The Steamboat Today Editorial Board, Author at Colorado Politics

October 2, 20171min1550

If there was any doubt that Routt County residents are increasingly committed to recycling, it was erased last week by the record 624 households whose members waited patiently in their cars on a rainy September day to take advantage of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual one-stop drop-off for various hard-to-recycle items. The effort relied upon 97 volunteers who gave up a weekend day to pull it off. And we were stunned at the news that 40,000 pounds of electronics and 5,075 pounds of paint and wood stain were among the recyclables collected. Did you know that you can unload your old skis (we know you're sentimentally attached to them) at the recycling drop-off? This year, 103 pairs were kept out of the landfill. Read more at Steamboat Today.

September 29, 20171min1730

We were immediately concerned last week when we learned there was no organized campaign committee working to promote the issues the Steamboat Springs School Board has placed on the Nov. 7 ballot. We think it's pretty risky for the school board to approach this election without having recruited a dedicated group of community members to promote the measures. Without taking an official position on the bond issue and mill levy questions, we don't think the community or the school board should assume the issues will pass without a concerted, focused effort. So we enter the election season worried that the school measures could be defeated, not on merit, but because a campaign to educate voters has not yet been launched. Read more at Steamboat Today.

September 25, 20171min1270

We are disappointed, on more than one level, that Steamboat Springs City Council decided against appealing Judge Shelley Hill's recent ruling reversing the city's approval of a 60-unit apartment building at 1125 Lincoln Ave. in the heart of the downtown commercial district.

September 13, 20171min1320

On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The new plan, announced by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, gives Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program.

President Obama instituted the program by executive order in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the United States with their families as children.

DACA has been controversial from the start, and it’s a politically charged topic that people from both sides of the issue feel passionately about. We are not going to weigh in on which president we think is right. In fact, we believe that creating policy by executive order is not the way our government should function. It’s Congress’s job to create laws and policy, and we’d like to see them find a way to work together and pass legislation that offers a better way for people to gain legal citizenship here.

Read more at Steamboat Today.