Roy Powell

Roy Powell 1 month ago on Steamboat Springs skier Hig Roberts a national champion

Congratulations Hig Robers! Through certain adversity, your accomplishments have touched our soul and stand as an inspiration to all. Thank you!

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Roy Powell 3 months, 1 week ago on Erin Biggs: Sessions' appointment disturbing

Erin, You are not providing any reason why "Jefferson Beauregard Sessions," as you put it, was even nominated in the first place. Jeff Sessions has served as a US Attorney, was elected as Attorney General of Alabama and, was elected as a US Senator 4 times by the State of Alabama,. He is today a sitting US Senator. As Attorney General of Alabama he lost and won some cases that, in looking back 20 and 30 years ago, do not comport with some of today's laws or today's social views. Judging his record of the past requires context, and you provide none. You and the Democratic Party, with this narrative, are attempting to imply that he is a racist, and you insist that's disturbing. However what I find disturbing is how this dialog misses the point, which is, what is the reasoning for such an appointment? As if, "What is Trump thinking appointing a known racist as Attorney General," you effectively ask.

The appointment of Attorney General is a political appointment. As such, Trump's biggest campaign issue, and the issue which will largely define his presidency, is immigration. Immigration laws are being broken every day. The country's top cop is the Attorney General, and Jeff Sessions is a huge opponent of illegal immigration. He was also a major supporter of Trump in the campaign. Based on the facts, the appointment of Jeff Sessions is completely logical. While there are differences of opinion on every appointment, the media needs to inform us, rather than incite us. By calling it disturbing because race, religion or differences in social views, your editorial letter badly misses the point.

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Roy Powell 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Middle East expert talks 'ISIS crisis' and Orlando massacre

This is the kind of media discussion that is miss-informing the public. The "middle east expert" has no illusion that this horrific act had Islamic motivations, yet presents it as a question. However there is apparently no question that Mateem was mentally ill. So he's a Psychiatrist too? The "Islamic faith in itself has little to do with the modern jihadist movement". Say what? The religious scriptures are exactly what motivated these jahadis to kill. The Quran, the Hadith and its apaclyptic teachings are deadly -- to non-believers! Few people even know what "Wahhabism" is, as if, what, it is the main culprit. One thing is for sure, "radicalizing young people will not go away soon," especially with articles like this that miss-inform.

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Roy Powell 1 year, 1 month ago on After controversial executive session, City Council endorses short sale of former city manager's home

The City will never see a dime of the money. Give the guy (Lanning) a 1099 for the difference and be done with it. The council members who struck this original deal should be identified. The original deal and making such self serving deals, that exclusively benefit elite staff and elected officials, should not happen in that they do not serve the public interest.

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Roy Powell 1 year, 1 month ago on After controversial executive session, City Council endorses short sale of former city manager's home

The City will never see a dime of the money. Give the guy (Lanning) a 1099 for the difference and be done with it. The council members who struck this original deal should be identified. This type of deal making does not serve the public interest.

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Roy Powell 1 year, 6 months ago on Routt County Commissioners hand off puzzle of nightly rentals to planning board

What a convoluted mess. There currently is an avenue via special/conditional use permit for AF zoned properties (and others) to apply for nightly rentals, and many do it! Please don't confuse the issue. We are talking about residential neighborhoods and ares with families and children that are often run by volunteer Home Owners Associations far from code enforsement capabilities, that have little ability to handle road maintenance, let alone recreational nightly rental services. In a County where all commercial activity is regulated through the permit process, how can anyone view residential nightly rentals as a normal use by right? The County is not the City. Regulating the number of days is not going to address the compatibility issue. Nor will it address the added emergency services requirements associated with nightly renters. The very character of our County is at risk here. Is there a way through this issue? I say yes, but only with an acceptance that this is a huge, complex issue with many pitfalls and likely unforeseen hazards. It appears to me that there are some extreemenly naive points of view being bantered around about concerning the health, safety and welfare of our rural homes. I can only hope that cooler minds will prevail!

