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Matt Stensland

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Keeping kids and roads free of marijuana still a focus for police

During the first year of legalized pot sales in Steamboat Springs, police issued more tickets to people who were younger than 21 and suspected of possessing marijuana.

Attorney discloses possible homicide motive

Court documents filed Wednesday shed some new light on a possible motive for the slaying of Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Man suspected of brandishing knife on bus

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been charged with two felonies related to an incident on a city bus where a man said he was threatened with a knife.

District Attorney's Office plans to appeal chief judge's decision

The Routt County District Attorney's Office has asked a district court judge to hold off on appointing a special prosecutor to prosecute a high-ranking Colorado official.

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More than 100 pounds of marijuana was seized from Johnson residence

The couple is being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder. The case involves the death of Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman, who was reported missing March 7. His remains were discovered last week.

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Zimmerman remembered as loving father who lived life to the fullest

Friends and family members remember Edward Zimmerman as a wonderful father who was passionate about the outdoors, especially snowboarding.

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Remains identified as missing longtime Routt County resident

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Friday confirmed that the remains of missing longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman were discovered this week.

North Routt Fire Protection District awarded $175,000 grant

The North Routt Fire Protection District learned last week it was awarded a $175,000 grant from energy impact funds distributed by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Judges denies bond for man accused of first-degree murder

A Routt County couple is being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder, and authorities still have not disclosed what they know about Edward Zimmerman, who was reported missing Saturday.

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Routt County couple arrested on first-degree murder charges

Before being able to post a $10,000 bond, a man being held at Routt County Jail was booked on charges of first-degree murder, according to Routt County Court records.

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DA: Suspect "at large" in case involving missing Stagecoach man

Authorities on Wednesday were still saying very little about the investigation into the disappearance of 46-year-old Stagecoach resident Edward Zimmerman.

Hayden officials to continue discussion about residency requirements

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to continue its discussion of policies affecting town employees.

Sheriff's Office investigating disappearance of Stagecoach man

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is releasing very little information related to the investigation of a missing Routt County man.

Twentymile Mine asks to mine additional acres

Routt County's Twentymile Coal Mine is asking permission from the federal government to mine coal from an additional 310 acres under ground.

Steamboat snow totals rebound in February

Snowfall at the Steamboat Ski Area rebounded in February with 57.75 inches of snow recorded during the month at mid-mountain.

Man who drove wrong car suspected of DUI

A Steamboat Springs visitor was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he accidentally took someone else's car and got into an accident.

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Sunshine Kids focus on fun, not cancer, during week-long camp

As 15-year-old Carson Hilliker eyed the moguls from the top of Surprise, instructor Greg Dalsis warned it would be a challenging ski run. Carson, who is in remission and in August will be cancer-free for two years, did not hesitate and dropped in.

Changes to antler hunting rules forthcoming

The rules are changing for those who venture into the woods to hunt for antlers.

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Parking rules change in Ski Time Square

Those who plan on parking a car in Ski Time Square should be aware of new parking rules that have gone into effect.

Woman released from hospital after being attacked by moose

The woman, who was attacked by a moose Sunday in Steamboat Springs, was released from the hospital Monday.

Two Steamboat men charged with marijuana felonies

The Routt County District Attorney's Office has charged two Steamboat Springs men with felonies related to marijuana.

Routt County had six suicides in 2014

With two suicides in Routt County already in 2015, the leader of a local suicide prevention group is concerned.

Detox facility moved out of jail

Officials say the new location for Routt County’s detox facility is working out well.

Power outage impacts 1,200 Steamboat Springs customers

Power went out to about 500 customers in Steamboat Springs Thursday morning.

Powder predictions promising for weekend skiing

Sunny skies will continue through tomorrow before a promising storm moves into the region.

