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.

Water forum panel believes Yampa River Basin has chance to do something different

Not that water hasn’t already been a major issue in the West, but Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, said, 2014 is the year of the Colorado water plan.

Nature Conservancy lands state grant for Yampa River bank improvements west of Steamboat Springs

A chronically eroded stream bank along the Yampa River where it flows through the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch east of Hayden will be restored and revegetated with the help of a $30,000 Wetlands Program Award from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Sage grouse public meetings for Craig, Walden rescheduled

Public meetings about the draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement for greater sage grouse in Northwest Colorado have been rescheduled.

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Community Recycling Drop-Off Day is Saturday in Steamboat Springs

On Saturday, Howelsen Hill will be the site of the fifth annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day from 9 a.m. to noon. The Yampa Valley Recycles group works under the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's umbrella to partner with a dozen sponsors to put on this event.

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. lift maintenance director helps city of Sterling restore sanitation

When Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Director of Lift Maintenance Kurt Castor received a phone call last week from his stepbrother saying people in the northeastern Colorado city of Sterling were forbidden to flush their toilets because the flooding South Platte River had inundated pumps that served the city’s wastewater treatment plant, he thought he might be able to help.

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Northwest Colorado pitches in to send relief to flood victims

The Steamboat Institute collected supplies Wednesday to assist communities on Colorado's Front Range that have been devastated by historic flooding.

SmartWool gives $10,000 to help with flood relief

The Steamboat Springs-based merino wool sock and apparel company has a design office in Boulder, where areas received 16.9 inches of rain in the five-day period of Sept. 8 to 12.