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Matt Stensland

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DUI enforcement stepped up for holiday weekend

Despite a drop in DUI arrests last year, Steamboat Springs police continue to step up enforcement during busy holiday weekends.

Nighttime road construction to begin Tuesday

Night road construction is slated to begin Tuesday on Lincoln Avenue on either side of downtown Steamboat Springs.

2nd man suspected of marijuana crimes turns self in

The second man who police believe produced marijuana that was then mailed to Illinois turned himself into authorities Wednesday.

Free, drop-off recycling program meets demise in Steamboat

After Saturday, recycling for some Steamboat Springs area residents will require a little more effort and possibly money.

Charges filed against two men related to shipping marijuana across state lines

Two men face felony charges related to a sophisticated Routt County marijuana-growing operation that police say was used to produce and ship marijuana to Illinois.

Marijuana inspectors visit Oak Creek businesses

An inspection Wednesday at two marijuana businesses in Oak Creek could lead to action being taken by state and Oak Creek officials.

Sheep farmer who died in ATV crash was dedicated to industry, children

The Greeley man who died in an all-terrain vehicle accident last week in North Routt County is remembered as a hard-working sheep farmer who was dedicated to educating future generations.

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Scholars discuss economic impacts from cycling

One of the images shown during Zac Cole's presentation depicted a $100 bill with Benjamin Franklin wearing a cycling helmet.

New hearing dates set to review Oak Creek marijuana business

Hearing dates have been changed in Oak Creek to consider a land-use change for a property at 208 S. Sharp St., where a company by the name of Dank Frank’s wants to operate a retail marijuana cultivation facility, infused products production and retail storefront.

Amid controversy, Fisher resigns from Massachusetts marijuana nonprofit

Amid controversy, a Steamboat Springs marijuana businessman has resigned from the leadership role he held with a Massachusetts company trying to open two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Boston area.

Vote on new Oak Creek marijuana business delayed

An Oak Creek Planning Commission review of a new marijuana business was delayed Wednesday night because of an oversight by the town.

Candidates have until Monday to turn in paperwork for Hayden races

There are four positions up for election on the Hayden Town Board, and those interested in running have until 5 p.m. Monday to turn in their paperwork.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday night

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will visit with the town's accountant.

Preliminary hearing canceled in McKeon case

A preliminary hearing has been canceled 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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Lisa Lesyshen pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in shooting of her son, receives 40-year sentence

Lisa Lesyshen was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder Monday afternoon in a Denver courtroom.

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Routt County Fair junior livestock sale fetches high bids

The price of college keeps going up, so it was only appropriate that steers sales were way up during the Routt County Fair's junior livestock sale Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Steamboat marijuana business owner hits snag with Boston pot operations

After claims that a Steamboat Springs marijuana businessman lied on his resume, Boston officials have put a hold on Kevin Fisher's plans to open two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Boston area.

Convicted drug dealer receives 4-year prison sentence

During an emotional sentencing hearing Friday, convicted drug dealer Margie "Maggie" A. Levin was sentenced to four years in prison.

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Expert educates about cybersecurity during final Seminars at Steamboat event

According to Richard Danzig, Americans need to realize they are living on a diet of poisoned fruit when it comes to technology.

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Steamboat police get drenched for good cause

A group of nine Steamboat Springs Police Department officers got doused with water Thursday for a good cause.

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Friends, family say David Girty will be missed

Friends and family described David Girty as a genuine man who was a pleasure to be around.

Man suspected of burglarizing downtown Steamboat restaurant

A 44-year-old man was arrested after police said he broke into Creekside Cafe & Grill in Steamboat Springs early Wednesday morning.

Driver convicted of killing German motorcyclist in Steamboat dies

The driver who was found guilty in July of killing a German motorcyclist last year died on Tuesday at a Denver hospital.

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Missing Forest Service employee's body found in crashed truck on Buffalo Pass

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg confirmed Tuesday afternoon that missing U.S. Forest Service worker David Girty's body was found in a truck that crashed on Buffalo Pass.

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Sold-out tasting event a highlight of Steamboat Wine Festival

For Ian Hebert and Cara Mason, coming up the Steamboat Springs from Denver for the Steamboat Wine Festival has become a tradition.

Taser used on man at Steamboat hospital

A Steamboat Springs man faces three felony charges, after police say he became hostile and assaulted a police officer.

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Steamboat motorists encouraged to build in additional drive time

If motorists thought traffic was bad Friday east of downtown, they should expect more of the same as construction work continues next week at some of the busiest intersections in Steamboat Springs.

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Locals 2014: Don Gore

Don Gore is a motorhead, an aficionado at jumping rope and he runs, bikes, works out and eats well so he can enjoy his biggest passion: skiing.

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Wildlife officials seeing high number of bear incidents

This time of year, all the black bears in Steamboat Springs are problem bears.

Century Link phone service restored late Wednesday

Phone service was restored Wednesday evening after a Century Link outage that affected some customers, including Routt County Communications.

6 months in, marijuana sales are 'low impact,' a 'non-issue,' officials say

The roll out of recreational marijuana sales during the first six months in Steamboat Springs has gone smoothly, according to local officials.

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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