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Brandon Gee

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Regional annexations face hard times

18 months after Pilot series, projects are struggling

Much has changed since April 2008, when the Steamboat Pilot & Today's three-part series, "City Limits," examined annexations in other Colorado communities and how they related to Steamboat Springs' consideration of Steamboat 700.

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City addresses 'urban chickens' ordinance

Proposal would allow up to 5 hens in single-family zones

An ordinance in the early stages of review would allow as many as five chicken hens to be kept at homes within city limits in single-family zone districts. The ordinance has not been reviewed by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission or City Council but probably will be this fall.

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URA members evaluate financing

Ground-source snowmelt system ruled out for promenade

From the collapse of municipal bond insurers to an unwillingness to take on new debt in a volatile economy, the city's urban renewal authority has struggled since early last year to secure the money needed for planned projects. Now, the URA is faced with a better sort of problem: a bank offering two options for financing.

Planning Commission gives go-ahead for Ski Time Square

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously approved preliminary plans for the redevelopment of Ski Time Square on Thursday but reduced the developer's request for a 10-year vesting period.

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Local agencies brace for additional revenue shortfalls

Projected state budget cuts may mean less mental health services and a shortage of grant funding, but don't expect any reductions in snowplows or patrollers on state highways.

Commissioners up the ante on Song Mountain

The controversial Song Mountain development in Stagecoach - the largest proposed subdivision reviewed by the county in 35 years - received two preliminary approvals Tuesday, but county commissioners heaved a number of new requirements on the project.

Home radon levels high in Routt

Home radon levels are testing higher than expected in Routt County, and the local Extension Office is hoping a free clinic Thursday will help residents protect themselves from the danger.

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Businesses fear construction headaches

Lincoln Avenue work scheduled to begin Wednesday

Businesspeople from Twice as Nice Shoppe, F.M. Light & Sons, Mountain Traditions, Space Station and Rabbit Ears Motel turned out Monday for an open house introducing a concrete reconstruction of Steamboat Springs' busiest thoroughfare.

City, Triple Crown mull future

Down year brings focus to possible splitting of World Series

Triple Crown Sports has successfully weathered grasshopper outbreaks and wildfires, President Dave King said, but the sports tourism company couldn't beat a national recession.

Steamboat Springs council review dispensary ordinance issues

The Steamboat Springs City Council's discussion with the residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park dominated Tuesday's meeting, but it was far from the only issue of significance on the agenda.

Planning Commission reviewing Steamboat 700 annexation

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to make a recommendation on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation today, but the complexity of the project may necessitate an additional meeting before the issue is passed to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

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Kevin Bennett's comments stir controversy, rebuttals

Council candidate speaks out at Tuesday meeting

City Council candidate Kevin Bennett provided what was perhaps the most heated moment of an Tuesday night meeting between City Council and residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park.

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County Planning Commission to review gravel pit

Proposal would include contributions to Housing Authority

The Routt County Planning Commission today will review a pre-application for the proposed Steamboat Sand and Gravel Mine and a subsequent Land Preservation Subdivision. The proposal is for 147 acres.

South Routt shuttle project gets grant

CDOT awards $12K, requires matching funds from county

The trip from South Routt County to Steamboat Springs may become more convenient beginning in 2010 if Routt County commissioners can come up with $12,476.

White endorses Penry for governor

Polls show young legislator trailing fellow Republican McInnis

Moderate state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, has thrown his weight behind Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, in the race to win the Republican primary and take on Gov. Bill Ritter in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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City tells West Acres residents it will explore slowing road project

The West Acres Mobile Home Park were granted what City Council President Loui Antonucci described as a mere "stay of execution," a developer was left befuddled and council members still are stuck in the middle of a quandary with no comfortable answers in sight.

Rural Philanthropy Days returns Wednesday

Organizers hope event will help out struggling area nonprofits

At a time when demand is increasing but donations are faltering, local nonprofit organizations hope Steamboat Springs' hosting of Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days will lead to an influx of sorely needed cash.

