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Hayden teachers focus on being mindful of stress

To create a better learning environment, Hayden Valley Elementary School teachers on Friday were learning how to cope with stress.

Animal cruelty case set for trial

Trial dates have been set for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.

Steamboat man charged with stalking

Charges have been filed against a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man who police believe was stalking a woman.

Snow dance may be in order as mid-season approaches

Steamboat Ski Area needs to get 6.5 inches of snow in the next 11 days if it wants to just tie the single worst January in the resort's history of record keeping going back to 1979.

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Card fraud blamed on cyber attack on 8 local businesses

After a cyber attack, Routt County has learned a big lesson when it comes to credit and debit card fraud.

Police investigating theft at Hayden museum

The Hayden Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at the Hayden Heritage Museum.

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Police investigate alarming rates of credit card fraud

Police feel there may be a common link between what has developed into widespread reports of fraudulent credit card charges.

Steamboat man given 60 days jail for firing bullet through neighbor's wall

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 60 days in Routt County Jail Tuesday for firing a bullet through his neighbor's wall while intoxicated.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday night

The council will review the town's monthly finance report and will also consider correcting an issue with right-of-way for an alley at the Lake Village subdivision.

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Fundraiser benefits those who want to be active and manage Parkinson's disease

On Saturday, Steamboat Springs residents again proved they will stand behind a good cause.

Coroner concludes Steamboat residents had suicide pact

Lab tests confirm Page Stockdale and Mark Schiebel died from carbon monoxide poisoning, voluntarily-committed suicide.

Police think Hayden man was high on meth when he reported burglary

Police believe a Hayden man was hallucinating and high on methamphetamine when he called police Monday morning to report his home was being burglarized.

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Why Steamboat City Council baulked on bear-resistant trash mandate

After receiving feedback from the public, most Steamboat Springs City Council members now are against requiring residents to buy pricey, bear-resistant trash containers.

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Steamboat woman in critical condition after crash

The Steamboat Springs woman who was pinned under her car Tuesday morning on the west side of the city was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon.

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Woman seriously injured in Tuesday morning crash

Police and witnesses worked together to lift a car off a pinned Steamboat Springs woman Tuesday morning.

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2014 Year in Review: Top news stories

From problem bears poaching food from trash cans and sneaking into condominium hot tubs to Steamboat’s first foray into recreational pot sales, 2014 was a year to remember.

Advocates serves more victims of abuse in 2014

A local nonprofit organization that helps victims of abuse saw an increase in its numbers in 2014.

More snow in the forecast for Steamboat

Snow was expected to begin falling Saturday morning ahead of a cold front that will result in a forecasted high of 20 degrees on Saturday and 25 degrees Sunday.

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Hayden gym expands offerings in 2015

A gym in Hayden has expanded its offerings for those wanting to make health a focus in 2015.

Local banks see surge in fraud cases

With a surge in fraud, local banks are advising customers to take a close look at their credit and debit card accounts.

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Rescuers tackle chilly mission Tuesday night

Rescuers endured minus-25 degree temperatures Tuesday night to help two men stranded in a snowcat in northwest Routt County.

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Steamboat Ace Hardware manager pedals to retirement

On Tuesday afternoon, it was very clear that Scott Schlapkohl will be missed by the Steamboat Springs Ace Hardware community.

Steamboat police preparing for another busy New Year's Eve

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is upping its staffing for Wednesday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

Property managers cleaning up after fire sprinkler goes off

Christmas Day quickly turned a little less merry when a fire sprinkler head broke inside a Trailhead Lodge condo unit in Steamboat Springs.

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Anglers will compete for biggest fish at tournament

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the fourth annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Stagecoach State Park.

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Volunteers dish up Community Christmas Dinner in Steamboat

As snow blanketed Steamboat Springs on Thursday, about 100 volunteers made sure community members were well fed and jolly on Christmas.

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Forest Service closures aimed at protecting wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service and a local wildlife official is again urging people to stay out of areas where wildlife hunker down for the winter.

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Crash snarls traffic on US 40 near Steamboat Springs

Icy roads resulted in a three-car crash Tuesday morning that snarled traffic just south of Steamboat Springs.

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South Routt fire departments seek new volunteers

The Oak Creek and Yampa fire departments are looking for new recruits.

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Steamboat Ski Area logs 22.5 inches of snow over 3 days

If 22.5 inches of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area in 72 hours was not enough, weather forecasters say more is on the way.

Man suspected of sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

Hayden police arrested a 37-year-old man Monday that they believe sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

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Routt County youths shop with cops

Corporal Ryan Adrian with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office organized the inaugural Shop With a Cop event, which paired the youth with a deputy or Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer.

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Standoff with police ends peacefully in Steamboat Springs

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

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College mascots hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area

College mascots, additional terrain and night skiing arrived at the Steamboat Ski Area on Friday.

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Standoff with police ends peacefully in Steamboat Springs

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

Judge throws out lawsuit against Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs

A lawsuit filed by a woman after she got booted from the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has been dismissed by a District Court judge.

Hayden superintendent hosting discussion about schools

Anyone interested in Hayden schools is invited to visit with Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader at 11 a.m. Friday at Hayden Public Library.

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Lottery proceeds awarded for Routt County projects

Colorado Lottery proceeds will be used to work on Steamboat Springs trails and protect a piece of agricultural land from future development.

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Yampa Valley Gives nets $370,974 for nonprofits

Yampa Valley residents gave big Tuesday with nearly $371,000 in donations to local nonprofits.

Steamboat Ski Area combats the crust

To combat the crust that was formed after freezing rain fell on untouched Champagne powder in November, Steamboat Ski Area employees were recruited to help break up the crust on trails by stepping down the sides of the trails in their skis.

Caring for convicted murderer costs Routt County $267,234

Taking care of the paralyzed Routt County woman who killed her 9-year-old son came with a hefty price tag.

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Crust persists at higher elevations

Wildlife seem to be coping with the ice, but avalanche observers continue to have long-term concerns about avalanche danger in the backcountry.

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New Mexican restaurant coming to Hayden

Hayden residents and visitors will soon have convenient access to Margarita Gomez’s authentic Mexican food.

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Investigators think drugs contributed to fatal crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

According to a Grand County autopsy report, Debra Emal, 61, of Fraser, had not been drinking alcohol, but she had painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs in her system. She also was under the influence of marijuana.

Hayden Town Council to consider slight water rate increase

The town's staff members will deliver their reports to the council beginning at 7 p.m. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

2 events Sunday will celebrate Page Stockdale's life

Two events on Sunday will celebrate the life of Page Stockdale, the Steamboat Springs woman who was found dead Nov. 22 in the back of a truck at the Sarvis Creek parking area.

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Residents recognized for sustainability efforts

Several people were honored Wednesday during the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual awards during a lunch meeting at Centennial Hall.

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Routt County Sheriff's Office secures funding for K-9 unit

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office hopes its newest recruit will help deputies sniff out narcotics and search for missing people.

Bears poach hot tub area at Steamboat condo complex

The concern is that the bears will get too comfortable and make the area underneath the decking their winter home.

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Steamboat astronaut to visit troops in Middle East

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson is preparing for another important mission, this time to visit troops overseas.

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