Retiring Routt County Environmental Health Director Zopf was 24 years old in 1977 when he spied a job opening in Steamboat that became his life's work.
Five years of hand-wringing came to a happy end Tuesday with the announcement that the greater sage grouse, an ancient ground bird native to sagebrush habitat throughout 11 Western states, would not be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to announce tomorrow whether or not the greater sage grouse should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
The city of Steamboat Springs is nearing completion of a community survey that will be used to generate a report that ranks Steamboat for its health, inclusiveness and prosperity.
With forest fire firefighting resources stretched thin across the country, three Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called up Wednesday to help with a fire in Montana.
Students at Steamboat Springs High School will be the first to pilot a new environmental literacy curriculum created by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
Fire is 100 percent contained
A 135-acre fire two miles west of Meeker called the Strawberry Fire burned 12 vehicles and four outbuildings along County Road 7 Thursday, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office.
A 135-acre fire in Meeker off County Road 7 Thursday burned 12 vehicles and four outbuildings, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The fire was located roughly 2.5 miles up from Highway 64, and it's now 50 percent contained. Meeker Fire Department is in charge of the fire.
All of the 34 fires started in Northwest Colorado by lightning over the weekend have been contained, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, on Thursday afternoon.
"This is a place that has been overlooked for far too long — it’s windshield country. People drive through it to get to somewhere else. But there is a 12-act drama in that country that really matters." – Luke Schafer, Conservation Colorado
Of the 20 wildland fires reported Sunday, only three remain uncontained, according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The largest is the 87 acre Long Fire about 25 miles northwest of Meeker. It started on state land burned onto Bureau of Land Management land.
Northwest Colorado firefighters are currently battling a blaze about 30 miles north of Craig.
Yampatika executive director and outgoing Steamboat Springs City Council member Sonja Macys has accepted a position with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
A grass fire was ignited northeast of U.S. Highway 40 and old East Victory Way in Craig late Tuesday morning, directly across the highway from the Wyman Living History Museum.
As rain passed through Routt County on Friday, the fire danger remained moderate, but U.S. Forest Service officials say conditions in the region are drying out.