Riverside residents allowed to self-maintain park

City officials have decided to step away from their scuffle with residents of the Riverside neighborhood in western Steamboat concerning a small piece of city-owned property.

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July city sales tax dips by $300,000

Year-to-date decline passes $2 million mark

Year-to-date decreases in the city of Steamboat Springs' sales tax revenues passed the $2 million mark in July, and City sales tax fell $314,762, or 18.2 percent, for the month of July compared with the same month last year.

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City Council to look at drafted pot dispensary ordinance

Meeting tonight will start at 5 p.m.; council also will meet with West Acres residents

Steamboat Springs City Council will take its first look today at an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 124 10 St.

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Deal would give city Steamboat Lake water storage rights

Steamboat attorney and regional water guru Tom Sharp has proposed a five-party water rights exchange that could prove to be a lower-cost alternative to solving some of the region's water priorities.

Steamboat 700 sustainability measures debated

The city of Steamboat Springs and the developers of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation have negotiated for months and reached agreement on many complex issues, including affordable housing and water.

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City officials decide teaching, tourism key to Haymaker contract

With their decision to negotiate a new golf professional contract at Haymaker Golf Course and part ways with pro Hank Franks, city officials hope to maximize the course's potential and revenues with an increased focus on special events, tourist rounds and teaching.

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City Council candidates gather for public forum Friday

Evidence is mounting that the biggest issue has been taken off the table in the most compelling race in the 2009 City Council election. Former City Council President Kevin Bennett has made his opposition to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation a cornerstone of his campaign against City Council President Pro Tem Cari Hermacinski.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission reviews Steamboat 700

Commissioners aim to make recommendation to council next week

Concerns continue to be addressed, but hesitancy continues to be expressed about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

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Landscape workshop stresses saving water

Sustainable landscapes conference held at Yampa River Botanic Park

Employing sustainable landscapes and efficient irrigation practices aren't just good for the environment; they can save homeowners a boatload of money and time. That was one of the messages conveyed at a sustainable landscapes workshop and garden tour Thursday at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Java & Jazz fundraiser for Partners is Sunday

Partners looks to raise money for new school-based mentor

Partners in Routt County's annual Java & Jazz fundraiser is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lake Catamount and will feature local coffee houses, roasters and baristas serving coffees, teas and specialty drinks.

City hires new fire chief

Lindroth was company officer with Poudre Fire Authority

The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday it has hired Ron Lindroth, company officer with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, as its new fire chief.

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Conservation plan encourages xeriscaping practices

Water-hogging landscaping is one of the biggest targets in a water conservation plan created by the city of Steamboat Springs and Mount Werner Water. Today, a workshop and garden tour will show people alternatives to using water on their yards.

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Steamboat 700 open house draws large crowd

Project gets opinions from passionate group

A large and diversly opinionated crowd turned out to the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Wednesday for an open house and town hall meeting to discuss the controversial and complex Steamboat 700 development project. Those who remain undecided used the event as an opportunity to learn more about the project.

700 debate gets emotional; council members express concerns

Public open house, town hall meeting to discuss project today

City Council's debate about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation turned suddenly emotional and more hesitant Tuesday on the eve of a public open house and town hall meeting to discuss the project.

City seeks a change of direction at Haymaker

Council to review 700's capital facilities plan

City officials have decided not to renew their contract with Haymaker Golf Course pro Hank Franks and will ask the Steamboat Springs City Council today for permission to negotiate a new deal with two local men.

Officials hope for large turnout at Steamboat 700 meeting

City officials hope for a large turnout Wednesday at an open house and town hall meeting designed to provide information about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

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Oak Creek focuses on more Labor Day events for all ages

Oak Creek produced wall-to-wall Labor Day weekend activities, but opinions were mixed around town as to whether the festivities drew enough people to bring a boost to the town's economy.

