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Looking Back: Commission authorized to plot orderly development

50 years ago

From the Thursday, Dec. 19, 1957, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

The town board on Friday night created a five-man planning commission to plot the future growth of Steamboat Springs. Working on the commission will be the mayor and one trustee as ex-officio members and three others appointed by the mayor.

Commissioners serve without salary, and the appointees can hold no other municipal office, though one may be a member of the zoning board or adjustments of appeals. The ex-officio officers will serve as long as they hold office, and the appointed members will at first serve a term of two, four or six years. After that, they will all serve six years.

The commission will have no dictatorial powers and will exist mainly to recommend action. For instance, it may suggest zoning but cannot pass zoning ordinances.

Garbage contract, plans to buy out community hall

The town board on Friday night assigned the Steamboat Springs garbage contract to J.B. Cross, Routt County rancher. The franchise includes a 10-year contract to haul all garbage from the town and complete control of dumping and the dump site.

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Other main items on the monthly agenda were the passing of the garbage and planning commission ordinances and discussion of the proposed purchase of the community hall.

Under his franchise, Cross is to receive help from the town and county in maintaining the road to the dump, which is near the city airport, but he will clear a narrow road with his Caterpillar in emergencies.

Cross will have the right to schedule hours for town trash collection, which he now does Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The board may cancel the franchise before his 10 years are up if he fails to do a good job.

The board also discussed the advantages of purchasing the community hall from the American Legion. The town now rents the building for $150 a month and the total expenses for it will probably run to $2,000 this year, Gates Gooding, town clerk, estimates.

Firecrackers help keep elk from molesting hay stacks

When Bud Hurd, local fish and game conservationist, ties a string of cherry bombs to a fence in the middle of winter, it isn’t because he’s mixed up about the time of the year.

The loud-popping fireworks, tied to a fuse so that they can go off every 30 minutes for six to eight hours, are very effective in scaring elk out of farmers’ hay stacks.

Driven from the mountains by the snow, the huge animals often earn and deserve a bad reputation for their nightly thievery. Fences, furnished by the Fish and Game Department, are another means of keeping them back. Hurd and his men also salt them back on the range and even herd them back, by plane or on snowshoes.

Two or three times a year, Hurd has to resort to controlled killing to keep the animals back. He then uses a high-powered rifle to shoot the leader and prevent him from bringing a dozen or more elk with him into the farmers’ crops.

Controlled killing is by no means an exciting sport for Hurd, for he dislikes having to kill animals. A year or two ago, in the middle of a blizzard, a farmer called about 2 a.m. and Hurd went out to shoot the leader.

He quartered it and dragged it, section by section, through the deep snow to his pickup truck. It was so cold, he explains, that he often had to plunge his hands into the warm blood to keep them from freezing. He didn’t get a single elk steak out of the bargain, either, for all such meat goes to the school lunch program or to charity.