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Monday Medical: Summer adventure safety
Monday Medical: Summer adventure safety

May 20, 2019

When you’re planning your outdoor adventures this summer, don’t forget to account for safety. For Dr. Nathan Anderson, an emergency medicine physician at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, the principles are similar to those used...


City Council FYI: Won’t you be my neighbor?
City Council FYI: Won’t you be my neighbor?

May 20, 2019

I’ve been reflecting a lot these past few months. I guess a long winter does that. What I’ve come back to time and time again is that we live in a community — one that...


Bill Martin: The greatest benefit for the most people
Bill Martin: The greatest benefit for the most people

May 20, 2019

Forty years ago in 1979, Steamboat Springs voted to eliminate all city property tax and institute an all-sales tax revenue source for the city. The thinking was our visitors would pay most of our bills....


Roger Ashton: Which road will we take?
Roger Ashton: Which road will we take?

May 19, 2019

The public vote on the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation squarely plops the residents in the city of Steamboat Springs at an important crossroad. Looking down the road in one direction, we’ll see a viable option...



Teresa Harrison: Silence is not golden
Teresa Harrison: Silence is not golden

May 18, 2019

On Wednesday, May 15, 13 Steamboat Springs High School students and three coaches piled into two white Suburbans that quietly drove out of the Steamboat High School parking lot headed for the Colorado State Track...



Scott Wedel: Facts dispute need for new school
Scott Wedel: Facts dispute need for new school

May 17, 2019

We are heading to the May 20 meeting without the school district presenting many relevant facts. Fact is that kindergarten-fifth grade enrollment peaked in 2015. Fact is the past seven years have had 14% fewer...



Dog’s Eye View: Traveling during hot summer days
Dog’s Eye View: Traveling during hot summer days

May 17, 2019

With summer here and days heating up, please remember to keep your dogs safe while traveling in your car. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it 100 times already.  Important information is worth repeating.   A...


Craig Henningfield: What would George Orwell think?
Craig Henningfield: What would George Orwell think?

May 16, 2019

“You have the right to believe what you want to believe … as long as what you believe agrees with what I believe.” That seems to be the up-and-coming standard in our complex world. Not...


Sarah Branson: Tipton should support CORE Act
Sarah Branson: Tipton should support CORE Act

May 16, 2019

I was pleased to read Congressman Scott Tipton’s op-ed about celebrating National Park Week. He wrote that he has been “especially proud to introduce and support these national park sites and other treasured lands.”  Thankfully,...



Debbie Routt: Plastic bag ban has unintended consequences
Debbie Routt: Plastic bag ban has unintended consequences

May 16, 2019

City Council’s decision to ban single-use plastic bags may be short-sighted. The January 2019 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management study by University of Sydney economist Rebecca Taylor determined the deleterious consequences of such bans:...





Letter: Annexation is right plan for community’s future
Letter: Annexation is right plan for community’s future

May 15, 2019

In June, we will make an important decision about our community’s future by voting on the annexation of 191 acres into Steamboat Springs for the creation of West Steamboat Neighborhoods, a neighborhood of 158 deed-restricted...