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Matt Stensland

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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.

Firefighters sizing up fire in Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

North Routt County residents may see smoke from a wildfire burning in a remote part of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

No new tenant yet for Staples building

There has been activity at the old Staples location this week, but no new tenant has been lined up.

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Xanadu tenants told to move out of aging Steamboat condos

Residents at the Xanadu condos were a bit surprised Thursday when they read a letter asking them to move out by Sunday.

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Steamboat pelted with hail during Wednesday night storm

Steamboat Springs weather monitors reported receiving between .48 inches and .18 inches of rain during last night's storm.

Town to celebrate during Hayden Daze events

The Hayden Recreation Board is again serving up fun this year with the annual Hayden Daze events.

Bear break-ins reported in Steamboat Springs

Bear activity is picking up in the Steamboat Springs area, and they were especially mischievous Monday night.

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Steamboat police still offering drug detection kits

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is still offering free test kits to residents who are interested in making sure their drinks are safe to drink.

Father of dead 3-year-old given 18-month jail sentence

The 22-year-old man who was in Routt County Jail with pending cases when his 3-year-old son died was sentenced to 18 months in jail Monday.

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Judge finds Steamboat man guilty of careless driving resulting in death

The Steamboat Springs man who swerved, hit and killed a German motorcyclist has been found guilty of careless driving resulting in death as well as weaving.

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The pike predicament: How a fish creates thrills for anglers and headaches for habitat managers

The predators become the prey when fishermen like Craig Preston cast into Stagecoach Reservoir southeast of Steamboat Springs. “I think it’s the big-fish allure,” Preston said. “The chance of catching that monster.” And the big fish are definitely out there. The official state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach in 2006 by Thornton resident Tim Bone, who was using Powerbait with the intention of catching trout.

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RedneX Games serve up quality entertainment in Hayden

Hayden residents were training the next generation of rednecks during the third annual Routt County RedneX Games on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Teen suspected in Hayden break-ins

A game camera commonly used by hunters was used to help identify suspects in several break-ins in Hayden.

Woman arrested after stabbing

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office believes a 27-year-old Yampa woman arrested Friday stabbed her husband.

Judge to decide verdict in German motorcyclist case

A bench trial was held Thursday for the Steamboat Springs man accused of reckless driving related to the death of a 60-year-old German motorcyclist last summer.

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Rednecks unite for Saturday games in Hayden

A busy weekend of events is in store for Routt County, but the best redneck viewing will be Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Wyoming wildfire brought smoke to Yampa Valley

Unusual winds from the northeast ushered in smoke to the Yampa Valley Tuesday evening.

Flag stolen from North Routt fire station

The North Routt Fire Protection District is hoping for the safe return of a flag that recently was stolen from their fire station in Clark.

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Steamboat July 4 parade offers 'slices of Americana'

It is rare that Cookie Lockhart ever misses a Steamboat Springs July 4 parade, and you will usually find her riding a horse.

Elk moves along, Rita Valentine Park trails reopened

Trails at Rita Valentine Park have reopened now that a cow elk and her newborn calve have moved along.

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Elk standing ground at Rita Valentine Park

A cow elk that prompted the temporary closing of some Rita Valentine Park trails was still standing her ground Thursday.

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Camper and truck destroyed in Stagecoach fire

No one was hurt Wednesday when a camper and truck caught fire at a parking area near the Stagecoach Reservoir dam.

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Hay field fire put out quickly near Hayden

A fire at a hay field near Hayden quickly was brought under control Thursday by West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters.

High man was roughhousing with Rottweilers when he was bitten

What initially was reported as a man attacked by three Rottweilers turned out to not be so serious.

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Oak Creek residents learn about burgeoning marijuana industry

A group of Oak Creek residents Wednesday night learned how the town could benefit from Colorado's ongoing marijuana experiment.

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Fire danger remains moderate going into July

Unless something drastic happens, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble expects a July 4 holiday season free of fire restrictions.

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Bike commuters to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Wednesday with free breakfast

Cyclists in Steamboat Springs will have two free breakfast options as they bike to work Wednesday.

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Steamboat Rugby dominates Breckenridge in season opener

The Steamboat Rugby Club kicked off its season Saturday with a big win against Breckenridge.

Hayden business signs can stay for now

Hayden officials plan to take another look at the rules for signage used by businesses.

Hayden officials ready to select contractor for $3.2 million water project

Construction on a major water infrastructure project in Hayden is expected to begin in August.

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Bear activity picks up in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs resident Butch Bowers was not planning on reinforcing his garage with plywood Thursday morning, but it needed to be done.

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Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs kicks off Friday

While teams are doing a final push to reach their fundraising goals, Relay for Life of Steamboat Springs organizers say there is still an opportunity for anyone in the community to participate.

Hayden officials to address concerns over business signs

Because of citizen complaints, Hayden Town Council members Thursday night will take a look at the rules the town has for signage at businesses.

Quick cold spell will bring below-freezing temperatures

Residents hoping for a hearty tomato crop this summer might want to cover their plants Wednesday night.

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Mustangs shine at downtown Steamboat Springs event

The 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback is a car the entire Krauss family can enjoy. Loveland resident Todd Krauss spotted the car in his neighborhood 11 years, made an offer and spent four years restoring it back to its original glory with a fresh coat of rangoon red paint.

48 businesses checked, all pass alcohol compliance checks

A large number of local businesses recently passed alcohol compliance checks done by the state.

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Wildfire conditions raised to moderate for region

A small grass fire near a Steamboat Springs propane company Friday served as a reminder of how conditions are beginning to dry out in the area.

Former Steamboat woman convicted at trial of selling drugs

A former Steamboat Springs resident will be sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison after being convicted on drug charges.

Routt County Sheriff's Office sees increase in phone scams

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that there has been an uptick in reported phone scams.

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Let young wildlife be, officials say

Local wildlife officials are concerned about the number of baby animals being picked up by humans, who fear they are sick or have been abandoned.

Lesyshen trial scheduled for September

During a hearing Friday, Judge Michael O’Hara set the trial to begin Sept. 29.

Details released about prank call that led to Routt County SWAT mission

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office this week released audio recordings and more details related to the prank phone call that led SWAT team members to force their way into a home with two unsuspecting residents inside.

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