Steamboat Pilot & Today: Steamboat stands for its public land
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - August 21, 2018 - Updated: August 21, 2018
The Steamboat Institute brought U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to town for the organization’s annual Freedom Conference on Friday, and citizens in the Steamboat Springs and Routt County area took advantage of his visit to gather in support of public lands.
The Stand For Our Land event, held Friday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, was more of a rally than a protest, and it attracted about 1,400 people. It was an opportunity for individuals to make their collective voices heard on an issue that is vitally important to Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
Zinke was not in attendance at the rally. He did grant Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Matt Stensland time for an interview Friday morning before heading out to the Silver Creek Fire, a wildfire burning in the Routt National Forest in Routt and Grand counties.