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Matt Stensland

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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.

Forest Service concerned about parties on Buffalo Pass

Local U.S. Forest Service workers are not happy with the illegal activity and damage they say is taking place on Buffalo Pass.

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.

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