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Centurylink is not telling the whole story or maybe simplifying it for the masses. A fiber cut should not take out service. At a very minimum, they should have a redundant fiber on the other side of highway 9. And with all the planning and advance warning that has gone into this highway 9 project, how the contractor could cut the cable is beyond me. There should be a Centurylink employee walking beside every backhoe! And the calling pattern doesn't fit. I could not call a phone that is a couple hundred yards away ("no longer in service") nor one in Stagecoach, but I got through to one in West Steamboat.
I was about to comment but I found that everything I wanted to say agreed with Tom, and that cannot be possible, so....never mind.
Great photo, Joel!
Great story and video, Scott! The close-ups are really cool.
Cool, Ben! Great job!
Put a sprint point at 8th & Lincoln. The "eventers" would get their "12 seconds of the peloton flashing by" and then up Rabbit Ears for the finish. It is only a Cat 3 but they would split on a climb to a stage win, mountain points and time in the GC. They split on the climb out two years ago with relatively no incentive.
And you're right - I would not go up there to see them climb the east side, but I sure would go up to see them climb the west side to a finish line. Arrange with SST, GoAlpine and the Lodgings to shuttle spectators up the pass. Have the awards ceremony in town. Tink outside the box.
Joel's point is to show off Steamboat. The finish we staged two years ago and the one upcoming could be in any town in Kansas. Rabbit Ears is a signature that not many towns have.
Great photo, John!
Joel, I agree. I have long thought a summit finish on the Ears would make for a great stage. The route could come up 131, detour down River Road (or do 20 Mile Road) and fly down Lincoln to give the in-town spectators a view of the Peloton. Then up Rabbit Ears to the finish. The logistics would be challenging but not the worst even the Pro Challenge has faced in the past two years.
Sonja, thanks for posting this answer. The original column by Douglas made no sense. "I don't like government so I want them to keep things the same." HUH! "She's looking for alternate funding methods so she's going to raise your taxes." HUH! I think he had a deadline and no ideas.
Thanks for thinking outside the box. I hope you do generate some innovate ideas on better ways of budgeting and obtaining new funding.
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