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February 17, 2012
5:17 p.m. Police officers and deputies were called to a report of a suspicious-looking item in a yard in the 2400 block of Ski Trail Lane. Police officers investigated the item and determined it was a potato.
In full disclosure, I am probably a bit biased and maybe even a little protective here:
Mr. Kibler, your tone is just a bit condescending, at least it appears to be. Without knowing this young man, you made assumptions that were inaccurate. This young man is certainly not an entitled, 3rd generation trust fund transplant. Connor started his work career as early as 5th grade helping in a family business. He has held jobs with Mr. Diemer, at Johnny B. Goods, the local theatre, and is a level 3 USA Hockey official. He was a three sport athlete, increasingly rare in this era of "specialization", all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA and an ACT score of 32. He has countless volunteer experience coaching youth lacrosse and youth hockey, and has served on 5 mission trips with the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. I'd say his plate was pretty full. He matriculated at the University of New Mexico as a physics major while also playing lacrosse. Since then, he has decided his talents are better suited serving his country and community as a member of the United States Coast Guard. I would say his commitment to his community and his country are beyond reproach, and to think otherwise would be foolish.
O.k. that's off my chest. Papa bear has left.
What is interesting to me is that of the issues he addressed, most people seemed to have concentrated on the athletic fields. Is this because it is the last topic of his argument, or is it because he is "just a kid"? No one seems to have addressed his capacity statement where, while there is space in the high school, it's not where it needs to be. In my opinion, this is a major issue. As more students eventually file into the high school, do we need to start cutting fine arts programs, to utilize their space for core academics? History, English, and basic science classes are full, and the elective classes are where the excess capacity lies. If anyone can be clear on that it would be a current or relatively recent student.
So a >100% increase in "incidents" in 2 years is not concerning? The repeat offender defense cannot have much validity as there had to be repeat offenders from years prior to 2013?
Did anyone else catch the fact that the refrigerator was on the front porch?
It's too bad that this forum, like so many before it and so many after, has lost sight of a very important topic. This young lady, whom I have enormous respect for, has made a conscious decision to serve the citizens of the United States in one of the most selfless ways possible. And do it with integrity, pride, and a selflessness that cannot be measured. Perhaps one day placing herself in harms way to protect the land that offers us so much opportunity. The maturity, drive, commitment, and initiative that this cadet has shown, since a Freshman in High School, to achieve her goals proves that there are great leaders among us. Conservative, liberal, moderate, whatever your tilt is in this political game, please don't lose sight of the fact that we are still able to mentor, mold, and encourage our young people to help return this country to the greatness that it has the capability of. Only when we stop trying, do we lose.
Congratulations to a fantastic class of athletes graduating from SSHS this year. I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching, watching, cheering and mentoring many of these fine young adults through the years. As well as a number of other Steamboat athletes who will be participating at the club level or pursuing other interests.
Thank you to all of the coaches and administration as well, for your tireless work in often stressful circumstances to provide these students with the skills they need to compete at the next level.
Thank you as well to the community that supports these athletes with their gifts both monetarily as well as being in attendance at high school sporting events. These athletes love nothing more than to participate in front of a packed stadium or gymnasium.
Special thanks to the Steamboat Pilot and Today and it's staff of sports reporters and editors. There are many other newspapers in towns similar to Steamboat Springs that lacks the relationship that Sailors athletics has with our local paper. Kudos to you for having the ability to ensure that the public and our visitors are kept abreast of our athletes achievements.
SSHS athletics has become a well known resource for colleges to mine for student athletes that will be productive on the field/court, but more importantly excel in the classroom.
I look forward to following/cheering for the next great group of student athletes to rally behind at Gardner field or in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.
Steamboat Springs Booster Club
Inevitably these conversations come around to Teachers working harder, then they don't get paid enough and so on, and so on. We seem to lose sight of the fact that the education system we have is the engine that drives these student's cars. But the parents are the fuel that runs the engine. Without parents demanding the success of their children they are destined to fail
Not to mention that it is a tiered system with the tax going from 4.6% for all to 5% for income levels below $75,000 and 5.9% for those with an income above $75,000. Why is the income tax tiered? Rhetorical question really. I just don't see how the amendment is equitable.
Somebody tell my wife!
Keep the Current location and expand it over the existing parking lot with a 2nd story giving you the extra space you need and providing covered parking for the patrol cars. This keeps the presence downtown where the night life scene is, and still as central as needed to accommodate managements request for a centralized location. No land purchase and a much lower construction/remodel cost.
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