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Q. & A. with David Long, South Routt School Board, District 4 candidate

South Routt School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Kristina Schalnus, South Routt School Board, District 5 candidate

South Routt School District candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Kelsi Edwards, South Routt School Board, District 5 candidate

South Routt School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Ronald 'Rod' Olinger, South Routt School Board, District 5 candidate

South Routt School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Brett Mason, South Routt School Board, District 7 candidate

South Routt School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Sean Veilleux, South Routt School Board, District 6 candidate

South Routt School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Kevin Lind, Hayden School Board, at-large candidate

Hayden School Board candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Lacey Ramos, Hayden School Board, at-large candidate

Hayden School Board members answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Tammie Delaney, Hayden School Board, at-large candidate

Hayden School Board members answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Greg Hermann, Hayden School District, at-large candidate

Hayden School District candidates answer five questions local voters want to know.

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Q. & A. with Anne Lowe, Steamboat Springs School Board at-large candidate

Steamboat Springs School Board members answer 10 questions local voters want to know.

First of two election forums held Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand

Community members looking to learn more information about candidates running for the Steamboat Springs School Board or City Council can do so during a two-part election forum kicking off Wednesday night.

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OSMRE releases Colowyo environmental assessment ahead of deadline

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has completed its environmental assessment of Colowyo Coal Mine and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact. Sometime this week, it will issue a mining plan recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior's Office.

Routt County clerk tests online system that sends voters updates on the status of their mail ballots

A new opt-in website would allow voters in the 2015 all-mail election to track their ballots with voice, text or e-mail updates

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Rising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gets warm welcome in Steamboat Springs

Carson signed books, posed for photos with fans and even fit in a game of pool before giving a speech at the Freedom Conference.

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13 community members file for Steamboat Springs City Council race

All four seats are now contested, and six candidates are vying for district 1.

Details of proposed mill levy override to run new Steamboat Springs school revealed

If a discussed ballot measure and mill levy override for a new high school and districtwide updates are approved by voters, the average homeowner could see school-related property taxes increase by $287 within a few years.

Routt County commissioners set to sign off on beer garden at the fair

Routt County Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay reminded the board that alcohol sales at the fair had been banned by the county commissioners in the early 1990s and then approved in 2010, but the only time a beer garden was actually offered was in 2012.

Property owners have until June 1 to appeal property tax valuations

A new link at the county assessor’s Web page allows property owners quick access to the comparable sales used by appraisers to value property from single family homes, to resort condominiums and commercial buildings.

School Board will consider billing city for past URA harm

The Steamboat Springs School Board Monday will consider whether to bill the city of Steamboat Springs for financial harm the district has suffered from the city’s tax increment financing mechanism used to fund the Base Area Reinvestment Plan.

US Senator-elect Cory Gardner visits Steamboat

During his first appearance in Steamboat Springs since the Nov. 4 election, U.S. Senator-elect Cory Gardner spoke about his road to candidacy and his plans for when in office.

Hermacinski is commissioner-elect after final ballot count

Cari Hermacinski is Routt County’s District 3 commissioner-elect after this week’s validation process for ambiguous ballot signatures affirmed her election night victory.

Replacement for Grand County judge sought

Grand County Judge Ben McClelland will be leaving office after Grand County voters ousted him, 3,222 to 2,841, during Tuesday’s election. This past summer, the 14th Judicial District Performance Commission recommended that the judge not be retained, and county voters followed their advice despite the fact that about two-thirds of judges recommended for non-retention are retained anyway.

Campaign spending was lopsided in most Routt County races heading into Election Day

The latest campaign finance reports filed by Routt County candidates reveal the biggest spenders heading into Election Day claimed victory in every race. But in the case of the Routt County Commissioner's race, the vote gap was a lot closer than the spending gap.

Final margin of Hermacinski/Ivancie Routt County commissioner race pending until next week

Cari Hermacinski outpolled incumbent Steve Ivancie by 89 votes out of 10,125 cast, but the presence of 107 ballots that had signatures that did not closely match the signatures on file for the voter has left a shred of doubt about the ultimate outcome.

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Voters swarm to election in Routt County

The 10,581 Routt County voters who took part in the 2014 election likely set a midterm record for participation.

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Hermacinski apparent winner over Ivancie by 89 votes of 10,125 cast

It’s unlikely, but Ivancie could gain about 30 votes when the final 121 ballots are tallied and come within .5 percent of Hermacinski’s vote total — the threshold for an automatic recount.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders narrowly reject proposal to fund BID with property tax

The defeat of the tax measure sends downtown business leaders back to the drawing board to try and figure out how to secure more revenue for upkeep and improvements in a downtown area that just two years ago was scrambling to find money to save flower baskets on Lincoln Avenue. It also casts doubt on whether the Steamboat Springs City Council will continue to consider a proposal from the city to use tax increment financing under an urban renewal authority to fund things like sidewalks and pedestrian lighting downtown.

