Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 6 hours ago on School board aiming to strengthen communication

As for communications, the issue is not a liaison position, but a school board that doesn't seem to listen.

It was bizarre to see the video of the previous school board meeting (recording meetings is an example of school board listening) where school board member Roger Good and Superintendent Meeks were talking about this year's enrollment's numbers being close to Western Demographics 2014 demographics report. That discussion suggested neither was familiar with the specific reasons given by CC4E to order a new demographics report. Specifically, that report's usage of straight line projection of Kindergarten enrollment meant that 2015 K enrollment and then 2016 K and 1st grade enrollment were much less than forecast.

The actual 2016 enrollment verifies that error in WD's methodology, but, from their discussion, it appears the neither Good or Meeks were familiar with CC4E's findings as they looked at the district totals, not K and 1st grade, to say that WD's forecasts were "accurate".

So what would be the point of hiring a liaison? So that the public can tell that person to please get BoE and administration to read the findings of their public committee?


Scott Wedel 2 days, 7 hours ago on School board aiming to strengthen communication

Regarding football coach Lonn Clementson, it is a difficult situation because the coach is at least partially at the mercy of the players that want to play and if the team is not successful then some potential good players do not try out.

I would be inclined to evaluate a high school sports coach largely by the number of athletes that tried to make the team. Winning and losing can be a matter of the players available and relative strength of other league teams, but if a team has an issue of fewer participants and having troubles winning due to a lack of participants then something needs to change.

A replacement coach may not be as skilled or knowledgeable as Lonn Clementson, but if there are fewer players then that needs to be corrected.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 7 hours ago on YVMC: Hospital opposes Amendment 69

Sure, current system has problems, but it is not a step forward to try to replace it with something even more broken.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 9 hours ago on Local allergy sufferers affected by EpiPen price spike


It is what happens when government creates certain incentives and market protection.

I believe that Canada has approved the Epipen competitor that was also approved in Europe. So Canada government, which is allowed to negotiate with drug makers, can tell Mylan that Epipens must be price competitive or they will select their competitor as the exclusive option for Canadians covered by government health insurance.aka the entire country.

Rest of the world didn't grant sweeping patents to Mylan for the Epipen design for what is generally viewed as existing for decades and then have a FDA basically say any competitor must work exactly like an Epipen. That is a government one two creating a monopoly for Mylan.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 9 hours ago on More drivers starting to use city's electric vehicle charging station

BTW, electric charging stations is a terrible business because electric cars are primarily used for commuting so everyone gets a charging station at home. There is some promotional value in major retailers putting in some charging stations.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on More drivers starting to use city's electric vehicle charging station

Selling gas was a very profitable addition to the local store or mechanic. They jumped at the chance to install pumps. Originally, it was just have a raised tank holding a few hundred gallons the attendant would open valve to control how many gallons went into the clear glass container above the pump. Then that valve would be closed and then another valve would be open to allow the gas to flow from the pump to the car.

Only later when a gas station would store thousands of gallons in underground tanks did they transition to dedicated gas stations. By then it was big business and profitable investments.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Cassady Roberts: Hillary Clinton is leader we can look up to

Though, any candidate that Trump could defeat for the nomination obviously had problems as a candidate. Nearly all of them never defined themselves as being more than a generic Republican candidate. Romney, as generic a Republican as possible, would have again had big issues with the conservative wing. Meanwhile, someone like Cruz that appeals to the conservatives is toxic to even moderate Republicans. Thus, polls showing that a generic Republican would do well doesn't reflect reality that an actual Republican candidate has to bridge two wings of the party that are currently hostile to each other.

The Democratic party has similar tensions, but both wings have largely accepted the premise that it is better to be in power to get something than ideological purity.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on More drivers starting to use city's electric vehicle charging station

There were no government subsidies to get refineries going. It was originally hugely profitable. Refineries first big product was oil for burning in lamps so that people in homes had lights. It replaced whale oil which obviously was an expensive alternative.

It was a fortunate coincidence that just as cities started being electrified that the far larger market of gas for cars came along. And then refineries was such a big business that JD Rockefeller started off blowing up competitor's refineries and advanced to signing exclusive deals with the railroads to monopolize the refinery business.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 8 hours ago on Routt County construction industry hits biggest permit valuation in 7 years: $96.5 million

I think that historically that low interest rates have helped a larger swath of the population by allowing them to benefit from leverage in rising housing prices and borrow money to open a small business.

Our current zero interest policy may be historically unique in that money is inexpensive for those with assets, but unavailable to most of the population. Currently, if you want FHA financing for building apartments then they want two years of rental income. So a builder would have to float the project for two years. Thus, wealthy people are able to use their existing assets to borrow at low interest rates. Meanwhile, members of the rest of the population can be smart enough to see great opportunities, but have no hopes of getting low interest rate financing.

This region is setting up to have a shortage of service workers to rival SF or NYC. With the new building codes likely to be approved and the challenges of financing, any new housing supply including apts is going to need tenants making $50K a year to live in Hayden or Oak Creek. Going to need $75K annually to live in new apts in SB.

I suppose taxpayers can spend over $200K per apt in subsidies to create local "workforce" housing as YVHA is doing at Elk River. If we just double city taxes to create a local government agency building affordable housing able to almost keep up with local demand.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 10 hours ago on Local allergy sufferers affected by EpiPen price spike


Though, it looks like if you search for the lowest cost Canadian pharmacy then you find questionable outfits.

I grew up in the Santa Clara valley and can remember the orchards of what was to become Apple and the other tech companies. Two interesting things about the tech industry.

First, is that it didn't happen in the valley's main city because San Jose planning wanted to know about the business and it's long term success. So San Jose got an IBM facility (in the Almaden Valley), but all of the businesses that were nothing startups are located in Cupertino, City of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View and so on. All of those other places other than San Jose would allow commercial buildings based upon X square feet and having enough parking, but without caring what business would occupy it.

Second, the tech industry has moved too fast to have serious government regulation. Government had no chance at moving fast enough to define a personal computer and attempt to require ergonomic designs, required features or anything else. So while landline phones have been regulated into featureless relics, largely unregulated smartphones have become modern marvels. Watch science fiction like Star Trek set in 2265 AD and wonder why they use crappy 1990s communications devices.

Look what is about to happen to our building codes. They are going to require all new construction is sufficiently energy efficient which is expected to jack up construction costs by 20%. Only part of the costs will be the added improvements themselves, but now there should be yet more things to be inspected. So far more days where construction is stopped to wait for required inspection. So instead of a contractor taking a video of their work as a record to homeowner of superior construction, everyone sits waiting for the government inspector.

With this energy efficient building costs, we are probably pricing out 75% of the population from ever having a chance at buying a new house. Meanwhile, the additional new essentially fireproofing of multi-family unit should be expected to prevent any new apt supply coming onto the market for less than $1,500 a month.