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

Oak Creek Planning Commission to consider new building for marijuana grow

The Oak Creek Planning Commission on Wednesday night will consider a proposal for a new building that will house a marijuana cultivation facility.

Commission unanimously recommends retaining local judges

The 14th Judicial District Commission of Judicial Performance has unanimously recommended that District Court Judge Shelley Hill and Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht be retained.

Arraignment delayed for Steamboat woman accused of leaving son home alone

An arraignment in District Court was postponed for the Steamboat Springs mother who police think left her 3-year-old son at home alone for three days before he died.

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Search and Rescue helps hunter during overnight mission on Rabbit Ears Pass

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers scaled steep rocky terrain and trudged through snow and mud to help a hunter on Rabbit Ears Pass during the early morning hours Tuesday.

Election Guide 2014: Retention of judges

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to retain Judge Shelley A. Hill for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, and Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht.

Election Guide 2014: Amendment 67 seeks to define personhood in Colorado

Amendment 67 is a constitutional amendment that if approved by voters will provide a definition for a “person” and a “child” in the Colorado criminal code.

Nighttime road construction wraps up in Steamboat

Construction crews on Friday completed their final night of work on U.S. Highway 40 running through Steamboat Springs.

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Routt County honored for excellent use of state's lottery profits

Those needing a bathroom or shower at the Routt County Fairgrounds hit the jackpot when the county was awarded nearly $365,000 in grant money.

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Rabbit Ears Pass reopens after fatal crash; deceased woman ID'd

The two-vehicle crash involving a large sport utility vehicle and a semi was reported at about 2:30 p.m. near mile marker 153 on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County. The highway then was closed for nearly five hours. Colorado State Patrol identified the woman who died in the crash as Debra Emal, 61, of Fraser.

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Officials celebrate progress with YVRA water tank project

Bill Hayden’s persistence paid off. In recent years, the Hayden Town Council member has positioned his name plate upside down during meetings, pledging to not turn it upright until a new water tank was constructed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Chris Steinkamp, executive director of Protect Our Winters, speaks Monday at the SmartWool headquarters about the impact of global warming on the winter recreation industry.

Community leaders on Friday celebrate the $3.3 million water tank construction project taking place at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The Colorado Lottery presented the Starburst Community Award to Routt County on Friday for its use of lottery proceeds to build a new bathhouse at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Oak Creek property owner Scott Wedel speaks during Thursday night's Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

After a 41-year career, Steamboat Springs Fire Marshall Jay Muhme is retiring Thursday.

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