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Scott, I know your a numbers guy, but on it's face, I would be very skeptical of that data. Who are the visitors RRC is surveying? Is the survey part of the reservation process, tied to a "central reservations" via the resort or does the survey hit VRBOs, motels, second home vacationers and I-70 day travel? Vail resorts owns Breck ski area, yet the town has continually voted pro MJ. There is conflict in Breck regarding MJ between the actual residents who favor MJ and Vail Resorts, which really doesn't like MJ. It seems that there is a possibility that this survey could be "framed" to skew the results to show little effect on MJ and ski town tourism. In Stmbt. resort/skier numbers went up despite dismal snow. According to GL and RMR, ~90% of there business is from out of town. This is just anecdotal, but it seems to contradict the RRC survey, as conveyed by the Breck TM.
Eventually, the true motivations of tourists coming to Breck and Stmbt will be more accurately measured, but I would say the RRC results are bogus.
It should be noted that except for adult softball leagues which play at night, no local teams are allowed access to the fields at Howelsen. These fields, used soley by 3crown during the summer, are meticulously maintained, mowed and striped daily, while the ball fields and soccer fields at Emerald Park, used and paid for via taxes plus soccer and ball league fees, are left without even minimum maintenance. This imbalance reflects the influence and power the that 3crown has wielded to date. Giving access of Emerald Park to 3crown gives them what amounts to just a little more capacity but will have a bigger, negative effect on local youth teams.
They do use the fields in both O.C. and Hayden. They are sometimes scheduled, but not always and we have definitely had issues with local S. Routt little league minors, majors, and even t-ball teams being displaced by 3crown teams looking for practice space (--they will definitely drive far to play, they are passionate!). We've had conflicts to the point of having "elevated" "arguing" to settle.
"And, just like Adobe software, the true evil lies in his ongoing quest to upgrade and evolve to new realms."----This is great movie review journalism Andy!
A more pragmatic solution would be to just absorb all three districts into one. The facilities in Hayden and Soroco are already in place, paid for, and underutilized plus, they wouldn't require hauling kids 30 miles to Steamboat everyday.------Most school districts in the state encompass their whole county and include more than just one high school and one middle school. In Routt County, we have three school districts to serve only three high schools, three middle schools, and four elementary schools. One school district would help streamline some duplicate administration functions, stabilize teacher turnover, and stop the constant migration of students to Steamboat.
The biggest obstacle is probably extreme reluctance by RE-2 (Steamboat) and the equal reluctance of Hayden and South Routt folks to give up their autonomy. The benefit for all of the students in Routt County would outweigh these obstacles though.
Incredible shots Ben!
Come on Meg!
Are you serious? I just had to re-read their letter to see if there was something I missed. Are you reading the same letter? This letter did not pass judgement or insinuate any guilt whatsoever! The purpose of this letter was to make sure a very reluctant city manager and some reluctant council members completely and openly investigate this and not just sweep it under the rug! These folks, like many other constituents, do not feel that the current city leadership is committed to uncovering this uncomfortable situation (As if they could just push an "easy" button and make it all go away!) Their letter helps put a bright light on the process and puts pressure on the "leadership". It is NOT Un-American and is, in fact, a great example of civic responsibility.
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