Steamboat council president wants Trump to find peaceful resolution to North Korea standoff ahead of Olympics |

Steamboat council president wants Trump to find peaceful resolution to North Korea standoff ahead of Olympics

The Olympic torch blazes in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Joel Reichenberger

The city council president in Ski Town USA has an important message he wants to send President Donald Trump ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang: When it comes to handling the nuclear standoff with North Korea, don’t do anything that might destabilize the region and lead to the cancellation of the winter games in South Korea.

The Steamboat Springs City Council has never involved itself in military strategy before.

But Council President Walter Magill specifically wants to pass a resolution urging the president to peacefully resolve the standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

With the possibility of more than a dozen athletes from Steamboat Springs heading to the games in Pyeongchang in February, Magill thinks it would be good for Steamboat’s elected officials to weigh in and advocate peace in the region.

“There’s 36 million people in Seoul that are threatened by nuclear weapons, and that could really cancel the Olympics,” Magill said earlier this month at a council meeting. “It’s threatening out there.”

Other council members mostly reacted to Magill’s idea of a resolution with laughter, and it appeared at the meeting Magill, himself, might be joking.

But Magill said Friday he’s serious about wanting to send a message to Trump.

He plans to pursue the resolution next week.

“I’m gonna go for it,” he said. “It’s a little bit of marketing for Steamboat, so I’ll put it out there Tuesday night.”

“It’s easy for the Olympics to be postponed under the threat of nuclear war,” he added.

Magill first floated the idea of a resolution earlier this month, shortly after the news that North Korea had successfully test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Media outlets in the U.S. ran reports suggesting the type of missile that was tested had the potential to reach as far as Alaska or Hawaii.

Unlike some other cities around the nation, the Steamboat City Council has historically refrained from weighing in on national and global issues.

Magill said he thinks the council should make an exception on the North Korea issue due to the number of athletes the city sends to the winter Olympics, along with Steamboat’s Olympic heritage.

“It would certainly disappoint the American athletes, and we send a lot of athletes,” he said. “Hopefully, I can pass my resolution and go meet with Trump.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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