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Our View editorials

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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Our view: Lessons on acceptance

May 23, 2017 — Steamboat Springs High School students and staff celebrated their differences and their similarities during the school's first-every Diversity Week May 15 to 19. The observance was kicked off with a school-wide assembly featuring a presentation by Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete […]

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Our view: The little town that could

May 20, 2017 — We were both pleased and proud to learn last week that our neighbor to the south, the tiny town of Oak Creek, was recently named by Colorado Parks and Wildlife as 2017's Northwest Region Partner of the Year. According to CPW's website, the town was […]

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Our view: CC4E’s recommendation to Steamboat school board makes sense

May 16, 2017 — After more than a year of studying the needs of the Steamboat Springs School District in the wake of a failed bond issue, the Community Committee for Education — CC4E — presented its formal recommendations to the school board last week. Our view: The option […]

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Our view: Telling might save a life

May 13, 2017 — A week ago, administrators at Steamboat Springs Middle School may have averted a tragedy. On May 7, school officials were notified that one of their students had "threatened harm and actions that may or may not have included harm to others," according to a letter […]

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Our view: Busy season ahead

May 9, 2017 — It was a case of déjà vu when we learned last week that Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter wanted to investigate the possibility of the city running its own building department in the wake of Routt County Building Department Director Ben Grush's announcement he […]

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Our view: Addressing a deadly dilemma

May 6, 2017 — According to traffic safety statistics released by the Colorado State Patrol, as of March 31, troopers had investigated 114 crashes that involved fatalities or injuries specifically linked to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a 6.5-percent increase over 2016 numbers for the same […]

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Our view: Highway roadblock ahead

May 2, 2017 — It's said that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Today, that old saw might aptly be repurposed to read, GOP lawmakers fiddle while Colorado's roads crumble. At issue: The Colorado State Senate's Finance Committee struck down a bipartisan bill that would have asked voters to approve […]

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Our view: Blending ski town cultures

April 29, 2017 — We were encouraged this month to read that the top two executives of Aspen Skiing Company went out of their way to send an indirect message to the Steamboat Springs community saying they value Steamboat's unique local character, just as they value the way the individual […]

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Our view: Now’s the time to connect

April 25, 2017 — Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill voiced his opinion during a recent council meeting that he'd like to see more trail connections on the west side of the city to give residents living there easier access to downtown via pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly trails. At […]

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Our view: Exploring collaborative solutions

April 22, 2017 — Sometimes, viable solutions to vexing problems come to light when loosely related issues are considered in tandem. At issue The high cost and limited supply of workforce housing continues to pose a vexing problem for Steamboat Springs' longterm economic health Two such issues currently face […]

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Our view: Worth the wait

April 18, 2017 — The Community Committee for Education — CC4E — made a formal presentation to the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board last week outlining the four options the advisory group has determined offer the best options for Steamboat Springs School District's future facilities improvement needs. At […]

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Our view: Time will tell

April 15, 2017 — The community of Steamboat Springs has grown accustomed through the years to changes in the ownership of Steamboat Ski Resort. And, by definition, ownership changes are both unsettling and healthy at the same time.  As we anticipate the closing in early fall of the sale […]

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