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Christine Metz

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Water battle continues

With a trial date for a recreational water right application looming in about a month, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Water Conservation Board continue to refuse to settle outside of court. This week, the Steamboat Springs City Council sent a letter to the water board stating that the board's most recent proposal did not "provide a productive basis for settlement."

YVMC won't restart service

Air ambulance too expensive, officials say

Yampa Valley Medical Center will not re-establish its air ambulance service, the hospital announced Thursday. Hospital officials said an air ambulance is not economically feasible.

City seeks demolition change

The City Council may require developers to have development plans in place before tearing down buildings.

City to toughen sign codes

The city wants to strengthen its sign code and may increase the amount of time staff spends enforcing it.

Council: Fire flow a concern

City Council members are concerned about neighborhoods in the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District that might not have enough water to fight fires.

City Council holds off on turf field

Shifting a proposed artificial turf field from a parcel of land next to Christian Heritage School to Steamboat Springs High School is not an option, City Council members were told Tuesday.

Local air ambulance crash may spur national changes

The January crash of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance flight is one of 12 accidents driving the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations for changing the nation's air ambulance industry.

New precincts confuse voters

New precinct numbers and combined polling places for the Nov. 1 elections have confused some Routt County residents.

Center's scope undetermined

Residents gather at Centennial Hall to discuss future of community center

A plan for what a new community center will offer should be in place before residents vote on the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library in November.

Artificial turf field on hold after high bids received

The city of Steamboat Springs' plans to build an artificial turf field near Christian Heritage School are on hold after bids came in at almost double what was estimated.

Hospital making switch from film to digital imaging

Moving from film to digital at the Yampa Valley Medical Center's radiology department will save the hospital and patients time and space. By the start of the ski season, YVMC hopes to make the switch from film to digital images for X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, computed tomography and nuclear medicines.

Harbor demolition delayed

The demolition of the Harbor Hotel has been delayed by 90 days, but the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission can do little else to preserve the historic downtown building.

Parking changes, road closures at YVRA

As construction continues at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, airport officials are reminding travelers that parking areas and road closures continue to change.

County looks at policy to decide road paving

The Routt County Board of Commissioners reviewed a policy Tuesday that will help commissioners determine which roads to pave.

Ambulance agreement mulled

Officials want to allow Wyoming EMS to work in Colorado

Routt County officials are working with Little Snake River EMS to allow Wyoming ambulances to operate in Colorado.

Wildfire conference coming

Homeowners who live in high-risk wildfire areas are encouraged to attend the Colorado Mitigation and Wildfire Conference.

Vale to help with hurricane aftermath

As most people along the coast of Louisiana and Mis�--sissippi were fleeing Hurricane Katrina on Monday, Routt County Emergency Services Manager Chuck Vale was making plans to travel into the center of the storm.

Fired up over water

Residents concerned about lack of water for emergencies

Seven neighborhoods in the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District have inadequate fire flow, according to a report recently published by the district.

Librarian booked

Self-proclaimed readaholic sure to bring action to Literary Sojourn

The Literary Sojourn would have trouble finding a bigger book aficionado than Nancy Pearl to be master of ceremonies.

Commission needs more time

Planning group not done discussing mountain-area plan

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission members on Thurs�--day said they needed more time to discuss recent recommendations to the Mountain Town Sub Area Plan Update.

Demolition permit pulled

Historic group reviewing plan to tear down Harbor Hotel

A demolition permit has been pulled for the Harbor Hotel, and the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is expected to review it Wednesday.

Housing Authority looks to de-Bruce

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority will ask voters to exempt the affordable housing agency from a portion of the TABOR amendment.

Olympic-sized send-off planned

Some would say it was one of Steamboat Springs' shining moments: A bitter cold February night with a crowd of 5,000 people huddled near the Routt County Courthouse lawn, warmed by the spirit of a community that came together to celebrate and send off its finest athletes. The lighting of an 18-foot caldron, which would burn continuously for a month until every athlete returned home from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Steamboat library asking for two property taxes

The East Routt Library District Board will ask residents to support two property-tax increases as part of its plan to expand the library.

