Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 week ago on As Steamboat continues to cope with tragic deaths of 2 children, local officials push child abuse prevention

I think the great majority of child abuse is from bad decision making often involving alcohol or drug abuse.

Even in this case, the mom presumably could have gone to Child Protective Services and said her living situation is not acceptable and asked if she had to put her kid in foster care until grandparents could provide care.

Ultimately, there is probably always help available for struggling parents even if it might involve foster care until the parents get things straightened out.


Scott Wedel 1 week ago on Ben Beall: Where are GenXers, millennials?

Even me with my strong curiosity in government find this to be a very complex issue.

It has been explained to me that there are two issues that each have different government processes to make changes. The first is the process for adjusting the UGB and the second is the annexation to SB process. Much of the intent of making the proposed changes to the process is that currently adjusting the UGB is essentially the same as acknowledging that should also be immediately annexed. But it makes more sense to make separate decisions of what COULD EVENTUALLY be part of SB (aka the UGB) vs what now should be annexed to SB with what annexation agreement.

Seems to me that the criticisms mentioned above would be real troublesome if they were not considered as part of the annexation process. But those issues are being removed from the UGB process precisely because they belong in the annexation process.

And while it is largely a semantic argument, I think it is accurate to say that the UGB is designed to RESTRICT growth because it restricts where SB can grow. The annexation process is how SB should MANAGE growth. Since SB 700 is within the UGB then there is plenty of room for rapid growth if that was politically acceptable to SB.


Scott Wedel 1 week ago on Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

If you look at what the Routt County Building dept pays to other county depts for support services and rent then you can see where a private sector competitor could save money. And they use part time employees to be inspectors which presumably would be part of SafeBuilt's plan.

Personally, I don't see why we couldn't have both and let the public decide which to use for what project. We have many title companies for instance.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 1 day ago on Judge unseals arrest warrant for Steamboat mother whose 3-year-old died

At best maybe she hoped her son was found by someone else?

Concerns that information could prevent a fair trail are pretty much a thing of the past because there can always be enough people found in a big city whom are too busy with other stuff and are not seeing or watching the news.

Trial probably cannot be held here, but should not be hard in the Front Range. Though, the facts are so awful that if she cannot find a reason to plea insanity or some sort of diminished capacity then she might as well plead guilty and accept the maximum sentence.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 1 day ago on Our View: Upside-down salaries

And part of the problem is that the county jobs are located in higher wage Steamboat. If county opened work offices in Hayden or South Routt then these wages become among the best local salaried jobs.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 1 day ago on USSA cuts funding for Nordic combined

At Vancouver we had 3 athletes that were world champions. For Sochi, 37 year old Todd Lodwick won the US Olympic trials. Todd is great, but by age 37 there really should be a younger generation kicking his butt.

And with the highest ranked US athlete being 18th in World Cup standings then a hard nosed analysis would say the current team is unlikely to win a World Championship.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 2 days ago on USSA cuts funding for Nordic combined

Well, that makes it tough for local athletes, but when you have a sport that is not in the X Games or otherwise on notable TV broadcasts except for a couple days every 4 years then it is hardly surprising.

And the roster of athletes shows the sport is in trouble. The 2014 Olympic trials had the 10th placed competitor 5 minutes behind in a 25 minute race. In a more popular sport such as running, there will be hundreds of competitors able to finish within 5 minutes of the winner in a 25 minute race.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 2 days ago on Our View: Upside-down salaries

We are supposed to feel for all of these elected officials willing to spend so much to stay in office.

So how long is this list of local elected officials whom couldn't live on their pay and resigned to take a private sector job? If this "issue" of being underpaid is so serious then surely we have a substantial list of highly qualified officials resigning due to a lack of pay.

Oh, not a single local elected official resigned to take a better paying private sector job.


Scott Wedel 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

At the very least, management at the building dept should learn how SafeBuilt is able to do what the building dept previously said is "impossible".

That is the clearest possible demonstration of the difference between someone in a government management job and the private industry.