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Economist Scott Ford plans run for Steamboat Springs City Council

Ford on Monday became the first non-incumbent to file for the race.

By the Numbers: Routt County’s census and economic migration

At its simplest level, economic analysis counts bucks (the dollars) and bodies (the people associated with those dollars). One of the most interesting data sets released to the public annually combines both.

By the Numbers: Routt County is a county that works

The labor force participation rate in our county was very close to 80 percent in 2011. If we look at a more narrow definition of labor force, ages 16 to 64, the participation rate is very close to 90 percent.

By the Numbers: Comparing Alpine skiing to mountain biking

The National Sporting Goods Association released last month its 2013 Sports Participation Study. Here, I compare and contrast the participants involved in Alpine skiing and mountain biking, two recreational activities with relatively high profiles in Steamboat Springs.

By the Numbers: Getting to work, Steamboat style

Counting only light trucks and passenger vehicles, there are almost 23,000 registered vehicles in Routt County. This translates to about 1.2 vehicles for everyone age 16 and older.

By the Numbers: Value of comparability

The planning departments of the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County are conducting a series of joint meetings to discuss the various options available as the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan is updated. Although there are many aspects of the plan being discussed, one thing we know is that we are about to wade into a host of housing issues.

By the Numbers: The Yampa Valley's high school graduates

By the time this weekend comes to a close, about 400 local students will have graduated from the Yampa Valley’s four public high schools. What these students do next and whether they are prepared for it are questions that occupy the minds of their parents and teachers.

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