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Matt Stensland

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Accidental gun discharge kills police officer's son

The 3-year-old child of a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer was killed after a gun accidentally discharged Thursday morning.

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Training aims to save lives of domestic violence victims

Local police and domestic violence advocates are hoping a new tool will help them detect whether a victim's life is at risk.

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Hayden Daze back again

A zipline, live music, cornhole, disc golf and fun runs for adults and kids are among the events at this year’s third annual Hayden Daze.

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Steamboat man faces felony DUI charge

A Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after being arrested on suspicion of a DUI-related charge for the fourth time.

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Cowpie draws a crowd

Traditional rugby tournament supplies plenty of entertainment

Despite losses for the men and the women, there was no shortage of entertainment during Saturday’s Cowpie Classic rugby tournament at Ski Town Fields.

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DA will not prosecute former SSPD detective

District Attorney Brett Barkey has decided not to prosecute a whistleblower, whose community letter led to resignations and new leadership at the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

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Emerald Mountain logging operations begin today

Emerald Mountain users can expect to encounter trail closures beginning Monday as the city embarks on a summer-long project to remove hazardous trees.

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Hayden Town Council approves marijuana-grow facility

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night gave the green light to the town’s first marijuana-growing facility.

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Adventure of the week: Going from nirvana to hell

The thought of navigating 50 miles of some of Routt County’s narliest dirt roads on a road bike can be a little daunting to those used to cruising on smooth pavement.

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Trash haulers stocked and ready to go

Local trash haulers are stocked up with bear-resistant trash cans. Now, they are hoping customers will buy or rent them.

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Fire holding steady at 13,275 acres

The large plume of smoke alarmed some people last week, but officials say the Beaver Creek Fire burning over the Continental Divide does not threaten recreation areas typically accessed from the Steamboat Springs area.

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Former Colorado official pleads guilty to hunting misdemeanor in Routt County

The former executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has pleaded guilty to a hunting-related misdemeanor in Routt County.

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Jim Haskins bids farewell after rewarding career

After 37 years, Jim Haskins has earned the reputation of being a loyal state employee who is eager to do the right thing with a fire in his belly.

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YVEA retains board members

The incumbents have prevailed in the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors election.

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Trailhead vandalism repairs completed

Work has been completed to repair vandalism at the new trailhead parking area on the back of Emerald Mountain.

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Trailhead vandals plead guilty

Two men suspected of causing between $80,000 and $100,000 worth of damage at an Emerald Mountain trailhead in September have pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

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Fireworks shows get green light

The Fourth of July Steamboat Springs fireworks show is a go, Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart proclaimed Wednesday.

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Philanthropists honored for commitment to community

Philanthropy does not go unnoticed in Routt County, and for the 19th year, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation honored a handful of individuals who put their community first.

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Steamboat firefighters join fray

Beaver Creek Fire continues to push east

Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters Julie Wernig and Matt Mathison have been assigned to protect structures and are scheduled to return to Steamboat on Sunday. They join the 150 people that are working the fire.

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Woman rescued from Fish Creek trail

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers helped rescue a woman with a broken ankle on the Fish Creek trail Wednesday afternoon.

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Community invited to see new fire engine

The North Routt Fire Protection District is inviting community members to an open house to check out the fire department's new engine.

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Fire rages over Divide

The status of 30 privately-owned cabins and other structures along Forest Service Road 600 was unknown Wednesday. The structures had been evacuated, and firefighters were going to check for damage Wednesday.

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Fire growing; burns 3,800 acres

A fire in the Routt National Forest near the Wyoming border grew to 3,800 acres Tuesday.

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Steamboat teacher charged with six felonies

Police believe a Steamboat Springs High School teacher suspected of stealing a $75,000 piece of construction equipment also burglarized two businesses and stole another piece of construction equipment.

