It was an amazing turnout for the Democratic caucus. I don't have all the precinct numbers, but the previous highest number of attendees in precinct 17 was around 20 and there there were 72 citizens from precinct 17 at Soda Creek last night. It's good to see an engaged electorate!
My suggestion is a Clinton/Sanders ticket to unify the party and make sure that the energy carries through.
Posted 2 March 2016, 11:02 a.m.
I agree with the premise of this editorial, even if it does not pass the scrutiny of the fact checkers on this blog. The current primary / caucus system in Colorado and across the country does not serve our citizens well. Actually I would take it a step further and tell you that the existing process, driven by party insiders, is really a huge part of why our leadership is so dysfunctional.
First of all, even in general elections, Americans turn out in embarrassingly low numbers. When it comes to party primaries and caucuses you can assume that these elections are carried out by a small, vocal, and energized base on both sides. Is it really any wonder that there is no longer a middle ground in the US? We are represented in Washington by folks who truly embody the extremes of our political parties. There is no place for independent voices in our current system, indeed Independents are truly disenfranchised by the politics of modern America.
Second, it seems plain to many of us that both the Democrats and Republicans have lost the faith of the people, and have proven themselves quite incapable of actually serving anybody’s interests but their own. The remarkable rise of both Trump and Sanders demonstrates pretty clearly that the establishment dike is crumbling. I, for one, will welcome the flood when it comes.
And for all of you Constitutionalists… the current constructs of party politics in the US are not blessed by our most important founding document. We the people can break apart the insane system we have created and can create something better and more inclusive. It will require Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. It will take citizens who are willing to cast aside everything we think we know about our political system and are bold enough to start over.
Posted 28 February 2016, 8:01 p.m.
Anybody in a customer service industry can learn a ton from Bob! I brought my car to Bob for a terrible oil leak. He did all the diagnosis, researched the problem, and found it was an issue Subaru had issued a recall on. He advised me to come pick it up and bring it over to Cook's for the repair. I bet their team had a couple hours into figuring it out, but my bill was $6... for the oil they topped it off with.
Thank you for everything Bob and good luck! Everyone here is correct, you're truly one of a kind.
Posted 29 October 2015, 8:19 p.m.
Hello Council Members,I know that you all have considerable challenges ahead of you with this budget process. The issues and challenges at Howelsen Hill deserve your attention and your scrutiny. The budget for maintaining and operating Howelsen Hill is considerable… and the real ROI is hard to quantify, but please do not make the mistake of under-estimating the impact that this incredible venue has on our community.
The legend of Skiing in Steamboat was born with the hill that Carl Howelsen built. In all reality the epicenter of skiing in the United States is Steamboat Springs because it has trained more US Olympians than any place in the US, by far. It takes a village… and we’ve found it.
When you consider the true economic impacts that Howelsen Hill brings to our community it is hard to underestimate the financial harm that would be caused by allowing the jump venues to deteriorate. It is troubling to consider that inexpensive repairs years ago have now ballooned to these astronomical numbers, and I will take responsibility if those repairs should have been dealt with while I had a say in the matter.
When you consider the full scope of winter and summer activities at Howelsen, our quaint little downtown ski hill likely supports the livelihoods of just as many residents as many of our other top employers. So please consider the true need of these repairs in the context of the full impact that Howelsen has on this community and furthermore commit to setting dollars aside to invest in this facility each year so that we stay on top of the repairs and don’t find ourselves having to play catch up in the future.
Remember, before Steamboat was every town to everyone, we are first and foremost Ski Town USA!
Posted 6 October 2015, 7:40 a.m.
Great letter Kevin. Thanks for taking the time to pull these facts together.
Posted 22 September 2015, 7:50 a.m.
I will do just that. And thank you!
Posted 21 September 2015, 10:20 p.m.
What I don't know is if this also brought down 911 again. I hope that our folks at the County and the City are shaking the tree hard out there! The PUC and the Governor's office should be getting an earful!
Posted 21 September 2015, 10:34 a.m.
FYI...I just found out that CenturyLink had yet another outage over the weekend, though most folks would not have noticed. Inbound calling was down from Saturday night at about 11pm till about 11am Sunday morning. Go Alpine could not receive any calls in for just about 12 hours! This was not a result of the power outage, just a coincidence. Once again... we are seeing systemic problems CenturyLink that seem persistent and troubling.
Posted 21 September 2015, 9:42 a.m.
That is incorrect George. I know of hundreds, actually thousands of "local" phone numbers that are with carriers other than CenturyLink, and even if your carrier is CenturyLink there is a very real possibility that the calls are not actually hitting the PSTN in Steamboat. The exchanges, 870, 871, 875, 879 are traditionally Steamboat numbers, yes, but if the number is with Comcast, Verizon, Level3, Vonage or any other over the top provider, and even CenturyLink's CLEC division, then the call is hitting the PSTN outside of town, and it's carried as IP traffic from here to the carrier's co-location center.
By the way, how do you think cell phones work? In most cases there is fiber optic cable feeding cell towers. Up here it is often provisioned with bandwidth from CenturyLink. And yes, those cell carriers are pushing the calls to wherever they hit the PSTN using IP.
It is a very challenging landscape these days, and as a business owner and purveyor of these kinds of products, it is discouraging that we appear to be so vulnerable. This morning we had a power outage for about 45 minutes. I don't know how widespread it was, but I know that businesses that still had power could not get calls in! It makes me think something in CenturyLink's was affected by the power outage. Steamboat Medical Group could not get calls in for almost an hour, and they had power. So what the heck happened?
As a community we just need to recognize how important this infrastructure is to us, we need to tear down barriers that keep us from helping ourselves build better infrastructure, and we need to keep pushing for more and better!
Posted 20 September 2015, 4:18 p.m.
Ah but George, you miss my point. The thing is that "traditional" phone service is not what it was a decade ago. 15 years ago most calls from one place in Steamboat to another never left the Steamboat central office. Today, with the explosion of cell phone use, dynamic IP-based T1 services, VoIP, cable phone service, and over the top providers, my best educated guess is that 80 to 90% of calls from one destination in Steamboat to another require some hops out of town to be completed. VoIP is not an app, though it is the bane of my existence from time to time. Reality check... most calls you make each and every day involve VoIP at one end or both.
Posted 19 September 2015, 10:14 p.m.
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