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Our view: Council needs to act now

January 15, 2019 — The Steamboat Springs City Council has been discussing the West Steamboat Neighborhoods project for over two years, and just when we thought an annexation decision was going to be made, council found a reason to delay action once again. City Council was stymied by an

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Our view: Seize each day

January 8, 2019 — The life of a community mirrors the lives of the people who live there. We experience tragedies and triumphs, and when we're at our very best, we come together to celebrate the good times and support each other through the bad times. On Sunday, Steamboat

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Our View: City wise to seek input on fire funding options

January 2, 2019 — As the new year begins, residents of Steamboat Springs who are looking for a way to contribute have the opportunity to serve on an advisory committee that is being formed by Steamboat Springs City Council to help the city decide how best to fund fire

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Our view: Marijuana rules should be revised

December 18, 2018 — Steamboat Springs City Council's decision to revisit restrictions on retail marijuana sales in the city is a move we support. Currently, city ordinance limits the number of retail pot shops to three, and buffer zones, which mandate how close marijuana businesses can be located to

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Our View: Giving Town, USA

December 10, 2018 — Steamboat Springs may be adding "Giving Town, USA" to its list of nicknames after GoFundMe announced last week that Steamboat was first on the fundraising platform's rankings of most generous cities in the U.S. The top ranking was based on donations per capita from donors

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Our view: Transforming Steamboat’s alleyways

December 4, 2018 — Anyone who spends time in downtown Steamboat Springs has probably navigated through some of its alleyways. Oftentimes, these passageways are cluttered with dumpsters, trash cans and empty wooden palettes, but there are a few bright spots — a sunset over Rabbit Ears Pass on the

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Our view: Help school district find ‘common ground’

November 27, 2018 — The Steamboat Springs School District has been holding a series of "Common Ground" community forums to gather public input on building solutions to accommodate increasing enrollment and over-capacity schools, and the last one is scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Soda

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Our view: It’s time to ban plastic bags in Steamboat

November 20, 2018 — A request to ban single-use plastic bags and place a 10-cent fee on paper bags was brought before the Steamboat Springs City Council last week by three members of the Teen Council. The trio spoke eloquently, and their presentation was backed up by a standing

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Our view: Lessons learned from the 2018 election

November 13, 2018 — The midterms are over, and voters everywhere are recovering from election fatigue. With Election Day more than seven days behind us, we thought we'd use this week's Our View to share some of the lessons we gleaned from this year's election in Routt County. With

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Our View: ‘The wolves of hate’

November 6, 2018 — More than 150 Steamboat Springs community members, from various faith backgrounds, gathered in solidarity Friday night to honor the 11 people who were gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27. The special service was hosted by Har Mishpacha,

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Our View: Vote today

October 30, 2018 — Martin Luther King said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter," and voting is a fundamental way to make sure our voices are heard, especially amidst the din of divisive political rhetoric. American democracy is rooted in the

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Our View: Unintended consequences of Gallagher must be fixed

October 23, 2018 — The Gallagher Amendment, adopted by voters in 1982, continues to have far-reaching, unintended consequences, now forcing taxing districts, especially those in rural Colorado, to seek voter approval for workaround initiatives all of which appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. West Routt, Oak Creek, Yampa and

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3 ‘no’ votes, 2 ‘yes’ votes on 5 statewide ballot issues

October 17, 2018 — With a multi-page ballot this fall, featuring 10 statewide ballot issues, the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board is using today's Our View space to offer our positions on five of those measures — Amendments Y and Z, Amendment 73, Amendment 74 and Proposition 112.

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Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 110, ‘no’ on Prop. 109

October 9, 2018 — With the gap between the list of state transportation projects and available funding widening to almost $10 billion, it's no surprise that two state transportation initiatives have landed on the November ballot. Propositions 109 and 110 both propose to fix the Colorado's transportation problems, but

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Our view: Downtown businesses should fund the BID

October 2, 2018 — This November, business owners are being asked to fund the Steamboat Springs downtown business improvement district, known as BID. Those who own property or operate a business in the downtown district are eligible to vote on a proposed 2.22 mill levy. In addition, businesses on

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Our View: Vote ‘yes’ on 2A

September 25, 2018 — Steamboat Springs voters will be deciding on a 0.20 percent sales tax for air service this fall, and we hope the measure flies. The tax, if approved, will fund the airline program, which we believe has been a success and is the envy of other

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Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on 2B

September 18, 2018 — Since voters first approved the half-cent sales tax for public education in 1993, more than $61 million has gone to support public schools in Steamboat Springs and Routt County. That funding has helped elevate the Steamboat school system into one of Colorado’s best. In 2009,

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Our view: Council needs to get specific

September 11, 2018 — Editor’s note: This story has been updated as the Steamboat Springs City Council has placed the funding offset discussion on it’s Oct. 9 and 16 meeting agendas.  The Steamboat Springs City Council is currently discussing a fire district inclusion election, which would be decided in

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Our view: Howelsen agreement worth the wait

September 4, 2018 — After two years of negotiations, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have reached an agreement on how the two entities will work together to operate Howelsen Hill Ski Area. It took considerable time for this agreement to be ironed

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Our view: City wise to pursue hikers-only trail

August 28, 2018 — Spring Creek Trail is one of Steamboat Springs' most popular trails. It's an easy hike close to downtown that is accessible to visitors, a place where locals go to run and walk their dogs and a trail that provides mountain bikers with access to Buffalo

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