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Steamboat Mountain School graduates eager to apply learning to life

This year SMS graduated nine seniors, who were eager to apply what they learned at the private school in the woods just north of Steamboat Springs.

Trial delayed for man accused of shooting bulls

A trial has been postponed for a for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.

Hayden planning commission recommends not allowing marijuana grows

The Hayden Town Council will ultimately decide whether to allow marijuana grows in the town.

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Chemical spill clean-up complete on Rabbit Ears Pass

In total, 5,880 tons of soil was removed from the area by Custom Environmental Services and disposed of at the Twin Enviro landfill in Milner.

May rainfall record broken

According to Matthew Aleksa, at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, 6.37 inches of rain have been recorded at the official measuring station in Steamboat.

Hayden Planning Commission to further explore allowing marijuana grows

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday is expected to decide whether to recommend allowing marijuana grow facilities to the town council.

Judge considers releasing documents related to Zimmerman homicide

During a hearing Wednesday, Judge Shelley Hill again expressed her desire to unseal records related to the Ed Zimmerman homicide case.

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A cleaner coal

A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition.

Campers brave conditions for Memorial Day weekend

Despite the damp weather, people were filling up propane tanks, and campers were rolling into Routt County for Memorial Day weekend.

Vehicle repairs adding up after fuel contamination in Steamboat

Bad fuel is suspected of sending numerous cars to local mechanics this week, each one requiring hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs.

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It's unclear what will be released from investigator's report

It is unclear whether a final report will be made public related to the investigation into accusations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

Hayden officials to discuss water tank, mosquito spraying

Hayden officials Thursday will be updated on the Seneca Hill water tank project and will discuss whether to stop spraying for mosquitos.

Hearing set to determine whether to unseal documents in Zimmerman homicide case

A hearing has been scheduled to determine whether documents currently sealed in the Ed Zimmerman homicide case should be unsealed.

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Council members satisfied with marijuana status quo

A strong majority of Steamboat Springs City Council members are not interested in allowing any more marijuana dispensaries.

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Hayden sends off 31 graduates

Hayden teacher, coach and rancher Ty Zabel wasted no words telling the class of 2015 what lies ahead.

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Donations being accepted for couples displaced by Steamboat fire

Fundraising websites have been set up for the two couples who were displaced by a fire that destroyed their home Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

Coroner still awaiting final Zimmerman autopsy report

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg still has not yet received a final autopsy report for Steamboat Springs resident Ed Zimmerman, a suspected murder victim whose body was found March 4.

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Steamboat City Council to review marijuana rules

Steamboat Springs leaders on Tuesday will discuss whether the city’s current regulations for marijuana businesses are working.

High school student suspected of distributing marijuana-infused candy

The Steamboat Springs Police Department charged a Steamboat Springs High School student on suspicion of distributing marijuana after an incident Wednesday.

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Fire destroys Steamboat Springs home

No one was seriously injured in a fire that destroyed a Steamboat Springs home Thursday.

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Hayden students plant for the future

Thanks to some local kids, mature aspen, cottonwood and dogwood trees should be flourishing in a couple decades at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.

Convicted Steamboat murderer wins another appeal

The man convicted of murdering a Steamboat Springs woman in May 2000 has won an appeal and has been granted a new trial, again.

Bear euthanized, suspected of ripping through shed door in Steamboat

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers chose to euthanize a problem bear that was caught in a trap Monday night in Steamboat Springs.

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Runners take first Cog Run wins

A couple of newcomers walked away with top finishes Saturday during the Hayden Cog Run.

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Mitsch Bush gives an update to constituents

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush visited with constituents Friday evening to chat about laws that were passed and not passed in the past year.

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Forest Service seeks feedback on new Buffalo Pass trails

Big changes are envisioned for the Buffalo Pass area, and the U.S. Forest Service is accepting feedback on a plan to build or designate more than 42 miles of trails.

Hayden to consider fee for vacant lot owners

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider imposing a fee on vacant lot owners not currently connected to the town's water system.

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Hayden hires new superintendent

The Hayden School District’s new superintendent describes himself as someone who enjoys people, loves kids and is dedicated to education.

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Hayden students seek justice for Syrian children

A motivated group of Hayden High School students is trying to make a big difference in a war-torn region 6,500 miles away.

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Routt County Search and Rescue seeks new volunteers

Routt County Search and Rescue is looking for dedicated people to join their existing team of 25 volunteers.

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Chili galore at North Routt cook-off Sunday

The famed 13th Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse on Routt County Road 129 near Steamboat Lake.

Man suspected of making marijuana concentrate

Charles J. Douglas was being held on suspicion of felony unlawful manufacturing of marijuana concentrate and reckless endangerment.

Hayden School Board interviews superintendent candidates

After a full day of interviews with three candidates Thursday, the Hayden School Board is moving forward with negotiations for a new superintendent.

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New trail debuts at Stagecoach State Park

The Pinnacle Peak Trail was built using a $15,000 grant from the state. It is about ½ mile long and loops around the scenic peak next to the campgrounds.

Hayden horse sale cancelled

A horse sale scheduled for Saturday in Hayden has been cancelled.

Fourth excessive force lawsuit filed against city

For the fourth time in four years, the city of Steamboat Springs is being sued by people who claim excessive force was used by police officers.

Felony menacing charge dismissed against Steamboat man

Charges have been dropped against Jason T. Leuthold, a Steamboat man who was arrested April 7 on suspicion of felony menacing.

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Road construction to resume Monday on South Lincoln Avenue.

Road Construction season is ramping up, and work will begin Monday to finish up a Lincoln Avenue project.

Two more men suspected of selling heroin in Steamboat

Jeffrey S. Truslow, 25, and Steven L. Truslow, 29, had warrants out for their arrests and were booked into Routt County Jail Friday.

Hayden superintendent finalists named

The Hayden School District has announced its finalists for a new superintendent.

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Registration opens for Cog Ride in Hayden

Warm weather has meant cycling season is already underway, and registration has opened for a May 16 charity ride in Hayden.

Police chief, deputy chief investigation expected to last into June

An investigation is expected to be completed in June related to accusations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, who are on administrative leave.

Aspen man charged with three felonies

An Aspen man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of charges related to interfering with an investigation by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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In an instant: Reuniting after eight years

When Andrew "Hondo" Sanders woke up from a coma, all he could do was blink once for “yes” and twice for “no.”

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Boomer joins ranks at Sheriff's Office

Boomer, a 16-month-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix from the Czech Republic, began duty three weeks ago. Already, he is being credited with four heroin arrests.

Steamboat man suspected of dealing heroin

Cody Greatbatch has been charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of heroin, a Class 3 drug felony. He has also been charged with two counts of distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class 1 drug felony.

Steamboat, other mountain communities yield strong winter tax revenues

The city of Steamboat Springs in February again saw a strong month of sales tax revenues.

Water restrictions begin May 1

With snowpack at levels well below average, local water providers Wednesday announced water restrictions that will go into place May 1.

Hayden Town Council to consider purchasing body cameras for officers

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider purchasing body cameras to be worn by the town's police officers.

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Steamboat Ski Patrol member dies after last week’s crash

The Steamboat Ski Patrol member who sustained serious injuries in an accident Thursday at Steamboat Ski Area died Tuesday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center.