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Russell Frinks: Stop the noise

As my wise old father says to me before imparting unsolicited advice, “This falls into the category of for whatever it’s worth.” I have been a “local” resident of Steamboat for nearly six years. Like many, I fell in love with the Yampa Valley on vacation and found myself returning as often as possible until I could figure out a way to make a living here and afford the lifestyle. The best I could come up with in my line of work was to start a business based in Denver and make the reverse commute as needed.

I look forward to the day I can hire locally and keep more of our hard-earned money in town. Similar to those that preceded us, we were attracted here by all the outdoor activities at our door step, the small-town cultural values that we hopefully will instill in our young daughter, and the relative peace and quiet of a mountain town. The first two have not been a disappointment if you exclude the seasonal rudeness of our welcomed tourists that think we’re all here to serve their needs. Yes, I’m talking about Triple Crown.

I say let them put the squeeze on another small town and let the Chamber go back to work attracting a better variety of summer activities. It’s never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket, but that’s a letter for another day. I’m writing you because the third leaves me frustrated daily with the ever present noise pollution in the name of “progress.”

I live on Fish Creek Falls Road by choice, which is a major artery for heavy construction trucks that are too socially conscious to disturb those in The Sanctuary. Honestly, if I didn’t know better, I’d think they where taking down the mountain one loud, rumbling load of rocks at a time. If I’m not mistaken, this is a neighborhood with some level of expectation for quiet.

Joanne Palmer is right that “there ought to be a law.” Unfortunately, there is no solace downtown or at the base of the mountain. Have you tried conversing with the person walking next to you down the vanishing sidewalks of Lincoln Avenue lately? I hope merchants and locals aren’t counting on a highly profitable ski season – I know I wouldn’t make the effort to get away from it all to vacation in the middle of it all.

Yes, I do appreciate the outside investment that will make the ‘Boat a better place to live when the dust and boulders settle. My question is, for whom? The answer may be the Realtors, developers and contractors for the foreseeable future – those who seem to control the future direction of this community. As a local taxpayer, I feel I should have the ability to voice my opinion – maybe not as much as the ranchers and homesteaders. But, that’s also assuming you can hear me over the rising noise pollution. I realize that minor quality-of-life issues pale in comparison to the real life issues of the day, but if there’s another way to look at this constant noise problem, I’m all ears. Of course, we’ll have to meet in The Sanctuary so I can hear what you have to say.

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Russell Frinks

Steamboat Springs