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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Rain, snow help calm fires

Moisture over the weekend has helped calm the Silver Creek Fire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area east of Stagecoach.

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Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces felony charges related to burglary and drugs after an incident Saturday.

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Steamboat volleyball falls to Eagle Valley in 4 sets

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team looked sharp, and enthusiasm was high during the squad's first set against Eagle Valley on Saturday.

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Running series wraps up

The final Steamboat Springs Running Series race of the season proved to be unlike any other this year.

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Jury seated for murder trial

After a selection process that took nearly four days, a jury of 10 men and five women was selected Friday to decide whether 46-year-old Thomas Lee Johnson is guilty of the May 2000 slaying of Lori Bases.

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Police to carry life-saving overdose drug

Local police and members of the public will be trained to administer a drug that could save the life of someone who has overdosed on drugs.

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Radar offline for upgrades

The radar at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is offline through at least Friday while upgrades are made.

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Logs snarl Routt County Road 129 after crash

It took a small community to clear the road Wednesday morning after a log truck rolled and scattered its load of lodgepole pine trees along Routt County Road 129.

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Fire activity increases in Routt County

On Tuesday morning, smoke had settled in the Yampa Valley after the previous day's increased fire activity.

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Extreme behavior

Firefighters in the region are reporting unprecedented fire activity at regional fires this summer. With stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees littering the forest, officials believe the fire activity will only continue in future years, putting homes and property at risk.

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Recent photos

Bill Gamber tries to block a shot by Steamboat Springs High School senior Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday during a rare donkey basketball game tournament at the school. At 7 p.m.Wednesday, Soroco High School will host the tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Future Farmers of America club. The donkeys traveled from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to play tournaments in the region.

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Anna Allsberry spikes the ball during Saturday's match against Eagle Valley.

Arlo Lott competes Saturday at the Emerald Mountain Trail Run.

North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters treat the driver of a log truck after it crashed Wednesday morning on Routt County Road 129.

Emergency responders and bystanders remove logs from Routt County Road 129 after a truck crashed Wednesday morning.

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