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Christine Metz

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Steamboat City Council races begin

Just out of the starting gate, the Steamboat Springs City Council race looks as if it could be an interesting one with a variety of choices.

County to look at rental car charge

Routt County is looking to impose a $4 a day fee on rental cars at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport to help cover costs of airport upgrades.

Council race begins today

Interested residents can submit nomination petitions

Those interested in throwing their hats into the Steamboat Springs City Council race can begin gathering signatures today.

Horizons' tax request up for review

The Board of Routt County Commissioners will discuss whether a mill levy should be on November's ballot, and, if so, how high it should be to support those in Routt County with mental retardation.

Accused priest worked in Steamboat

A Colorado priest accused of molesting young boys spent several months working in Steamboat Springs in 1990 as an assistant priest.

Wildhorse Meadows discussed

Planning Commission: Development should not be exclusive

Steamboat Springs Planning Commissioners said they did not want all the amenities offered in Wildhorse Meadows to be exclusive to its residents and guests.

City mulls older building assessments

Historic assessments would be required for all buildings 50 years old or older before they could be demolished or substantially remodeled, if the city approves a new proposal.

Ridge Road to be paved

City to begin work on last gravel road soon

City officials have plans this summer to pave the city's last remaining gravel road, but that is all the work they intend to do on Ridge Road.

VNA applies for state grant

Money would be used for health kiosks in Moffat, Routt counties

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is applying for a $121,000 state grant that would provide health kiosks across Routt and Moffat counties.

Residents, be bear aware

Bears seem to be everywhere -- in laundry rooms and mudrooms, eating rabbits and lounging in one resident's yard.

Coffee, Q&A opportunity offered by Routt County

The county fair, weeds, roads and coffee are an unlikely combination, but that is exactly what Routt County is mixing together next week for rural residents.

Tuggle's vehicle found in Idaho

Stabbing suspect still sought

Authorities found John Rollins Tuggle's car in an Idaho forest Sunday, but they are still hunting for the Hayden man.

YVRA manager list narrowed

Routt County has narrowed its list of candidates to become the new manager of Yampa Valley Regional Airport to five.

No fire found after reports of smoke

There were several reports of a possible fire south of Lake Catamount on Monday, but as of early evening, the reports remained unconfirmed.

Down for the count

Estimated population decrease is not right, officials say

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Steamboat Springs' population has declined by about 500 people since 2000.

Commission reviews North Routt rec plan

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night put the finishing touches on the draft of an update to North Routt's recreation plan.

New city sewage rates likely

Steamboat prings City Council members agreed with a consultant's recommendation to charge all residential homes a flat rate for treating sewage.

Water rep issue murky

City, local municipalities undecided about who to send to regional Round Table

The Steamboat Springs City Council is at odds with three Routt County municipalities about who should serve on a regional water Round Table.

Board loses one

Stahoviak to step down from Energy Impact advisory committee

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is stepping down from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee.

City pledges community center

Council: Facility won't be moved until new one is in place

Steamboat Springs City Council members pledged Tuesday night that the existing community center will not be moved before a new one is put in place.

Council nixes amendment

Steamboat Springs' smoking ordinance won't be altered, yet

The Steamboat Springs City Council stood by its original smoking ordinance on Tuesday, its members saying they would not allow smoking in outdoor seating areas.

Amendment up for review

Restaurant, bar owners ask city to allow designated smoking areas

Less than three weeks after the smoking ban went into place, the Steamboat Springs City Council will look at amending it.

County defends actions

Officials say building department did not target Oak Creek

Routt County officials said the building department did not "pick on" the town of Oak Creek as it built its ice skating rink.

Mill levies up for voter approval in November

The average Steamboat Springs homeowner could see his or her property taxes increase by $180 if voters approve the three mill levies slated to appear on November's ballot.

Commission reviews condo plans

Some Steamboat Springs planning commissioners said Thursday that plans for two condominium buildings and a private club next to the Steamboat Ski Area gondola were too high and too massive.

