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doug monger 5 days, 16 hours ago on Human Services building so cramped its shortcomings are driving policies and procedures

Scott, the commissioners have been advocating for that for years. We totally are looking at all of that as options. A West Routt Campus and a South Routt Campus for many county services is quite appealing to me, ie (Sheriff, Clerk, Motor Vehicle, Human Service, Extension, etc.). It could also be the same facility with different days for for different departments. The cost of land is less, services are distributed, economic diversity and stimulation for those areas and many times there are facilities that can be rented versus the county having to build new facilities at $450/sf. Concerns that we have heard is the supervisory part of operations to have supervisory abilities in those remote locations, as well as scheduling of the facilities and where to house these employees if they are not located in that remote facility full time. I/we will keep looking at those options. Thanks Doug Monger

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doug monger 6 days, 9 hours ago on Routt County roads get plowed once a day, drivers cover 20 to 30 miles in 8 hours

Lee, an indirect response to your question from the Road and Bridge Director.

Every district sent the on-call crews out plowing the paved roads early on Sunday 1/8. More snow accumulated Sunday mid day after they were done plowing. The full crews were out early on Monday 1/9 on all roads.

Janet Hruby, PE, PTOE

Routt County

Road & Bridge Director

Doug Monger Routt County Commissioner

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doug monger 2 months, 3 weeks ago on From the publisher: With change comes progress

I hope that the new format and new company it will allow easier and more reliable internet access. We used to have that before our access information was sold to the world and we had better access to better internet article review. I don't mind the access and asking those stupid questions when one brings up an article, but it is the constant and the time required to pull an article up. For those of us that live out in the hinterlands and served with marginal wireless, the constant misdirection of our internet by the newspaper is totally frustrating. I can sit and watch how my web request gets directed, then redirected and then redirected again. I realize this is the new model where they can ask us stupid questions of our buying habits and whatever so they can characterize our buying habits and someone else can capitalize on our internet review with sales opportunities. Bottom line it can take all of five minutes to pull up an article and then another five minutes to go back to the home page. I most often just close the page and wait another five minutes and retry. Other than that, thanks for your news reporting and we hope the paper will be a home town newspaper.

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doug monger 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 'Happy trails and tails'

Cindy, thanks for your service and your passion. Thanks to both you and husband Bob for being great citizens in and for our community. Good luck in your collective retirement. Cindy, I'm sure you will find some homeless pets and horses to help through your retirement to keep you stable. Doug Monger

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doug monger 3 months, 1 week ago on New airport manager touches down in Steamboat

Welcome Stacie, good to have you aboard. We all look forward to your expertise and improving a great asset to our community.

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doug monger 3 months, 3 weeks ago on City's 4-year-old quest to build new police station nearing finish line?

The 60-40% split is only in relation to the shared space. That shared space being roughly 13,333 sf +/-. The rest of the whole building and building space is solely for the for the City of SS and replacing the current PD station.

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doug monger 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Bow hunters rescued from cliffs on Mount Werner

Thanks to Search and Rescue as usual saving the day. These hunters must have been hunting some Rock/Cliff Elk, the ones that interbreed with Mountain Goats. I've heard about them in tales of the past. Sometimes in the past I've seen them(elk)climb/navigate slopes that humans shouldn't be on, but I've never heard of elk rappelling off of cliffs. Must have been a compass and navigational error, or we lost them at the last turn. Again good practice event for S&R thanks for what you all do, glad no one was hurt. We don't want those elk to breed down by the Flattops Causeway.

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doug monger 6 months ago on Longtime newspaper outdoor writer, Neil Cantwell, off to 'fishing hole in the sky'

Nice article Tom, Carl aka Neil was a great presence in doing a tough job. Always great to talk to, he was a great diplomat for the city during his time. You always had to enjoy his articles, it's like reading Baxter Black. How can you not enjoy that, it seems at times to put things into perspective. Something we forget to do so often. Great fishing to Carl.

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doug monger 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Doug Monger: Trade deal crucial to economy

Have I read the whole document, NO, Has the ole palms been greased, NO. I will tell you that my review of the plan and my understanding of the agreement/plan is that it will specifically be beneficial to agriculture and specifically to the West slope of Colorado. Agriculture since WWII has been the sacrificial lamb in trading logistics for the benefit of what seems all other industries in America to all other trading partners. Agriculture since the industrial revolution has been the belle cow in trading and America has used the Ag in negotiating beneficial deals in other realms of America's prosperity while leaving agriculture to struggle to survive. Ag has continued to be the belle cow as we continue to produce more on less while our production costs have ratcheted up as fast or faster than inflation. We can't even get a Country of Origin to survive in our trade negotiations. We know where our shoes are made, but we are not allowed to know where our food comes from. I understand that the TPP will open up non-existent markets for AG products thereby hopefully increasing demand and prices for America's Ag products. It continues to amaze me in what little % of each of our individual income goes to feeding our own families. I'm looking out for the AG Industry some, still interested in the other down side, as was said in other blogs, Labor will be a much harder to bring back in relation to our world wide economies.

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