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Matt Stensland

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Woman arrested after stabbing

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office believes a 27-year-old Yampa woman arrested Friday stabbed her husband.

Judge to decide verdict in German motorcyclist case

A bench trial was held Thursday for the Steamboat Springs man accused of reckless driving related to the death of a 60-year-old German motorcyclist last summer.

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Rednecks unite for Saturday games in Hayden

A busy weekend of events is in store for Routt County, but the best redneck viewing will be Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Wyoming wildfire brought smoke to Yampa Valley

Unusual winds from the northeast ushered in smoke to the Yampa Valley Tuesday evening.

Flag stolen from North Routt fire station

The North Routt Fire Protection District is hoping for the safe return of a flag that recently was stolen from their fire station in Clark.

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Steamboat July 4 parade offers 'slices of Americana'

It is rare that Cookie Lockhart ever misses a Steamboat Springs July 4 parade, and you will usually find her riding a horse.

Elk moves along, Rita Valentine Park trails reopened

Trails at Rita Valentine Park have reopened now that a cow elk and her newborn calve have moved along.

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Elk standing ground at Rita Valentine Park

A cow elk that prompted the temporary closing of some Rita Valentine Park trails was still standing her ground Thursday.

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Camper and truck destroyed in Stagecoach fire

No one was hurt Wednesday when a camper and truck caught fire at a parking area near the Stagecoach Reservoir dam.

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Hay field fire put out quickly near Hayden

A fire at a hay field near Hayden quickly was brought under control Thursday by West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters.

High man was roughhousing with Rottweilers when he was bitten

What initially was reported as a man attacked by three Rottweilers turned out to not be so serious.

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Oak Creek residents learn about burgeoning marijuana industry

A group of Oak Creek residents Wednesday night learned how the town could benefit from Colorado's ongoing marijuana experiment.

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Fire danger remains moderate going into July

Unless something drastic happens, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble expects a July 4 holiday season free of fire restrictions.

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Bike commuters to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Wednesday with free breakfast

Cyclists in Steamboat Springs will have two free breakfast options as they bike to work Wednesday.

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Steamboat Rugby dominates Breckenridge in season opener

The Steamboat Rugby Club kicked off its season Saturday with a big win against Breckenridge.

Hayden business signs can stay for now

Hayden officials plan to take another look at the rules for signage used by businesses.

Hayden officials ready to select contractor for $3.2 million water project

Construction on a major water infrastructure project in Hayden is expected to begin in August.

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Bear activity picks up in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs resident Butch Bowers was not planning on reinforcing his garage with plywood Thursday morning, but it needed to be done.

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Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs kicks off Friday

While teams are doing a final push to reach their fundraising goals, Relay for Life of Steamboat Springs organizers say there is still an opportunity for anyone in the community to participate.

Hayden officials to address concerns over business signs

Because of citizen complaints, Hayden Town Council members Thursday night will take a look at the rules the town has for signage at businesses.

Quick cold spell will bring below-freezing temperatures

Residents hoping for a hearty tomato crop this summer might want to cover their plants Wednesday night.

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Mustangs shine at downtown Steamboat Springs event

The 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback is a car the entire Krauss family can enjoy. Loveland resident Todd Krauss spotted the car in his neighborhood 11 years, made an offer and spent four years restoring it back to its original glory with a fresh coat of rangoon red paint.

48 businesses checked, all pass alcohol compliance checks

A large number of local businesses recently passed alcohol compliance checks done by the state.

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Wildfire conditions raised to moderate for region

A small grass fire near a Steamboat Springs propane company Friday served as a reminder of how conditions are beginning to dry out in the area.

Former Steamboat woman convicted at trial of selling drugs

A former Steamboat Springs resident will be sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison after being convicted on drug charges.

Routt County Sheriff's Office sees increase in phone scams

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that there has been an uptick in reported phone scams.

