Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 3 days, 22 hours ago on Bear season arrives, Steamboat police stepping up enforcement of trash rules

Though, the issue isn't the general bear population, but those that have learned to forage in and around SB. Since bear cubs learn from their mama then once bears in an area prefer to forage for human food then there will be a bear problem until those bears are dealt with.

20 years there was not a bear problem because there were not bears living in and around SB foraging for human food. Sure, a passing bear might get into garbage, but it was passing through. It wouldn't stick around.

Now we have wildlife officials telling us that we have bears living in and around SB that forage for human food. And we know that securing garbage won't make them leave.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 23 hours ago on Jim Clark: Why do we have to call it 'Mud Season'?

Oh no, an honest accurate phrase is used locally. Fortunately, here comes the Chamber to save us from authenticity and to save us from a momentary lapse in marketing.

Maybe we should leverage our western heritage and call ourselves Cowpie USA because with the endless, all pervasive marketing, this is certainly "BS Town USA".

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 23 hours ago on Some community members continue to call for more enforcement of Yampa River rules

Doug,

I appreciate your concerns, but I don't like the proposed solutions as being big government programs to deal with small particular issues.

The property management companies acting as de facto commercial operations should be prosecuted as being unlicensed commercial operations. USFS has won similar cases against bike rental companies dropping off rider near trailheads. The test for commercial operation is what they are selling the customer, not the details of tube ownership. So if they are providing tubing to their guests then they are a commercial operation.

If there are conservation easement concerns then let the easement holders protect their easements.

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 1 hour ago on Our view: Education fund request is a no-brainer

There is precious little evidence that full day kindergarten is educationally any better than half day kindergarten. There is not a full day's instructional program. For the great majority of students, the half day meets their needs and they will be ready for first grade. There are some at risk students whom have received minimal at home reading or discipline that basically need a full day of parenting to catch up.

The main selling point of full day kindergarten is that it is additional hours of day care. And that is obviously popular when it is free, but it does almost nothing to improve the education quality of the schools.

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 14 hours ago on Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group

Parks and Rec currently gets nearly $5M from city. So we need to be sure that we do not agree to a major tax hike that barely increases parks and rec spending, but allows the city to withdraw their spending for other issues.

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 14 hours ago on Oak Creek residents asked for input on comprehensive plan update

The public should make an effort to go. Issues like whether a mj grow or store can open are largely already decided because it is economic growth encouraged by the comprehensive plan. There is no language encouraging economic diversity in the comprehensive plan so allowing even more MJ facilities complies with the plan even though many people don't want even more facilities and worry about losing stores and restaurants to yet more mj grows.

And the last comprehensive plan described downtown Oak Creek as a pedestrian oriented retail district so first floor residential ended up being a not allowed use even though it is common in the district. And that had real consequences because a house couldn't be refinanced because Town would not say it could be rebuilt if it burned down.

And the last comprehensive plan basically allowed developments like Howelson Place or AlpenGlow which only recently became economically viable in SB. So, in a place like Oak Creek, that sort of aspirational plan becomes a no growth plan for decades.

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 14 hours ago on Some community members continue to call for more enforcement of Yampa River rules

Stuart,

You don't like a program that charges fees and then creates a need for an affordable river floating program that then needs more fees for government administration?

Seems to me that the City needs to charge enough to have a cctv system directly link to the police dept's viewing room so they can monitor the pretty women in swim suits.

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 14 hours ago on Margaret Stees: Honesty not always best

They will not overturn because they generally dislike overturning precedent and the associated case law, and they have been ruling in favor of police over individual rights.

It would take a massive shift in the Supreme Court to even start walking back some of allowable police actions related to what they can ask and what they can assume (an answer of 1 drink is not admitting to driving impaired) so, in theory, it should not be grounds for anything. If told of one drink tonight then is that much different from admitting to 3 drinks a week ago? So why isn't admitting to once having had a drink also reasonable suspicion of driving impaired?

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Scott Wedel 4 days, 18 hours ago on City Council takes no action after meeting behind closed doors for 3 hours Monday night

Thumbs up. All is good. She remains in control of the investigation via her subordinate. She has what she wants.

6 1/2 months until the people get to vote $150,000 + benefits for Hinsvark. That is real pay and a qualified person wouldn't take 3 attempts to hire an investigator and still be open to criticism that it isn't set up like a normal proper independent investigation that doesn't answer to her or her staff.

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