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Matt Stensland

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Steamboat man suspected of sexual assault

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault related to an incident at his apartment the night of Sept. 30.

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Hayden residents invited to meet town manager finalists

The town of Hayden is providing an opportunity for residents to meet the finalists for town manager.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendum 3D — Hayden seeks money for school buses

The Hayden School District is in a financial bind and is asking voters to pay additional taxes so the district can buy new buses.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendums 2A, 2B, 2C — Town of Hayden asks to increase taxes

Hayden residents will consider three ballot questions that will increase taxes to raise more general funds for the town and to fund street improvements.

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Steamboat police examine local crime rate

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is taking a close look at 2015 crime statistics recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Best Employee Party: RMR and YVMC

Everyone likes a party, but of course some are bigger and better than others.

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Best Weed Strain: Heavenly Haze by Rocky Mountain Remedies

Marijuana afficianados have chosen Rocky Mountain Remedies as having the best strain of weed.

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Police department making strides, chief reports

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has made great strides in implementing the recommendations made by an independent investigator tasked with analyzing the inner workings of the police department.

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Cemetery tours return to Hayden

A unique event Saturday will allow residents to visit with the dead at the Hayden Cemetery.

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Steamboat man accused of selling drugs

A Steamboat Springs man is being held on a $20,000 bond after being charged with two counts of drug distribution.

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Council open to more marijuana licenses

Some Steamboat Springs City Council members are supportive of increasing the number of businesses allowed to sell marijuana for recreational use.

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Soroco Rams edge out Gilpin County Eagles

Saturday's away game against the Gilpin County Eagles proved to be a nail biter.

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Johnson guilty of first-degree murder

After two weeks of testimony, it took less than two hours Saturday for a jury to find Thomas Lee Johnson guilty of first-degree murder.

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Sailors fall in homecoming game

The Sailors were going against another team that has yet to get a win this season. Both Steamboat and the Roaring Fork Rams felt the game was pivotal to shape the remainder of their season. Roaring Fork, however, had the edge Friday and beat Steamboat 34-6.

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Jury to begin deliberations in Johnson case

It is now up to a jury of 12 Routt County residents to decide the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson, who is accused of first-degree murder related to the May 2000 death of Lori Bases.

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The vulnerable population: Recent restaurant violation sheds light on employment discrimination issues

Deborah Yun never imagined that answering an employment ad would make her to feel taken advantage of, angry and scared.

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Boomer gets a bust on Rabbit Ears Pass

Boomer, the K9 that works with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, is being credited with removing nearly 16 grams of suspected heroin from the streets Tuesday.

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Steamboat grads recovering after serious crash

The parents of Steamboat Springs High School graduates who were seriously injured after being involved in a crash Saturday in Lakewood said it is a miracle everyone survived.

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Prosecution rests its case in Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial

The prosecution rested its case, and the defense began calling witnesses Tuesday in the Thomas Lee Johnson first-degree murder trial.

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Steamboat Springs Rotarians hear from national candidates

Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs members had a rare opportunity to hear from candidates running for national office.

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Jury hears taped confession

The jury in the Thomas Lee Johnson first-degree murder trial Friday heard a taped confession between Johnson and his ex-wife, but it was not necessarily a slam dunk for the prosecution.

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Fundraiser to benefit Ketchell family

A fundraiser will be held at Yampa Valley Brewing Company in Hayden to benefit the Ketchell family.

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Construction managers banking on good weather

Yampa Street construction managers are hoping for a long Indian summer as they approach a late November deadline to have the first phase complete.

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New trail dreams becoming reality

Ten years ago, Kent Foster and Gretchen Sehler didn't think they would someday be building new trails in the Routt National Forest.

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Juror dismissed after dozing off

A juror was dismissed Thursday because he was having trouble staying awake during the Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial.

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Storm Peak Brewing Company to expand, move locations

Storm Peak Brewing Company has not been able to keep up with demand, and it announced plans Wednesday to move a couple of blocks down the road into a larger building.

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Rain, snow help calm fires

Moisture over the weekend has helped calm the Silver Creek Fire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area east of Stagecoach.

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Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces felony charges related to burglary and drugs after an incident Saturday.

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Steamboat volleyball falls to Eagle Valley in 4 sets

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team looked sharp, and enthusiasm was high during the squad's first set against Eagle Valley on Saturday.

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Running series wraps up

The final Steamboat Springs Running Series race of the season proved to be unlike any other this year.

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Jury seated for murder trial

After a selection process that took nearly four days, a jury of 10 men and five women was selected Friday to decide whether 46-year-old Thomas Lee Johnson is guilty of the May 2000 slaying of Lori Bases.

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Police to carry life-saving overdose drug

Local police and members of the public will be trained to administer a drug that could save the life of someone who has overdosed on drugs.

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Radar offline for upgrades

The radar at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is offline through at least Friday while upgrades are made.

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Logs snarl Routt County Road 129 after crash

It took a small community to clear the road Wednesday morning after a log truck rolled and scattered its load of lodgepole pine trees along Routt County Road 129.

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Fire activity increases in Routt County

On Tuesday morning, smoke had settled in the Yampa Valley after the previous day's increased fire activity.

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Extreme behavior

Firefighters in the region are reporting unprecedented fire activity at regional fires this summer. With stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees littering the forest, officials believe the fire activity will only continue in future years, putting homes and property at risk.

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Hayden School District puts mill levy on ballot

The Hayden School District is in a financial bind and will be asking voters to pay additional taxes so the district can buy new buses.

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Man fires shots to scare away moose

A resident found out Monday that trying to scare away a moose by firing a gun is frowned upon in Steamboat Springs.

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Boy found gun in closet, according to reports

Reports released Monday by the Routt County Sheriff's Office detail how 3-year-old Gavin Stiles got access to his father's gun and fatally shot himself.

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Parents won't be charged with crime related to child's death

A grand jury for the 14th Judicial District has decided the parents of Gavin Stiles should not be charged with a crime related to the 3-year-old’s death.

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Intrawest reports $113.1M in earnings

Intrawest, parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., reported earnings of $113.1 million for the 2016 fiscal year, which ended July 31.

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10 years of ballin' in the 'Boat

With no league in Steamboat Springs, kickball enthusiasts have learned to get their fix from the annual two-day Kickball Klassic tournament.

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Dispatchers inundated during smoke scare

Routt County Communications supervisor Tammy Shupp said that between 2 and 7 p.m., they were fielding non-stop calls from concerned residents.

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Lost Solar Fire source of smoke in Yampa Valley

Strong southwest winds ushered in smoke to the Yampa Valley from a wildfire burning in the Blanco Ranger District in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness

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Soroco falls to top-5 team

The Soroco High School football team was up for the challenge Friday night, but Norwood High School ran away with the 36-6 victory.

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Sidewalk work starting on Oak Street

Downtown Lincoln Avenue will be sandwiched by construction starting Tuesday when work begins on Oak Street.

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Preliminary hearing scheduled in manslaughter case

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the Steamboat Springs man charged with felony manslaughter.

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Accidental shooting case still pending in DA's Office

Three-year-old Gavin Stiles shot himself with his father's police-department-issued handgun, according to a final autopsy report released this week by Routt Coroner Rob Ryg.

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Gunshots from helicopters spook South Routt County residents

Some South Routt County residents were caught off guard when they heard gunshots being fired from helicopters overhead on Monday.

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Routt County Humane Society to the rescue

Since the Routt County Humane Society took over the animal shelter in May 2015 from the city of Steamboat Springs, the shelter has taken in about 16 animals from other communities.