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Democrat incumbent Mitsch Bush defeats McConnell in state house race

Colorado House District 26 incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush defeated challenger Chuck McConnell by a healthy margin Tuesday night.

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Election Day 2014 live updates

Live updates from the 2014 election, covering Routt County, state and national politics

Voters re-elect Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg

Voters again have decided they want to keep Rob Ryg as their Routt County coroner.

Voters extend mill levies for Hayden, South Routt

Voters within the Hayden and South Routt school districts turned out with overwhelming support to extend mill levy taxes in each district, according to preliminary results Tuesday night.

Millions poured into Colorado Senate, gubernatorial races

Colorado’s campaign season means lots of ballots in the mail and issues weighing on voters’ minds.

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Brita Horn wins Routt County treasurer's race with 52 percent of the vote

Republican Brita Horn was elected Routt County treasurer Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Nikki Knoebel by collecting 52.18 percent of the vote. Horn had 5,068 votes to Knoebel’s 4,713 votes.

Proponents of downtown tax are optimistic heading into Election Day

Sometime after 7 p.m. Tuesday, everyone will learn whether commercial property owners in the downtown BID will pay an extra property tax worth four mills that could be spent on things like wayfinding signage, trash and recycling collection and parking management.

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1st all-mail partisan election looks like a winner at the polls

Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner confirmed that as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday, 7,746 ballots, representing 50 percent of the eligible voters, had been cast.

State House candidates fed up with super PACs

Candidate Chuck McConnell said the charge that he backs a plan to drain tax dollars out of public schools in Routt and Eagle counties and send them to private schools in Denver is “ludicrous, but probably hurting me.” The claim was made in a super PAC mailer.

Tree Haus district seeks referendum to improve sewer line

A referendum on the local ballot next week will ask the residents of Steamboat's Tree Haus Metropolitan District to approve an increase in their mill levy to help pay off the cost of improving its sewer system.

Tina Kyprios, Kay Weinland and Catherine Carson: Exercise your right to vote

The 2014 General Election is a mail ballot election. Mail ballots were sent to all eligible voters to the address on their voter registration, beginning Oct. 14.

Abel Tapia: How a problem solver solves problems

Long before I was a state senator, before becoming a small-business owner but right after I had started my own family, I became a licensed professional engineer. I was motivated by the opportunity to better my wife and children, and I loved the opportunity to fix things and to solve complex problems. Along the way, I became inspired by the Engineer’s Code of Ethics.

Scott Tipton: Bringing common sense to DC

Throughout the past four years, it has been an honor representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. We have seen our economy marginally improve during the past four years, but as you know, we still have a long way to go.

Wayne Williams: Ensuring Colorado elections run fairly

My name is Wayne Williams, El Paso County clerk and recorder and candidate for Colorado Secretary of State. Seventeen years ago, I first served on the Canvass Board overseeing elections. I saw firsthand the importance of fair and accurate processes.

Joe Neguse: Empower citizens with right to vote

My name is Joe Neguse, and I am running for secretary of state for a very simple reason: I believe that the right to vote is sacred. My parents came to this country more than 30 years ago from a war torn country in East Africa.

Cory Gardner: Bring us together

Coloradans are independent thinkers who expect candidates for office to present a clear and positive vision for the future of our state.

Gaylon Kent: Accept the challenge

Friends, throughout history it has been common to ask, “If not us, who, and if not now, when?” That question resonates this election season.

Mark Udall: Collaboration delivered

Nearly six years ago, the people of Colorado sent me to the U.S. Senate on a promise to bring Colorado common sense to Washington. With the nation reeling from two wars in the Middle East and an economy hobbled by a financial crisis, we needed a change.

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Downtown Steamboat stakeholders still deciding whether tax proposal is worth the price

The fate of a proposed property tax increase in downtown Steamboat Springs rests in the hands of downtown business owners like Wendy Lyon.

Bob Beauprez: Colorado, we can do better

Opportunity that used to come here is passing us by. Good jobs that have supported our communities are being threatened, and some have left the state. We see economic numbers telling us that there’s pockets of good news, but in much of the state, families still are waiting for the recovery to show up at their kitchen table.

John Hickenlooper: Building on a strong foundation

Despite devastating fires and a historic flood — despite 13 federally declared disasters — we have not merely survived; overall, our state has thrived.

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Resources available to help voters make educated decisions on judges

Voters this election season will not find the names of James Garrecht and Shelley Hill on yard signs.

Voter information:

Voters guide:

Sample ballots:

2015 issues and candidates:

State ballot issue

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