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Matt Stensland

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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.

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Camping season kicks off in Routt County

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the camping season, and spots for this weekend are limited due to closures and reservations.

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Plea deal in murder case results in 50-year sentence

A 22-year-old Routt County man was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison for murdering Patricia Richmond.

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Racing for a good cause

The Spirit Challenge Steamboat Springs Running Series race Saturday proved a sentimental event for many in attendance.

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Economist, executive hopeful others will fill Sports Authority void

A local economist and a ski shop executive are hopeful retailers will be able to fill the void left when Sports Authority closes its doors in Steamboat Springs.

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City of Steamboat Springs settles with Kristin Bantle

Bantle has sued Routt County and Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and threatened to sue the city of Steamboat.

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Sports Authority to close Steamboat store

Future unclear for building in Wildhorse Marketplace

Bankruptcy court documents show Sports Authority will be closing all its stores, including its location in Steamboat Springs at Wildhorse Marketplace.

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Hayden High School graduation Sunday

Hayden High School seniors will graduate Sunday in the school's auditorium.

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Peabody approved for additional financing

Debt-ridden Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine in Routt County, is hoping additional money will allow it to continue operations as normal.

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Hayden officials weigh tax increase

Hayden officials are considering asking residents to raise taxes, with the goal of firming up the town's coffers.

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North Routt Chili Cook Off offers good eats for worthy causes

For many, the annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off signals the end of cabin fever and a long winter. It also means good eats and full bellies, with dozens of green and red chilis, soups and desserts.

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No injuries reported in rollover semi crash

No one was hurt when a semi rolled Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Liquor store owners react to booze bill

Some Steamboat Springs liquor store owners are supportive of a bill that would slowly phase in full-strength alcohol sales at grocery stores, but one Craig business owner thinks it's a raw deal.

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Hayden passes on town manager candidates

The search continues after Hayden Town Council members decided to pass on the candidates identified as finalists for the town manager position.

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Rollin's trash can passes the grizzly bear test

A grizzly bear known as Kobuk the Destroyer clawed, chewed and pounced, but was unable to get a snack located inside Rollin Stone’s trash container.

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Local attorney helps craft grocery store alcohol bill

A Steamboat Springs attorney is helping shape a game-changing liquor bill being considered by legislators in Denver that would allow full strength beer, wine and liquor sales in grocery stores.

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Man killed in hit-and-run crash

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for the driver and car involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a McCoy man.

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Man suspected of burglary, stealing pain medications

Steamboat Springs police believe a 26-year-old Steamboat man broke into three homes in search of pain medications to feed an addiction.

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Intrawest CEO says real estate market is 'primed,' ready for development

During an earnings report Thursday, executives with Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the real estate market was ripe for development at its resorts.

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Hayden to fill council vacancy

Four residents have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the Hayden Town Council.

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Hayden residents meet and greet town manager candidates

Dozens of residents gathered at Hayden Town Hall Tuesday night, eager to find out more about the four town manager finalists.

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Welder tries to keep the bears out

Rollin Stone has always had an interest in building things. When he was younger, he got tired of always getting burned by oil when checking the turkey in the fryer.

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Hayden announces town manager finalists

The town of Hayden has narrowed the field and selected four finalists to be the new town manager.

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Peabody posts bonds to ensure Twentymile Mine reclamation

The biggest mining company in the United States, which declared bankruptcy April 13, has posted bonds to ensure its Twentymile Mine in Routt County gets reclaimed in the event it were to close.

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One hospitalized after head-on crash

A head-on crash on the top of a snowy Rabbit Ears Pass closed down U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

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Congressman planning visits for opioid abuse education

The trips are planned to begin in June, but it is not yet known if he will be visiting Routt or Moffat counties.

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Caution urged during agricultural burning season

Once again this year, Routt County officials are urging members of the agricultural community to use caution when undertaking burns.

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Bear issues again come to light

Council to consider revisions to city's trash ordinance

With bears again on the prowl and getting into garbage, local officials will again be asking new city council members if they want a more strict trash ordinance.

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Homicide case scheduled for arraignment

One of Routt County’s three homicide cases proceeded through the court system Tuesday.

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Video released; passenger wants seat belts on commuter buses

Passenger involved in March 29 accident calls for seat belts on buses

The video from inside the bus shows just how violent the crash was, and at least one bus rider says she will not feel safe again until the city of Steamboat Springs installs seat belts.

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Girl Scout honored for heroism

A Steamboat Springs High School sophomore is being recognized for the role she played in helping people injured in a bus crash March 29 on U.S. Highway 40.

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Melting snow floods parts of campground

What started as a trickle quickly turned into a steady stream of water Thursday night at Steamboat Campground.

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The high costs of detox

A detox facility comes at a high cost, but local officials feel it is a necessary one.

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Steamboat firefighters extinguish chimney fire

A Steamboat Springs home was not damaged when a chimney caught fire Thursday morning.

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Rain, snow showers likely for closing weekend

Meteorologists say closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area could be accompanied by some rain, as well as some snow at higher elevations.