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Board of Education stalls on kindergarten mill levy decision

Steamboat Springs Board of Education members were unable to agree Monday on whether to pursue a mill levy override to fund free all-day kindergarten.

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School board weighs pros, cons of kindergarten mill levy

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education continues to weigh the pros and cons of asking voters in November to fund full-day kindergarten.

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Steamboat delegate to Democratic Convention inspired to work for change

“Democracy is messy, and progress is often slow, but it is worth it and it is important, and I will dedicate the rest of my life to public service." – Erin Biggs

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Steamboat woman on way to Democratic National Convention

Biggs remains loyal to Bernie

Democratic National Convention delegate Erin Biggs, of Steamboat Springs, interned for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy while in college.

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Swayed by remarks of Gold Star Mothers, Horn says she'll vote for Trump, 'Make America Safe Again'

"I fought all the fights that I was elected to by Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and everything you elected me to do.” — Brita Horn, delegate to Republican National Convention

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Colorado delegates among those who protested RNC rules

According to reports from the Associated Press, a group of delegates, some from Colorado, tried unsuccessfully to force a roll-call vote on the convention rules during the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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School board will reserve space on November 2016 ballot

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will reserve a space on this November’s ballot, but the group will hold another meeting before deciding what a ballot initiative might pay for.

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Seminars at Steamboat speaker addresses social, political schism

The opening moments of Monday’s first talk in the 2016 summer season of Seminars at Steamboat: Dialogues on Public Policy more closely resembled a stand-up comedy act than a public policy discussion, as political scientist and author Norman Ornstein unleashed a barrage of quips directed at politicians of both parties. But the initial levity stood in stark contrast to the serious nature of Ornstein’s topic, the growing political and social divide in the United States.

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Routt Republicans write their own script in U.S. Senate primary race

Routt County Republicans bucked the statewide trend in the primary election for U.S. Senate, favoring former Colorado State University football star and current insurance company owner Jack Graham over the winner, Darryl Glenn.

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Primary ballots total only 1,687 by mid-afternoon June 27

Unaffiliated voters are still able to participate by affiliating with one of the two major parties any time before and through election day at the Routt County Clerk’s Office, 522 Lincoln Ave.

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Tuesday's primary election heats up for Colorado U.S. Senate race

On Tuesday, registered Republicans in Northwest Colorado who have not already participated in early voting will have some decisions to make. Following is a brief overview of the primary races concluding on Tuesday and the candidates competing.

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June 28 primary features Republican senate nomination race, challenge to Tipton

No contested primary votes for Dems

Both Routt County Republicans and Democrats were frustrated the primary process in Colorado didn’t allow them to cast a vote for a presidential candidate in 2016.

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Republican senate, congressional races main attraction for June 28 primary election

Senate, congressional races are 'primary' attraction

In the case of Colorado’s 2016 primary election, there might be more motivation for a Routt County Democrat to change his or her affiliation to Republican than vice versa.

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Delegate to Democratic National Convention raising funds for trip

Fundraising for Philly trip

Steamboat Springs resident Erin Biggs, who will represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention, set for June 25 through 27 in Philadelphia, is asking for help with the $600 per night hotel expenses.

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Hayden community health fair Thursday

The Hayden Valley Elementary Health & Wellness Team is gathering the Hayden community for a health fair this Thursday, April 28.

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Oak Creek finalizes town board election results

The town of Oak Creek released final results from its regular municipal election, held April 5, which reflected no changes since the initial results were announced.

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Citing funding woes, unaffiliated candidate halts candidacy

Al White announced he would withdraw from the state senate race after determining he could not attract sufficient funding to support an effective campaign.

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Flip of a coin sends Routt County treasurer to Republican National convention

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn knew she had a better-than-average chance of becoming a delegate to the Republican National Convention. What she could not have known was that it would come down to a coin flip.

