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Matt Stensland

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Judge makes ruling in Pollard case

A judge has ruled on whether a man accused of murder in Routt County can appear at hearings without shackles and in street clothes.

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Hinsvark: Investigator found "paramilitary" culture at Steamboat Springs Police Department

During her final hours as Steamboat Springs city manager, Deb Hinsvark, during an interview Tuesday, shared some more details about the investigation into the police department.

Thomas Lee Johnson's latest murder trial could be held in Routt County

The man imprisoned for the May 2000 slaying of a Steamboat Springs woman is returning to Routt County, where a new trial might take place.

Karzen promoted to assistant district attorney

The former Routt County chief deputy district attorney is now the assistant district attorney for the district, encompassing Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

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Marijuana legalization debated at Freedom Conference

Fox journalist and Fox News contributor Mary Katherine Ham, it was difficult to take a side during Friday's Freedom Conference debate on marijuana legalization.

Haze moves out, drier weather moving in

After a soggy Thursday, mostly clear skies were expected to return to the Yampa Valley Friday.

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Steamboat firefighters helping at Montana fire

With forest fire firefighting resources stretched thin across the country, three Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called up Wednesday to help with a fire in Montana.

Six weeks after records request, councilman sees 'pattern of avoidance'

It has been more than six weeks after a records request and interim Steamboat Springs police chief Jerry DeLong still has not decided whether to release three reports related to an independent police department investigation that led to the resignations of the department's two leaders.

Hayden resident pursuing option to recall marijuana vote

A Hayden resident has taken the next step to let voters decide whether marijuana cultivation should be allowed in Hayden.

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Runner gets redemption during Continental Divide Trail Run

Exactly a year ago, Tammy Jacques was coming down the last hairpin turn on her mountain bike at Beaver Creek when she got a flat.

Preliminary hearing scheduled for police officer charged with felony

Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle, the officer who has been charged with a felony related to providing false information on an employment application submitted to the Routt County Sheriff's Office, appeared in court again Friday.

Judge hears arguments in Pollard case

Cole Pollard, the man accused of murdering 22-year-old Patricia Richmond, appeared in court Friday.

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Hazy skies prompts health advisory

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday issued a wildfire smoke health advisory for parts of Colorado, including the Yampa Valley.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday

The agenda is sparse for Thursday's Hayden Town Council meeting.

Steamboat man suspected of sex assault

Police began investigating the incident Friday after a Steamboat Springs Transit bus driver was told about a sex assault.

Washington woman suspected of defrauding Steamboat company out of $157,000

Colleen Lucille Stark has been charged with Class 3 felony theft, Class 3 felony computer crime and Class 6 felony criminal impersonation.

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Fans party on Rabbit Ears Pass, bid farewell to USA Pro Challenge

Routt County residents and visitors said goodbye to the USA Pro Challenge in style Tuesday at the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Police, emergency responders report a smooth Stage 1

Police and emergency responders say Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge went as smoothly as they had hoped.

Tuesday could bring fall-like weather

Steamboat Springs might get a taste of fall on Tuesday if weather forecasts stay true, and USA Pro Challenge cyclists could have a nice tailwind pushing them to Arapahoe Basin.

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Routt County ranchers bring their best to fair steak competition

On Friday, Charlie Epp probably had the best job in Routt County, if not the entire state of Colorado.

Hayden marijuana petition possible

An unknown Hayden resident has taken the first step in attempting to reverse the course of the Hayden Town Council when it comes to allowing the commercial cultivation of marijuana.

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Man suspected of indecent exposure on Gondola

A 55-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday and is suspected of pleasuring himself on the Gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Police officer makes first court appearance

Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle had a strong showing of support during her first, brief court appearance Wednesday.

Hiker rescued after falling on Fish Creek Trail

A 69-year-old Arkansas man was hiking down from Long Lake when he slipped and fell while crossing a small creek, according to a Search and Rescue news release.

