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Matt Stensland

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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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Environmentalist shares strategies for impacting climate change

One of the leading voices for stopping climate change was in Steamboat Springs last week and presented some shocking information about how global warming is on track to drastically change winter recreation.

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Oak Creek Town Board tables proposal for building that would house marijuana businesses

The saga continues for a Stagecoach couple wanting to construct a new building to house marijuana businesses in Oak Creek.

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Founder keeps hope alive for the 4 Yellow Foundation

Leaders of a local foundation that supports cancer causes continue to set ambitious goals.

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Wildlife officers relocate three bears caught in Steamboat near high school

Wildlife officials have caught and moved three bears that were causing problems near Steamboat Springs High School.

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. files lawsuit against Ski City USA

Ski Town U.S.A is going to battle with Ski City USA in federal court.

No same-sex marriage licenses issued yet in Routt County

Same-sex marriage licenses were being issued across Colorado on Tuesday, but as of the end of business hours, no one had applied for one in Routt County.

Investigators think Hayden resident shot man in self-defense

Court documents show that investigators think a 50-year-old Hayden man was defending himself when he shot a 31-year-old man in the leg Friday night.

Man shot in Hayden on Friday night later arrested

A man who was shot in the leg Friday night in Hayden was later arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Road work planned in Hayden

Next week Walnut Street north of U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden will be undergoing minor repair work. According to the town, Walnut Street will be closed with flaggers posted at Lincoln Avenue to route driver north toward C.R. 80 going up the Cog.

Hunter has close encounter with mountain lion in Routt County

Wildlife officials believe an elk hunter felt threatened when he decided to kill a mountain lion in Routt County.

Woman gets prison for third conviction related to theft from Steamboat employer

A 50-year-old former Hayden resident was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for her third conviction related to stealing from an employer.

Hayden anticipates drop in tax revenues

Economic times are improving nationwide, but officials in Hayden anticipate another decrease in tax revenues for 2015.

Former consignment shop owners respond to concerns

The owners of a downtown consignment store that closed Sept. 1 said they are sorry they owe people money, and they are working to return items that were left at the store.

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High school students to present 'living history' during cemetery tour

The Hayden Cemetery will be alive with history Saturday when Hayden High School drama students tell the stories of seven people buried there.

Cerasoli promoted to deputy fire chief

Chuck Cerasoli has been promoted to deputy chief at Steamboat Fire Rescue.

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Steamboat fire marshal recalls adrenaline-packed career

The photos that line Jay Muhme's office wall tell the story of a very accomplished, long and adrenaline-packed career.

Couple faces hurdles in getting approvals for new building to house Oak Creek marijuana businesses

Two Stagecoach residents will plead with the Oak Creek Town Board on Oct. 9 to let them construct a building to house their marijuana businesses.

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Complaints lodged against Steamboat consignment store that went out of business

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has received multiple complaints related to a downtown consignment store that went out of business.

Severed bear head found in Steamboat came from legally hunted bear

Wildlife officials say a severed bear head discovered in Steamboat Springs on Thursday morning came from a bear that was legally hunted.

Yampa considering restrictions on growing pot

The Town of Yampa is considering new rules that could place restrictions on growing marijuana, which is allowed under the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

Woman sentenced for dealing heroin

A woman charged with dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs was sentenced Wednesday in district court.

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Rescuers save dog from ravine in North Routt County

Rescuers were able to help a dog Tuesday afternoon that fell down a steep ravine near Gold Creek Lake.

District Attorney passes on employee raises

District Attorney Brett Barkey has chosen to not ask for raises for his employees in 2015.

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Routt County Humane Society wants to take over animal shelter

Despite a setback, the Routt County Humane Society wants to continue working with the city of Steamboat Springs to take over the animal shelter.

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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Sailors shut out by Warriors

Soccer fans, players and coaches could tell something was missing in Steamboat Springs' 0-4 loss to visiting Centaurus.

Steamboat police asking for help identifying suspect

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of using a stolen credit card.

Driver eludes police after Tuesday morning pursuit

Because of safety concerns, local authorities chose not to continue the pursuit of a driver Tuesday morning who was eluding police.

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Mamba makes another break for it

Steamboat's most wanted dog again made a break from the animal shelter on Monday.

Integrated Community hopes to pack the house again during annual fundraiser

With the demand for services on the rise, Integrated Community is holding a fundraiser Saturday to raise awareness about the organization and to celebrate the different cultures that call the Yampa Valley home.

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Officials bear down on trash solution, enforcement

City officials and trash service providers are working together to take a big bite out of the bear problem in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden Town Council candidates face no opposition

With no opposition, the Hayden Town Council races will not appear on the ballot this November.

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