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Matt Stensland

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Cause of death determined for missing hunter

On Sept. 7, Harkins was not feeling well and chose to stay at camp while the four people he was hunting with headed out to hunt. When the hunters returned, Harkins was gone.

Judge dismisses Class 1 felony kidnapping case

A judge has dismissed the case against a 54-year-old Craig man accused of kidnapping related to an incident in the late 1970s.

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Officials view coal mine sale as positive

Routt County officials view the anticipated sale of Twentymile Coal Co. to Bowie Resource Partners as a positive development.

Chance for snow returns to Steamboat area

Weather forecasters are calling for snow, but perhaps not as much as they initially thought.

Cellphone policies vary among high schools

They are powerful tools, and policies related to cellphone use vary throughout Routt County's high schools.

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Twentymile Mine being sold to Bowie Resource Partners

Peabody Energy on Friday announced it is selling Routt County's Twentymile mine to Bowie Resource Partners.

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Police department looking forward with new chief

The Steamboat Springs Police Department turned a new page Friday with the swearing in of its new chief, Cory Christensen.

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Christmas tree permits available

The holiday tradition of cutting down the annual Christmas tree is quickly approaching.

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Hayden granary placed on national historic register

The Delaney family in Hayden is now the proud owner of two properties listed on the National Register of Historic places.

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No opening day the same at Steamboat Ski Area

The last time the ski area decided to open early was on Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, five days in advance of the originally scheduled opening date. That morning, the first 70 skiers who arrived were greeted with breakfast burritos prepared by a group of local residents.

Hayden Town Council to consider hearing date for budget

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider setting a public hearing date for its proposed budget and capital projects program.

20 crashes occurred during Monday storm

Routt County drivers got a crash course in winter driving Monday as snow fell throughout the day.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open early

Steamboat Ski Area to open early for first time in 13 years

With 41 inches of natural snowfall at mid-mountain, sustained cold temperatures, aggressive snowmaking efforts and additional snow in the forecast, Steamboat Ski Area announced an early opening to the 2015-16 winter season.

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Community celebrates business leaders

During an emotional night, Steamboat Springs business leaders honored two men and a group of restaurants, as well a downtown advocate for their contributions to the community.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

11:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person with abdominal pain in the 900 block of Pine Grove Circle.

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Winter arrives in full force

Storms this week packed a punch for the Steamboat Ski Area, where 17 inches of snow fell at mid-mountain in a 48-hour period.

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Kristen Johnson exonerated of murder

Kristen Johnson has been exonerated of being an accomplice to murder, related to the death of Steamboat Springs resident Ed Zimmerman.

Former county employee pleads not guilty

A former Routt County Treasurer's Office employee pleaded not guilty Thursday to 157 charges related to the embezzlement of public money.

Two suspected of possessing crystal meth

Two women face felony drug possession charges after a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Ski Corp. fills gaps in leadership team

Karen Schneider has been named the new director of sales at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Hayden officials to consider trash collection rate increase

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider a modest rate increase for residential trash and recycling collection service.

Hayden residents approve marijuana tax, will keep fluoride in water

Hayden residents have voted to tax wholesale sales of marijuana that is grown to be sold to retail stores.

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Navigator Awards: Giving back to build a community

This year's Navigator Award winners do not measure success in dollars and profits. Giving back counts, and each of these individuals and organizations have found ways to make the Steamboat Springs community stronger.

8 youth face charges after house break-in

Two 18-year-olds and six juveniles face charges after they admitted to breaking into a North Routt County home and partying Friday night.

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Sailors sink Tigers for senior night

Hollering could be heard from outside the locker room after the Sailors’ victory over the Summit County Tigers on Friday night.

Judge rules on issues in Bantle case

In preparation for trial, a motions hearing was held Friday for the former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer charged with felony attempting to influence a public servant.

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FBI, Sheriff's Office investigating explosive device found at Steamboat Ski Area

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Routt County Sheriff's Office are trying to find the person responsible for an explosive device found at Steamboat Ski Area.

Caution urged as temperatures drop

With four chimney and heater-related fires already this fall, Routt County fire chiefs are reminding residents to take precautions.

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Ski area prepares for season by firing up snow guns

A white strip of snow going down the Steamboat Ski Area Wednesday morning signaled the beginning of snowmaking operations.

Kremmling boy dies in crash

A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday night on icy roads between Rabbit Ears Pass and Kremmling.

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REPS conference focuses on wellness

More than 150 community members and health professionals dove into the topic of mental health Friday during the fifth annual Yampa Valley Wellness Conference.

Preliminary hearing cancelled in homicide case

A preliminary hearing has been cancelled for Cole Pollard, the man accused of murdering Patricia Richmond in North Routt County.

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Motorist has scary encounter with mountain lion

An adult female mountain lion was hit by a van and died Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Second annual Hayden cemetery features living history

Following a sold out event in 2014, tickets are still available for this year's living history tours at the Hayden Cemetery.

Monopoly hat, shank suspected as being part of escape attempt at Routt County Jail

Lucas Johnson now faces escape charges after deputies discovered a shank in his jail cell, as well as a hole in the cinder block wall.

Woman suspected of cocaine distribution

An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces drug distribution charges after being pulled over during a traffic stop.

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Sustainability on display during Green Tour

The latest and greatest in green building technologies will be on display Oct. 25 during a tour of three Steamboat Springs homes and the Routt County Justice Center.

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Burn occurred out of season

In the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District, there is a season for burning, and this is not it.

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Home day care opens in Hayden

With child care options few in Routt County, Katina Kline hopes to fill a need with her new home daycare in Hayden.

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Hayden museum plans upgrades

Thanks to an $8,000 grant from Routt County's Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board, as well as private donations, about $16,000 worth of work is planned for the east courtyard.

Former clerk suspected of stealing thousands from Hayden Kum & Go

A former Hayden convenience store employee was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing nearly $4,000 from the business.

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Navigator Award winners announced

After a call for nominations, the Navigator Award winners have been announced.

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Firefighters contain wildfire

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters fought a wildfire Tuesday at the base of Thorpe Mountain along Routt County Road 14.

Injured woman airlifted from forest

A 30-year-old woman was airlifted from the Routt National Forest after being injured Friday.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, 2015

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

Indian summer to continue

The region will continue to experience an Indian summer through next week with mostly clear skies and above normal temperatures.

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Hayden brewery grand opening this weekend

Every drop of beer has proven to be precious at the newly opened Yampa Valley Brewing Company in Hayden.

Traffic stop yields three heroin arrests

During a traffic stop early Thursday morning, Routt County Sheriff's Office K-9 Boomer smelled drugs, and three heroin arrests were made.

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Steamboat police chief finalists wrap up second day of interviews

Five members of the Steamboat Springs community learned a lot more about the five police chief finalists, who were chosen from a pool of 96 applicants.

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Steamboat police chief candidates meet community

It was clear to everyone during Wednesday night's community reception that Steamboat Springs has a choice of five qualified candidates to fill the role of the city's new police chief.