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Matt Stensland

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Artists raising funds for Fish Creek Falls light installation

Two artists who frequent Steamboat Springs are raising money to build a temporary light installation at Fish Creek Falls.

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Psychiatric hospital expansion planned

An expansion of the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, could help alleviate the mental health woes in Routt County and other communities in western Colorado.

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Overheard at the bar: The Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

8:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car with Texas plates speeding and swerving in and out of traffic at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

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Rescued men clarify story

Two men, who were rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue on Jan. 12 during a mission that injured a volunteer in an avalanche, are grateful to the organization, but they believe some wrong information was given to the public.

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Woman may have been ejected in Steamboat Springs crash

A woman was injured after she was ejected from her car Friday in Steamboat Springs.

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Bathroom fan causes fire at Stagecoach condo

Smoke detectors and the smell of smoke alerted neighbors to a fire Friday morning at a Stagecoach condo complex.

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Preliminary hearing canceled for Steamboat man accused of underage sex, drug, prostitution crimes

After a lengthy delay Thursday, the Steamboat Springs man charged with 41 felonies related to accusations that he exchanged drugs for sex with underage girls ultimately decided he did not want a preliminary hearing.

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Fine policy for rescues at Steamboat Ski Area might be working

Officials at Steamboat Ski Area believe the possibility of a fine is working to deter inexperienced skiers and riders from venturing out of bounds into dangerous terrain.

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Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

Organizers were filled with pride as an estimated 1,000 people marched through downtown Saturday during the Women’s March on Steamboat Springs.

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Hayden superintendent to retire

Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza said the board was disappointed to learn Kasper would be leaving.

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Search and Rescue called to help snowmobilers

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called Thursday to help a group of three snowmobilers that got stuck on Buffalo Pass.

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Low avalanche danger could quickly change in Steamboat Springs area

After a period of high avalanche danger, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has downgraded the local avalanche danger to low.

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How rescuer Jay Bowman survived the slide

Routt County Search and Rescue member Jay Bowman now has a long plate with 13 screws holding his shattered arm together, some broken bones in a leg and five staples in the back of his head to remind him of the avalanche that nearly took his life Jan. 12 on Buffalo Mountain.

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Sun, then snow, returns to Steamboat Springs

After several days of low clouds in the Yampa Valley, the sun returned to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. Snow might return to the area as soon as Friday.

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Two injured in head-on crash in Routt County

Two drivers received minor injuries after being involved in a head-on collision Tuesday morning on Routt County Road 16 leading to Lynx Pass.

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Inside the Stagecoach Dam: Harnessing the Power

It is a careful balancing act at the Stagecoach Dam, where electricity is generated for homes, fish habitat is managed and water is stored for a time when cities, ranchers and industry need it.

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Reuters: Intrawest, owner of Steamboat Ski Area, exploring a sale

The news agency was citing sources who wanted to remain anonymous because the talks were confidential.

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Avalanche injures Search and Rescue volunteer during mission

A Routt County Search and Rescue member is expected to recover after being swept away in an avalanche Thursday night during a mission on Buffalo Pass.

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Woman suspected of stealing thousands from Steamboat Springs physical therapy employer

A 28-year-old Hayden woman is suspected of embezzling nearly $76,000 from Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy in Steamboat Springs.

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Man must register as a sex offender

A 41-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to four months in Routt County Jail, must register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and undergo treatment after committing a sex crime against a woman.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of assaulting deputy

Andrew S. Balvanz was arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving, third-degree assault, resisting an officer and violation of a protection odor.

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Snow, wind create avalanche danger in Steamboat backcountry

Forecasters are warning of considerable danger in the backcountry after avalanche warnings were issued for many parts of Colorado, including the Steamboat Springs zone.

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Tax deterring marijuana business in Hayden

One of three groups hoping to open a marijuana grow facility in Hayden says a tax imposed by the town has created a roadblock.

