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Matt Stensland

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Philanthropists honored for commitment to community

Philanthropy does not go unnoticed in Routt County, and for the 19th year, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation honored a handful of individuals who put their community first.

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Steamboat firefighters join fray

Beaver Creek Fire continues to push east

Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters Julie Wernig and Matt Mathison have been assigned to protect structures and are scheduled to return to Steamboat on Sunday. They join the 150 people that are working the fire.

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Woman rescued from Fish Creek trail

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers helped rescue a woman with a broken ankle on the Fish Creek trail Wednesday afternoon.

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Community invited to see new fire engine

The North Routt Fire Protection District is inviting community members to an open house to check out the fire department's new engine.

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Fire rages over Divide

The status of 30 privately-owned cabins and other structures along Forest Service Road 600 was unknown Wednesday. The structures had been evacuated, and firefighters were going to check for damage Wednesday.

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Fire growing; burns 3,800 acres

A fire in the Routt National Forest near the Wyoming border grew to 3,800 acres Tuesday.

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Steamboat teacher charged with six felonies

Police believe a Steamboat Springs High School teacher suspected of stealing a $75,000 piece of construction equipment also burglarized two businesses and stole another piece of construction equipment.

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Cyclists tackle Moots Ranch Rally

A congregation of 150 Moots bicycle owners and other cycling enthusiasts explored Routt County’s less-traveled roads and agricultural heritage Saturday.

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Woman involved in crash suspected of third DUI

Police believe the woman who caused a three-car crash Friday was under the influence of alcohol.

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Campgrounds, roads opened in forest

Those wanting to escape the crowds this weekend have more options to explore in the Routt National Forest.

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Teacher suspected of stealing $75,000 backhoe

A Steamboat Springs High School teacher who was arrested Thursday denies stealing a $75,000 backhoe that was reported stolen Wednesday.

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Man faces six felonies

A Routt County man faces six felony charges after stolen items were sold to a Steamboat Springs pawn shop.

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Hotel without parking proposed for Hayden

A Hayden landowner has approached the town about building a new hotel, restaurant and bar on a vacant lot downtown.

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Woman suspected of embezzling money from Hot Springs

A former Old Town Hot Springs bookkeeper faces felony theft charges after the Steamboat Springs non-profit reported more than $27,000 had been stolen.

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Mustangs headed to Steamboat

A ton of horsepower will be roaring down Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat Springs for the 28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup.

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Fire destroys cabin

No one was injured early Friday morning when a fire completely destroyed a $100,000 cabin near Thorpe Mountain.

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Arrest made in 2009 theft case

In March 2009, a judge signed off on an arrest warrant for Daniel Marcus Williams, 36. The three felony charges were theft, theft by receiving and unauthorized use of a financial device.

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'Garbage Mahal' built to solve bear problem

Steamboat Ridge Townhomes homeowners association President Brian Harvey said they knew they had a problem.

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North Routt firefighters receive new engine

North Routt Fire Protection Chief Mike Swinsick is trying to find a new home for the department’s hand-me-down 1972 engine.

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Family expresses loss at Johnson sentencing

Family members trembled, cried and expressed anger Wednesday as they confronted Lucas Johnson, who was sentenced to 34 years in prison for brutally murdering Edward Zimmerman.

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Woman hired as police commander

With the hire, department now fully staffed

With the hiring of Annette Dopplick, the Steamboat Springs Police Department is fully staffed for the first time in a long time.

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Caps fly as 158 graduates are sent off

Sunglasses and sun-shading umbrellas were the preferred accessories during Saturday's Steamboat Springs High School graduation ceremony.

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Upcoming clinics offer free legal advice

A series of upcoming free legal clinics will offer an opportunity for people to receive advice that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

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Marijuana grow operation enters public process in Hayden

Resident Rodney McGowen is moving forward with plans to build a marijuana cultivation business in Hayden.

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Bear breaking into cars prompts warning about locking up

Wildlife officials believe a black bear is breaking into Steamboat Springs cars, prompting a warning to residents to lock their doors and keep their windows closed.

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Lucas Johnson pleads guilty to second-degree murder

The man accused of robbing and murdering a Steamboat Springs man for his marijuana plants pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.

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Investigators suspect explosion was suicide attempt

Investigators think a man was trying to take his own life when he blew up the RV he was living in at Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.

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Woman gets 90 days jail time in embezzlement case

A Steamboat Springs woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer is serving a 90-day sentence at the Routt County Jail.

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Harnessing the sun

Progress has been made to produce more renewable energy locally, but some believe more can be done.

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Steamboat Mountain School honors 10 graduates

The learning did not stop on graduation day Saturday at Steamboat Mountain School.

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City releases excessive force lawsuit settlement agreements

Following an open records request, the city released the settlement agreements related to four lawsuits. In all the agreements, the city denies any wrongdoing.

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Yampa Street construction project moves into second week

So far, Yampa Street construction has impacted one business, but the owner remains optimistic.

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Fiorina to headline Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference

The Steamboat Institute announced today that former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will deliver the keynote dinner address at the organization’s Eighth annual Freedom Conference & Festival in Steamboat Springs on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Camping season kicks off in Routt County

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the camping season, and spots for this weekend are limited due to closures and reservations.

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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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