Election Guide 2014: Udall, Gardner face off; Libertarian hails from Steamboat

Mark Udall, Cory Gardner and Gaylon Kent are running for the United States Senate seat.

Election Guide 2014: Neal vs. Roman for State Board of Education

Marcia Neal is running against Henry Roman for the 3rd Congressional District seat on the State Board of Education.

Election Guide 2014: Soroco, Hayden school districts seek mill levy extensions

The Hayden and South Routt school districts are asking their residents to renew special property taxes that originally were approved four years ago but are scheduled to sunset for Hayden at the end of this year and for South Routt at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Election Guide 2014: Retention of judges

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to retain Judge Shelley A. Hill for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, and Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht.

Election Guide 2014: Amendment 68 ties horse racing to school funding

Amendment 68 proposes a change to the Colorado constitution to allow and tax limited gambling at horse racing tracks in three counties on the Front Range, with tax proceeds going directly to kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Election Guide 2014: Neguse, Williams square off for secretary of state

Joe Neguse is running against Wayne Williams for the secretary of state seat previously held by Scott Gessler.

Election Guide 2014: Former congresswoman takes on incumbent state treasurer

Incumbent Walker Stapleton is running against Betsy Markey for the state treasurer seat.

Election Guide 2014: Coffman, Quick face off in attorney general race

Cynthia Coffman is running against Don Quick for the attorney general seat.

Election Guide 2014: Amendment 67 seeks to define personhood in Colorado

Amendment 67 is a constitutional amendment that if approved by voters will provide a definition for a “person” and a “child” in the Colorado criminal code.

Election Guide 2014: Proposition 105 would require GMO labeling

Proposition 105 asks voters to approve a measure that would change Colorado law to require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be clearly labeled “Produced With Genetic Engineering” when sold in Colorado starting July 1, 2016.

Election Guide 2014: Proposition 104 would change schools’ open meeting law

Proposition 104 would require members of the board of education of a school district to conduct collective bargaining negotiations and employment contract discussions in public open meetings, rather than in closed sessions.

Nikki Knoebel: Community service

I am Nikki Knoebel, the mayor of Oak Creek, and I am running for Routt County treasurer and public trustee. I will bring strong financial skills and government expertise to this office.

Brita Horn: Stand with purpose

Transparent, diligent, fair, fiscally accountable and a servant leader. A good steward of your tax dollars and someone who compassionately cares for Routt County citizens. That is what you have had since November 2012 in the County Treasurer’s Office.

Steamboat Springs School Board makes collective bargaining meetings public

After a lengthy discussion with several public comments, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted to make collective bargaining meetings open to the public, regardless of the outcome of Proposition 104.

Darrel Levingston: Filling a unique role in the community

Many people are surprised to hear that I am running for the office of Routt County coroner because they have not seen any newspaper ads or yard signs and banners. The reason for this is that I have chosen not to accept any campaign contributions.

Rob Ryg: Experience to do the job well

After being in the office 18 years, I have developed a great working relationship with many in law enforcement and many first responders. I am a certified Colorado coroner, which means I have attended the required amount of autopsies and attended over 200 hours of death investigation training.

Annual election forum Tuesday at Steamboat Grand

An election forum hosted by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, the Routt County Democratic and Republican parties and the Steamboat Pilot & Today will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at The Steamboat Grand.

How to vote in the upcoming downtown BID tax election

Casting ballots in the upcoming downtown business improvement tax election will be a bit complicated for some commercial property owners and tenants.

Routt County ready for Colorado's 1st partisan mail ballot election

Voters who complete mail ballots may choose to drop them off in a secure, outdoor box located under the elevated walkway linking the old Routt County Courthouse with the annex.

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Candidate forum focuses on early childhood care

Candidates for Colorado House of Representatives, and Routt County commissioner, treasurer and coroner, as well as Sheriff Garrett Wiggins turned out for the First Impressions annual Candidates Forum Wednesday, fielding questions on the state of early childhood development.

Hayden Town Council candidates face no opposition

With no opposition, the Hayden Town Council races will not appear on the ballot this November.

Fundraising totals lopsided in local county commissioner and state House races

The latest campaign finance reports filed by local candidates running for treasurer, state representative and county commissioner reveal half of the candidates are raking in much more campaign cash than their opponents.

McConnell sweeps past Moloney in Republican state House primary with 60 percent of vote in Routt, Eagle counties

McConnell said Tuesday night he looks forward to debating state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush on gun control issues and educational standards initiatives like Common Core.

Routt County voters can drop off ballots until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their primary election ballots.

Routt County Clerk's and Recorder's Office open to voters Saturday

Thanks to a new state law, voters from outside Steamboat Springs may drop off completed primary ballots through the end of the business day Tuesday at the Oak Creek, Yampa and Hayden town halls as well as at the Clark Store in North Routt.

Primary date nears for Routt County voters

Voters planning to participate in primary elections need to have their ballots turned in by 7 p.m. June 24.

Routt County voters have until Friday to switch affiliation and get in on the action

Ballots for the June 24 primary election will be mailed out to all eligible voters in Routt County on June 2.