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Former state Senator Gail Schwartz, of Crested Butte, is seeking U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton's seat

Former two-time Colorado state senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte announced April 9 her candidacy for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

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Oak Creek voters elect town trustees

Oak Creek town administrator and clerk Mark Alice Page-Allen stressed the results reported Tuesday are unofficial, noting there remain four outstanding overseas ballots that may be returned through April 13 and could potentially change the outcome of the race.

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Oak Creek Town Board to hold election Tuesday

Incumbents William “Bill” Auer, Wendy Gustafson and Kelly McElfish are looking to hold their spots on the board, while challenger Daniel J. Gosnell hopes to earn his way in. The trustee positions are four-year terms, with elections being held every other year.

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Routt County motor vehicle office moves within the courthouse for remodeling

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner said that, beginning April 7, the motor vehicle office will operate from a temporary location in the Routt County Courthouse.

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Ted Cruz leading presidential campaign fundraising race in Steamboat Springs

According to records from the Federal Election Commission, Cruz has raised $8,805 from 37 donations in Steamboat Springs.

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Oak Creek gears up for municipal elections

Voting will take place at town hall in Oak Creek on April 5, with absentee ballots available from town administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen.

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Al White, former state tourism director jumps into Senate District 8 race

Al White wants to be your state senator (again)

Unaffiliated candidate for Colorado State Senate District 8, Al White, acknowledged Thursday that fundraising will be difficult without receiving funds directly from one of the two major parties, but said he thinks “the time is right” for his independent run for office.

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Dems see big caucus turnout; GOP hurt by lack of poll

Republicans hurt by lack of poll, local party official says

With Super Tuesday 2016 now a part of history, local leaders of both major political parties are saying precinct caucuses went smoothly, and turnout in Routt County was comparable to, or even better, than previous presidential election years.

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Sanders wins Routt County precinct caucus

Sen. Bernie Sanders handily won the Democratic precinct caucus in Routt County, gathering 406 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 230, according to Catherine Carson, chair of Routt County Democrats.

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Avon publisher running for Colorado House District 26 as Republican

Cacioppo publishes the monthly “Business Briefs” newspaper online and with 10,000 copies in print in Eagle County. The paper covers a mix of politics, business, entertainment news and restaurant reviews.

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GOP dumps presidential preference poll

Local Republican official doubts change will affect caucus turnout

A local GOP official said the executive committee's decision to nix the traditional presidential preference poll during Tuesday's precinct caucus is unlikely to adversely affect turnout.

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Local Democrats expecting large caucus turnout

Precinct caucuses for Routt County’s Democratic and Republican parties — the first in Colorado’s four-step process of selecting its respective parties’ nominees for president of the United States — are scheduled for Tuesday with sign-up beginning at 6:15 p.m.

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Bob Dapper files to oppose Tim Corrigan in commissioner race

Bob Dapper enters commissioner race

Bob Dapper of rural Steamboat Springs seeks Routt County Commissioner District 1 seat.

Front Range group spent $40,000 on Steamboat school board race last fall

Campaign finance reports submitted within the last month give some insight into who paid for local advertisements supporting and opposing candidates in November’s school board race in Steamboat Springs.

Melanie Sturm: Trump, Sanders and Rorschach elections

“All the great inspiring leaders and organizations … think, act and communicate the exact same way … opposite to everyone else,” Simon Sinek revealed in his famous TED talk. They “start with why they do what they do.” Consider how these transformational whys moved masses to Think Again

Hayden residents voting on marijuana grow operations

Town Clerk Sharon Johnson said more than 1,100 ballots were mailed to voters who live within town limits.

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Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger to run for fifth term in November

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger announced this week his intention to run for a fifth, four-year term.

Steamboat school board discusses next steps following bond failure

Current and newly elected Steamboat Springs School Board members Wednesday evening were able to reflect on failed Referendums 3A and 3B and consider next steps.

Hayden residents approve marijuana tax, will keep fluoride in water

Hayden residents have voted to tax wholesale sales of marijuana that is grown to be sold to retail stores.

