March 27, 20181min331

We were encouraged this week to hear from both Steamboat Springs City Council members and representatives of affordable housing developer Brynn Grey that their March 20 meeting, the first in 182 days, was both positive and productive. We say that because the clock is ticking on the goals laid out by the Community Housing Steering Committee in December 2016.

October 2, 20171min285

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, 20171min266

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.