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Maybe it should be how it started.. Free to any rider with a local drivers license. Remember the orange pass.. I cant remember how much it was for all other riders.. I do remember going to video depot and having it laminated to the back of my ski pass..
There is no way in my opinion that pot is the problem. It is quite obvious that alcohol has way more of an influance on reliable empoyees. What a lousy excuse!! A couple yrs ago I had applied for driving position with the city. Even though my CDL had lappsed I thought maybe they would offer a training course. I never heard back from the city. Not a call or letter. They had obviously filled the position but 2 months later there was a new add for driving the bus again. Hmmmm..It cant be that hard to find a drug free driver. All the other CDL jobs in town dont seem to be struggling to fill their positions. (Especialy in a struggling economy).. Maybe, just maybe the cities rediculous obesession with parking studies would solve many of the financial issues that occur. $50,000 here, 75,000 there. How wasteful.
It also doesnt help that we have many recycling containers throughout town (which we do need) that are not secured or locked up, but yet sit next to a secured and locked trash can. I walked by little toots park the other day and threw my recycling in Larry Bird style.. I do like the ski decore on them, but I could only think to myself "that this just made no sense and would only welome the unwelcome"..
I am not in approval of shooting any bear. And would only agree on such with non lethal weapons and only if the bear was threatning. This would also cut down the high expense of transporting them further into the mountains which in many cases does not work. We certainly dont need to have bears being shot at because they were seen being bears. We have already had very irresposible people discharging weapons in Stmbt going into vehicles and what not... KM wants to go around and start shooting them.. This is quite concerning. If any town ever adopted such a law, that would be a place I would never want live in or visit... All humane ways to solve this problem should be looked at first.
I implore Steamboat to look at Minturn, and adopt the way they have attached locking lids onto the roller tote cans.. Minturn in 2005 adopted their trash law..(Leaving your garbage at the curb the night before pick-up is breaking the law!.... The town passed its first Wildlife Protection Ordinance effective April 1, 2005.... This law requires residents and business owners to secure garbage containers with a wildlife resistant or wildlife proof system, or be kept within a fully enclosed and secure structure.)
...This was in 2005, so Stmbt is truly way behind the times... It amazes me that even the trash bins behind grocery stores arent even locked up.. Steamboat used to lead by example. Now, IMO, its all about the tourist dollars while neglecting some of the most important things that make a great safe mountain community.. I am waiting for a friend to send me a pic of his trash can in Minturn. (this is probably the most cost effective way to do so).. I would like to post it here for the city and others to look at but am not sure how to attach a pic to the comments.
Black bear attacks are rare (like winning the lottery rare). Most are due to its cubs being threatened and occasionaly guarding its food source.
Sorry Kevin, but I have to disagree with you. I dont believe that if something is a nussance that we should just kill it until the problem goes away. This isnt the old western days anymore and IMO this would be a horrible example of how Stmbt should handle a problem it let get out of control. We have and will always have bears here along with many other great animals. That is one of the great joys of living in Colorado. I do agree that a problem or aggressive bear should be taken care of (an aggressive bear will most likely stay that way and probably not change its habbits).. Our bear problem will always exist through what the cubs have been tought, but can be greatly minimized through propper trash storage. We used to have a few issues a year with bears. Now, there are 2-3 bears reported in trash every day.
Yes, Stmbt has grown but Stmbt also hasnt properly handled the situation by enforcing proper trash storage like you will see in many other mountain towns. Once Stmbt does this, I bet we will all see a great reduction with bear encounters.
I can live with that. They shoot the polars in Alaska with rubber bullets but they are also IMO the most dangerous bear out there. Very doscile, yet will have no problem eating you for lunch. Stmbt still needs to lock up its trash or we are only perpetuating the problem and will never make it better. A lot of bears this year had 3 cubs. The next year or two should be very interesting as the mother prepares them to survive on their own before kicking them out.
KILLING bears is not the solution, nor should we be teaching it.. KILLING an animal because we caused it to be a nuisance, is the wrong message to send and is actualy kind of disturbing. Maybe Steamboat should relocate or have a shooting spree on those who are feeding bears with their trash. That would be a faster solution, getting rid of those who have no business living in the mountains. THE PROBLEM PEOPLE - is easy food in the form of trash. Get rid of the source and the bears will move on and look else where.. Untill this is handled the problem will always exist and only get worse. Bears dont want to hybernate near people but we have given them a food souce allowing them to.. This is the makeing for dangerous human interactions. This is our problem as a community and the city should effect measures to stop it ASAP.. Heck, Boulder enforced this yrs ago and enforced bear proof trash on the entire unincorporated rural areas of Boulder..
For sure!!!! 2 bad layers now. One twords the surface and one at the ground with much more snow expected through the winter. Could be one of those rare crappy yrs in the canyon for stability. A lot of blasting is already going on. Dont be one of the back country guinee pigs. Take the right gear, check your beacon batteries and ski with a buddy.
Bears have a 500 square mile radius and most likely will return unless transported far enough away. The problem with that is its expensive and the cubs have already had these bad habbits niched into their lives by the mother. They will most likely look for easy pickings wherever they live becomeing someone elses problem. The solution to this problem is not giving them a city wide buffet to eat from. Any bear proof ordinance should be drafted by the city and enforce to all business's, management companies and residence with fines.$$. This is a mountain town full of wild life and the city should have had a forced bear proof can policy in town a long time ago. This problem will not go away and will only get worse. It will become harder to take care of and more dangerous to the community if the city doesnt enforce some sort of bear proof can policy. This should also include the non bear proof recycling cans throughout town. IMO,, this is a city problem that should be drafted, adopted and enforced by the city and should not be left up to seperate management companies, business's or private residences on their own.
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