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Chemical spill cleanup continues on Rabbit Ears Pass

It could take three weeks for a crew to excavate the area where 42,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals were spilled after a tanker truck rolled over Friday on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council earns Arbor Day award

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s ReTree program has earned the organization the Arbor Day Foundation’s Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.

Forest Service finalizing plans to tackle wildfire fuels reduction along Steamboat's wildland interface

In addition to wildfire fuels reduction, a major component of the U.S. Forest Service Steamboat Front plan involves cutting back mature mountain shrubs in a patchwork fashion to improve forage for deer and elk.

Avalanche info center is a state agency but relies on donations for 25% of annual budget

Northwest Colorado residents will have an opportunity to learn what makes the Avalanche Information Center run while kicking up their heels to the music of Missed the Boat Jan. 10 at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Routt County residents rally to support 7 Royal Hotel residents displaced by fire in Yampa

In the hotel just across the street from the smoldering remains of one of Yampa's most historic gathering places, Julie Williams' phone kept ringing and ringing.

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Royal Hotel in Yampa burns to the ground

Yampa's historic 109-year-old Royal Hotel caught fire late Saturday night and burned to the ground by Sunday morning. Firefighters still were on scene Sunday working to extinguish the blaze that may have been caused by a malfunctioning coal stoker.

Heavy snow on top of leftover Thanksgiving ice storm results in avalanche warning

There has been one confirmed report of a human-triggered avalanche close to Steamboat in the past seven days. The slide broke 14 inches deep and ran an estimated 200 feet.

Water quality in the Yampa River Watershed is good for now

The Upper Yampa River Watershed comprises 1,880 square miles from the river's headwaters in the Flat Tops to the confluence with Elkhead Creek.

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Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday

Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Backcountry skiers watching to see if sun can heal ice layer in mountains surrounding Steamboat

On Rabbit Ears Pass Thursday morning hardened clumps of snow in the trees warmed in the sun and began to fall from the branches of lodgepole pines to clatter noisily over the icy surface of the snowpack.

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Routt County recycling rate at 13 percent, consultant says

Routt County residents were given a glimpse of their report card when it comes to recycling, and some think there is room for improvement. During a public meeting Wednesday night at Colorado Mountain College, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council presented the results of a recycling study. During a public meeting Wednesday night at Colorado Mountain College, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council presented the results of a recycling study.

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Mid-valley homes featured on annual Green Building Tour

Standing next to a $6,000 bank of solar batteries in the mechanical room of a remote Routt County home, Tim McCarthy points out the connected monitoring system, explaining how the technology serves as the brains of the off-grid home.

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Environmentalist shares strategies for impacting climate change

One of the leading voices for stopping climate change was in Steamboat Springs last week and presented some shocking information about how global warming is on track to drastically change winter recreation.

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Stagecoach tailwaters receive face-lift

A popular fly-fishing stream at the tailwaters of Stagecoach Reservoir received the finishing touches of a complete restoration during the weekend as part of a project by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

More than 3,700 abandoned Routt County tires will fuel El Paso County cement plant

Funding of $17,000 from the Colorado Waste Tire Program is available to cleanup nearly 4,000 tires from four sites in Routt County including one in Oak Creek Canyon where an estimated 3,000 tires are being stored.

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