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Matt Stensland

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Horse dies in Monday morning crash

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was cited with careless driving after a crash Monday morning near mile marker 13 on Routt County Road 179.

Man faces six felonies after Dream Island Mobile Home Park disturbance

Bond was set at $50,000 for a man who has been charged with six felonies and five misdemeanors related to a Thursday night incident at Dream Island Mobile Home Park.

Boomer strikes again

Boomer, the drug-sniffing canine employed by the Routt County Sheriff's Office, is being credited with another drug bust.

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Police chief tenders resignation

Police Chief Joe Rae has tendered his resignation to the City Manager effective August 28

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Search warrant: Officer Kristin Bantle admitted to cocaine use

A search warrant unsealed Friday alleges that Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle lied about using cocaine when she applied for a job with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden Town Council moves marijuana cultivation ordinance forward

On Aug. 6, the Hayden Town Council will make a final decision about whether to allow marijuana cultivation operations.

Man suspected of stealing car, offering bribe to police

A 25-year-old California man has been accused of attempting to bribe Steamboat Springs Police Department officers.

Hayden Town Council to consider marijuana cultivation

Hayden Town Manager David Torgler is expecting a big crowd at Thursday night's town council meeting.

Search warrant to be unsealed Friday related to felony charge against officer

It is anticipated that a search warrant related to a felony charge filed against Steamboat Springs officer Kristin Bantle will be unsealed Friday.

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Steamboat police officer charged with felony

A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer put on paid administrative leave in June has been charged with a felony.

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Patricia Richmond remembered as animal lover who loved to laugh

A close family friend of the Richmonds described 22-year-old Patricia Richmond as a kind-hearted artist who had a great smile and loved to laugh.

Cyclist seriously injured in Thursday night collision

A 27-year-old woman was seriously injured in a bicycle collision Thursday night and flown to Denver for treatment.

Snowfall in southern Colorado could benefit from El Niño

The start of the ski season is still more than four months away, but forecasters are already looking at how much snow Mother Nature may provide.

Officers on alert to keep dogs safe

Hot dogs are perfect for barbecues but you do not want your dog to turn into one by leaving it in a scorching car, where temperatures can rocket well above 100 degrees.

Preliminary hearing again postponed for Johnsons

A preliminary hearing has been postponed again for the couple officials believe are responsible for the murder of Ed Zimmerman.

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Medical matrimony: Brian and Lori Harrington

With both having a connection to the U.S. Army, Dr. Brian Harrington thought he and his future wife, Lori Harrington, would have an immediate connection at Dartmouth Medical School. He was wrong. It was not until a snowshoe outing in February of their first year of med school that the two started dating. Then, after finishing their careers in the Army, Brian and Lori moved to Steamboat, where they’ve lived for the past 10 years.

With several small fires, caution urged

Local fire officials are urging people to use extreme caution this holiday weekend.

No serious injuries in Rabbit Ears Pass Crash

No one was seriously injured after a Wednesday afternoon crash on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Accused murderer told deputies he 'snapped'

Court records show Cole Pollard told deputies he “snapped,” choked Patricia Richmond to death and then raped her.

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Pollard being held on suspicion of murder

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins on Wednesday described a troubled young man who possibly made a series of decisions that ultimately led to the death of 22-year-old Patricia Richmond.

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Cole Pollard located, arrested, will likely face homicide charges

Cole Pollard has been taken into custody, and Sheriff Wiggins said Pollard will likely face charges related to the death of Patricia Richmond.

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Search on for 'person of interest' in Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says they have located Cole Pollard's vehicle above Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

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Homicide victim identified

Cole J. Pollard has been named as a person of interest in the death of Patricia Richmond, 22, who was found at 56730 Lupine Court east of Clark in North Routt County.

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Sheriff's Office looking for 'person of interest' in homicide

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is trying to find Cole J. Pollard. He has been named as a person of interest in the death of a 22-year-old woman found at 56730 Lupine Court east of Clark in North Routt County.

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Sheriff's Office investigating homicide in North Routt County

At about 7:15 p.m., emergency responders were called to a report of a woman who was discovered tied up and laying face down at a home at 56730 Lupine Court.

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Routt County Jail launching video conferencing for visits

The Routt County Jail is changing the way it allows inmates to visit with friends and loved ones on the outside.

Fifth excessive force lawsuit filed against Steamboat police officers

A Wyoming cowboy who competed in the July Fourth rodeo has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force by two Steamboat Springs police officers.

Bear, not dog, attacks another elk on Emerald Mountain

Wildlife officers Wednesday responded to a report of another dog attacking a calf elk on Emerald Mountain, but it was actually a bear that did the killing.

GOCO grants will fund rodeo arena improvements, protect open space

Parts of two South Routt County ranches will be protected from future development and the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs will get $150,000 in upgrades thanks to grants from the state of Colorado.

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Oak Creek uses grant for new ambulance

Because of its financial situation, the Oak Creek Fire Protection District was able to get a new $185,000 ambulance for $18,500.

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Photographer describes moose encounter with tubers in Steamboat

A wildlife official says he is thankful an encounter between moose and tubers last week did not escalate into a more dangerous situation.

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Volunteers work to reroute Hot Springs Trail

Routt County Riders volunteers and Smartwool employees got dirty and sweaty Friday to repair the popular Hot Springs Trail.

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Wildlife officials urge people to let baby animals be

Many people think they are doing the right thing by saving what they think is an abandoned animal, but in most instances, the animal is not truly abandoned.

Fire at medical marijuana growing facility raises concerns

A local official says the recent fire at a marijuana growing facility illustrates why regulations need to be put in place.

Dog owner cited after elk attack

A dog owner was cited Tuesday for allowing her off-leash dog to viciously attack an elk on Emerald Mountain.

Hayden to consider ballot questions

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider whether to put two questions on the November ballot.

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Officer Kristin Bantle put on paid leave

Kristin Bantle, the police officer who lost her job as the Steamboat Springs school resource officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Sheriff, deputy raised concerns about Steamboat school resource officer

The investigation into the conduct of school resource officer Kristin Bantle was prompted in part by Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and a deputy who have children in the schools.

DA: Arrest 'not directly related' to Blee disappearance

The grand jury for the 14th Judicial District indicted Doolin on May 29 on a first-degree kidnapping charge, a Class 1 felony. He was taken into custody in Alaska on Tuesday.

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Zimmerman body found in shed at Johnson residence

Court records unsealed Friday disclose Edward Zimmerman’s body was found in a shed at a rural Steamboat Springs home rented by Lucas Johnson and his wife, Kristen.

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Unclear whether kidnapping arrest related to Marie Blee cold case

A man who has been a suspect in the disappearance 35 years ago of Hayden teenager Marie Blee has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping.

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Ski Corp.'s Jim Snyder tapped to oversee Intrawest food and beverage

Perhaps Winter Park could learn something from the Four Points Lodge’s Bloody Mary enjoyed by skiers atop the Steamboat Ski Area.

Judge orders Zimmerman homicide court records to be unsealed

Judge Shelley Hill on Tuesday ordered that affidavits related to the Edward Zimmerman homicide be made available to the public.

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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.