When snow gives way: No longer just powder

Give Colorado Mountain College instructor Cody Perry just a few hours of your time, and you’ll never look at snow the same. I know I don’t.

High-ranking federal officials confer with Northwest Colorado leaders on fate of pivotal sage grouse

There could be very real economic consequences for Northwest Colorado if the sage grouse is added to the formal list of endangered species in 2015.

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Wind slabs load up tender snowpack, trigger natural avalanches near Steamboat Lake, Flat Tops

“The Flat Tops avalanches were much larger than those north of Steamboat Lake. It’s a very dangerous place when the snow is as unstable as it was leading up to this cycle.”

New recycling fee in Steamboat Springs puts pressure on the Green Machine

A senior communications specialist for Waste Management says the new drop-off fee in Steamboat comes as recycling companies are examining every part of the business.

1 killed, 3 injured in avalanche near Vail

The avalanche struck about 11:35 a.m. in East Vail Chutes, said Jessie Mosher, an Eagle County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

West Routt property rights group aims for statewide influence in enabling energy exploration

Citizens Supporting Property Rights asserts there is a way to put in adequate protections for sage grouse while allowing for future oil and gas development.

Environmental artist Sonja Hinrichsen returns to the Yampa Valley in January

Sonja Hinrichsen and her volunteers will tackle the challenge of tramping into the snow the major tributaries of the Yampa River, representing the entire basin in a linear metaphor

Abundant early snow in Yampa Valley contributes to storage in Lake Powell

Record September 2013 rainfall in Steamboat Springs and in other mountain valleys could help boost runoff in the rivers when the snow begins to melt in the spring of 2014.

Avalanche danger remains considerable across Steamboat zone

Brisk winds across the Steamboat and Flat Tops area were expected to create shallow, easterly wind slabs, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, but the real danger in the backcountry remains slabs sitting on surface or deep hoar.

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Sage grouse debate on forefront of Colorado issues

Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.

Steamboat's Storm Peak could see 2 feet of snow

The automated forecast for Storm Peak at the top of the ski area expects between 15 and 23 inches to fall overnight and during the day Wednesday.

Colorado health official and Routt County representative to visit tire pile

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and a representative from Routt County plan to survey the site of a waste tire complaint in South Routt County.

Tire pile in Oak Creek Canyon elicits environmental complaints

A pile of tires along Colorado Highway 131 between Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs has elicited from a South Routt resident complaints that now are working their way back up to the state level.

More osprey nests pop up in Northwest Colorado

A small flock of osprey once again might call Moffat County home this spring. Dr. Allan Reishus and several volunteers successfully installed two additional artificial nests Nov. 12.

Avalanche forecasters watching recent wind slabs in Colorado mountains, including Buffalo Pass

The depth of the standing snow at the Tower measuring site currently stands at 34 inches, according to a remote snow measuring device operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.