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Brent Boyer

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City of Steamboat Springs April sales tax collections down slightly

April’s modest decline in overall sales tax revenues came in spite of this year’s early Easter holiday, which in turn had a significant impact on tourist numbers for the final two weeks of the 2012-13 ski season.

Hundreds of Rotarians gathering in Steamboat for annual conference

Steamboat Springs is playing host to more than 400 Rotarians this weekend as part of the Rotary District 5440 Conference.

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Steamboat's Laurel Street Preschool closes its doors suddenly Wednesday, leaving families in a bind

The school's board of directors made the decision during an emergency meeting Monday and just days after a state inspection report detailed numerous violations.

Investigation into 2011 skier death at Howelsen Hill failed to contact key witness

Just three weeks after her 19-year-old son’s death on the slopes of Howelsen Hill, Maureen Ryan pleaded by phone and by email for the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s lead detective on the investigation to call another skier who had found himself in the area near the Alpine Slide on that same snowy March 17, 2011, evening. But Ryan’s pleas went unanswered.

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Hayden’s Whittney Lighthizer designs winning ski safety poster

The Hayden Valley Elementary School fourth-grader won a 2013-14 season ski pass and $50 in cash for her poster reminding skiers and riders about the importance of staying in control.

Steamboat Pilot & Today collects 50 Colorado Press Association awards at annual contest

The Steamboat Pilot & Today collected 50 awards during Saturday’s Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest banquet, highlighted by the 2012 Advertising Innovation award.

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Scott Stanford named Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year

Steamboat Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford was named the 2012 Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year on Saturday. The honor is the highest bestowed upon a newspaper professional by the Colorado Press Association.

Weeklong athletic performance seminars feature elite athletes, trainers

Steamboat's Forever Fit hopes four free community seminars will provide wealth of knowledge to weekend warriors as well as the parents of youth athletes.

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Winter Carnival 2013: Museum pays unique tribute to legend

Carl Howelsen may be the father of ski jumping in Steamboat Springs and the founder of its Winter Carnival, but he was renowned as The Flying Norseman long before he happened upon Northwest Colorado.

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Winter Carnival 2013: History, one button at a time

The tradition is not quite as old as Winter Carnival itself, but what better exemplifies the down-home pageantry and annual coming together of community like the small, round buttons unique to each year’s midwinter celebration?

Steamboat Springs' December sales tax revenues fall by more than 6 percent

Despite the drop-off, 2012 tax revenues are poised to top 2011 revenues by about 1 percent, and the city is expected to beat its revenue budget by about 8 percent.

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Powerful storm to exit Steamboat by Thursday afternoon but not before dumping as much as 2 1/2 feet at ski area

As much as 16 inches of snow is expected in town by Thursday evening with almost double that total possible for Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat lodging occupancy to be up slightly this weekend before dipping next week

There will be a 10 percent increase in the number of overnight guests staying in Steamboat on Saturday. The Mountain Travel Research Program predicts increased occupancy for the next two months at Western U.S. ski resorts when compared with 2012.

100th Winter Carnival begins to take shape

The centennial celebration of the uniquely Steamboat event will feature a mix of old and new. Winter Carnival buttons are on sale now and provide admission to almost all carnival events.

10 of 49 Steamboat Springs businesses fail state alcohol compliance check

The undercover operation was conducted Friday and Saturday by the Colorado Department of Revenue. Local police said the 80 percent compliance rate isn't good enough.

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson headed back to space

The 1979 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School is scheduled for a six-month stay at the International Space Station beginning in March 2014.

120-acre donation provides public land connectivity in California Park

Private landowners gave the property to the U.S. Forest Service at the end of 2012. Forest Service officials say they'll now be able to more effectively manage wildlife species such as native cutthrout trout that live in some of the streams in California Park.

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VNA's new Community Health Center offers affordable primary health care options for the uninsured, underinsured

There was little fanfare Jan. 2 when the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association opened the doors to its new Community Health Center in Steamboat Springs — but perhaps there should have been.

Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher finishes 10th in Nordic combined World Cup in France

Fletcher had the top overall cross-country time, which propelled him from 34th place after the jumping portion to 10th place overall. He was the top U.S. finisher on the day.

After busy holiday season, Steamboat Springs to see weekend lull in overnight visitors

The number of guests who stayed in Steamboat lodging properties during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period represented a four-year high, but activity is expected to dip this weekend before stabilizing in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

Colorado House Dems plan to introduce bills to improve economy

New House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst told the Steamboat Today on Thursday that tackling economic issues is her party's top priority for the upcoming legislative session.

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1st-time Steamboat Springs parents welcome Routt County's 1st baby of 2013

The clock hardly had stopped ringing in the new year Tuesday morning when Ann Reese finally broke down and called her doctor.

Steamboat Springs sales tax collections dip in November

Collections fell by 1.7 percent compared with November 2011, though 2012 year-to-date revenue remains on track to exceed 2011 collections.

Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today moves to tabloid format Jan. 6

The Dec. 30 edition is the final Pilot & Today in the traditional broadsheet format. For a limited time, the Pilot & Today is offering a free three-month trial for new subscribers to have the Sunday newspaper delivered to their homes each weekend.

