Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 18 hours ago on The Bock’s Office: ‘The Hobbit’ — For the love of gold…

Unfortunate that Peter Jackson et all chose to make 3 movies out of a book one third the size of any of the three books that make up Lord of the Rings. My guess is that while Tolkien might have enjoyed seeing his trilogy - Lord of the Rings - come to life, The Hobbit not so much. It is about the money I guess

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 18 hours ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

I am still trying to figure out why or how marijuana is an issue attracting seasonal transit drivers. Wouldn't an ace reporter for our local newspaper try to ask a follow up question regards that.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 19 hours ago on New parking enforcement technology tested in Steamboat's downtown business district

So ma and pa head out from Minnesota with 2 teens. drive the 16 hours non stop, stay at a tony condo at the base for 7 nights, buy their 5 day passes and decide to drive on into Steamboat for an evening of shopping and dining only to find that they have been parking past the 2 or 3 hour limit and lo and behold a suitable for framing memory of their trip to Ski Town USA is left under the windshield wipers. Victims of the "latest parking enforcement technology" I mean, we need to get those tourist in and out of town in less than 3 hours and make room for the next ones. Who needs more than 3 hours for shopping and dining. Does the restaurant of your choice have a 45 minute wait. well move along and find another one. Don't want you hanging around downtown too long now.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 19 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

We have been a nation of immigrants. We can argue till we are exhausted about our current immigration or lack of policy. But one thing is clear. The immigrants are the ones getting the jobs.

Senate Budget Committee staff offer data in explanation:

According to BLS data, in November of 2007 there were 23.1 million foreign workers in the United States with jobs. Today, the BLS reports, there are 25.1 million foreign workers in the United States with jobs – meaning 2 million jobs, on net, have gone to foreign workers since the recession. By contrast, BLS reports there were 124 million American-born workers with jobs in November of 2007 but only 122.5 million American-born workers with jobs today – a decline of 1.5 million for American workers.

Think about this: despite American workers accounting for 70 percent of all population growth among adults, they received, on net, none of the post-recession jobs gains. As a result, there are 11 million more American workers outside the labor force today than 7 years ago. So, despite the trillions spent, the enormous interventions, the years spent trying to climb out of the economic doldrums, the total number of American workers who are employed today is 1.5 million less than at this time in 2007. All employment growth during this time went to foreign labor imported from abroad at less cost.

This is not an inexplicable phenomenon but the plain result of Washington policy: each year the U.S. admits 1 million permanent immigrants (overwhelmingly low-wage) in addition to 700,000 foreign guest workers, 500,000 foreign students, and 70,000 refugees and asylees. The number of foreign-born has quadrupled since 1970. During that same time, the NYT reports: “More than 16 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 are not working, up from 5 percent in the late 1960s; 30 percent of women in this age group are not working, up from 25 percent in the late 1990s. For those who are working, wage growth has been weak, while corporate profits have surged.”

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 days, 17 hours ago on Snowstorm brings powder, more skiable terrain to Steamboat Ski Area

May not have been "champagne" powder, but would say at least "Prosecco" powder and as Dan S said "much needed". OMG, I just agreed with Dan S. Must be the holiday spirit.

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