The Steamboat Today Editorial Board, Author at Colorado Politics

Routt County is well-served by Mind Springs Health in Steamboat Springs. And it's reassuring that Mind Springs broke ground in September 2017 on its new state-of-the-art West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction and a ribbon-cutting for the new facility was held last week. Yet, the local community very much needs private beds where people who are experiencing mental health issues – including people exhibiting suicidal tendencies — can be safe and secure.

If you've ever admired the majestic bronze elk in West Lincoln Park or pondered the red granite gates that rise above the Yampa River Core Trail during a morning run, you're experiencing some of the city of Steamboat Springs' public art collection. In total, there are about 75 pieces of public art in the city's inventory, and until recently, there was no plan in place or funding readily available to maintain that art.