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Matt Stensland

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Plea deal in murder case results in 50-year sentence

A 22-year-old Routt County man was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison for murdering Patricia Richmond.

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Racing for a good cause

The Spirit Challenge Steamboat Springs Running Series race Saturday proved a sentimental event for many in attendance.

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Economist, executive hopeful others will fill Sports Authority void

A local economist and a ski shop executive are hopeful retailers will be able to fill the void left when Sports Authority closes its doors in Steamboat Springs.

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City of Steamboat Springs settles with Kristin Bantle

Bantle has sued Routt County and Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and threatened to sue the city of Steamboat.

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Sports Authority to close Steamboat store

Future unclear for building in Wildhorse Marketplace

Bankruptcy court documents show Sports Authority will be closing all its stores, including its location in Steamboat Springs at Wildhorse Marketplace.

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Hayden High School graduation Sunday

Hayden High School seniors will graduate Sunday in the school's auditorium.

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Peabody approved for additional financing

Debt-ridden Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine in Routt County, is hoping additional money will allow it to continue operations as normal.

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Hayden officials weigh tax increase

Hayden officials are considering asking residents to raise taxes, with the goal of firming up the town's coffers.

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North Routt Chili Cook Off offers good eats for worthy causes

For many, the annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off signals the end of cabin fever and a long winter. It also means good eats and full bellies, with dozens of green and red chilis, soups and desserts.

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No injuries reported in rollover semi crash

No one was hurt when a semi rolled Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Liquor store owners react to booze bill

Some Steamboat Springs liquor store owners are supportive of a bill that would slowly phase in full-strength alcohol sales at grocery stores, but one Craig business owner thinks it's a raw deal.

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Hayden passes on town manager candidates

The search continues after Hayden Town Council members decided to pass on the candidates identified as finalists for the town manager position.

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Rollin's trash can passes the grizzly bear test

A grizzly bear known as Kobuk the Destroyer clawed, chewed and pounced, but was unable to get a snack located inside Rollin Stone’s trash container.

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Local attorney helps craft grocery store alcohol bill

A Steamboat Springs attorney is helping shape a game-changing liquor bill being considered by legislators in Denver that would allow full strength beer, wine and liquor sales in grocery stores.

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Man killed in hit-and-run crash

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for the driver and car involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a McCoy man.

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Man suspected of burglary, stealing pain medications

Steamboat Springs police believe a 26-year-old Steamboat man broke into three homes in search of pain medications to feed an addiction.

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Intrawest CEO says real estate market is 'primed,' ready for development

During an earnings report Thursday, executives with Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the real estate market was ripe for development at its resorts.

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Hayden to fill council vacancy

Four residents have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the Hayden Town Council.

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Hayden residents meet and greet town manager candidates

Dozens of residents gathered at Hayden Town Hall Tuesday night, eager to find out more about the four town manager finalists.

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Welder tries to keep the bears out

Rollin Stone has always had an interest in building things. When he was younger, he got tired of always getting burned by oil when checking the turkey in the fryer.

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Hayden announces town manager finalists

The town of Hayden has narrowed the field and selected four finalists to be the new town manager.

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Peabody posts bonds to ensure Twentymile Mine reclamation

The biggest mining company in the United States, which declared bankruptcy April 13, has posted bonds to ensure its Twentymile Mine in Routt County gets reclaimed in the event it were to close.

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One hospitalized after head-on crash

A head-on crash on the top of a snowy Rabbit Ears Pass closed down U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

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Congressman planning visits for opioid abuse education

The trips are planned to begin in June, but it is not yet known if he will be visiting Routt or Moffat counties.

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Caution urged during agricultural burning season

Once again this year, Routt County officials are urging members of the agricultural community to use caution when undertaking burns.

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Bear issues again come to light

Council to consider revisions to city's trash ordinance

With bears again on the prowl and getting into garbage, local officials will again be asking new city council members if they want a more strict trash ordinance.

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Homicide case scheduled for arraignment

One of Routt County’s three homicide cases proceeded through the court system Tuesday.

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Video released; passenger wants seat belts on commuter buses

Passenger involved in March 29 accident calls for seat belts on buses

The video from inside the bus shows just how violent the crash was, and at least one bus rider says she will not feel safe again until the city of Steamboat Springs installs seat belts.

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Girl Scout honored for heroism

A Steamboat Springs High School sophomore is being recognized for the role she played in helping people injured in a bus crash March 29 on U.S. Highway 40.

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Melting snow floods parts of campground

What started as a trickle quickly turned into a steady stream of water Thursday night at Steamboat Campground.

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The high costs of detox

A detox facility comes at a high cost, but local officials feel it is a necessary one.

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Steamboat firefighters extinguish chimney fire

A Steamboat Springs home was not damaged when a chimney caught fire Thursday morning.

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Rain, snow showers likely for closing weekend

Meteorologists say closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area could be accompanied by some rain, as well as some snow at higher elevations.

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Law would limit marijuana advertising

Newspapers and First Amendment advocates are concerned about a bill moving through the Colorado legislature that would create rules for medical marijuana advertising.

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Snowmobilers rescued on Buffalo Pass

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers rescued two snowmobilers Thursday who got stuck Wednesday on Buffalo Pass.

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Public's help needed to identify elk poacher

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads authorities to find the person or persons responsible for illegally killing seven elk cows and calves near Steamboat Springs.

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Low-income resources available for legal issues

In the 14th Judicial District, encompassing Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, 75 percent of the people involved in domestic relation cases represented themselves in district court during fiscal year 2014.

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Investigators believe worn tires contributed to crash

The driver of a Ford Explorer that hit a Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 40 has been admitted to Yampa Valley Medical Center and was listed in fair condition Wednesday.

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Hayden Town Council member stepping down

With the departure of one of its members, the Hayden Town Council is looking to fill a vacancy.

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Drug Take-Back Day yields 52.5 pounds

Drug Take-Back Day in Steamboat Springs took on a different flavor this year.

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Some bears awake, already getting into trash

Hibernation is over, city focuses on keeping bears out of trouble

The first day of spring Sunday signaled the imminent arrival of the bear season in Steamboat Springs.

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Man died doing what he loved

Family members on Friday identified the man who died Thursday after falling at the Steamboat Ski Area as Gustav "Gus" Herstik.

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Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday in Steamboat

It is time to clean out the medicine cabinets.

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Transient man suspected of felony trespassing

A transient man who was kicked off a Greyhound bus Wednesday faces a felony first-degree trespassing charge.

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Officials suspect medical condition caused skier's death

An elderly male skier died Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center after falling at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Drug drop off box installed at Sheriff's Office

In an effort to get unused drugs and addictive pain medications off the streets, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office has set up a permanent drop off site at its office.

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Doctor addresses opiate abuse, heroin

The final session of the Lunch & Learn series wrapped up Wednesday, but the conversation about opiate abuse in Routt County is not finished.

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Forest Service soliciting public input

In an effort to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on existing recreation facilities.

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Forest pot growers sentenced to federal prison

Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa, Mexican nationals who were in the country illegally, were arrested after authorities found the 3/4-acre grow site in the Buffalo Pass area. There were 926 plants seized.

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One pint at a time

The craft brewing industry in Routt County is booming, but it has not always been that way.

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