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Report outlines benefits of coal industry in region

Coal is big business in Northwest Colorado, according to a new report prepared for economic developers in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Benefit Saturday for woman injured in car accident

Friends of the Steamboat Springs woman who was seriously injured in a car accident Jan. 6 are holding a benefit Saturday.

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Snow in forecast for holiday weekend

A storm moving into the area Saturday night is not looking as promising as it once was, but some snow is expected through Monday to help freshen up conditions at Steamboat Ski Area.

Scammers in full force during tax season

Police and a local accountant are urging people to be cautious this tax season to keep from becoming the victim of a scam.

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Year One: Marijuana created 'modest boon' to tourism

Steamboat Springs visitors Erica Fischer and John Ihrig sat on the deck of their vacation rental condo taking turns slowly inhaling marijuana vapor from a plastic bag. Loaded in their vaporizer is a strain of weed called StarDawg. “You’re going to be so stoned,” Fischer said to Ihrig. Ihrig exhaled. “That’s why it’s there,” he said.

Q&A about pot with Steamboat Ski Area’s Rob Perlman

Q: What do you think the impact has been on Steamboat Ski Area? A: Despite significant news and conversation leading up to legalization in Colorado, along with a number of other states implementing similar laws, overall, the resort has experienced minimal effects from the new law.

Man suspected of making unwanted sexual advances

A 40-year-old man who was arrested Monday on suspicion of making unwanted sexual advances toward a woman told police he did it because he was “horny.”

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Steamboat youth honored for community service

A Steamboat Springs youth was honored this week at the Colorado State Capitol for the work he has done giving back to the community.

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Coal production down again at Twentymile Mine

Coal production at Routt County’s Twentymile Mine decreased again in 2014, along with the number of employees.

Steamboat man suffers serious injuries in head-on crash

A 64-year-old Steamboat Springs man involved in a head-on collision Thursday morning suffered serious injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

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Muzzleloading Biathlon in Steamboat a cherished tradition

After 40 years, Paul Yonekawa and Bob Brassell were not about to let this kooky tradition die.

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Winter Carnival 2015: Slalom on wheels

Bike race offers thrills and spills

Over the years, a few dozen local cyclists have perfected the art of riding the Poma lift at Howelsen Hill with a bike in tow.

Judge refuses to reconsider Rotary Club lawsuit

A judge has refused to reconsider her decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled former member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden superintendent returns to work

Hayden Superintendent Trudy Vader returned to work Tuesday and will be on probation for the remainder of her contract, which is up for renewal June 30.

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Twentymile again recognized for safety

For the third year in a row, Routt County's Twentymile Mine is being recognized for its safety record.

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Steamboat sees record-low January snowfall

It’s sadly official. The Steamboat Ski Area had the worst January in terms of snowfall.

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City workers improvising to get snow for Winter Carnival street events

City officials are confident they will be able to find enough snow to pack Lincoln Avenue for next weekend’s Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival street events.

Former Steamboat resident accused of child sex abuse

A former long-time Steamboat Springs resident faces charges in Arapahoe County related to child sex abuse of a girl.

Hayden superintended charged with DUI put on administrative leave

Trudy Vader, the Hayden School District superintendent charged with a DUI, was put on administrative leave with pay Friday.

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'Modest accumulations at best' with weekend storm

Hope is dying that January 2015 will be spared the reputation of being the driest January in the history of the Steamboat Ski Area, with records going back to 1979.

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$350,000 slated for upgrades at Routt County Jail

Upgrades will be done at the Routt County Jail, but it is going to cost more than expected.

Hayden superintendent arrested, suspected of DUI

Hayden School District superintendent Trudy Vader was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of DUI.

Steamboat still flirting with January record-low snowfall record

Snow totals this week will determine whether Steamboat Ski Area experiences its driest January on record.

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Hayden teachers focus on being mindful of stress

To create a better learning environment, Hayden Valley Elementary School teachers on Friday were learning how to cope with stress.

Animal cruelty case set for trial

Trial dates have been set for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.