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Our view: A creative approach to West Lincoln Park

November 19, 2017 — Instead of spending $150,000 to rehabilitate the lightly used and unsafe playground structure known as the Yampa River Queen in West Lincoln Park, it is time to move forward to build an artistic park shelter in the midst of the mineral springs that set the

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Our view: Every vote counts

November 14, 2017 — If you've ever doubted that every vote counts, the Hayden School District bond issue ballot measure proves you wrong. In a rare occurrence, the vote on Referendum 3A was deadlocked at 427 to 427, and its fate rests on 11 ballots that were rejected by

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Our view: Reaching a tipping point

November 11, 2017 — Recent reporting on the scarcity of single-family homes in the city of Steamboat Springs priced in the $400,000 and $500,000 ranges suggest to us that the dream of working families building a single-family home here is fading, and the typical mountain resort town pattern of down-valley

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Our view: New face at the statehouse

November 7, 2017 — Colorado House District 26 is fortunate to have an emerging young leader in Dylan Roberts to fill out the balance of the legislative term that former State Rep Diane Mitsch Bush left in November to run for the U.S. Congress. Roberts was selected to fill the

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Our View: Vote ‘yes’ on 4B to support CMC

November 4, 2017 — The ballot question known as Referendum 4B was written to allow CMC administrators, going forward, to collect sufficient additional funds to offset annual hits they say their operating budget has been absorbing from the effects of an amendment to the Colorado Constitution known as the Gallagher

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Our view: Roll out the welcome mat

October 31, 2017 — Last week, Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter proposed to City Council that riders participating in this summer's Ride the Rockies be allowed to camp at Howelsen Hill as they pedal through the state and possibly stop in Steamboat overnight. The response from several council

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Our view: Consistent bus service matters

October 28, 2017 — We can empathize with the task Steamboat Springs government and City Council face in balancing the 2018 budget in the face of declining sales tax revenues. But, we would think that something the city has learned in the past few years is that cutting transit service,

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Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on Referendum 2B

October 24, 2017 — This fall, Steamboat Springs voters are being asked to decide whether or not city council members continue to receive medical and dental health insurance benefits in return for their public service. This issue is Referendum 2B on the ballot, and we think the decision whether

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Our view: Valley’s future in hands of Hayden voters?

October 21, 2017 — In many ways, the communities of Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig are one big community called the Yampa Valley. Our futures are bound together, with residents traveling back and forth along the U.S. Highway 40 corridor for employment, recreation, education and shopping. And that's why we think

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Our view: Vote ‘yea’ on 5A

October 17, 2017 — Steamboat Springs has been debating the issue of affordable housing for years now, and this fall, citizens have the opportunity to take some action when they consider Referendum 5A, which appears on the Nov. 7 ballot. The ballot measure, proposed by the Yampa Valley Housing

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Our view: Schools are among our most critical assets

October 15, 2017 — The success the Steamboat Springs School District has had in attracting and retaining top-notch teachers and staff is the primary reason our schools are ranked among the top 10 in Colorado. They are the human assets that help to rank our schools among our very

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Our view: $1 lift tickets are a distraction

October 11, 2017 — It came out of left field when Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill pitched the idea of $1 weekend lift tickets at Howelsen Hill during last week's budget retreat. The purpose of the cheap tickets, Magill said, would be to attract more skiers to

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Our View: Historic ballot questions

October 7, 2017 — In spite of a scarcity of contested candidate races, we believe the implications of the Nov. 7 election will prove to be of historic importance. And we urge Steamboat Today readers to attend the Oct. 11 Election Forum sponsored by the Routt County Democrats, Routt

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Our View: Lesson learned

October 3, 2017 — Soroco School District leaders learned a hard lesson last week when they discovered the ballot language they submitted for their November 2017 mill levy measure was incorrect. Specifically, the superintendent added a paragraph to the ballot language that miscalculated the financial impact the measure would

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Our view: Responsible recycling is societal obligation

September 30, 2017 — If there was any doubt that Routt County residents are increasingly committed to recycling, it was erased last week by the record 624 households whose members waited patiently in their cars on a rainy September day to take advantage of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual

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Our view: Lack of campaign worrisome

September 28, 2017 — We were immediately concerned last week when we learned there was no organized campaign committee working to promote the issues the Steamboat Springs School Board has placed on the Nov. 7 ballot. We think it's pretty risky for the school board to approach this election

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Our view: Don’t give up on downtown vision

September 23, 2017 — We are disappointed, on more than one level, that Steamboat Springs City Council decided against appealing Judge Shelley Hill's recent ruling reversing the city's approval of a 60-unit apartment building at 1125 Lincoln Ave. in the heart of the downtown commercial district. Now that the "case

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Our view: Smart traffic signals deserve green light

September 19, 2017 — When we looked at the city of Steamboat Springs' list of proposed capital improvement projects for 2018, one particular item rose to the top. As the council begins to ponder next year's spending plan, we hope they'll quickly allocate funds for "smarter" traffic signals, which

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Our view: Igloo no frozen treat

September 18, 2017 — We hope when Steamboat Springs City Council reconvenes Sept. 19, it re-thinks its informal Sept. 12 decision to go well over budget and award a building contract outside the formal bidding process to fast track the replacement of its aging childcare facility known colloquially as

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Our view: Congress must address immigration

September 12, 2017 — On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The new plan, announced by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, gives Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program. President Obama instituted

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