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Skiers enjoy knee-deep powder at Steamboat Ski Area

The beards coming off the mountain told the story of an epic morning of powder skiing Thursday at the Steamboat Ski area.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of soliciting sex

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces charges of false imprisonment and solicitation of prostitution following an early-morning incident at the beginning of the new year.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of dealing heroin

Shawn M. Ferrell was arrested Monday by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

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Avalanche watch issued for Steamboat zone

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Steamboat area until 12 p.m. Thursday.

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Peabody emerging from bankruptcy

Last week, Peabody announced it had filed its plan of reorganization.

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Minimum wage increase benefits some, not others

Steamboat Springs restaurant servers and bartenders are likely to be the biggest winners when the state begins ratcheting up the minimum wage Jan. 1, 2017.

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Labor department goes after man for unemployment fraud

A 52-year-old man Routt County man has been charged with two felonies following an investigation by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that alleges he collected unemployment while working.

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Stuck in the clouds? How to ski in low visibility

Follow a few simple tips, and anyone can conquer low visibility.

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Man suspected of slitting Hayden officer's wrist

The community of Hayden is thankful one of its police officers is safe following a life-threatening encounter with a suspect that left the officer with a slit wrist.

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Still waiting on that Christmas package?

Tuesday was a big day for the Steamboat Springs Post Office, which received about 5,000 packages.

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Phenomenal Falafel gets taste of downtown Steamboat

Downtown Steamboat Springs has a new option for quick, affordable food.

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Busy weekend ahead in Steamboat Springs

Yampa Valley Regional Airport and hospitality workers anticipate a busy day Saturday as visitors arrive to spend the holidays in Steamboat.

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Skiers could face fine for rescues in backcountry

The fine print on the trail maps and signage at backcountry access gates now alert skiers that they can be charged up to $500 per person for rescues at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Steamboat Springs woman seriously hurt after being hit by car

At about 6 p.m., Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters and police officers responded to the intersection of Downhill Drive and Elk River Road.

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Steamboat Ski Area opens additional terrain

Morningside is among the additional terrain being opening at the Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday.

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Beaver Creek Fire cost $30 million

The Beaver Creek fire in neighboring Jackson County proved to be costly.

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Police dog sniffs out felony

An Oak Creek man faces felony drug charges after he failed to move his car to make way for snow plows.

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Snow remains in forecast for Steamboat Springs

A strong storm approaching Friday is expected to favor the mountains in southern Colorado, but Steamboat Springs should get its share of powder.

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Yama Kawa restaurant prepares for downtown opening

Yama Kawa plans to open at its new location where Bamboo Market was located at 11th and Yampa Streets late next week.

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Snowmobilers urged to follow rules or face fines

The U.S. Forest Service recently cited six people who were riding in non-motorized areas on Rabbit Ears Pass. The west side of the pass is reserved for non-motorized uses, while snowmobiles can be used on the east side.

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Man injured in crash was doing work at Yampa Valley Medical Center

Matt Ingles is a veteran who flew Blackhawk helicopters in the Middle East. He was a second lieutenant in the Army from 2007 to 2012.

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An early Christmas for kids while they shop with a cop

The toy aisles at Walmart were busy Sunday when 18 local youth with a $125 budget got to shop during the third annual Shop With a Cop event.

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Fundraising website established for man injured in crash

The man who was seriously injured in a crash Thursday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass is recovering.

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Soroco takes wrestling tournament championship

The Soroco High School gym was filled with pride Saturday after the home wrestling team grabbed the title as overall champions.

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Oak Creek apartment building declared dangerous

Following an inspection, an Oak Creek apartment buidling has been deemed uninhabitable, displacing at least six people.

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Rabbit Ears Pass reopened following crash

U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass has been reopened following a head-on crash that critically injured one driver.

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High cost hijacks detox program

Due to the high cost, those in need of detox are again being taken to Routt County Jail.