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Looking Back: County tax increase needed for government

50 years ago

From the Thursday, Oct. 31, 1957 issue of the Steamboat Pilot:

Routt County property owners face an increased tax bill next year.

The budget, as approved by the county commissioners, calls for a county levy of 8.94 mills on dollar of valuation as compared to 8.02 mills last year.

In addition, the county will collect 12 mills school tax to be distributed later to the schools. Last year, the tax collected by the county was only 4.50 mills. The higher tax is required by the school law enacted by the last general assembly.

‘Freaks Frolic’ to parade tonight for Halloween

Over 100 ghosts, goblins, witches and clowns will march tonight in the annual Congregational church “Freaks Frolic.”

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The Halloween parade, made up of primary children through high school students, will start at 6:45 p.m. at the Post Office, marching up Lincoln Avenue to Fifth Street. A hay rack will be provided for smaller children.

New TV conversion should bring improved reception

Walt Webber, the man who originally brought television to Steamboat, his son Ray, and Herb Rivers, an employee of Webber Electric, installed yesterday the first part of a new TV system which, from all reports, should bring a greatly improved picture to Steamboaters and set owners all across the upper valley.

The new radiating antenna that was raised 40 feet on one of the south towers will be combined with convert television from booster a new converter and amplifier to channel four and channel eleven.

Television improvement in Craig, where the same conversion process was completed, is reported to be 900 percent better, with clear pictures going into homes all across the town and also in outlying areas.

Mason includes drama, painting in activities

A small dark-haired girl in a trimly fitting Western shirt sits quietly at her desk as Community Players rehearse nightly for the play they will present Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Bill Mason, who is directing “Teahouse of the August Moon,” remains sitting, however, only until a word or gesture on stage strikes her attention as not being entirely “in character,” regardless of how small it is. She easily puts the cast into the “feeling of the scene” as she enacts the floor-thundering stride of Col. Purdy or switches to the timid, graceful movement of Lotus Blossom, the beautiful Geisha girl.

The riding habit Mrs. Mason wears often to play rehearsals usually means she was out during the day aiding a rancher in a cattle drive or training a horse for a private owner.

“When I can get Norma to help me drive cattle, I feel like the job is half over,” one rancher said in commenting about Mrs. Mason’s skilled horsemanship.

While horseback riding is one of Norma’s most relaxing outlets – she has been riding since age 12 – it is by no means her only one.

“That has always been my trouble, I guess,” she smiled, “too much diversification.”

Pilot opinion: Serious-minded editors

Recently, I attended a meeting of the National Editorial Association in Chicago. For three days, I heard weekly and small daily newspaper publishers and editors of the nation discuss their problems, their hopes and their ideals.

All in all, it was a pretty serious discussion for most of the time as it was a business meeting of the organization and not just a press junket.

Except for the Southern editors, I would say a great majority of those from the North, East and West were Republicans.

For the most part, they are more than slightly concerned about the way the nation is drifting. For the first time, there is open criticism of President Eisenhower for not living up to the rosy promises held for him. It is felt he has shown small concern for the small businessmen and rural communities of the nation. They do not think the country has been given proper leadership. They point out the growing squeeze on small business and the average citizen because inflation has not been checked. They do not believe tight money is curing this affliction.

Of course this is not a unanimous belief and there are many staunch Republicans who feel that we never had it better. Then there are those who have more of a liberal trend and there are quite a few who believe the path to better days is the old stand-pat Republican program as exemplified by the late Sen. Taft.

So there was a great mingling of opinion, but it was an interesting meeting with some great people. I would say everyone was devoted to the welfare of the nation and not looking on the national picture from any selfish interest, but there were certainly many facets of thought.

With the Southern editors it is entirely different. Most of them are bitter about the sending of federal troops into Arkansas. They believe it was a high-handed action that set back the cause of unity in the nation and the ultimate solving of the segregation problem. They believe any crisis could have been halted in a different manner. And back of it, many of them think, is a desire to gain the Negro vote in the large northern cities.

It certainly isn’t any united nation, so far as thinking is concerned, and it probably never will be. But the weekly editors and the small daily editors can do a lot of sound thinking on their own.