Former Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall arrested on suspicion of DUI

Wall was booked into Routt County Jail on Thursday afternoon after his arrest by the Colorado State Patrol.

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Ski season flights begin to ramp up at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Steamboat Ski Area opened for the season Nov. 21, but it’s several dates throughout the next week that signal the real start to winter for many in Steamboat Springs, particularly those employees and businesses that rely on winter tourism.

Steamboat Springs lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush gets committee assignments

The freshman lawmaker will serve on the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee at the Capitol in Denver.

Steamboat Springs sales tax revenue inches up in October

There was 2.1 percent growth in sales tax revenue compared with October 2011. Year to date, the city is 2.1 percent up on 2011.

Council to consider budget, public safety campus

Pro Cycling Challenge sponsorship also among agenda items facing Steamboat’s governing body Tuesday

The 2013 city budget, a city manager search process, hosting and sponsoring a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and providing direction on where to potentially construct a new police and fire station are among the topics to be tackled by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.

Election Guide 2012: Amendment 65 takes on campaign finance

Amendment 65, one of three statewide ballot questions to be decided by Colorado voters this fall, seeks to strike down the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by instructing state lawmakers and Colorado’s congressional delegation to push for and support campaign finance reform at the federal level.

Local candidates to attend Pilot & Today's Wednesday gathering

The newspaper's Coffee and a Newspaper gathering will provide opportunity for an informal meet and greet with local candidates. All are welcome to stop by between 7 and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Donor's generosity could help propel Steamboat Sk8 Church through 2013

A live auction Sunday featuring hundreds of collectible items will be used to help Sk8 Church pay its rent for the next year.

After slow start to year, number of Routt County building permits picks up dramatically

Building permits for new construction in Steamboat Springs and Routt County were issued at a snail's pace through the first six months of the year, and a recent uptick is typical in the summer.

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Steamboat's Nancy Spillane to take over troubled Denver school

Spillane, who last year retired from Lowell Whiteman Primary School, will help Paddington Station Preschool as it struggles with child porn charges against a longtime teacher.

City of Steamboat hires veteran to lead Public Works department

Chief Master Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Anderson will replace Philo Shelton, who resigned in early June. Anderson's first day is Aug. 15.

Brent Boyer: It's a 2-way street

I'm no stranger to the longstanding conflicts between cyclists and motorists here in Routt County, but it really hit home one day last week.

Friday's rainstorm sets new mark for Steamboat

Rain sets record, brings headaches

The powerful monsoon storm that swept through Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon and evening was one for the record books.

Hot air balloon regulations different in Steamboat, Routt County

Steamboat's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo has been grounded, but that doesn’t mean the skies will be devoid of the floating aircraft — within city limits, that is.

Little rain goes a long way for Steamboat

Most years, the dark clouds that pushed over Steamboat Springs late Thursday afternoon would pose a menacing sight. But this isn’t most years, so those clouds and the rain they potentially held were a welcome sign for most residents here.

Water rules in Steamboat are likely to last

As Steamboat Springs nears the one-week mark since mandatory water restrictions were put in place, officials say it’s still too soon to determine what impact they’re having. But expect the restrictions to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Fire enforcement to ramp up for holiday in Steamboat

The cancellation of Wednesday's fireworks display at Howelsen Hill might allay the fears of local fire officials, but it’s not eliminating them.

Illinois man hurt when motorcycle hits elk near Rabbit Ears Pass

The man and his female passenger were thrown from the motorcycle after the crash. The man was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, where he is listed in serious condition.

Steamboat bus schedule, traffic patterns tweaked for July Fourth

Steamboat Springs residents are used to navigating detours around Lincoln Avenue, but Wednesday's July Fourth holiday schedules will include a new twist for motorists making their way through downtown during the festivities.

Much-needed rain Monday night nearly equals June total

The 0.11 inches that fell on the city represents the most in a single day since May 24. Isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast for much of the week.

Steamboat's May sales tax numbers up from 2011

Total collections increased by more than 6 percent from last year. Year-to-date sales tax revenues are now about 1 percent above 2011 through the first five months of the year.

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Steamboat man injured while cliff jumping

The man took a leap at King Solomon Falls in extreme northern Routt County. It took rescuers 7 1/2 hours to reach him and lift him to an awaiting helicopter.

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Locals 2012: Dave Terranova

Dave Terranova and his wife, Jodi, once dreamed of going back to school to earn degrees in veterinary science. But with a couple of kids and a mortgage, a return to campus wasn’t an option. So they did the next best thing: They bought a pet supply store.

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Steamboat enacts mandatory water restrictions, effective immediately

Citing extreme drought, low flows in the Yampa River and discharges from Fish Creek Reservoir now exceeding inflows, mandatory water restrictions have been put in place for all of Steamboat Springs.

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Locals 2012: Tracy Barnett

Whether picking up tire-flattened soda cans and other trash from Lincoln Avenue or waking up with a start at 3 a.m. with an idea to improve the downtown business district, Tracy Barnett can’t shake free from her devotion to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

More of the same for Steamboat Springs today: hot and dry

A daytime high in the low 90s means another red flag warning is in place for Routt County. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms is expected to bring little to no rain.