Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Routt County maintains reputation as 1 of healthiest places in Colorado

"We've gone from letting the insurance companies use a pre-existing medical condition to jack up rates to having a pre-existing zip code being the reason health insurance is unaffordable," Fales said. "It's just wrong."


Rob Douglas 4 months, 1 week ago on Sage grouse debate on forefront of Colorado issues

Obama to allow eagle deaths by turbines at wind farms

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

The new rule is designed to address environmental consequences that stand in the way of the nation's wind energy rush: the dozens of bald and golden eagles killed each year by the giant, spinning blades of wind turbines.

An investigation by The Associated Press earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration's reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. President Barack Obama has championed the pollution-free energy, nearly doubling America's wind power in his first term.

But all energy has costs, and the administration has been forced to accept the not-so-green sides of green energy.

Another AP investigation recently showed that corn-based ethanol blended into the nation's gasoline has proved more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and worse than the government acknowledges.

These examples highlight Obama's willingness to accept environmental trade-offs — pollution, loss of conservation land and the deaths of eagles — in hopes that green energy will help fight global warming.

The regulation published Friday was not subjected to a full environmental review because the administration classified it as an administrative change.


Rob Douglas 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rob Douglas: NPR's pumpkin-headed report

Stuart: Yesterday, as I was writing the column, I tweeted Inskeep to give him an opportunity to explain why he used the term "graffiti artist." I didn't receive a reply.

This morning I tweeted a copy of the column to Inskeep and NPR and Inskeep replied within minutes. We had a good-natured exchange on Twitter, but I don't expect a correction.

Inskeep's gripe with my column is he claims I wrote that he thinks graffiti is good. I pointed out that my gripe is his calling a vandal who damaged public and private property with paint an "artist." I tried repeatedly, but I couldn't get him to explain why he stated - particularly in the current circumstance - that graffiti is art.


Rob Douglas 5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rob Douglas: Sticker shock hits Ski Town USA

A quick addendum. The Denver Post's Allison Sherry is reporting, "Colorado's state-run health insurance site Connect for Health Colorado has reported about 226 individuals signing up for new coverage so far." See: Sens. Mark Udall, Michael Bennet ask Obama for more time on health care enrollment deadline


Rob Douglas 6 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Chamber wants to broaden efforts to attract more group events to town

For some folks, there's never enough. They proclaim they moved here for "the way of life," yet they won't be happy until - in their desire to make it more like where they came from or like what some other town is doing - they've destroyed that way of life.


Rob Douglas 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs City Council debates latest pay raise plan for city workers

Unfortunately, perhaps due to space limitations, the Pilot's reporting on city employee pay always focuses on salary. It would be helpful to the public policy discourse if readers were informed of the total compensation package that city (and county) employees receive. In fact, at yesterday's budget retreat there was considerable discussion about other components that go into an employee's compensation package - paid time off, health insurance, retirement, etc. - that is important information for readers seeking to better understand how the compensation of local public employees compares to private sector jobs in the Yampa Valley. Hopefully, the Pilot will flesh this issue out so that readers can interact with their elected representatives in an informed capacity.


Rob Douglas 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Nate Bird: Vote Yes on 2A

Nate cites the tennis facility as "valuable to our economy." Without taking a position one way or the other, I note that at the City Council's budget retreat yesterday considerable time was spent discussing whether to sell, repurpose or mothball the tennis facility because it is a continuing and escalating drain on city dollars.