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Yampa Valley Housing Authority eyeing city’s urban center, mountain area for location of next project

December 8, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A five-acre plot of land in west Steamboat that has been pitched to local governments in the past for future growth is back on the market for $1 million. But after the latest sales pitch to Routt County about the Klein property

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Plan to salvage Yampa River Queen emerges

December 8, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Fans of the Yampa River Queen are planning to pitch an idea next week to salvage the iconic playground and renovate it as a new shade structure and picnic area at its current location instead of replacing it with something different. "There's

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Routt County Treasurer’s office leaders criticized in ‘unprecedented’ memo

December 7, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Three Routt County officials recently sent a memo to the county's human resources department detailing several concerns they had about the work environment and top management at the county treasurer's office. The memo, which outlined the observations of Yampa Valley Regional Airport

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Core Trail extensions? Tube tax? Steamboat seeks input on new plan for city’s parks and rec amenities

December 6, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new master plan the city of Steamboat Springs is starting to draft could someday have significant impacts on park users ranging from tubers to softball players to joggers and cyclists on the Yampa River Core Trail. The $150,000 plan will outline

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Steamboat City Council narrowly approves barn restoration plan

December 5, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The iconic Arnold barn will soon move to a more prominent location and shine under lights at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted 4-3 to use taxpayer dollars to help pay for the nearly

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Friction between Routt County treasurer, commissioners results in taxpayers paying higher costs for outside legal counsel

December 5, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A poor working relationship between Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and the county commissioners and their attorney is forcing county taxpayers to pay a premium for an outside law firm retained by the treasurer’s office. Horn recently hired Denver-based attorneys at a

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Steamboat City Council to decide Tuesday whether to restore a nearly 90-year-old barn

December 4, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After surviving several harsh winters and a recent legal battle over its upkeep, an iconic barn at the base of Steamboat Ski Area will face perhaps its final trial Tuesday when the city's elected officials decide whether or not to pay for

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New auto repair shop opens in west Steamboat

December 2, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Christopher "Bear" Cotton's quest to start up his own automotive shop in Steamboat Springs started several years ago with a 1965 Ford Mustang. "I had to have one as my first car," he said. So when his parents found him a $2,500

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City of Steamboat wants to know what community thinks Howelsen Hill should look like 23 years from now

December 1, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — City officials are visiting classrooms and holding open house meetings at local bars and hangouts to try and get the community's pulse on what Steamboat's historic downtown ski hill should look like in 23 years. But while the city gathers ideas for

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New study will help city of Steamboat determine what kinds of trails to build to attract more tourists

November 30, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs plans to spend up to $20,000 to find out what kind of economic impact the several miles of new hiking and mountain bike trails being built around town are having on the city. Upcoming interviews with trail

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Expect more delays in west Steamboat as crews put finishing touches on paving project

November 29, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Construction crews in west Steamboat Springs are taking advantage of the sunny, warm weather to put the finishing touches on the major roadwork near the Elk River Road intersection. But the latest push means drivers should expect to see some more delays

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West Steamboat annexation talks delayed until March

November 29, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs residents will have to wait until the spring, and perhaps even longer, to find out whether their elected officials will endorse an annexation that would bring more than 400 new homes to the west side of the city. Brynn Grey

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Apply for your chance to test drive a city bus and go on patrol with Steamboat police during 4th City 101 program

November 28, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — My aim with a police-issued pistol wasn't very good, and I don’t think I was very good at designing hypothetical new sidewalks on Pine Grove Road. But I was brave enough to enter what has to be the foulest smelling room in

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Routt County proposed budget includes snowplowing improvements, $5M airport project

November 27, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It will be safer and easier to travel in north Routt County when the snow flies if the county's 2018 budget proposal gets approved this month as presented. The $60 million spending plan heading to the county commissioners includes an additional equipment

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Steamboat Ski Area employees expected to have $255 a month housing option this winter despite legal hiccup

November 24, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When Steamboat Ski Area housing manager Alison Brodie talks about her tenants at the Ponds, she often refers to them as the kids. Brodie sees the housing complex as a community, not just a collection of buildings. "The kids are happy with

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Steamboat Parks and Rec commission agrees to revisit Yampa River Queen decision as petition to save playground nets 1K signatures

November 24, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — More than 1,000 people have now signed an online petition asking the city to spare the Yampa River Queen playground in Steamboat Springs. The iconic playground built to resemble a steamboat also now has a date with destiny at 5:30 p.m. Dec.

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Free ski days at Howelsen Hill scheduled to start Dec. 17

November 22, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Howelsen Hill will kick off its 102nd ski season Saturday morning with very limited terrain and no Nordic trails. But the real fun at the city's historic ski hill is expected to start in just a few weeks on Dec. 17. That's

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New Thai restaurant coming to spice things up at base of Steamboat Ski Area

November 22, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A planned restaurant shuffle at the base of Steamboat Ski Area will replace a Chinese restaurant with a new Thai restaurant run by owners who have several years of experience operating other Thai places in Colorado and beyond. Ekawat and Duangrat Sunti

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Former Steamboat City Council President accused of trying to intimidate a fellow council member from speaking out on housing project

November 21, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs City Councilwoman Heather Sloop said Tuesday former Council President Walter Magill sent her an intimidating email while he was still serving that Sloop thinks was meant to prevent her from speaking out against a housing proposal Magill has a financial

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Steamboat’s oldest downtown bar and restaurant listed for sale for $1

November 21, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs' oldest downtown bar and restaurant is listed for sale at the same price a plate of huevos rancheros used to cost there back in 1974. The one-dollar price tag for Cantina does come with a few caveats though. Cantina’s new

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