Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 day, 23 hours ago on Post office lockouts in Steamboat follow national USPS protocol

Would any private sector company dare to have such awful customer service?

If it is true that some people hadn't paid their fees then it was because the former postmaster (branch manager) failed to notify customers that they owed money. Maybe Brian Harvey got a notice of owing box fees. It is highly doubtful that he then received the final notice of "pay now or lose your box".

It is absolutely abysmal customer service to upon noticing someone hasn't paid an overdue account and is still showing up to collect mail to fail to put in a new notice of needing to be paid. That the postmaster was willing to defend such awful service as following the regulations is just another example of why "going postal" is a recognized phrase of going mad with anger.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 23 hours ago on School board expresses urgency in submitting final master plan

"Could a demographic study have projected the 700 plan to implode?"

If you were to read the 2008 report then you would know that it did consider that. It stated how many students it expected to be living there as it approached build out. So, if it wasn't built then it was easy enough to remove those students from the projected totals.

What demographics reports have bigger problems dealing with is rapidly changing economic conditions. So the 2008 report did not present a scenario of 30+% decline in housing prices and construction jobs nearly all going away.

A really good demographics report will have appendices which show population profiles of for different income levels. And will have data on real estate sales at different levels. So as housing prices change then you can recalculate the report's projections.

I doubt any demographics report would claim that there won't be future growth in SB.

I would expect a better demographics report such as the 2004/5/8 reports to mention the effect of expensive real estate on the ability of young families to move here.

The west side of San Jose and Cupertino has seen growth since I went to school there. But there are far less students and they have closed schools, not built new ones. The combination of the end of Baby Boom kids and then very expensive housing due to proximity of high tech jobs has resulted in very few young families.

It should be embarrassing and shocking that the 2014 demographics report simply dismissed the well established demographic fact that expensive housing results in fewer young families. It doesn't matter that LNBs will move here. The ones that move here into a $500,000+ house won't be 23 years old with a couple of young kids. There are more likely to be 40+ that have 20 years of career advancement into higher paying jobs with accumulated stock and savings.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on School board expresses urgency in submitting final master plan

Only a bandage if we assume 2% enrollment growth beyond 5 years for which we have zero data and zero analysis from any expert in demographics.

"Good for business" is not going to create the additional housing needed for all of the families with these supposed additional students.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on Accused murderer told deputies he 'snapped'

This guy sounds like a psychopath. Putting his picture on the homepage and probably on tomorrow's front page is exactly what he wants. Likewise, he probably feels more important the more the paper prints gruesome details.

I guess we will see how much this paper empowers him by giving him the graphic disturbing coverage he wants. Running his mugshot as the main picture is a bad omen.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 7 hours ago on Letter to the Editor: Fireworks upset goats

4 hr bike ride? Take back roads to Town of Yampa. Parade is nice, but what you cannot see elsewhere is the cowboy polo on Moffat Ave (the main st with the lightposts down the middle) in which the only apparent rules are that they shouldn't kill each other. And then the horse race down Moffat.

The exact sort of people having fun sort of events that is what the 4th should celebrate.

I hear there will be a tent for shade and it looks like the Town is all revved up to show they can host a grand event.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 9 hours ago on Details of proposed mill levy override to run new Steamboat Springs school revealed

I don't understand this MLO.

School Board says we need to pay for deferred maintenance via construction bonds because there isn't money to pay for deferred maintenance and yet they propose this additional tax for additional staff that does nothing about their deferred maintenance issue.

On one hand they say they have this huge problem of a lack of funding for deferred maintenance and on the other hand they say they don't want to do anything about it.

Instead it is to pay for additional custodians and add administrative bloat. Personally, I'd prefer if they outsourced custodians to a private company that had incentives to increase productivity and cut costs. It also so disappointing to see adding administrative staff. Well run organizations learn how to use tools to reduce administrative overhead and it is just wrong to be seeking to increase it.


Scott Wedel 3 days ago on School board expresses urgency in submitting final master plan

You can append "to replace a high school that doesn't have a capacity issue" to whatever else you will keep repeating.


Scott Wedel 3 days ago on Pollard being held on suspicion of murder

Better tip for aspiring murders - do not do it. It is not going to make things better for you.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 1 hour ago on Cole Pollard located, arrested, will likely face homicide charges

So a file photo of Trappers Lake because that is where he was arrested?

Must have been hard to decide between that, a file photo of a campsite, a file photo of a white truck with big wheels (similar to Pollard's truck), file photo of guns (guns were stolen), file photo of judicial charges (he is being charged) and so on.

I guess an article must have a photograph and when they have nothing related to the story then it becomes a game of finding a file photo that is somehow related to the article.