Forum explores options

Many tools needed to build affordable employee housing

To have lasting employee housing in Routt County, the community needs to have a variety of strategies. At the top of the list is a stable funding source.

County to look at policy for paving roads

The volume of traffic on a road will be one of nine factors in Routt County's decision about when to pave roads.

Three-way race for District 2 council seat

City Councilman Loui Antonucci will have some competition in the District 2 race this fall.

Connell turning seat over

Longtime councilwoman won't seek re-election

After eight years on the Steamboat Springs City Council, former president Kathy Connell won't seek another term.

Commission likes LPS plans

County group continues its praise of proposed subdivisions

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday continued its praise for developers' plans for land-preservation subdivisions.

Performing pigs ham it up during fair event

Washington state-based act wows crowd with intelligence, tricks, showmanship

"Some Pig" is what Charlotte might have weaved into her web Thursday at the Routt County Fair.

Group tables feed store plans

Commission wants more details about proposed business

Routt County Planning Commission members on Thursday tabled plans for a ranch and feed store in Phippsburg because they wanted more information about it.

YVHA recommends zoning decrease

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority recommended dec�reasing the amount of affordable housing required in developments west of Steamboat Springs.

One woman dies in accident

A 36-year-old woman died Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident about 26 miles east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40.

N. Routt bridge to narrow to one lane

The Glen Eden Bridge in Clark will be narrowed to one lane for the next four weeks so the deck can be replaced.

County approves Horizons tax question

Boisterous clapping followed the Board of Routt County Commissioners' approval of a ballot measure asking voters to support a 1-mill levy for those with mental retardation.

County OKs landfill expansion

The Board of Routt County Commissioners approved on Tuesday landfill expansion plans that should meet the county's waste needs for at least the next 60 years.

Airport manager search continues

After interviewing four candidates, Routt County is continuing its search for a manager for Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Fair to heat up next week

The dog days of summer are typical in August, but they rarely come with dog paw readings, pet tricks and the 50-yard dash.

Rides encouraged to YVRA

As construction begins at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the county is asking travelers not to park their vehicles in the parking lot long term.

Woman rescued after fall

Crews work through night to reach climber on 230-foot cliff

Search and rescue crews worked through the night Saturday to rescue a 39-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who was stuck 230-feet high on a cliff.

Fungus on aspen trees not deadly

A wet spring has made a black-spotted fungus on aspen trees more noticeable this summer.

Airport control at issue

Commission weighs becoming taxing authority

Two years after its formation, the Yampa Valley Airport Commission's future role in managing Routt County's two airports is getting a closer look.

Outfitter worried about road

Three Forks Ranch officials appeal county's decision about oil-well route

Three Forks Ranch officials are appealing a Routt County decision to allow an access road to an oil-well site on public land.

State might mediate water rep selection

The Steamboat Springs City Council has asked for a mediator to help decide who should be appointed to a regional Round Table about water issues.

Planners like land proposal

Routt County Planning Commission members gushed about a proposal for a 1,717-acre land-preservation subdivision north of Silver Spur.

Trailer demolition serves as painful reminder

Westland Mobile Home Park residents continue to worry about their future relocation

Westland Mobile Home Park residents awoke Wednesday morning to the sounds of a trackhoe and dump truck -- painful reminders that their homes are disposable.

Council has concerns about project

Steamboat Springs City Council members expressed concern Tuesday night about the height of buildings proposed for a condominium project next to Gondola Square.

Horizons' request approved

County commissioners support group's ballot question

The Routt County Board of Commissioners needed convincing before it supported a ballot question asking voters to contribute 1 mill to people with mental retardation who use Horizons Specialized Services.

County says 'yes' to airport rental-car fees

Routt County commissioners approved a $4-a-day charge on rental cars at Yampa Valley Regional Airport to raise money for improvement projects at the airport.

Tennis Center over budget

Council members look at ways to cut list of improvements

Steamboat Springs City Council members had a hard time swallowing an almost 50 percent increase in the budget to replace the tennis bubble.