Republican primary set for Colorado House District 26

Routt County residents Dave Moloney and Chuck McConnell made the ballot during Friday’s district assembly in Denver.

Contests set for Routt County offices in November general election

The slate of major party candidates for Routt County office is set, with three contested general election races in November.

Darrel Levingston to challenge Rob Ryg for Routt County coroner

Darrel Levingston is once again challenging Rob Ryg for the office of Routt County coroner in November.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush seeks to reduce red tape for small businesses in Colorado

As a member of the house committee that oversees natural resource issues, state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, she’s interested in what the legislature can do to facilitate the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s task of developing a new long-term state water plan.

Colorado House District 26 could see Republican primary contest between Routt County residents

Chuck McConnell, who ran for House District 26 in 2012, has stated he will vie to be the GOP’s candidate in the 2014 race. Fellow Routt County Republican Dave Moloney also has declared his candidacy for H.D. 26

2 Routt County Republicans declare intent to run in 2014

Two Republicans from Routt County have set their sights on political office with Dave Moloney announcing his intention to run for state House District 26 and Cari Hermacinski filing an affidavit for her intent to run for Routt County Board of Commissioners District 3.

Hayden School Board race avoids recount

Two Hayden ballots that were not counted because there was something wrong with them, such as not being signed, will not affect the outcome of the Hayden School Board race nor will they trigger a recount.

2 uncounted ballots could trigger recount in Hayden School Board race

Uncounted ballots are not expected to change the outcome of Tuesday's Hayden School Board election, but it could trigger a recount.

Denomy wins Colorado Mountain College trustee seat

Incumbent Colorado Mountain College trustee Mary Ellen Denomy, of Parachute, won re-election Tuesday night, garnering about 61 percent of the votes cast across the six-county college district.

2 of 3 Hayden School Board seats decided

Two Hayden School Board incumbents have been re-elected, but outstanding votes could determine who wins the third open seat. A recount might also be necessary.

Unofficial results show narrow win for West Routt Fire Protection District

Based on the final, unofficial votes from Tuesday night, the West Routt Fire Protection District now will be on better financial footing after voters narrowly passed a tax increase.

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Election: Secession question voted down in Moffat County

Moffat County will not act to secede from Colorado. The voters came out against the measure, 55 to 45 percent. Eleven counties put the question on their ballot. The counties were split, and the exact number in favor was not available at time of press. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid introduced the idea of putting the secession question to voters in Moffat County. But, he said he wasn’t disappointed by the results.

Colorado passes tax on marijuana for schools, regulation

Those in favor of Proposition AA in Routt County reached 74 percent. Statewide, the tax was passed with nearly 65 percent of voters in favor with 71 percent of the vote counted.

Roger Good, Joseph Andrew elected to Steamboat Springs School Board

The two men said they look forward to helping a school district that already earns stellar academic ratings gain even higher marks.

Steamboat Springs School Board seats now at-large

Steamboat residents resoundingly passed Referendum 3A on Tuesday, making Steamboat Springs School Board seats all at-large.

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Tony Connell wins race for Steamboat Springs City Council

After winning with 59 percent of the vote Tuesday night, the local businessman won't have too much time to savor his victory before getting to work as a council member.

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40 percent of Routt County voters turn out in final 2 days of 2013 election

After the final ballots were counted Tuesday, 7,321 people cast ballots, representing 46 percent of eligible voters. Tuesday’s voter turnout represented 500 fewer voters than cast ballots in the last odd-year election in 2011, when record turnout of 7,826 voters cast ballots.

Morrison Creek water district mill levy defeated

Referendum 5A, which asked voters to approve a fixed 30 mill increase for the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, was voted down Tuesday.

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Steamboat Springs voters overwhelmingly support spending lodging tax on trails, Yampa promenade

With the approval of 71 percent of city voters, the 1 percent tax paid by lodging guests will be dedicated to local trail projects and a new promenade on Yampa Street for the next decade.

Colorado voters reject major education funding change

With 7,175 votes cast in Routt County, nearly 70 percent, or 5,009 voters, rejected Amendment 66. Statewide, the issue was losing almost 2-to-1, about 66 to 33 percent with 70 percent of the vote counted.

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2013 election results

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About one-third of ballots have been cast ahead of Election Day

The Routt County Clerk & Recorder's office had received about 5,300 valid ballots as of Monday evening, according to Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner.

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Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to drop off ballots

Voters how just have a few days to get their ballots in for the Nov. 5 election. Locally, voters are strongly encouraged to drop off their ballots at the courthouse instead of mail them in.

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County, school, city ballot issue

Steamboat Springs RE3 School District

Town of Hayden

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 1

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 2

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 3

Steamboat Springs City Council, at-large

Steamboat Springs School Board, at-large (3 seats open)

Steamboat Springs School Board, at-large, 2-year term

South Routt School Board, District 2

South Routt School Board, District 4

South Routt School Board, District 5

South Routt School Board, District 6

South Routt School Board, District 7

Hayden School Board, at-large (2 seats open)

Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, director, District 2