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Kristi Mohrbacher

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Young athlete takes on challenge of Mount Werner Classic

There isn't much that 7-year-old Tyler Scholl loves more than running.

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Tyler Johnson comes home for physical therapy after battle with disease

Less than two weeks after 10-year-old Tyler Johnson lost his feet and part of the fingers of his right hand to amputation, life is starting to look a little more like it used to.

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Area campgrounds see increased number of visitors

High gas prices and forests ravaged by beetle kill have not deterred dedicated campers, as some park officials predicted.

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City Council to vote on pre-annexation agreement for proposed development

The Steamboat Springs City Council will vote on a resolution to approve the pre-annexation agreement for Steamboat 700 during its meeting Tuesday.

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Officials move into new office

Routt County commissioners enjoyed a new view of Lincoln Avenue on Monday as they conducted business for the first time from their recently renovated hearing room.

Community has raised more than $10,000 for 10-year-old boy's medical bills

After an undiagnosed disease left 10-year-old Tyler Johnson near death in late June, he's now bravely coping with the loss of both feet and the fingers of his right hand, which were amputated this week.

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Excitement builds as new, universal playgrounds take shape

Eight-year-old Paige VanArsdale can't wait for the new climbing wall being built at Soda Creek Elementary School. She said it's going to be "pretty tall" and measured the height with her hands - about a foot and a half.

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Recreational users discuss options for mountain's future

With unlimited recreational options on Emerald Mountain, city officials and consultants are struggling to satisfy everyone with future plans for the area.

Conservation requested until leak is repaired

Phippsburg residents are being asked to conserve water because of a water shortage that was discovered late Tuesday afternoon.

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Statue unveiled in honor of 100 years

Six-year-old Kevin Kaster did not want to climb down from the sparkling new statue on the Routt County Courthouse lawn when his mom asked him to.

Water shortage in Phippsburg

Residents asked to conserve while solution is sought

Officials trying to determine cause of shortage, while residents are urged to conserve. Contamination is not a concern, officials said.

Bar set higher for developers

Changes to affordable housing requirements could prove costly

Recent changes to the city's community housing guidelines will result in higher costs to developers and increased affordable housing in Steamboat Springs, city officials said Tuesday.

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Triple Crown could stay

City officials are working on contract details

City officials could buy some time to negotiate a long-term contract with Triple Crown Sports.

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Longtime local shares memories of 'the old Steamboat'

There was a time in Steamboat Springs when prominent men in town thought women shouldn't be allowed to dance because it caused too many divorces.

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Asphalt shortage affects road projects

County, state road construction costs increase as a result

A shortage of asphalt and one of its key ingredients is affecting paving projects in Routt County and across the state.

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Sparse support for urban growth

County commission votes against three boundary expansions

The Routt County Planning Commission is not in any hurry to extend the Urban Growth Boundary for ambitious developers.

Lanning, council part ways

Severance agreement approved for Steamboat's city manager

Alan Lanning's role as Steamboat Springs' city manager will end Saturday.

Lanning decision approaching

City Council to discuss severance agreement of city manager tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council will vote tonight on a resolution for a severance agreement pertaining to City Manager Alan Lanning's contract, city officials said Monday.

City resolving sign code issue

Crackdown results in discussion of notification process

A recent crackdown on violators of the Steamboat Springs sign ordinance has prompted discussion between realtors and city officials to change the notification process for people in violation of the code.

City: Follow rules on river

Officers cracking down on tubers who don't comply

Tubers and river users caught breaking rules will face the consequences as law enforcement officers crack down on violators. Following a Fourth of July weekend that saw an unexpectedly high number of tubers on the Yampa River, police officers are actively ticketing violators.

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Big weekend for busy buses

Record summer for Steamboat Springs Transit

It's a record year for Steamboat Springs Transit, and this weekend is predicted to be the busiest of the summer.

Steamboat Planning Commission votes to expand urban boundary

Steamboat 700 has won a small victory in the battle to be built.

Steamboat 700 gets support for growth

City planning commission recommends Urban Growth Boundary expansion

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted 4-3 Thursday night to recommend expanding the city's Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate Steamboat 700.

Growth borders remain

Planning Commission votes against Emerald Mountain proposal

Steamboat Springs residents could one day see a new neighborhood and Nordic ski lodge on Emerald Mountain - but it likely won't happen anytime soon.

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Iron Horse to be redeveloped

City accepting applications of qualifications from developers

City officials are entertaining the possibility of demolishing the Iron Horse Inn and rebuilding from the ground up.

Beetle causing fire hazard in urban forests

City requesting removal of infected trees on private property

City officials are asking Steamboat Springs property owners with trees infected by the pine bark beetle to remove the dead trees as soon as possible.

