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Our View editorials

Our view: Steamboat needs to embrace tourism

August 15, 2017 — As summer begins to wind down in the Yampa Valley, the community discussion surrounding summer tourism is still simmering. A large number of letters to the editor on this topic have been published in the Steamboat Pilot & Today over the past several weeks with […]

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Our View: Big plans for Howelsen

August 8, 2017 — When City Manager Gary Suiter said he was "pumped up" about the latest conceptual plan for historic Howelsen Hill, we found ourselves sharing his enthusiasm. The thought of Howelsen becoming home to zip lines, a tubing hill and even a 200-seat restaurant with an outdoor […]

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Our view: To err is human, to explain is crucial

August 5, 2017 — We are all human beings, and as human beings, we occasionally make errors. Sometimes, our errors involve inconsequential trivialities and are barely even noticed; other times, they are larger and more impactful, and, as a result, everyone notices. But, large or small, noticed or otherwise, […]

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Our view: Old Town Hot Springs has always been Steamboat’s rec center

August 1, 2017 — Twice in this century well-intentioned citizen-led initiatives to build a grand new municipal recreation center in Steamboat Springs have been unsuccessful in gaining the financial support of the broader community. In spite of the documented desire for such amenities as indoor swimming pools and public […]

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Our View: Keep ‘Councilcare’

July 29, 2017 — During a budget retreat late last year, Steamboat Springs City Council members were met with a ticklish dilemma when, during budget discussions, they were told by City Attorney Dan Foote that the taxpayer-funded insurance benefit members receive — and have received since 1992 — was never […]

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Our View: Taking care of what we already have

July 29, 2017 — At its July 18 meeting, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted unanimously to direct Superintendent Brad Meeks and Finance Director Mark Rydberg to go forward with necessary steps to seek the district's voters' approval to borrow $12.9 million in the form of a seven-year bond […]

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Our view: Deja vu all over again

July 22, 2017 — Editor’s note: Editorial Board members Bob Weiss recused himself from the discussion on this issue. Last week's developments in the ongoing impasse between the Steamboat Springs City Council and Brynn Grey Partners — the real estate developer that wants to build some 450 new homes […]

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Tourism is Steamboat’s ‘bacon and eggs’

July 15, 2017 — Once, there was a small town in South Arkansas whose entire economy was based on a single industry, a paper mill that employed more than 1,000 workers directly and supported a large number of ancillary employers, as well. The mill paid its workers generous salaries […]

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Our view: Go with the flow on the Yampa

July 11, 2017 — Over the past week, which included the Fourth of July holiday, the Yampa River has overflowed with tubers enjoying the waterway that snakes through town. With tunes blaring and tubes connected together to create a floating party barge, there were times when the Yampa took […]

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Our view: BID will be worth the wait

July 4, 2017 — The city of Steamboat Springs has made a significant investment in downtown improvements as evidenced by the extensive work that has been completed on Yampa and Oak streets this summer, and we have no doubt downtown businesses have benefitted tremendously from the transformation. With this […]

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Our view: Taxing questions

July 1, 2017 — A recent community survey conducted by the city of Steamboat Springs indicates strong local support for the addition of a new "sin tax" to the sale of alcoholic beverages and marijuana to help support governmental operations. The survey also gauged residents' opinions about a number […]

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Our view: Taking care of our trails

June 27, 2017 — An endowment fund, which was created last year to help maintain area trails on public lands, is currently lacking grassroots support, and promoters of the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, which is held by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, are looking for ways to change that. […]

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Our view: Can you hear us now?

June 24, 2017 —   The news this week that Verizon and Routt County are collaborating on the placement of a new 60-foot cell tower on the county's road and bridge shop on the west side of Steamboat Springs is a welcome development for office workers, construction foremen, restaurant […]

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Our view: Here’s to our health

June 17, 2017 — For more than 60 years — beginning in 1950, with the completion and dedication of Routt County Memorial Hospital, the forerunner of Yampa Valley Medical Center —the Yampa Valley has enjoyed a level of medical care unprecedented in a community as small as ours, and […]

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Our view: Downtown Steamboat is looking spiffy

June 13, 2017 — If you haven't walked down Oak Street in Steamboat Springs lately, you're in for a treat. Improvements to the downtown street are progressing ahead of schedule with new sidewalks, stamp concrete bump-outs at key intersections, new lighting, undergrounded utilities and some new flowerbeds. After you […]

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Our view: Creating housing to conserve community

June 10, 2017 — The news that the board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority will explore taxpayers' enthusiasm this summer for approving a mill levy to build on the newfound momentum on the community housing front is one of the most encouraging signs we've seen in 15 years […]

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Our view: Will more parks in Steamboat go to the dogs?

June 6, 2017 — The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has endorsed a proposal to create three new off-leash dog areas in town, and we support that recommendation with one caveat. We think off-leash parks at Stehly Park in Old Town and Whistler Park on the south side […]

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Our view: It’s going to get better

June 3, 2017 — Summer in Northwest Colorado always seems to come as a mixed blessing. The days grow warmer, the snow begins to melt and the valley turns green and vibrant again. Skis and snowboards are traded in for bikes, boats and hiking boots, and the months that lie […]

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Our view: The battle against the opioid epidemic continues

May 30, 2017 — The opioid epidemic is real, and as the Steamboat Pilot & Today has reported and continues to report, it's hit Steamboat Springs and Routt County hard. One overdose death is too many, and from 2014 to 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Routt […]

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Our view: Hands off national monuments

May 27, 2017 — We were pleased this week with the news that Colorado U.S. Sen. Corey Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton had reached out to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking him not to make any changes in the status of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in […]

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