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Roy Powell 1 year, 7 months ago on Routt County work sessions explore solution to neighbor conflicts over short-term rentals

Mr. Scott, The current regulation provides for approval of nightly rentals in the County via a Special Use Permit for zoning qualified properties.. Otherwise the regulation is that it is a zoning or use violation to provide nightly rentals without a Special Use Permit. Without regulation the health and safety of your family is at risk. Living next to a home recently purchased by a non-resident, and purchased as an investment out of foreclosure, the new owners started to rent the home nightly. Cha-ching $$$ ! The ATVs at 50 MPH, the late night parties, the unattended blazing fires and public debauchery are freighting to me and my family. If this is a "needed service" then I am missing something. The County is proposing to legalize an activity and use in the county that is being abused. Their solution to their in-ability or lack of desire to enforce the current regulation is to legalize it with expanded regulation. I will not accept any expansion of this current non-conforming use and turn the County and rural residences into commercial casinos of vacationing revelers who have little regard for the family value oriented residential communities they exist in. The City of Steamboat Springs has approval of nightly rentals of homes with regulation AND adequate nearby support and emergency services. The County does not. Rent your vacation home in the City or in the County only where the property has been adequately vetted for compliance and safety with a Special Use Permit.

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Roy Powell 1 year, 7 months ago on Letter to the editor: Writer wants opinions

(The below statement was written to the Steamboat Pilot's 9/13/2015 editorial, which is in support of legalizing nightly rentals in the rural county called "The Sharing Economy.")

I cannot disagree more. (with the editorial) The County is not like the City in regulating and enforcing nightly rentals. The County has only two commercially zoned properties -- only two! Not currently an organization with a high degree of experience in regulating this activity. The special use permit process works well, however limited as it may be. It works well because it accounts for compatibility of the use relative to the property/neighborhood. Turing the entire County into a short term rental enterprise zone so as to better regulate an issue is overkill. I don't believe that the economic impact of such a move can be adequately understood either. The dramatic changes proposed here to family rural neighborhoods would include crime, density, property values, law enforcement, drunk driving and fire danger. It is not fair to criticize the character of nightly rental clients, however it is fair to say that their use and respect for property, the community and the environment is different and often incompatible with existing laws, neighborhood HOA rules and a single family home owners quiet enjoyment of their property. This cannot be regulated by "robust” rules and regulation but must involve a dramatic and expansive change in code and law enforcement. That's reality! I have dealt with the realities of illegal nightly rentals in our neighborhood. It is frightening! I cannot support a program that dramatically reduces my safely, quality of life and peace of mind in order to satisfy a county official's need to increase county regulation, staffing and law enforcement.

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Roy Powell 1 year, 7 months ago on Our view: Welcome to the 'Sharing Economy'

I cannot disagree more. The County is not like the City in regulating and enforcing nightly rentals. The County has only two commercially zoned properties -- only two! Not currently an organization with a high degree of experience in regulating this activity. The special use permit process works well, however limited as it may be. It works well because it accounts for compatibility of the use relative to the property/neighborhood. Turing the entire County into a short term rental enterprise zone so as to better regulate an issue is overkill. I don't believe that the economic impact of such a move can be adequately understood either. The dramatic changes proposed here to family rural neighborhoods would include crime, density, property values, law enforcement, drunk driving and fire danger. It is not fair to criticize the character of nightly rental clients, however it is fair to say that their use and respect for property, the community and the environment is different and often incompatible with existing laws, neighborhood HOA rules and a single family home owners quiet enjoyment of their property. This cannot be regulated by "robust” rules and regulation but must involve a dramatic and expansive change in code and law enforcement. That's reality! I have dealt with the realities of illegal nightly rentals in our neighborhood. It is frightening! I cannot support a program that dramatically reduces my safely, quality of life and peace of mind in order to satisfy a county official's need to increase county regulation, staffing and law enforcement.

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