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Routt National Forest goes under Stage 2 fire restrictions

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are expected to follow suit with the increased restrictions, which effectively ban all open sources of fire on public and private lands.

Dangerous fire conditions persist Monday throughout Routt County

Hot, dry weather and a chance for lightning combine to create conditions ripe for wildfires. A red flag warning is in effect through midnight.

Phippsburg may have to wait until Monday for safe water

Toilets can be used as soon as water pressure is back in Phippsburg homes and businesses, but drinking from the tap likely won't be ruled safe until Monday.

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Steamboat's mountain bike race series kicks off Wednesday

The city-run race series begins with the Howlin' Howelsen, a lengthy and winding climb up Emerald Mountain followed by a descent and finish in the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Brent Boyer: Look at who's back

We’ve published two Rob Douglas columns in the past month, and both elicited phone calls and emails from readers either thrilled or furious with his return to writing.

February sales tax figures skewed by extra leap year day

The city of Steamboat Springs released its final February sales tax receipts this week, but the year-over-year increase of 2.46 percent can be misleading given the leap year.

Seminars at Steamboat series rounds out lineup

The Seminars at Steamboat summertime lecture series has firmed up the speaker lineup for its 10th anniversary season.

John Bolton, Michelle Malkin commit to Steamboat conference

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin will headline this year’s Freedom Conference hosted by The Steamboat Institute.

Steamboat School Board member seeks leave of absence

Steamboat Springs School Board member Wayne Lemley said Wednesday afternoon that he plans to take a leave of absence while he attends to personal matters.

Data point to sustained economic recovery in Routt County

Several key indicators point to a continued, but slow, economic recovery for Routt County, with gross retail sales and unemployment numbers expected to improve during the second quarter.

Brent Boyer: Eliminating online anonymity

New policy will not allow anonymous comments on

The change is the culmination of years of discussion about our online forum and how best to create a vibrant place for readers to share opinions, debate issues and otherwise engage in the news.

Brent Boyer: What's in a name?

Few newspaper-related issues elicit as much passion from community members as our online comments, and it’s one we find ourselves revisiting often. And we’re doing it again.

Conservative Ann Coulter to speak in Steamboat

Conservative political pundit, bestselling author and nationally syndicated columnist Ann Coulter will be the featured speaker at a February event in Steamboat Springs.

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Donations fulfill Holiday Wishes for 1,089 Routt County residents

It was the generosity of a single “angel donor” as well as hundreds of others that is making a big difference for dozens of Routt County families this Christmas.

Routt County's labor force increases in November

Unemployment rate goes up with number of residents with jobs

Routt County still has far fewer workers than it did at its peak in January 2008, when the labor force climbed to 17,116.

White, Baumgardner both seek Senate District 8 seat

White, a Hayden Republican, was appointed a year ago to fill the vacancy left by her husband's departure. Baumgardner, the House District 57 Republican representative, was left with few other options after redistricting.

Brent Boyer: Making a list ...

On Thursday, the Best of the Boat reader survey is back and will be available online for one month. We invite you to make your vote count.

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Powerful gusts cause damage around Steamboat, shut down ski area

The Steamboat Ski Area resumed operations at 8:30 a.m. Friday, one day after winds clocked at 123 mph shut down the lifts and caused damage across the city.

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Routt County unemployment rate up slightly

Total local labor force remains steady, according to state figures

Routt County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.7 percent in October without any significant change in the size of the county’s labor force. October’s unemployment rate still was nearly 2 percentage points below the October 2010 rate.

Brent Boyer: Change is afoot in the newsroom

Turnover isn’t unusual in our newsroom. We’re lucky to be able to hire smart and hungry young journalists who home their skills in our beautiful community for a few years before setting off toward new challenges.

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Locomotive catches fire while pulling cargo train through Steamboat

A passer-by first reported the fire shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The train was allowed to continue through town until firefighters could safely extinguish the blaze at about 8:30 a.m.

Injured hunter rescued in 'spectacular' mission

Search and Rescue volunteers found the man about 100 feet up a cliff face in the dangerous Walton Creek drainage Sunday afternoon.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO to retire in March

Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Karl Gills will retire in March after 11 years at the helm of Routt County’s only hospital. He will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Frank May.

Steamboat community impresses at the highest levels

USA Pro Cycling Challenge official calls crowd electrifying

On Friday, USA Pro Cycling Challenge CEO and Co-Chairman Shawn Hunter called Steamboat "the most energetic stage" and said the community has earned a place at the table to possibly host the event in the future.

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Brent Boyer: Why I 'Ride 4 Yellow'

Ride 4 Yellow is just one of at least three great local events taking place this summer to help in the fight against cancer. If you’ve been touched by cancer in some way, I encourage you to consider being part of any or all of them.

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Locals 2011: Tim Widmer

Hooked on an unlikely career

An accomplished fly-fishing guide with Steamboat Flyfisher, Tim Widmer’s job still allows him to hit the river often. He teaches fly-fishing courses at CMC and has sold some of his fly patterns to Solitude Fly Co. in California.

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Locals 2011: Mary Bowman

A front-row seat to the miracle of childbirth

Steamboat Springs obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Mary Bowman provides a calming presence and expert care to more than 100 Yampa Valley women each year as they welcome their newborns into the world.

