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Michael if you go on United.com and select Senior Fare you will notice that there is no difference between that and the Adult Fare and it has been like that for years. Unfortunately Southwest does not fly to Hayden and never will. They market their product totally different from the other major airlines which is done completely on their web site and that is the only way you can buy a ticket on them. We are stuck with United in the Non-Ski Season and they will charge whatever the market will bear. If they are running a 50% load factor and getting $200 rt extra for the Hayden leg it would be the same as charging $100 rt and having a 100% load factor when it comes to their revenue. Years ago you could fly into Bob Adams Airport on Continental Express(Rocky Mt. Airlines) and the fare was almost the same as Denver. I did it many times but those days are over. The Airlines today can charge whatever they want because there is little competition and they control the seat capacity.
Airlines will not offer lower fares to locals, it would be a nightmare to manage. Fares change almost daily based on what their computer programs tell them to do to maximize revenue. If you notice the cost of fuel is down 35% but fares are up and the airplanes are basically full. Their is no incentive to lower fares for anyone with the profit they are making. You can thank all the mergers over the last decade. If it wasn't for Southwest and Frontier flying out of Denver we'd all be paying considerably more out of Denver also because of the lack of competition.
The one thing the County could do is stop charging for parking like Eagle. In years past parking was free at Hayden. This affects locals almost exclusively because visitors very seldom park at the airport. The cost to park at Hayden is almost the same as DIA so if you want to give locals a break and cut the cost for them to fly HDN then this would be a solution worth a try.
Most SB residents are now driving to Denver to fly instead of using Hayden because of the additional cost of about $150 to $200 per person. Also the cancellations and poor service by Republic Airlines flying as United Express add to the decision to drive to Denver in the non-Ski Season. In the Ski Season the cost of flying to Houston in 2008 on Continental(now United) Non-Stop had a cost of around $250 round trip and this past Season the cost was around $500 and considerably more around the Holidays. You will find the same increases in the other city pairs. SB residents have just decided it is no longer cost effective to fly which explains why Hayden numbers dropped so dramatically and will stay there. Only the Airlines can change this downslide and the Airport is powerless to turn this around.
The problem is not the dogs it is the irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to run loose and don't pick up after their dogs. In my subdivision we have a very nice set of trails that you can use for cross country skiing in the winter and run or bike in the summer. The problem is you have to dodge the piles of dog crap that irresponsible dog owners refuse to pick up. It is against our covenants to allow your dog to run loose however the same people day in and day out just open their doors and let their dogs run out. They crap all over the streets and trails and make a mess everywhere. Unfortunately these few ruin it for the responsible pet owners and the only alternative s to enforce the leach laws and covenants. Like that lady said in a previous article " I have enough stuff to pick up in my own yard why should I pick up after my dog around Steamboat." Too many have that same attitude.
It is actually $889 million they have budgeted for the 2016 elections. They announced it on Jan. 26, 2015 in a news release.
Boy is that a joke. Koch Industries receives millions if not billions in Corporate Welfare. They also got many no bid contracts from the friendship they had with the Bush Administration. Why do you think they where willing to spend $1 Billion on the Mid-Terms and another Billion on the 2016 Presidential Election. They want the best Government money can buy and they sure do a good job at it. Citizens United gave them the avenue to control Congress and the White House. What do you think they want in return for this investment? Ask Cory Gardner.
Mark is right that both parties are corrupt. They will do or say whatever gets them elected and what brings them the most money for their campaigns especially the Defense and Oil Industry. Maybe we can have another "Crusade" into Iraq like we had in 2003 so a few can make billions and our men and women in uniform can pay for it with their lives. As we all know we were greeted as "Liberators" with flowers and candy as Dick Cheney said.
The reason this pipeline will be built is because the oil industry spent $1 Billion on the mid term elections and they want a return on their investment which is why this was one of the first bills passed by the new Congress. The Industry as a whole gets close to $80 Billion a year from tax payer subsidies(Corporate Welfare) for a reason. The politicians sell their support to the highest bidder and this industry has deep pockets and has for decades. They will confiscate private property to build it with little to no benefit to our country. The oil will be refined in Texas and shipped overseas to countries like China and India. If this pipeline was going through the Yampa Valley I believe most people here would be against it like the property owners in the Mid-West. One thing is for sure the Oil Industry has the best Congress money can buy.
The real problem is a lack of personal responsibility which is lacking not just in Steamboat.
It is not the dogs fault it is the irresponsible dog owner and there are many in this town.
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