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Our view: Continue the conversation
Our view: Continue the conversation

July 23, 2019

Today marks the end of Steamboat Pilot & Today’s eight-week series on sexual assault, but we hope the reporting project’s conclusion does not mean the community will stop talking about this important topic. One of...


Our View: Proceed with caution
Our View: Proceed with caution

June 26, 2019

Steamboat school board members directed district leaders to proceed with a $79.5 million bond package that will include construction of a new preschool through eighth-grade school at Steamboat II plus upgrades to all of the...


Our view: What were you smokin’?
Our view: What were you smokin’?

June 11, 2019

Steamboat Springs City Council members voted on two ordinances pertaining to local marijuana businesses last Tuesday — one law establishes a merit-based application system for new marijuana licenses and the second requires existing dispensaries, as...




Our View: Jail program holds promise
Our View: Jail program holds promise

May 14, 2019

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a first-time program at the county jail that will provide addiction counseling to inmates. We think this program is necessary and aims to address  a problem — addiction —...


Our view: Key questions on annexation must be answered
Our view: Key questions on annexation must be answered

May 7, 2019

The long-running drama surrounding the proposed West Steamboat Neighborhoods continues to be of high interest locally. And for good reason — key questions about the project remain unanswered just weeks before special-election ballots will be...


Our View: Be bear aware
Our View: Be bear aware

April 23, 2019

It was sad to learn this week that a bear euthanized in Meeker for disturbing a farmer’s beehive had been relocated to that area from Steamboat Springs. The bear was the first bear in Colorado...


Our view: Listen, challenge, engage
Our view: Listen, challenge, engage

April 16, 2019

Steamboat Springs residents will now have the opportunity to vote June 18 on the annexation of 190 acres of land on the west side of town, which if approved will become home to West Steamboat...


Our View: Good deeds
Our View: Good deeds

April 9, 2019

As spring arrives in the Yampa Valley, it seems like the perfect time to stop and reflect on a string of stories Steamboat Pilot & Today has reported on in the last few weeks that...


Our View: Council should proceed with caution
Our View: Council should proceed with caution

April 2, 2019

Editor’s note: This editorial was updated at 6:30 p.m. April 2 to reflect when City Council will consider the ordinance. The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted last week to recommend that Steamboat Springs City Council...


Our View: Keep an open mind
Our View: Keep an open mind

March 26, 2019

The Steamboat Springs School District is poised to present voters with a bond issue to finance construction of a new school or schools in November to solve the district’s issues of current and projected overcapacity....


Our view: Vaccines work
Our view: Vaccines work

March 19, 2019

Debate over whether or not vaccines cause autism and whether or not parents should risk vaccinating their children has been going on for two decades, and as a result of more parents opting not to...


Our view: Council should focus on planning transparency
Our view: Council should focus on planning transparency

March 12, 2019

We believe there’s always opportunity to streamline government processes, but in the case of giving the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission more authority on planning decisions, we’d ask Steamboat Springs City Council to proceed cautiously. As...


Our view: Triple Crown agreement is a home run
Our view: Triple Crown agreement is a home run

March 5, 2019

Triple Crown has a somewhat contentious history in Steamboat Springs. For years, the community has had a love-hate relationship with the baseball organization that brings hundreds of families to town for tournaments in the summer....


Our View: A return to civility
Our View: A return to civility

February 26, 2019

Civility seems to be fading from our public discussions these days, and one of the places where social dialogue seems particularly harsh is in the realm of online commenting. It appears people feel more emboldened...


Our View: Grace under pressure
Our View: Grace under pressure

February 13, 2019

Despite a packed Centennial Hall and a petition signed by over 1,500 city residents, Steamboat Springs City Council members Robin Crossan, Scott Ford and Kathi Meyer stuck to their original decision and chose not to...


Our view: Costly conflict
Our view: Costly conflict

February 5, 2019

Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Jan. 25 that former Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn had racked up over $100,000 in attorney’s fees with a Front Range firm during her final year in office. The amount...


Our view: Lessons learned from the shutdown
Our view: Lessons learned from the shutdown

January 29, 2019

Government workers got a reprieve on the day they missed their second paycheck when congressional leaders and President Donald Trump reached a deal that temporarily halted the 35-day shutdown — the longest in the nation’s...


Our view: Play it smart in the backcountry
Our view: Play it smart in the backcountry

January 22, 2019

Steamboat Springs is a recreational paradise, and in the winter, the backcountry calls to people searching for untouched powder and new adventure. But, with that pursuit comes a responsibility to play smart. Over the past...