Pat West

Pat West 1 day, 14 hours ago on Local cycling groups eye an easier path up Emerald Mountain

I agree with RCR that a easier access to the upper Emerald trails would be a great benefit, I also agree with Craig@Parks and Rec that some of these lower Emerald trails should be vacated. The lower Emerald trails are built on the X/C ski road network, and are prone to erosion, due to the steep nature of several sections. This ongoing erosion ruins both the summer cycling as well as the base for the snow sports. These trails on ski trails are also a confusing mess of design, made well before anyone thought about the layout of the system. Summer cycling on a trail built onto a wide flat ski trail is also somewhat boring, and lacks the woodsy, singletrack element I go to Emerald to enjoy.

I do hope that I never see an electric bike allowed on Emerald's trails. Motorized is motorized, no matter the power source.

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Pat West 2 days, 12 hours ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

I think publishing it to the forum or paper would just open the paper to a huge libel suit, and they are just covering their rear, and want to make sure if the charges in the letter are true that the public is protected from overexposure that might give the offenders a chance to dodge the charges. If the charges in the letter are true, even partially, i agree with the discretion shown by the paper to allow authorities to prove or disprove them before everyone reads the letter on record.

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Pat West 5 days, 2 hours ago on Green teams: Turn out the lights!

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Pat West 6 days, 14 hours ago on Building a friendlier downtown: Steamboat Springs City Council weighs urban renewal plan

Jerry says " I am tired of spending tax dollars on groceries to reduce the airline fare for people that probably have more money than me on ski vacations to Steamboat." Now please correct me if I'm wrong, but dosnt the airline tax provide revenue guarantees to the airline but does not provide money to lower the prices of individual fares. The fares are set by the airlines, and if a flight that is scheduled, and fare set by the airlines comes to Steamboat without enough passengers to make a profit, then the air tax program will fill the airline's coffers by "buying" the empty seats. This was my impression of how the subsidy worked, and the misconception that the air tax lowered fares was told to me by several people that voted to supported the air tax. Without an organized opposition to the air tax, to provide voters with information on how the money is spent,and reasons to not support this system, misinformed voters will allow the tax to remain.

Please correct me if I'm wrong about how this tax/subsidy works.

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Pat West 1 week, 4 days ago on Registration for 2015 Moots Colorado Ranch Rally opens

Last year we got a great ride, t-shirt, mussette, tacos, beer, and a chance to win a moots.

The best moots in my garage was the one I won!

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Pat West 1 week, 4 days ago on Lisa Mason: Leash laws oppressive

I agree, apples and oranges to compare leash laws to oppression. That was my point.

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Pat West 1 week, 4 days ago on Lisa Mason: Leash laws oppressive

dan, the letter clearly said the leash law enforcment was oppressive, i counter that real police oppression exists, but that we do not experence it by asking dog owners to leash their pets.

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