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Matt Stensland

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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.

Trial rescheduled for man who crashed car into motorcyclist

A two-day trial scheduled to begin Thursday for a Steamboat Springs man accused of careless driving resulting in death has been rescheduled for July 10.

Steamboat Mad Mud Run canceled

Organizers of the Steamboat Mad Mud Run event announced on Facebook on Thursday that the third annual event scheduled for July 12 has been canceled.

New assistant fire chief named in Hayden

Trevor Guire has accepted the position of assistant fire chief with the West Routt Fire Protection District.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday night

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night is expected to make approvals that will help pave the way for construction of a new water tank.

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New Yampa Street sidewalk a step toward the ultimate goal

Workers with Duckels Construction this week are finishing up on a new stretch of sidewalk on the river side of the street between Eighth and Ninth streets.

South Routt names superintendent finalists

The South Routt School District is closer to choosing a new superintendent, and officials are asking community members to come meet the finalists.

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. receives top honors for environmental excellence

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. was given the 2014 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence during the National Ski Areas Associations' national convention last week.

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No fire, water restrictions in short-term forecast

Officials say the near-term forecast for the Steamboat Springs area is free of water and fire restrictions, and most of Routt County is not experiencing any drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Moffat County, a majority of the county is experiencing just abnormally dry conditions.

Police investigating burglary at Pine Grove Dental Arts

Sgt. Scott Middleton said a crowbar was used to gain access to the building through the back door. A large tank of nitrous oxide was stolen.

Pilot & Today sued after requesting autopsy report for 3-year-old boy

Steamboat Pilot & Today is fighting a lawsuit brought by the Routt County Coroner's Office that seeks to keep autopsy results secret for the 3-year-old boy who died last month in Steamboat Springs.

Grandmother says 3-year-old died from 'extreme dehydration'

After a court hearing Wednesday, the grandmother of 3-year-old Austin Davis disclosed she learned Austin died from "extreme dehydration."

Cameras being added to Steamboat police cars, officers

By July 1, all of the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s patrol cars — and officers — will be equipped with video cameras.

Hayden senior awarded County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship

Hayden High School senior Heather Nereson has been chosen as the recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship award.

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Steamboat upperclassmen tackle tough issues

For one hour on Friday, the upperclassman at Steamboat Springs High School delved into what principal Kevin Taulman admitted was a tough topic.

Hayden to discuss consolidating 2 groups

The Hayden Town Council will discuss consolidating the town's Hayden Economic Development Commission with the Hayden Chamber of Commerce at its meeting Thursday night.

Pocket-dialed message leads to child abuse arrest in Steamboat Springs

A father was arrested Tuesday in Steamboat Springs on suspicion of child abuse after a day care received a “disturbing” 4 1/2-minute long, pocket-dialed voice mail.

District attorney to seat another grand jury

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey again wants another tool at his disposal to investigate tough cases.

Man suspected of burglarizing Steamboat Springs business

Steamboat Springs police think the man they arrested Monday was responsible for breaking into a local business and prying open a safe.

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.