Tracy Barnett

Tracy Barnett 6 months, 1 week ago on Joel Reichenberger: On home turf in Sochi

I, for one, am really glad the Steamboat Pilot and Today chose to send two reporters from Steamboat to the Olympics. In a normal Olympic year I would have been happy to hear the results on the radio and see the highlights on TV, but with two of "our own", I couldn't wait to read their observations, see the pictures, learn the twists of what it was like each day to be in Sochi. It was like I was there with them. Thanks to Joel and Luke for great stories, an insider's view, and really knowing what you were talking about. And the best part is, besides being the assignment of a lifetime for a small town reporter, you will remember this trip and know that you did it better than any of those big city reporters could have done for the readers here in Steamboat.

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Tracy Barnett 9 months ago on Empty TIC campus eyed as potential hub for local food producers

Scott, As usual, your comments are unproductive. What is your idea for that property? Any? While the idea is a suggested use for that parcel, the idea is not necessarily a bad one. True, this is a prime location. Maybe its not the right location, but the idea of a food hub is not a bad one. Maybe a portion of the property could be used in this way. There is a lot of local food available here in the valley (and the county). It is important to know where your food comes from. If this isn't the place for it, where is? We need a local meat processing plant. We have producers who could produce more given the right facilities.

The point here is that there are people out there trying to produce healthy products that are sustainable. Rather than criticize, as you usually do, what do you suggest to make local products more available here and beyond? Casey is at least trying to make a difference. What are you doing to benefit the community other than bringing up the negative?

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Tracy Barnett 1 year, 5 months ago on Grand jury seated for Routt, Moffat and Grand counties

Just to set the record straight, there WAS a grand jury before in the 14th judicial district. I sat on that grand jury for an entire year in 1978. Although none of the cases that were brought to us were ever tried, it was an interesting year, for sure. Tim Oliphant was brought to town to be the "prosecutor" or, at least the one who presented the cases to us for the county. We heard big cases like police brutality for nude bathing at the hot springs and others. (Note tongue in cheek here). We met once a week for an entire year.

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Tracy Barnett 1 year, 6 months ago on 'The Vagina Monologues' to mark revival of historic Steamboat theater

Tamara has worked incredibly hard over the past two and a half months to transform the old Chief Plaza Theater in the new Chief Theater (note that Plaza has been removed). She and a very small team of volunteers have painted the whole place, transformed one of the small theaters into the Black Box Lounge, and cleaned up the other small theater which will remain a theater. This event will be awesome in this venue.

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Tracy Barnett 2 years ago on Our View: Lifestyle economy a worthy investment

Oak Street is also included in the revitalization plan, just not yet. Check the Streetscape plan from 2009. Baby steps. The businesses on Oak Street, being more service oriented, and unless the mix changes, will not contribute to the sales tax base the way Yampa Street can. All in due time. That doesn't mean we should ignore Oak Street. It is an essential part of the mix.

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Tracy Barnett 2 years, 1 month ago on A Dog's Eye View: How far we’ve come in 50 years

Good article. Personal experience is the best teacher. Bing may not have been perfect, but he taught the author there are other ways to address the problem, which she apparently pursued, since she is a professional dog trainer. Her line about there are no bad dogs, only dogs brought up badly is very insightful. Thank you, Bing.

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Tracy Barnett 2 years, 3 months ago on Brent Boyer: Look at who's back

I, for one, am glad Rob is back. I don't always agree with his opinions and conclusions, but I respect him for presenting his point of view. Not since Dee Richards (back in the day) has anyone made us think about the "what ifs" of a question that we may not have thought of. Sometimes its good to stir the pot to bring up all the small bits.

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Tracy Barnett 2 years, 5 months ago on Steamboat, Hayden lose out on creative district designation

Scott makes a good point, both for Hayden and for Steamboat. We often concentrate on creating community when community already exists. The point of a creative district is to enhance economic development by featuring the "creative sector" within our communities. MainStreet recently gave up the idea of sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt, a standing Steamboat tradition that the City could no longer afford, realizing that, while it was a feel good event for the community, it didn't generate any economic benefit for the downtown (which is our mission), and it would have used volunteer resources (which are in short supply) that could be better used for other events that generate business for the downtown or income for MainStreet. I know it sounds very mercenary, but what our communities need now is a shot in the economic arm. If we are going to do events, we need it to help our communities economically (as well as building "community"). The goals don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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Tracy Barnett 2 years, 5 months ago on Joanne Palmer: It's time to make a difference

Love the idea of the once-a-month "help a friend" work parties! I would love to be part of a group like that. And I am going to go check my closet right now. The bigger message is to be aware of "pay it forward" opportunities. That's what makes this community so great.

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