Fire danger remains moderate

As rain passed through Routt County on Friday, the fire danger remained moderate, but U.S. Forest Service officials say conditions in the region are drying out.

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Steamboat firefighter cycling for fallen heroes

A Steamboat Springs firefighter is preparing for a six-day, road-cycling ride to honor fallen heroes.

Hayden open for pot-growing business

In a 6-1 vote Thursday night, Hayden Town Council members approved allowing licensed, commercial marijuana growing operations.

Man suspected of dealing LSD at free concert

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a man they suspected was dealing LSD during Wednesday night’s free concert at Howelsen Hill.

Inmates, families adapting to video visitation

The Routt County Jail is slowly getting inmates and visitors accustomed to a new video visitation system.

Hayden to make final decision on allowing marijuana cultivation

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will make a final decision on whether entrepreneurs with a green thumb can grow marijuana for a profit.

Wildlife officials hope to learn Steamboat bear habits

Steamboat Springs wildlife officials on Sunday gave a male black bear a new hairdo and a collar

Man's bond set at $50,000 after high-speed chase

After crashing through fences at a ranch and running his car into a ditch, Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jeffrey DePue on suspicion of four felonies and two misdemeanors.

Unknown whether other police investigation reports will be released

Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong is not expected to consider releasing Nuanes additional reports related to the police department investigation until the week of Aug.10.

Interim chief to brief council on changes at police department

The changes are a response to a report prepared by Katherine Nuanes, an independent investigator hired to look into allegations related to conduct by Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

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Fundraising website set up for woman who lost home

A fundraising website has been set up for the woman whose home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday in Steamboat Springs.

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High-speed chase ends at equestrian ranch

A high-speed pursuit Thursday ended with the arrest of a Fort Collins man, as well as some broken fences at a local equestrian ranch.

Water restrictions enacted in Oak Creek

Starting at noon Thursday, the town of Oak Creek put water restrictions in place.

Passerby helps UPS driver with medical issue

A passerby helped free a UPS driver who suffered a medical condition and went off the road Tuesday afternoon.

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Whistleblower under investigation for perjury by DA's Office

Dave Kleiber, the former detective and whistleblower whose letter led to the resignations of Steamboat’s top two cops, is or was being investigated by the District Attorney's Office for perjury, according to court documents.

Food to be the topic at Thursday's Seminars at Steamboat event

Food might be bountiful in the United States, but that's not the case in some parts of the world.

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Hunting for answers: What Steamboat officials could learn from extensive Durango bear research project

Step close to Lyle Willmarth’s pickup, and it is easy to detect an odor that is disgusting to humans but is an irresistible scent to bears.

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City of Steamboat Springs releases 'Report 6' police investigation summary

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark on Friday released the summary of Report 6, one of six reports prepared as part of the police department investigation.

No one injured after plane goes off YVRA runway

NTSB releases info on 2014 crash

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Road rage incident results in felony arrest

A 40-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony second-degree assault after a road rage incident at the new stop signs at the Mount Werner Road underpass.

Newspaper asks city to reconsider records request denial

A lawyer representing the Steamboat Pilot & Today sent a letter to the city attorney Thursday asking him to reconsider his decision not to release reports related to the police department investigation.

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Officer Kristin Bantle 'recommended for termination'

City Manager Hinsvark did not elaborate on who recommended Bantle be terminated.

Assistant district attorney leaves office

Assistant District Attorney Han Ng is no longer working for the 14th Judicial District.

Horse dies in Monday morning crash

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was cited with careless driving after a crash Monday morning near mile marker 13 on Routt County Road 179.

Man faces six felonies after Dream Island Mobile Home Park disturbance

Bond was set at $50,000 for a man who has been charged with six felonies and five misdemeanors related to a Thursday night incident at Dream Island Mobile Home Park.

Boomer strikes again

Boomer, the drug-sniffing canine employed by the Routt County Sheriff's Office, is being credited with another drug bust.

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