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Steamboat City Council trying to streamline spending

New community support framework to aid 10 percent cuts in 2010

There will be no shortage of drama when the Steamboat Springs City Council attempts to cut spending by 10 percent in 2010, but the governing body has taken steps to distance itself from one of the more emotionally charged aspects of the budget process.

Steamboat 700 talks made public

Negotiating team meetings opened

The city's once-private negotiating meetings with the Steamboat 700 development team were made public earlier this summer.

Some secondary housing units remain unregistered

Grace period for owners to document residences ends Sept. 30

Despite the waiving of fees and other efforts to get the owners of secondary units to register with the city of Steamboat Springs, officials think several of the small residences remain undocumented - and potentially unsafe.

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Space Station gas station opens Saturday

New operators embrace Space Age theme, local products

In reopening the Space Station gas station and convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs, Eric and Jodi Dorris are taking their cues from the sign out front. The red and white, Space Race-era sign is topped with a spherical "satellite" and is the most recognized feature of the property at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. The sign is about 50 years old, was prompted by the Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik in 1956 and has survived two remodelings of the property.

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Council candidate: Steamboat 700 questions unanswered

Local builder Ken Solomon is running for the Steamboat Springs City Council on a platform stressing fiscal responsibility, social and moral responsibility and making the best decisions for city residents - traits he thinks are lacking in the current governing body.

Work closes Pearl Lake trail

Route across dam temporarily off-limits while repairs are made

The trail over Pearl Lake Dam at Pearl Lake State Park will be closed beginning Wednesday and the lake will be lowered 10 feet while divers repair a leaky outlet gate. The closure will further limit use at the state park; its campground also is closed until May 2010 because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

Commissioners OK cut of Building Department position

In a meeting Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners reviewed an analysis of county departments' programs and how much money and personnel time is devoted to each. The exercise is intended to help the county develop its budget for next year.

YVHA presents annual report

Dedication of city funds necessary to carry out group's mission

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has no intention of closing its doors in the coming years, but the organization made no secret of its need for additional funding to carry out more meaningful work.

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City Council considers municipal ticket surcharge

Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the second and final reading of an ordinance instituting a $5 surcharge on parking violations and a $20 surcharge on all other violations at its meeting today.

Death sparks review of highway safety

City officials, residents to discuss U.S. 40 west of Steamboat

A state senator, a county commissioner and a Colorado Department of Transportation official will meet with concerned residents today to discuss a dangerous section of U.S. Highway 40 where a local woman died this summer.

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State parks take budget hit

Impacts on state areas smaller in Routt County; fee increases proposed

A $3 million cut to the state parks system is forcing officials to make difficult decisions about proposals such as fee increases, but Routt County thus far has been spared from the most drastic decreases in spending.

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Steamboat 700 effects on traffic weighed, debated

Traffic concerns are among the many issues being debated as the Steamboat Springs City Council nears an October vote on the multi-faceted Steamboat 700 project that is seeking annexation.

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Reagan calls for conservative resurrection

Freedom Conference participants criticize Republicans along with Democrats

In Friday's keynote address, Michael Reagan, former conservative talk radio show host and son of the late President Ronald Reagan, said the Republican Party has lost sight of its core principles and has found itself at a "life or death crossroads."

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Panelists: Politicians ignore Spanish-speaking voters at their peril

Hispanics' influence in politics will only continue to grow in coming years, and politicians ignore that voting bloc at their peril, two Spanish-language media executives said Friday.

Freedom Conference kicks off

Conservative heavyweights to speak at sold-out event today

Big names in conservatism have arrived in Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Institute's inaugural Freedom Conference, which begins today at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

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Riverside residents fight city to keep mowed field in neighborhood

A battle continues about a piece of the neighborhood's city-owned property that has been voluntarily maintained by the residents of Riverside neighborhood but that the city would like to see evolve more naturally.