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More storms in forecast for Steamboat

Downed power lines, fallen trees lead to outages across Routt County on Wednesday

A powerful storm that blew through Routt County on Wednesday night left Yampa Valley Electric Association crews busy Thursday morning. Similar storms could blow through Steamboat Springs over the next couple of days.

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Power outage shuts down mining operations at Twentymile Coal Co.

Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.

Steamboat superintendent search winding down

School board to meet Saturday to discuss finalists

The Steamboat Springs School Board could narrow its list of superintendent applicants to three or four finalists during a meeting Saturday morning.

Warm weather, outdoor events will highlight the weekend in Steamboat

The busy weekend includes a Triple Crown Sports tournament, the first downtown Farmers Market of the summer, and events like the Cayuse Classic, ReTree Steamboat and the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo.

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Brent Boyer: The importance of tone and word choice

Sunday's editorial was meant to encourage

I’m guessing Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski wasn’t the only reader who interpreted our editorial to be critical of the city’s involvement in biking initiatives.

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Ag events western up Steamboat's weekend

Cayuse Classic and Family Ranch Rodeo offer equine family fun

The sixth annual Cayuse Classic fundraiser is all day Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch, while the second annual Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo and Gymkhana, a fundraiser for the 4-H Exchange Program, is Sunday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Haze over Steamboat is result of Arizona wildfire

A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona is to blame for the hazy conditions over Steamboat and Oak Creek. The smoke could linger despite a cold front and a shifting wind pattern that were expected to move into the Yampa Valley on Tuesday night. The Wallow fire was pushing smoke as far as Iowa.

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Brent Boyer: Farewell to a South Routt community voice

Lila Rider, 84, was Facebook before there was Facebook

The routine evolved throughout the years, but the result was always the same: Somewhere within the pages of the Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today was a Lila Rider column.

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Brent Boyer: Your opinion on our opinions

We appreciate feedback on our editorials

The Editorial Board is always open to suggestions for local topics to consider. And we’re looking for two new community representatives to serve four-month terms alongside me, General Manager Scott Stanford and reporter Tom Ross.

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Brent Boyer: Mud season blues, summer to-do’s

Summer in Steamboat has evolved during past decade as cycling bloomed

The best part of mud season? That it promises to give way to summer, my favorite time of year in Steamboat Springs. Summer certainly has evolved here during the past decade. There’s more to do — and to offer visitors — from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend than ever before.

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Brent Boyer: Coffee and a Newspaper event helps with story ideas

As is the case for many media organizations, some of our best stories are the result of suggestions or tips from readers. On Wednesday, about 20 readers converged in the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s community room for our third Coffee and a Newspaper gathering.

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Variable weather conditions expected for Steamboat

Skiers and riders may have to make do with a 400-inch winter because it’s increasingly unlikely that Mother Nature will allow the 489-inch record of three seasons ago to fall.

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Brent Boyer: Sheriff story missed the mark

Last week I used this space to defend the importance of journalism education and how it teaches aspiring reporters and editors to, among other things, “be fair, accurate and accountable; think critically; and display good news judgment.” Today, I am using this same space to take responsibility for a recently published article in which I believe we fell short of those journalistic standards.

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Brent Boyer: Why journalism programs and accuracy still matter

Many of you saw the ad. Eighteen of you responded to it. The Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association are sponsoring a free trip to China for a Routt County resident.

Skier dies at Howelsen Hill

The 19-year-old man was found by ski patrol Thursday night after his mom reported him missing. A cause of death has not been determined.

Hayden man wanted on meth charges arrested in Arapahoe County

Jamison Fjoser, 36, was taken into custody March 10 by the U.S. Marshals Office. The dozen local charges against Fjoser include at least seven felonies related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

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Brent Boyer: Transparency and availability are ‘powerful tools’

Two people showed up to the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s inaugural Coffee and a Newspaper gathering Feb. 2. The second attempt was Wednesday morning, and from a numerical perspective, it was a resounding success. We had a 300 percent increase in community attendance.

Brent Boyer: Tooting our own horn

At the end of last weekend’s Colorado Press Association annual convention and awards banquet, a speaker urged the newspaper editors and publishers to go back to their communities and brag about their accomplishments.

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Steamboat's Sue Birch gets Senate approval

Resident confirmed as director of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Steamboat Springs’ Sue Birch has been confirmed by the state Senate as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Senate vote was 32-0-3. Birch now can focus solely on a department with an annual budget of more than $4.5 billion and nearly 300 employees.

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Brent Boyer: Telling Jenna's story

Like so many of us, Jenna Erickson had fallen in love with Steamboat Springs and made it her home. She worked two jobs, loved being outdoors, gave selflessly of her time to volunteer with Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports and had a boyfriend. She would have turned 23 on Saturday. Instead, her family and friends will mourn her death during a service in Maryland.

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Brent Boyer: News and information on the go

There’s a lot to love about smart phones. Mine has helped organize my work and personal lives with a calendar and contacts list that automatically syncs with my laptop. Many websites offer mobile versions geared specifically for fast loading and browsing on mobile devices.

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Brent Boyer: Coffee talk with the community

Starting next month, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is opening its doors and inviting readers to chat about the newspaper — or even just the news — from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month with myself and General Manager Scott Stanford.

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Brent Boyer: A fresh look for the front page

We haven’t heard a peep in the month since we made one of the most noticeable changes to the Steam­­boat Today in the eight years I’ve been here. On Dec. 16, the Steamboat Today featured two stories on its front page, and we’ve published two stories on the front page since.