Tracy Barnett

Tracy Barnett 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Our view: More bang for URA’s bucks

I applaud the editorial staff for "getting it", seeing the bigger picture, and hoping others will get on board. By limiting the length of the URA, potentially beneficial projects could go unrealized, projects that have not yet been imagined. If the URA is limited to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and lighting, the crucial second pedestrian bridge to Howelsen may only be a pipe dream. Firepits and heated sidewalks with pedestrian level lighting, a performance stage and additional park spaces along the river or elsewhere in downtown could go unrealized. And could this eventually be the solution for our perceived downtown parking problem? Sometime in the next 25 years, there just might be a need for a parking structure. Think big, City Council. Small ideas yield small results.

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Tracy Barnett 3 months, 3 weeks ago on County approves rural Hayden bed and breakfast

I applaud this decision to allow the Wattles to use their land in this manner, to be able to share their love of the land and their agricultural practices with guests who want an experience removed from the hustle and bustle of our micro-urban lifestyle. This is rural Colorado. We have unique experiences to share. Ranching/farming is an admirable but not necessarily monetarily rewarding lifestyle for those who choose it, and we should support this value-added use of their land, as well as the education they can provide while preserving an endangered lifestyle in this part of the country.

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Tracy Barnett 4 months, 1 week ago on City of Steamboat Springs poised to end 2014 with surpluses in sales and lodging tax revenue

While I know the lodging tax was created to help fund amenities that would attract guests to our community, wouldn't it make sense to consider using whatever lodging tax is collected above the projected amount for additional summer marketing, bringing Steamboat closer to the huge war chests other communities have for this purpose? Just sticking that money in a rainy day fund doesn't bring guests here at all.

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Tracy Barnett 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Phoenix the dragon makes Halloween appearance

I think there a lot of people personally invested (emotionally) in this dragon. This is not Telluride's dragon, or Burning Man's dragon, but Steamboat's dragon. We can't get enough of him. Sorry to see Spike go to Los Angeles, but Phoenix is more of a Steamboat kid, acclimated to the weather (and able to collapse to go in a garage). Love live "our" dragon.

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Tracy Barnett 1 year, 2 months 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 1 year, 5 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 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 3 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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