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

6 months in, marijuana sales are 'low impact,' a 'non-issue,' officials say

The roll out of recreational marijuana sales during the first six months in Steamboat Springs has gone smoothly, according to local officials.

Fire remains at 6 acres in Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

The South Fork Fire burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area this week was still an estimated six acres in size Friday.

Residents advised not to let strangers into homes

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is advising residents to be careful of who they invite into their homes.

Transients passing through Steamboat from Rainbow Family gathering

A spike in the number of transients passing through Steamboat Springs can be attributed partly to the Rainbow Family of Living of Light's annual gathering.

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Author discusses Steamboat's seedy past

The talk was focused on the historic Brooklyn neighborhood and its reputation between 1890 and 1916 as being a red light district.

Oak Creek sides against sin tax on pot

Steamboat Springs residents also have not been asked whether they want an additional tax placed on recreational marijuana sales.

Winter Sports Club cyclists not being allowed on Forest Service trails

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club learned the hard way that they were not allowed to mountain bike on U.S. Forest Service trails this summer.

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Closures put in place due to fire in Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

Areas in and around the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area have been closed because of a lightning-caused fire that was discovered Tuesday.

Sentencing hearing continued for man convicted of careless driving resulting in death

A sentencing hearing has been continued until 11 a.m. Aug. 13 for the Steamboat Springs driver who swerved, hit and killed a German motorcyclist.

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Helicopter ordered for Zirkel Wilderness fire

A helicopter geared to drop water is coming in to help contain the lightning-caused fire burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

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Local cyclist James Lehmann will be leading a 160-mile bike ride from Steamboat Springs to Fort Collins on Oct. 4 to raise awareness for diabetes.

No one was injured when this box truck rolled over Tuesday morning at South Lincoln Avenue and JD Hays Way near the Mountain Fire Station. The driver told police the truck's brakes went out after descending Rabbit Ears Pass, so he tried to turn onto JD Hays Way. The driver was delivering about 70 cases of wine to local restaurants.

This year’s Art in the Park was held July 12 and 13 at West Lincoln Park.

Oak Creek resident Jaila Benjamin is known across South Routt County as a wellness "super mom" and is the recipient of the 2014 Healthy School Hero Award from Colorado Action for Healthy Kids.

Steamboat Springs 16-year-old Parker Temple tries out the new slackline park Saturday at Howelsen Hill.

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