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Our view: Think hard before heading for backcountry

The Jan. 12 avalanche that injured Steamboat Springs Search and Rescue member Jay Bowman in Fish Creek Canyon reminds us that everyone who sets out for the backcountry in search of powder has an obligation to check avalanche conditions and understand the implications before they go. And once you go, use sound judgment, and be as self-reliant as possible.

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Our view: They're back

"We think it’s a great project to showcase Steamboat’s love for snow and it’s passion for the arts." — Editorial Board

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A push in the right direction

If city and county elected officials needed a push to take a fresh look at the area’s growing housing problem, County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski delivered that push — or maybe it was more of a shove — during a Jan. 17 meeting of the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Our view: The road twice plowed

"We’d like to see the county study traffic volumes on its roads and find a way to plow the busier roads at least twice on heavy snow days." — Editorial Board

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Our view: A bridge too far

The proposal to sell the undeveloped lot for $1.3 million arrives when there are more urgent questions to be answered by local governments about community priorities.

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Our view: Barn may get new lease on life

We were given reason to hope last week with the news that the Steamboat Ski Area has emerged as a potential caretaker of the historic Arnold Barn.

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Exploring an innovative solution

We were both intrigued and encouraged at the news of a recent proposal by a small groups of developers to create a 40-unit micro-apartment complex on a 2.79-acre parcel situated at Pine Grove Road and its abutment with Sundance Plaza.

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Our view: Open the door council

"If the Steamboat Springs City Council is making New Year’s resolutions for 2017, we hope a pledge to meet less often in executive session tops that list." — Editorial Board

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Our view: This little ski area needs more marketing

The success of the latest in a series of free ski days, hosted by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreational Services Department at Howelsen Hill Dec. 23, leads us to the conclusion that, without a doubt, there is demand for low-cost family Alpine skiing and snowboarding in the heart of downtown Steamboat.

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Our view: 500 new reasons to think twice

"In the final analysis, the ski area’s new policy isn’t about money; it’s about doing all that can be done to ensure the safety of residents and guests." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continuing its Christmas tradition of reprinting one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

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Our view: Seize the opportunity

"City Council wasted time and precious political capital quibbling over an amount as little as $10,000 that ultimately helps move a housing project forward when Steamboat’s housing shortage is reaching crisis levels." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Closing the housing gap

We all know that demand for housing here is outpacing supply. What that means is that we are in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens to undermine every sector of our economy.

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Our view: Protecting, serving the community

"Policing, by its very nature, is reactive, so it’s nice to see our local police department embrace opportunities to work toward collaborative solutions to community challenges." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Exodus suggests opportunity

On Nov. 22, Steamboat Springs Resort Association CEO Jim Clark, who had been at his post a little more than two years, tendered his resignation. This situation could be seen in two ways — as another setback or as an emergent opportunity.