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Matt Stensland

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Fire grows to 25 acres

Despite cool, overcast weather, the Silver Creek Fire grew to 25 acres Tuesday and continued to eat though dead, beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees.

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Woman seriously injured in boating accident

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after a woman was seriously injured in a boating accident Sunday at Stagecoach Reservoir.

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1-acre fire burning in Sarvis Creek Wilderness

A small fire was reported Saturday in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.

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Hard work pays off at livestock sale

At the Routt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale, it’s all about the kids and helping them out.

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Continental Divide race tests runners

Grueling, yet beautiful, was how runners described Saturday’s Continental Divide Trail Race.

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Solar array will power low-income homes

Work is under way to build a new solar array in Steamboat Springs that will benefit low-income residents.

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New signage helps emergency responders

New trail signage on Emerald Mountain helped emergency responders rescue a mountain biker Thursday.

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Same plane declares another emergency landing

An American Eagle regional jet originating from Dallas again landed safely at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after declaring an emergency Thursday.

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Second marijuana grow proposed for Hayden

Two developers are proposing a second marijuana growing facility in Hayden.

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Family: Murphy Roberts, 22, lived life to the fullest

Siblings of Murphy Roberts remember the 22-year-old as a determined young man with a bright future who accepted any challenge.

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Officials swoop in to rescue injured owl at Routt County Fair

A great horned owl drew some attention Tuesday after it had to be rescued during the Routt County Fair.

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Lost hiker guided out by the moon

A 23-year-old woman who moved from Minnesota to Steamboat Springs three weeks ago got a crash course in outdoor survival Sunday night.

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Hayden offering free, all-day kindergarten

The Hayden School District is proudly enrolling boys and girls in free, all-day kindergarten.

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Locals shine at Steamboat Stinger

Many of Saturday's Steamboat Stinger athletes will be able to put their feet up and enjoy the rest of the weekend, but the work is not over for several others, who will push their limits again Sunday.

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Steamboat Ski Area working toward improvements

Steamboat Ski Area has entered the lengthy process of getting federal approval for improvements that include two new lifts, an additional gondola and further development within the existing permitted boundary.

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Marijuana decision the 'best compromise'

A local marijuana business owner has mixed feelings about a decision by federal officials related to the legality of marijuana.

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Plane lands safely following emergency

An American Eagle regional jet originating from Dallas landed safely at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after declaring an emergency Thursday.

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Oak Creek to consider marijuana ordinance

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday will consider an ordinance that would place restrictions on how residents grow marijuana.

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Bank of the San Juans closing Hayden branch

The bank has about 400 customers and employs four people.

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Routt County Search and Rescue calling for volunteers

Routt County Search and Rescue is among many of Colorado's search and rescue groups that are struggling to keep its ranks filled with volunteers.

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Jet ski collision sends one to Front Range hospital

A Steamboat Lake boating accident that sent one person to a Front Range hospital involved two teenagers on jet skis.

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Sunday's Bruce Hornsby free concert cancelled

Apparently Bruce Hornsby caught a bug, and Sunday's Free Summer Concert Series show at Howelsen Hill has been cancelled.

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Hayden seeking election candidates

While many Americans have Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on their minds, residents in Hayden will have to decide who will represent them locally.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of manslaughter

A Steamboat Springs resident faces a manslaughter charge related to the death of his girlfriend.

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SmartWool president resigns

SmartWool President Mark Satkiewicz this week resigned to become general manager of the Americas for the TOMS shoe company.

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Hayden barn deconstructed for new museum exhibits

It may not look like much now, but an old pile of barn wood south of Hayden will be turned into a new home for the Hayden Heritage Center's new agriculture exhibits.

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DA's office reviewing shooting case

Authorities remain tight lipped about how they believe the 3-year-old son of a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer got ahold of his dad’s gun and shot himself.

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Residents' wildfire vigilance high

A fire manager says the 34,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire burning on the other side of the Continental Divide in Jackson County has made residents here vigilant when it comes to preventing a similar fire.

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Woman was knocked over by own dog

The husband of the woman who was knocked over and injured by a dog Sunday said their own dog was involved.

