Mark Ruckman

Mark Ruckman 1 day, 3 hours ago on Steamboat briefs: 7.8K visitors expected to be in Steamboat on Saturday

What bothers me is your whining and never taking action, besides whining online.

Go join one of the so organizations you nit pic and work to make changes.


Mark Ruckman 1 day, 4 hours ago on Steamboat briefs: 7.8K visitors expected to be in Steamboat on Saturday

Scott, are you going to continue to whine about the projected visitors every time the paper runs this story?

Similar to all of your other complaints - if you don't like how it is done (& you don't like a lot) then put down the keyboard and join a citizen committee, the newspaper editorial board, the chamber, city council, etc and work from within to make changes.


Mark Ruckman 2 days, 9 hours ago on Steamboat City Council approves operating plan for winter air service program

Providing direct flights ensures visitors don't have to fly through Denver and connect to Steamboat via Republic airlines.

If you have flown much you know that the reliability and on time performance by Republic is frustrating at best. Would you come back to Steamboat if the start / end or start & end of your holiday was a mess due Republic?

Secondly, the direct flights make traveling with families much easier. We have 10 people coming to town over the holidays just because they can all get direct flights and meet up to ski together.

I'm not sure what is the best way to quantify the value of the tax, I'm sure someone like Scott Ford has access to data and smooth out economic differences to quantify the lift (local spend & taxes) generated by each seat supported by the tax.


Mark Ruckman 3 days, 3 hours ago on Routt County commissioners hesitate to invest public monies in community solar garden

Fred, the marketplace / some consumers of electricity want research / investment in alternative approaches to coal & nuke. So the marketplace has spoken.

Long term, there is value in finding alternatives that have a lower pollution and risk profile than current methods. This doesn't mean current methods will go away, but the percentage of power supplied from coal and nukes will likely reduce over time.

Creating new and efficient manners of generation will take investment that everyone will benefit from. Similar to how everyone has benefited from the investment our country made in the space programs.

Personally I think Geo-Thermal has the greatest chance of success, because it doesn't depend on sunny days or windy days. Like all other alternative energy sources efficiency is the key and Geo is still on the learning curve to maximize efficiency to become economically viable.


Mark Ruckman 4 days, 9 hours ago on Sailors shut out by Warriors

Scott - start your own paper. Then your inner need to be perfect and right on every aspect can be fulfilled.


Mark Ruckman 5 days, 2 hours ago on Sailors shut out by Warriors

Scott, why don't you use all of your critical energy to start your own paper - you can be the sole writer for everything that takes place in Steamboat and you can ensure every aspect of every activity in town is reported 100% to your standards.

The constant whining about how the paper writes articles is getting rather old.

Buck up and do better yourself or shut up.


Mark Ruckman 6 days, 2 hours ago on City aims to educate residents on lodging taxes

if they had used "receive" in the story instead of "make" would this "make" you happy or would you need to "receive" a hug to be happier?


Mark Ruckman 6 days, 21 hours ago on Moffat County grills EPA about Clean Power Plan on Wednesday

I suspect everyone arguing above, believes it is a good idea to reduce the potential damage being done to the environment and health of citizens by reducing the pollutants we create in our daily lives. Some troll will say No :)

The issue is who is right about how the reductions should be implemented and to what level. There is a lot of polar opposites being thrown about.

Reality, coal, solar, wind, nuke and geo all have a place in the future. The question is how will the %'s shift between these sources. If coal goes down, then there is opportunity to replace local area jobs with new jobs in wind and solar harvesting.

Maybe spend more energy debating middle of the road solutions than polar opposites and we can have a stronger outcome for the whole community.