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Matt Stensland

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Nanogram marijuana law tested with Routt County juries

In the past month, two Routt County juries have been asked to consider nanogram levels to decide whether defendants were too high to drive.

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Yampa wildlife officer named Officer of the Year

A local wildlife officer known for being a leader in land management issues and relationship building has been named Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Officer of the Year.

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Seed exchange program sprouts at Hayden library

Spring is in the air at the Hayden Public Library, where patrons have been given access to a variety of free seeds to plant in their gardens.

Officials to get update on Hayden Speedway

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to get an update on bringing back racing to the Hayden Speedway.

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Firefighters urge caution around high water

As the snow melts and the Yampa River begins to swell, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is reminding people to be careful around high water.

Judge unseals arrest warrant for Steamboat mother whose 3-year-old died

At the request of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Routt County Judge James Garrecht has unsealed records related to the case against Meghan McKeon, the woman charged with child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son.

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Questioning authority: City of Steamboat Springs quietly fights lawsuit alleging excessive use of force

Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Evan Driscoll thought the scene looked suspicious.

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Coal production down at Routt County's Twentymile mine

Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Co. in 2013 produced the least amount of coal since at least 2001.

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Students honor past classmate with guitar concert

As Michael Kirlan sat in the audience, he smiled and was obviously happy watching his son's former classmates perform a concert in Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan's honor.

Father of dead 3-year-old taken back into custody

The father who was released from jail after his 3-year-old boy died has been arrested again.

Attorneys wait for toxicology tests in 3-year-old's death

Meghan McKeon, the mother who has been charged with child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, is not due back in court for a month.

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Twentymile Coal Co. recognized for safety record

For a second consecutive year, Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Co. has received its parent company’s top award for safety.

Steamboat Pilot & Today files motion to unseal documents in McKeon case

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is asking that an arrest warrant and supporting affidavit be unsealed in the case against the 24-year-old woman charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son.

2 arrested after break-in at Hayden High School

Two males have been arrested after a break-in Monday at Hayden High School.

2 felony charges officially filed against mother

Two felony charges of child abuse resulting in death officially were filed Thursday against Meghan McKeon, the mother of Austin Davis, the 3-year-old who died March 27.

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New charge filed against Steamboat Springs mom in death of 3-year-old son

The woman accused of neglecting her 3-year-old boy who ultimately died tried to plead guilty Wednesday, but the charges were dismissed with plans to file a more serious charge.

New town clerk to be sworn in at Hayden Town Council meeting

The Hayden Town Council will swear in a new town clerk during its meeting Thursday night.

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Recognition given for support of military service

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and six local organizations were recognized Wednesday for their support of employees who also commit time as a guard or reserve member.

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Dal Leck named new fire chief in Hayden

Leck was one of 30 people who applied for the job vacated by Bryan Rickman, who retired Jan. 31.

2 Routt County men receive prison sentences

The Steamboat Springs man accused of cutting his 17-year-old stepson in the arm during a fight in Dream Island Plaza has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Steamboat Springs School Board denies expulsion appeal

The Steamboat Springs School Board last week upheld the decision to expel a 17-year-old girl suspected of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell.

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Routt County law enforcement trains for the worst

Local law enforcement officials spent last week getting intimately familiar with one Routt County school.

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Steamboat mother could face homicide charge for 3-year-old's death

Steamboat police think the 3-year-old boy who died Thursday had been left home alone in a dangerous environment for nearly 20 hours.

Steamboat police investigating death of 3-year-old boy

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy.

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Routt County Redneck Olympics needs new name

After receiving a threatening letter, organizers of the Redneck Olympics in Hayden need to come up with a new name for the third annual event on July 12.

Skier rescued in Fish Creek drainage

Routt County Search and Rescue rescued a 23-year-old man Thursday who got separated from his group while skiing in the Fish Creek drainage.

Trails committee tackles building on U.S. Forest Service land

Community members got a crash course Wednesday on what it will take build and improve trails surrounding Steamboat Springs on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

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‘Escape artist’ breaks out of doggy jail in Steamboat Springs

A Steamboat Springs boxer-husky mix is in the doghouse after Steamboat police think he climbed out of his kennel and possibly opened three doors before escaping from the city’s doggy jail.

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Police training next week at Hayden schools

Hayden residents should not be concerned if they see a large police presence at the middle and high schools next week.

Hayden council members now 'on the same page' when it comes to attendance

Hayden Town Council members Thursday renewed their commitment to attend meetings, or at least let staff members know when they cannot be there.

Friday is last day to register for Penguin Plunge fundraiser

This year, the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley is holding registration the day before the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Concerns expressed about attendance of Hayden Town Council members

One Hayden Town Council member thinks his fellow council members need to be reminded of the commitment they have made.

Agreement quickly reached in Steamboat Springs stabbing case

The case against a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend last week in Steamboat Springs was resolved quickly in Routt County Court on Wednesday.

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Local dispensaries implementing new packaging rules for edibles

In a constantly evolving industry, local marijuana dispensaries are implementing new rules that were signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday.

Committee to interview 3 Hayden fire chief candidates

The three finalists chosen to interview for the position are Interim Chief Dal Leck, Capt. Dustin Williams and a candidate from the state of Washington named Doug Hutchison.

Hayden school evacuated because of smoke

Hayden Valley Elementary School was evacuated for about 45 minutes Tuesday after someone saw smoke and pulled the fire alarm.

Man receives 18-year prison sentence for meth in Steamboat Springs

A 41-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

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Girls lacrosse fall in home opener

This has been dubbed a rebuilding year for the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team, so players and coaches were not too focused on the scoreboard Saturday.

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Kits available to test for drugged drinks

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is making portable test kits available to the public that will indicate whether a drink has been drugged.

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Woman flown to Denver after crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

A female suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Denver hospital after her car collided with a tanker truck Friday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Woman suspected of stabbing boyfriend in Steamboat

Bond was set at $5,000 on Thursday for a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs woman police said admitted to stabbing her boyfriend with a knife Tuesday night.

Police offer red flags for scams

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has seen another spike in the number of residents becoming the victims of scams.

Semi rolls near base of Rabbit Ears

No one was injured when a semi truck rolled Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Recreational pot sales commence at Lincoln Avenue location

Routt County residents and visitors now have a choice when it comes to buying marijuana for recreational use.

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Penguin Plunge to raise funds for new breast health center

Organizers of this year's Penguin Plunge are hoping to raise $75,000 toward establishing a breast health center at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Steamboat police investigating stabbing

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred Tuesday night at a residence at 3341 Après Ski Way.

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Steamboat Ski Area announces 2014-15 pass prices, additional night skiing

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Tuesday announced pass prices for the 2014-15 season, which will include expanded night skiing from three to five nights each week.

Charges pending against those thought to have shipped pot

Charges have not been filed yet against the people thought to be involved with mailing pounds of marijuana to Illinois from Steamboat Springs.

Housekeeper accidentally gets high after eating found chocolate bar in Steamboat Springs

A housekeeper with a sweet tooth reportedly got extremely high Monday when he indulged in a chocolate bar left behind in a condo.

Teen given 90 days in jail for marijuana explosion in Steamboat Springs

A Clark teen was sentenced to 90 days in jail Monday for a June explosion that occurred in Steamboat while he and another teen were making a concentrated form of marijuana called earwax.

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