Matt Stensland

Law enforcement, environment and Hayden reporter, photographer

Email: Call: 970-871-4247

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Matt Stensland is a photojournalist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He has worked for the paper since January 2006. Matt started working at the paper as a reporter covering the town of Hayden, real estate and business. After about a year he was hired on as the newspaper's first full-time videographer. He is currently the cops and courts reporter and photographer. Matt has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and grew up in Urbana. When not working, you will most likely find Matt soaking at either the Old Town or Strawberry Park hot springs. You can visit his website at

Recent Stories

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Sheriff’s story questioned during Bantle trial

Trial of former Steamboat police officer expected to last 3 days

The grilling started quickly during the first day of the Kristin Bantle trial Tuesday when defense attorney Matthew Tjosvold cross-examined Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins.

Man suspected of sex assault

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old Routt County man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

Forum will discuss marijuana-growing operations in Hayden

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a forum to discuss the positives and negatives of allowing marijuana growing operations in Hayden.

Officials address cannabis and detox

Routt County's detox facility is intended for alcohol only, but a need also exists for people who have ingested too much cannabis.

Rabbit Ears Pass sees above average snowpack

Recent storms have helped build an above average snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Cause of death determined for missing hunter

On Sept. 7, Harkins was not feeling well and chose to stay at camp while the four people he was hunting with headed out to hunt. When the hunters returned, Harkins was gone.

Judge dismisses Class 1 felony kidnapping case

A judge has dismissed the case against a 54-year-old Craig man accused of kidnapping related to an incident in the late 1970s.

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Officials view coal mine sale as positive

Routt County officials view the anticipated sale of Twentymile Coal Co. to Bowie Resource Partners as a positive development.

Chance for snow returns to Steamboat area

Weather forecasters are calling for snow, but perhaps not as much as they initially thought.

Cellphone policies vary among high schools

They are powerful tools, and policies related to cellphone use vary throughout Routt County's high schools.

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Former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle listens to testimony during her trial Tuesday.

Kristin Mortenson, leader of the Hayden Valley Elementary School Health & Wellness Team, cheers on runners during the Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run on Saturday at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.

Race participants walk around Dry Creek Park on Saturday during the Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Race participants run around Dry Creek Park on Saturday during the Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Runners leave the starting line during the Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run on Saturday at Dry Creek Park in Hayden. Proceeds from the event went to the Hayden Valley Elementary School Health & Wellness Team.

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