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Diane Miller: Endangered Species Act is threatened

September 19, 2018 — The Endangered Species Act is the result of legislation that passed with broad bipartisan support in 1973. It recognizes the "esthetic, ecological, educational, recreational, and scientific value of nature to our nation and its people." The provisions of this act are responsible for improving populations

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Dave Peregoy: We can do better

September 19, 2018 — In 2016, we elected a president, who to put it mildly, has not behaved like his predecessors. Every day seems to bring a new Twitter tirade or an attack on any media that does not paint him in a favorable light. His constant attacks on the

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Ted Carey: Thank you Steamboat for supporting free concerts

September 19, 2018 — Dear Steamboat Springs, Thank you for an awesome summer. Steamboat Free Summer Concerts is beyond grateful for the support we have received from you for the past 26 seasons and for the support we know you will show us in the summers to come. Thank

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David O’Neil and Melissa Sherburne: Brynn Grey offers compelling vision for locals neighborhood in Steamboat

September 17, 2018 — Steamboat Springs has a critical housing need. In a normal housing market, local jobs and incomes establish housing prices, supply and demand. In Steamboat, however, second homeowners and Airbnb/VRBO short-term renters have distorted the market, increasing demand, drying up supply and driving up prices. The

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Sarah Woodmansee: A penny earned, a dollar gone

September 17, 2018 — These statements from a pnews release of the Bureau of Land Management, published on Sept. 6, exemplify current policy aimed at monetizing the United States’ natural resources. “The BLM's policy is to promote oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set

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Cedar Beauregard: New bike trails are destroying elk habitat

September 17, 2018 — One man’s pot of gold is another man’s bucket of tar sands, and more importantly, the population of elks’ strip mine. As I visit my beloved elk country this fall bowhunting, I have come to a very sad realization. The new bike trail construction in

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Diane Brower: Brynn Grey proposal does not meet ‘spirit’ of West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan

September 17, 2018 — There’s more than a little bit of smoke and mirrors these days in City Council discussions on the proposed Brynn Grey West of Steamboat annexation and the topics of affordable housing, deed restrictions and the inclusionary zoning ordinance. I’m not sure if this is due

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Richard Levy: Trickle-down housing

September 13, 2018 — Steamboat Springs City Council is closing in on final agreements with Brynn Grey for their annexation of the West Steamboat Neighborhoods. One of the key components for the community to accept an annexation proposal is the quality and quantity of affordable housing. On Aug. 22,

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Paul Stettner: Council needs to address costs associated with proposed West Steamboat Neighborhood

September 13, 2018 — Steamboat Springs has been "discovered.” Housing has become more expensive than many of our local workers can afford. Affordable housing is needed. An undeveloped area adjacent to the west city boundary is where the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County agreed that growth would

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Steve Lewis: Property owners should vote ‘no’ on BID

September 12, 2018 — The Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District — BID — is trying again to create a commercial property tax in downtown Steamboat. Like the 2007 and 2015 BID tax attempts, this is for marketing, advocacy and the staff to oversee it. It has failed each time.

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Jack McEncroe: Sept. 11 column was inspiring

September 11, 2018 — Harriet, thank you for your wonderful reminder of what this day should mean to all Americans. It is not just the outrage, carnage and horror but rather, for a very short spell, all Americans came together as one. Ideologies, agendas and self-serving motives were set aside, and

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J.J. Kopf: Memories and love last forever

September 11, 2018 — It is hard to express our feelings for this wonderful person — Marc Sehler. We will not be able to see your smiling face but you will be in our hearts and minds forever. We have lost one of the finest people I have ever

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Harriet Freiberger: ‘Reflecting absence’ and remembering Sept. 11

September 10, 2018 — "Reflecting absence . . ." A 58-ton welded piece of steel and a battered concrete staircase speak what words fail to say. We bury what cannot be buried and touch that which cannot be touched. Monuments tell of lifetimes, satisfy the yearning that defines our

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Ann Ross: Good health requires individual commitment

September 6, 2018 — Most individuals cannot hang out in Steamboat Springs or live in a Blue Zone to find longevity with reasonably good health. I am a fortunate over-65 citizen who is age healthy, perhaps due to genes, food, exercise with no excessive use of tobacco or alcohol.   That

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Frank Powers: Data did not support exclusion of Blackmere as off-leash trail

September 6, 2018 — I attended the City Council meeting Tuesday attracted by the agenda item, "Steamboat Digs Dogs — one-year trial period for off-leash areas." The discussion around extending the trial period ultimately resulted in adoption of a resolution for a two-year extension of Steamboat's off-leash trial areas,

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Paul Bonnifield: Public land agencies crippled by Congress

September 4, 2018 — A few weeks past, the Steamboat Pilot & Today ran an article telling about the financial difficulty of the U.S. Forest Service at Vail. Their budget was so small and restricted they could not do the basic tasks or trail maintenance without begging for money

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John Spezia: Council needs to reconsider Brynn Grey annexation proposal

September 4, 2018 — What are deed restrictions? In general, they are qualifications and requirements for a home buyer or seller of a for-sale house. They target a specific population of local citizens in need of affordable housing in a community. Since we live in a popular tourist/skier destination

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Chris Rainwater: Enough is enough America

September 4, 2018 — I may have to make an appointment to see my physician for ever-worsening pain in my jaw resulting from so many jaw-dropping incidents of gross incivility and violence in American culture today. In the last few weeks, I've watched and/or read about incidents in our

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David Ihde: Global warming is old news

September 4, 2018 — In addressing the mass hysteria on climate change pushed by liberals like Brodie Farquhar, I would remind them, if they don’t already know, that climate change is as old as the universe itself, and global warming has been around since the last Ice Age, which

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Linda Delaney: Questions for Tipton

August 31, 2018 — Dear Rep. Scott Tipton, We hoped you would squeeze in an hour between your meeting with hospital executives and your fundraising event Thursday to meet with constituents here in Steamboat Springs but apparently you were too busy. Your staff are probably as tired of hearing

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