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Let young wildlife be, officials say

Local wildlife officials are concerned about the number of baby animals being picked up by humans, who fear they are sick or have been abandoned.

Lesyshen trial scheduled for September

During a hearing Friday, Judge Michael O’Hara set the trial to begin Sept. 29.

Details released about prank call that led to Routt County SWAT mission

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office this week released audio recordings and more details related to the prank phone call that led SWAT team members to force their way into a home with two unsuspecting residents inside.

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Former teacher found guilty of all child molestation charges

It only took 90 minutes of deliberations for a Routt County jury to return guilty verdicts on all charges against John Brothers Jr., the former teacher and pastor accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy.

Jury to begin deliberations in Steamboat child sex assault case

The jury has been given the case and will begin deliberating Friday morning to decide the fate of John Brothers Jr.

Hayden to consider agreement with Triple Crown

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday during its regularly scheduled meeting will consider an agreement with Triple Crown Sports, which hosts tournaments on the town's ballfields.

Neighbor dispute, lawsuit put kink in Hayden charity event plans

A dispute between neighbors and an ensuing lawsuit has left the organizer of a charity event in Hayden scrambling for a new venue.

Routt County jury hears details about child sex assault allegations

A nervous young man testified in court Friday that when he was 11 or 12 years old, he was violently sexually assaulted by John Brothers Jr. eight different times.

SWAT team enters Stagecoach home after suspected prank phone call

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch says a prank phone call led them to assemble the SWAT team and enter a home to "check the welfare of the residents" Wednesday night in Stagecoach.

Jury chosen for John Brothers Jr. trial

After three long days of jury selection, a jury was finally seated late Thursday afternoon in the case against John Brothers Jr., a former teacher and pastor accused of molesting a boy.

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Police asking for help with nitrous oxide theft

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying who was responsible for stealing a tank of nitrous oxide from a dentist's office.

Senior citizen found safe in Steamboat after going missing in Oak Creek

An 80-year-old Oak Creek woman with dementia was found safe in Steamboat after being reported missing Wednesday morning.

South Routt School District hires new superintendent

It was almost as if Darci Mohr was destined to be the next superintendent for the South Routt School District.

Jury selection goes into 2nd day

The process of selecting a jury is going into a second day for a Routt County trial in which a former teacher and pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a boy.

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Autopsy report classifies 3-year-old's death as homicide

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg complied with a judge's order Tuesday and made public the autopsy report for the toddler who police believe was left alone for four days in a Steamboat Springs cabin.

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Memorial Day more meaningful for 2 local soldiers

For Alex Palaniuk, military service has been a life-changing experience, and military holidays like Memorial Day have become a lot more meaningful.

Jury selection to begin Tuesday for 9-day trial

Attorneys met with Judge Shelley Hill on Friday to discuss last minute details before a nine-day trial that is set to begin Tuesday.

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Tiger pride on display in Hayden

Hayden Valley Elementary School students got a big surprise Thursday when a life-sized tiger statue arrived on a trailer along with the Unstoppable Man.

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Lowell Whiteman School to become Steamboat Mountain School

Officials from The Lowell Whiteman School announced Tuesday the school’s name was being changed and no longer would include the name of the its founder.

Commissioners supportive of extending marijuana moratorium

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave its initial approval for extending the moratorium that forbids marijuana businesses from operating in unincorporated parts of the county.

Group creating initiative to help increase funding for local nonprofits

A group of current and aspiring leaders in the Steamboat Springs community is creating a one-stop, online shop to make it easier for people to donate to local nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties.

Man suspected of distributing prescription drugs

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 24-year-old man in Steamboat Springs on Thursday on suspicion of distribution of narcotics.

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Steamboat police try out new ride

The newest addition to the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s fleet of vehicles took to the streets this week.

Hayden ride, music festival to benefit ALS cause

Organizers of a Lou Gehrig's Disease charity bike ride in Hayden say the June 7 event is a big event not to be missed.