Schalnus, Palyo hold on to retain seats on South Routt School Board

Tammie Delaney and Kevin Lind defeated Lacey Ramos and Greg Hermann to earn spots on Hayden School Board.

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Steamboat says 'no' to $92 million school bond, 79 percent opposed

$92M building proposal fails by 4-to-1 margin

Steamboat Springs voters were resolute in their opposition to the school district’s proposed $92 million bond measure Tuesday — with 79 percent voting against Referendum 3A.

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Crossan, Lacy, Sloop and Meyer win city council seats

Robin Crossan, Jason Lacy, Heather Sloop and Kathi Meyer won't have much time to relish their elections to the Steamboat Springs City Council before the hard work starts.

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Teachers support helps earn Dover, Huron seats on Steamboat Springs School Board

Michelle Dover and Margaret Huron, two school board candidates who earned a strong showing of support from the Steamboat Springs school employee union, soared to victory in Tuesday’s election, along with incumbent candidate Joey Andrew.

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Election Day 2015 live updates

Live updates from the 2015 election — covering the Steamboat Springs School District bond issue, school elections in Steamboat Springs, South Routt and Hayden, four contested Steamboat Springs City Council races and the local broadband referendums.

Latest campaign finance report shows jump in donations to anti-bond group

The latest campaign finance reports show a handful of local businesses as the latest supporters of the anti-bond Citizens for a Better Plan, reflecting the signs of support seen in the windows of some businesses.

Routt County voters taking their time casting ballots in 2015 election

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner reported at mid-afternoon Thursday that her office had received 3,600 completed ballots for the Nov. 3 election, representing about 23 percent of the total mailed out.

Human error in county clerk's office delays election ballots for North Routt's Precinct 1

Steamboat Springs postmaster Debbie Staffieri confirmed Wednesday that her staff will make certain that, once received, the ballots will go directly to the post office in Clark.

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Campaign spending lopsided in Steamboat Springs City Council races

Campaign finance reports filed with the city show what each candidate had raised and spent between Sept. 1 and Oct. 8 in the four city council races that drew 11 candidates.

Division emerges among candidates in Steamboat school board race

Union donations put spotlight on perceived political motives

The Steamboat Springs School District employee union’s decision to financially back two school board candidates and not endorse two others has put a spotlight on perceived political motives of the candidates and board president Roger Good.

Joseph “Joey” Andrew: Continuing hard work, commitment pledged

Growing up, one thing my parents always advocated was the importance of diversifying my skill set. Not only would it make me a well rounded adult, but in times of hardship, I could always return to a past skill for employment.

Michelle Dover: Candidate promises to protect public education

My name is Michelle Dover. I am a parent of a student in our excellent district, I work at Bud Werner Library and I am running for school board.

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2016 Election Guide

2016 issues and candidates:

State ballot issues:

  • Amendment 70: Raising Colorado’s minimum wage
  • Amendment 69: Statewide health care system
  • Proposition 106: Access to medical aid in dying

Local ballot issues:

  • Referendum 1A: Routt County asks voters to pre-approve pot excise tax
  • Referendum 3C: Steamboat Springs School District tax increase for full-day kindergarten
  • Referendum 3D: Hayden School District seeks money for school buses
  • Referendum 2A. 2B, 2C: Town of Hayden asks to increase taxes
  • Referendum 5A: Mill levy increase sought for South Routt Medical Center
  • Referendum 5B: Tree Haus residents consider debt hike to improve roads


U.S. House of Representatives

  • Scott R. Tipton
  • Gail Schwartz
  • Gaylon Kent

U.S. Senate

  • Darryl Glenn
  • Michael Bennet

State Senator - District 8

  • Randy Baumgardner
  • Emily Tracy

State Representative - District 26

  • Diane Mitsch Bush
  • Michael Cacioppo

County Commissioner - District 1

  • Tim Corrigan
  • Bob Dapper