Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 6 days, 19 hours ago on Our View: Downtown Steamboat’s moment is here

" We can only urge them to recognize that over time, Steamboat’s foresight in pursuing the TIF will increase the property valuation of their respective tax bases." Really, that's the rationale for going through with these "necessary" improvements. I am happy for the optimism. Unfortunately that may or may not turn out to be true. I would not blame "other taxing entities" for not buying that pig in a poke.

"We think the fate of that plan could determine whether we remain competitive with other mountain resort towns, or fall behind." Based on what I saw around town and on the mountain yesterday this mountain resort town (is that what Steamboat Springs really wants to be?) is not falling behind. I skied with a friend from Eagle yesterday and he thought our lift lines were worse then Vail's. Now, I understand it's a one day comparison, but it appears the "blight" of downtown is not a deterrent to visitors

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week ago on Routt County is in the midst of revisiting the 1999 Stagecoach Community Plan

We in Stagecoach are the Cinderella and unfortunately no Prince Charming is in sight. Driving County Road 14 to 131 can be more "fun" then Tower of Terror at Disney World. Morrison Creek water fees are going up, there are no convenience stores or a gas station but we have great friends and neighbors and that makes it wonderful. Plus the views from our home are outstanding. And Circle R in Oak Creek rocks.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week ago on The Bock’s Office: What tops the list for 2014?

Jeff, Little Miss Sunshine was a great movie. Sorry you have not been able to get it back. I hate when I loan a book or movie and can't get it back. I wonder if I have any loaned movies that I never returned.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week ago on URA plan goes back to Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night

Steve L. I have walked both Yampa and Oak many times. When we come into town from Stagecoach we like to wander all of Downtown Steamboat. We try to support businesses on Oak and Yampa as well as Lincoln. I had the "good" fortune to see a bear skinny up the tree in front of a business on Oak. Is it unfortunate there are not sidewalks up and down Oak and Yampa. So let's concede the point. Is it a blight. No, no and no. In the good old days before government was every one's savior, people would band together and decide that if their property would be more appealing if they had sidewalks then they would agree to have sidewalks put in and share the cost. There is not enough of OPM to satisfy all the downtown wish lists. I was on the mountain today and Steamboat has no problem attracting visitors.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week ago on URA plan goes back to Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night

So says Tracy Barnett ""The NEED (emphasis mine) for complete sidewalks, lighting and other safety measures, including Butcherknife Creek flood mitigation, is more than apparent and a necessity to making our downtown more attractive and safe, both for locals and visitors," Really, Steamboat needs those things. How about Steamboat wants or would like those things. We have friends visit us. Not once have they said any thing about lights, sidewalks or feeling unsafe. I am not smart enough to figure out the ins and outs of where the money would have to come from for all these "needs" but it has to come from some where and some how or another the taking of money will filter back to the local citizenry. Sometimes it's OK to be happy with the way things are for awhile.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 5 days ago on From bus service cuts to a new police station, take a look back at the Steamboat City Council's biggest decisions of 2014

Jerry, got to throw the challenge flag. Our esteemed Scott W. has a post that starts "Yeah, I've read Atlas Shrugged" that looks longer than mine. Bring out the chains. I am asking for a measurement. Speaking of the red flag, man did those refs mess up that call of PI/defensive holding in the Dallas/Detroit game. Should be some great games next weekend. My favorite weekend of NFL football is divisional Semi Finals and the Ducks vs. the Bucks Monday night. How about Ohio State with a 3rd string quarterback. Fun stuff

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 5 days ago on From bus service cuts to a new police station, take a look back at the Steamboat City Council's biggest decisions of 2014

Scott, I thought you said you read the book. You say " Apparently you thought it is relevant to the issues of someone complaining about government." From wikipedia concerning "Atlas Shrugged". "While economic conditions worsen and government agencies enforce their control on successful businesses," Hey Scott - Does that sound like Mark's "gubbamint" programs? Mark said "One day someone might write a book on all the many ways that gubbamint programs, well-meaning or otherwise, have squashed camaraderie that used to bind communities together in so many un-seen ways; how these programs have disrupted community structure such as father-children, neighbor-neighbor, farmer-consumer, experienced elders-younger inexperienced people, etc, etc, etc." From the book "A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Every thing that could move, had moved away, but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble"... "The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins"... "An old woman came shuffling out at the sound of the motor. She was bent and swollen, barefooted, dressed in a garment of flour sacking." Hey Scott does this sound like Mark's "squashed camaraderie" and "disrupted community structures."?

So yes I do believe that "Atlas Shrugged" could fit the topics Mark references and yes the book is Thick and the print is fine - at least my copy. it's my opinion. Feel free to disagree or agree as is your want. That was the question I originally asked you to reply to. I really don't care what you thought/think of the book any more then I would expect you to care what I think.

Rhys, I am confused. Am I the troller or the trollee. Unfortunately I have a feeling I am the trollee

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks, 5 days ago on From bus service cuts to a new police station, take a look back at the Steamboat City Council's biggest decisions of 2014

So Scott, I beg you to please stop your glorious blathering and tell me what part of my post suggesting that "Atlas Shrugged" may have addressed the issues Mark H raised in the paragraph I cited. I get it that you don't have much time for the premise of Atlas Shrugged, I get it that you truly believe you are the brightest bulb on the tree, the sharpest knife in the drawer and so on and so forth. I asked a very simple question. A yes or no or even a maybe would be suffice. Actually, you know what? To quote the late Gilda Ratner, aka Emily Litella - "Never Mind"

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