Plan update mulled

Planning commissioners review draft to Mountain Town Sub Area Plan

Sunny areas and warm pillows were among the top concerns of Steamboat Springs planning commissioners reviewing the draft of the Mountain Town Sub Area Plan update.

Base-area plan draft revealed

City Planning Commission, public to see report tonight

The Mountain Town Sub Area Plan Update contains very few surprises.

County's summer road projects started

Routt County began its summer repaving projects Wednesday and will continue road improvements until Aug. 8.

Voters to decide on tax increase

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to ask voters to increase property taxes to help fund the conservation of ranch land and natural areas.

County approves gas permit

Decision reverses denial from Planning Commission

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the renewal of a permit allowing testing for coalbed methane gas in land northeast of Hayden.

Permit lawsuit dismissed

Friends of Justice Center leader challenged wetlands decision

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant a wetlands permit for the Routt County Judicial Facility.

Sheriff's Office looking at Tasers

Routt County Sheriff's patrol deputies and jailers soon will be armed with Taser stun guns, making them one of three law enforcement agencies in Routt County carrying the equipment.

Art in the Park a success

Christopher Fry is not sure what prompted him to sit down one day and start carving spoons.

Balloons fly last time at Meadows

Karen Beauvais was teary-eyed Sunday morning as hot air balloons were preparing to take off for the last time in the field next to the Meadows parking lot.

Old Routt County relived

Pioneer Picnic brings together longtime locals, their stories

Routt County was different once -- a place of one-room, country schoolhouses, lettuce fields and Friday night horse auctions -- a county where residents knew their neighbors and almost everybody was related.

Property tax on horizon for program

Horizons Specialized Services Inc. is seeking a property tax to help fund its operations in Routt County.

City surveys sent to residents

City officials are asking residents for patience when they go online to take the city's survey.

Twentymile lowers fan noise

A redirection of an exhaust fan at the Twentymile Coal Company has eased noise complaints from surrounding neighbors.

City asked to improve landscaping of road

City of Steamboat Springs officials said they are working to improve landscaping along Mount Werner Road after receiving complaints about the lack of upkeep in the area.

Twentymile Road to be improved

A $3.5 million road improvement project on Twentymile Road is expected to start Monday.

Council weighs project

Developer proposing mobile-home community

Some Steamboat Springs City Council members said they were willing to work with a developer to see a mobile-home park built next to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge.

City extends moratorium

Plans for ski area base can be submitted through Sept. 1

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved a month extension for a moratorium on accepting pre-application plans for the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Bid for airport terminal approved

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $5.5 million airport terminal construction project to TCD, the lowest bidder.

Council looks to slow down traffic

Steamboat Springs City Council members said they would look at what they could do to slow down traffic in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Mediator to settle dispute

Fairview residents argue about annexation agreement

Steamboat Springs City Council members said they would hire an out-of-town mediator to help resolve a dispute among neighbors in the Fairview Subdivision.

Fairview fight goes to city

The Steamboat Springs City Council is being asked to resolve a dispute among neighbors in the Fairview subdivision about city lots sold to residents almost 15 years ago.

Ban leaves smokers fuming

On Thursday night, Joe Mansfield had a list of 11 bars and enough cigarettes to smoke one at each of them. On the day before the city's smoking ban went into effect, Mansfield was a man on mission as he spoke about his anger toward the Steamboat Springs City Council for not taking the smoking ban to a vote.

Denver mayor in town

Steamboat Springs does not have a mayor to call its own, but residents and visitors might run into one of the state's better-known mayors this weekend.

Old fireworks starter honored

The man who for years was granted the honor of setting off the finale for the Fourth of July fireworks display has been chosen to start the display this year.

Doctors volunteer time to treat rodeo cowboys

Doctors volunteer time to treat rodeo cowboys

From concussions to broken ribs, rodeo doctors see it all when they work ringside at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.