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Cyclists tackle Moots Ranch Rally

A congregation of 150 Moots bicycle owners and other cycling enthusiasts explored Routt County’s less-traveled roads and agricultural heritage Saturday.

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Woman involved in crash suspected of third DUI

Police believe the woman who caused a three-car crash Friday was under the influence of alcohol.

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Campgrounds, roads opened in forest

Those wanting to escape the crowds this weekend have more options to explore in the Routt National Forest.

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Teacher suspected of stealing $75,000 backhoe

A Steamboat Springs High School teacher who was arrested Thursday denies stealing a $75,000 backhoe that was reported stolen Wednesday.

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Man faces six felonies

A Routt County man faces six felony charges after stolen items were sold to a Steamboat Springs pawn shop.

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Hotel without parking proposed for Hayden

A Hayden landowner has approached the town about building a new hotel, restaurant and bar on a vacant lot downtown.

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Woman suspected of embezzling money from Hot Springs

A former Old Town Hot Springs bookkeeper faces felony theft charges after the Steamboat Springs non-profit reported more than $27,000 had been stolen.

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Mustangs headed to Steamboat

A ton of horsepower will be roaring down Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat Springs for the 28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup.

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Fire destroys cabin

No one was injured early Friday morning when a fire completely destroyed a $100,000 cabin near Thorpe Mountain.

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Arrest made in 2009 theft case

In March 2009, a judge signed off on an arrest warrant for Daniel Marcus Williams, 36. The three felony charges were theft, theft by receiving and unauthorized use of a financial device.

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'Garbage Mahal' built to solve bear problem

Steamboat Ridge Townhomes homeowners association President Brian Harvey said they knew they had a problem.

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North Routt firefighters receive new engine

North Routt Fire Protection Chief Mike Swinsick is trying to find a new home for the department’s hand-me-down 1972 engine.

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Family expresses loss at Johnson sentencing

Family members trembled, cried and expressed anger Wednesday as they confronted Lucas Johnson, who was sentenced to 34 years in prison for brutally murdering Edward Zimmerman.

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Woman hired as police commander

With the hire, department now fully staffed

With the hiring of Annette Dopplick, the Steamboat Springs Police Department is fully staffed for the first time in a long time.

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Caps fly as 158 graduates are sent off

Sunglasses and sun-shading umbrellas were the preferred accessories during Saturday's Steamboat Springs High School graduation ceremony.

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Upcoming clinics offer free legal advice

A series of upcoming free legal clinics will offer an opportunity for people to receive advice that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

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Marijuana grow operation enters public process in Hayden

Resident Rodney McGowen is moving forward with plans to build a marijuana cultivation business in Hayden.

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Bear breaking into cars prompts warning about locking up

Wildlife officials believe a black bear is breaking into Steamboat Springs cars, prompting a warning to residents to lock their doors and keep their windows closed.

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Lucas Johnson pleads guilty to second-degree murder

The man accused of robbing and murdering a Steamboat Springs man for his marijuana plants pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.

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Investigators suspect explosion was suicide attempt

Investigators think a man was trying to take his own life when he blew up the RV he was living in at Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.

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Woman gets 90 days jail time in embezzlement case

A Steamboat Springs woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer is serving a 90-day sentence at the Routt County Jail.

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Harnessing the sun

Progress has been made to produce more renewable energy locally, but some believe more can be done.

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Steamboat Mountain School honors 10 graduates

The learning did not stop on graduation day Saturday at Steamboat Mountain School.

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City releases excessive force lawsuit settlement agreements

Following an open records request, the city released the settlement agreements related to four lawsuits. In all the agreements, the city denies any wrongdoing.

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Yampa Street construction project moves into second week

So far, Yampa Street construction has impacted one business, but the owner remains optimistic.

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Fiorina to headline Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference

The Steamboat Institute announced today that former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will deliver the keynote dinner address at the organization’s Eighth annual Freedom Conference & Festival in Steamboat Springs on Friday, Aug. 26.