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One of the biggest parades in Steamboat history draws crowds

Playful patriotism

The city's Fourth of July parade was designed for children, but most adults were smiling just as big as red, white and blue floats rolled down Lincoln Avenue on Friday for one of the biggest parades in Steamboat Springs history.

Tyler Johnson not diagnosed

Steamboat Springs boy, 10, may never know cause of infection

Ten-year-old Tyler Johnson remains undiagnosed at The Children's Hospital in Denver, and medical staff told his mother it's possible he may never be diagnosed.

Fourth of July full of festivities

Celebrations scheduled across Steamboat

Tonight's highly anticipated fireworks show will top off a Fourth of July packed full of fun. There isn't a moment or excuse to rest today, with activities taking place throughout Steamboat Springs.

Pirate's Pub owners investigated

Liquor License Authority holds hearing for Nerneys today

Kevin and Kathy Nerney, owners of the now-closed Jade Summit restaurant and Pirate's Pub bar, once again will appear before the city's Liquor License Authority for an alleged violation.

Fund Board ballot issue advances

City Council approves first reading and two-question format

City officials gave initial approval Tuesday to a two-part ballot issue that would ask voters whether to renew the city's half-cent sales tax for education and, if so, whether to share its revenues with schools across Routt County.

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Still no diagnosis for Tyler

Steamboat boy making progress at Children's Hospital

Medical staff at The Children's Hospital in Denver met Monday morning to discuss Tyler Johnson's case, but his mother said they still haven't diagnosed the 10-year-old Steamboat Springs boy.

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Road striping set for Wednesday

County commissioners discuss signage needs for C.R. 36

County Road 36 is scheduled to be striped Wednesday, despite public opposition and a divided Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Boy faces amputation

Tyler Johnson, 10, fights undiagnosed disease at The Children's Hospital

When a healthy 10-year-old gets sick, most parents don't expect it to change the child's life forever. But that may be the case for Tyler Johnson of Steamboat Springs.

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Developer's concept a tall order

A proposed development at Burgess Creek Road and Storm Meadows Drive faced skepticism from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and neighbors of the property Thursday.

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Paving projects wrapping up

Thursday work frustrates drivers caught in road detours

Crews working on paving projects in downtown Steamboat Springs plan to finish projects today, while crews at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area have extended road closures as improvement work continues.

Downtown paving projects to end Friday

Morning traffic snarls, detours frustrate drivers

Downtown road-paving projects that frustrated drivers Thursday morning are scheduled for completion before the weekend.

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Swapping wheels for pedals

Drivers encouraged to bike to work this week

Finding a parking spot around town might be a little easier than usual this week as some commuters swap their cars for bikes during Bike to Work Week.

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Horsing around

Event helps raise awareness of agriculture in Yampa Valley

Almost as many four-legged creatures as two-legged creatures turned out for the third annual Cayuse Classic on Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch.

Developers want no 700 vote

Annexation planners say application will meet public needs

Supporters of Steamboat 700 said Friday that plans for their proposed 700-acre annexation will make a public vote unnecessary.

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Sales soaring for scooters

Steamboat nearly sold out of economical rides as gas prices rise

Businessmen are riding them. Hard-working women are forking over thousands for them. And even grandmothers can't get enough of them.

Rough road for transportation funding

Financial shortages for road, bridge repairs common across Colorado, speaker says

The outlook is "doom, gloom and gloomier" for the state's transportation system, a speaker at the Colorado Municipal League's annual conference said Thursday.

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Animal accidents prove costly

Wednesday morning outage third caused by animals in 5 weeks

Three small animals could cost Yampa Valley Electric Association more than $1 million.

Magpie suspected in morning power outage

About 6,400 YVEA customers lost power for about 45 minutes Wednesday

A YVEA spokesman said a bird likely caused a power outage that lasted for less than an hour in the mountain area Wednesday.

700 negotiations continue

The city and Steamboat 700 developers agreed Tuesday night to allow the annexation process to move forward without a completed environmental assessment - a study that could take 18 months or longer to complete.

Snowpack delays road openings

All Forest Service routes tentatively scheduled to open by July 4

Eager adventurers will have to wait one or two weeks to head to higher elevations.

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Yampa Valley growth sparks electricity concerns

Projected growth in the Yampa Valley and across the Western Slope could strain local electricity infrastructure in the not-so-distant future.

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Revving to race

Mustang Roundup allows drivers a lap on the course

It's hard to hear anything over the rumble of the '66 Ford Mustang GT 350 poised at the starting line.

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Local park to be restored

Eagle Scout's wildlife refuge project faces improvements

A wildlife refuge built as an Eagle Scout project and impacted by ongoing construction at Sixth Street and Yampa Avenue will be restored, a city official said Thursday.

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Base area needs boost

Draft study shows redevelopment is right remedy for slumping sales

Planned redevelopment is on the right track to meet future lodging and commercial demands at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, which a study states is "not performing at industry standards" and is lagging behind downtown retail sales, even in the winter.