Matt Stensland

Cops and courts, 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

Man receives probation for distributing cocaine for former girlfriend

The final person investigated by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force for dealing cocaine was sentenced Friday at the Routt County Justice Center.

Brothers, a former teacher, pastor, sentenced to 20 years to life for child molestation

The former Christian school teacher and pastor convicted of repeatedly molesting a boy was sentenced Friday at the Routt County Justice Center to 20 years to life.

Rain returns to forecast for Steamboat Springs area

After a week filled with sunshine and warm weather, rain is expected to return to the Steamboat Springs area Friday afternoon.

Steamboat Springs hikers use sticks to defend themselves from mountain lion

A group of Steamboat Springs hikers has reported a scary, up-close encounter with a mountain lion that had them defending themselves with sticks.

Hayden Town Board to consider not giving donations

With a tight budget, the Hayden Town Board on Thursday night will take a look at its policy for giving donations.

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Grant will allow programming to expand at Hayden vocational center

Hayden High School vocational education teacher Kevin Kleckler is finding ways to keep up with the demand for his classes.

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On a mission: Russ Sanford

Russ Sanford is one of Search and Rescue’s veteran members, having joined the team in 1995.

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On a mission: Rory Clow

Rory Clow gets excited when the first Tuesday of the month arrives.

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On a mission: Dusty Atkinson

Joining Search and Rescue was an easy move for 28-year-old Steamboat native Dusty Atkinson.

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On a mission: Routt County Search and Rescue prepares for the worst

Routt County Search and Rescue train for the worst.

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Hayden High School senior Sam Skof works on a weld during class Tuesday at the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center.

Hayden High School senior Tanner Guire uses a grinder during a welding class Tuesday in the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center.

Routt County Search and Rescue members, from left, Rory Clow, Russ Sanford and Dalton Reed, bring up their mock patient, Ty Upson, above King Solomon Falls during a Sept. 6 training exercise.

Dalton Reed brings up his mock patient, Ty Upson, in the rescue basket above King Solomon Falls.

A helicopter approaches the landing zone above King Solomon Falls.

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