeteria area was designed by someone who is accustomed to community centers and additional district structures since larger communities have nice alternative indoor facilities to rely on. It's an OK space, but could be better. The school board has poo-poo'd on smaller yet very needed improvements over the years so what makes some of you think this is going to be the catch all to end all. This is Steamboat, I don't want to be like Aspen or Vail with their shiny new schools and centers. Keep this town connected and grounded.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

I agree with Kevin. Meetings, what meetings? There has been a murmur of plans but I haven't seen much publicized about the "meetings". Especially seeking community input. The mulling of plans to revamp the schools and possible new ones. Now it seems set and the community majority has been blindsided. Building a new high school will not alleviate the pressure the elementary schools feeling full now. We need to address the individual issues with each school. ONE bond isn't the way to fix various issues.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Kevin Sankey: Before vote, know facts

Just for the record, my kids were born in Wyoming and I moved here with them after I divorced. They were 1, 2 and 3 when we moved here in 2002. So I always see to many variables to truly predict future enrollment. With a shortage of rentals and rising home prices there might be a slow-down in our school enrollment numbers. I still think the schools need to stay put and re-direct the money towards additions and remodels as needed. There was a new elementary proposed with the Steamboat 700 along with needed west end amenities. I think we have dropped the ball more than once in Routt County so we need to cool our heels and think long and hard about our schools.

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