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Woman injured after being knocked over by dogs

A 61-year-old woman suffered a possible dislocated shoulder and a concussion after being knocked down Sunday at Spring Creek Park.

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Banking on summer: Ski resorts seek return on year-round investment

At Vail Mountain, grown men could be heard screaming with fear and excitement as they raced down the summer tubing hill. Tangled in ropes, the eyes of toddlers grew large as they contemplated their next step on the obstacle course. On a ski lift, families visiting Vail rode back up the hill after cruising down the zip line. “Mom, it’s awesome,” Dylan Taylor yelled below. “It doesn’t hurt your stomach. You can do it.” There are tamer attractions too, such as the self-guided interpretive nature trails. That means, this summer at Vail’s Epic Discovery, there is something for just about everyone. By building such attractions, ski resorts in Colorado and throughout the United States are on a mission to become year-round attractions. Vail has led the way when it comes to ski resorts offering its guests more things to do in the summer, while other resorts, such as Steamboat Ski Area, are trying to catch up.

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Steamboat rugby closes season

Saturday marked the end of a frustrating season for the Steamboat Springs rugby team.

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Beaver Creek fire victories outweigh destruction

Tornado-like formations of churning smoke signaled that Friday afternoon was going to be another active day on the Beaver Creek fire across the Continental Divide about 50 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs.

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Criteria not met for fire restrictions in Routt County

Hot and dry conditions are prompting regional fire officials to carefully evaluate whether to enact fire restrictions.

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Arson victim not going anywhere

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for setting a July 20 fire that caused more than $500,000 in estimated damage.

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Runners tackle Spring Creek Memorial

Ken Brenner cheered on all the runners, including nine-mile course winners Gabriel Small and Emily Harrison, as they sprinted down the Spring Creek course Saturday.

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900 participate in Tour de Steamboat

The ride might be longer, and there are a lot more riders, but Scott Fleming says the Tour de Steamboat is shockingly similar to how it was 41 years ago.

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Suicidal man charged with arson

A 55-year-old man has been charged with felony fourth-degree arson after investigators say he tried to commit suicide by blowing himself up.

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Police investigate whether fire was intentionally set

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a fire that occurred Wednesday morning as a possible arson.

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Colorado sees spike in motorcyclist deaths

So far this year, there have been 58 deaths involving a motorcycle rider, a 14 percent increase compared to the same time period last year.

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Firefighters gain priceless experience

Local firefighters are gaining experience at the Beaver Creek Fire that could prove valuable if a large wildfire were to occur in Routt County.

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Community says goodbye to Gavin Stiles

Gavin's memorial service was held Wednesday at the Steamboat Christian Center.

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Fire damage at Steamboat Springs business estimated at more than $500,000

Vaussa occupies the building. The company does custom design, cabinetry and millwork.

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Steamboat attorneys establish foundation

Geoff and Lisel Petis have always had a charitable side to them.

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Steamboat Lake Triathlon a family affair

About 160 people trekked to scenic North Routt County for the sixth annual Steamboat Lake Triathlon on Sunday.

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7-year-old falls from balcony

A 7-year-old child fell from a second-story balcony at the Kutuk Condominiums on Ski Time Square Drive on Saturday.

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3-year-old shooting victim identified as Gavin Stiles

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Friday continued to investigate the accidental shooting of 3-year-old Gavin Stiles, son of Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Michael Stiles and Joni Stiles.

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Steamboat Springs Police Department assigns school resource officer

Now fully staffed, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been able to assign a school resource officer for the upcoming school year.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Nate Bird

Twelve years ago, Nate Bird found himself on the ground floor of what would become one of the most successful energy food companies in the United States. Today, the 37-year-old oversees eight people at Honey Stinger, where he is the sales manager for the sports and outdoors division, while still finding the time to give back to his beloved Steamboat community.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Josh Carrell

Hard work has payed off for Steamboat Springs native Josh Carrell. "I realized Steamboat was a real special place to grow up in and how lucky I was to have that as a youth," Carrell says. "I wanted to make that opportunity available to others."

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