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Matt Stensland

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Sunday's Bruce Hornsby free concert cancelled

Apparently Bruce Hornsby caught a bug, and Sunday's Free Summer Concert Series show at Howelsen Hill has been cancelled.

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Hayden seeking election candidates

While many Americans have Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on their minds, residents in Hayden will have to decide who will represent them locally.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of manslaughter

A Steamboat Springs resident faces a manslaughter charge related to the death of his girlfriend.

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SmartWool president resigns

SmartWool President Mark Satkiewicz this week resigned to become general manager of the Americas for the TOMS shoe company.

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Hayden barn deconstructed for new museum exhibits

It may not look like much now, but an old pile of barn wood south of Hayden will be turned into a new home for the Hayden Heritage Center's new agriculture exhibits.

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DA's office reviewing shooting case

Authorities remain tight lipped about how they believe the 3-year-old son of a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer got ahold of his dad’s gun and shot himself.

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Residents' wildfire vigilance high

A fire manager says the 34,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire burning on the other side of the Continental Divide in Jackson County has made residents here vigilant when it comes to preventing a similar fire.

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Woman was knocked over by own dog

The husband of the woman who was knocked over and injured by a dog Sunday said their own dog was involved.

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Woman injured after being knocked over by dogs

A 61-year-old woman suffered a possible dislocated shoulder and a concussion after being knocked down Sunday at Spring Creek Park.

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Banking on summer: Ski resorts seek return on year-round investment

At Vail Mountain, grown men could be heard screaming with fear and excitement as they raced down the summer tubing hill. Tangled in ropes, the eyes of toddlers grew large as they contemplated their next step on the obstacle course. On a ski lift, families visiting Vail rode back up the hill after cruising down the zip line. “Mom, it’s awesome,” Dylan Taylor yelled below. “It doesn’t hurt your stomach. You can do it.” There are tamer attractions too, such as the self-guided interpretive nature trails. That means, this summer at Vail’s Epic Discovery, there is something for just about everyone. By building such attractions, ski resorts in Colorado and throughout the United States are on a mission to become year-round attractions. Vail has led the way when it comes to ski resorts offering its guests more things to do in the summer, while other resorts, such as Steamboat Ski Area, are trying to catch up.

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Steamboat rugby closes season

Saturday marked the end of a frustrating season for the Steamboat Springs rugby team.

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Beaver Creek fire victories outweigh destruction

Tornado-like formations of churning smoke signaled that Friday afternoon was going to be another active day on the Beaver Creek fire across the Continental Divide about 50 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs.

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Criteria not met for fire restrictions in Routt County

Hot and dry conditions are prompting regional fire officials to carefully evaluate whether to enact fire restrictions.

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Arson victim not going anywhere

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for setting a July 20 fire that caused more than $500,000 in estimated damage.

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Runners tackle Spring Creek Memorial

Ken Brenner cheered on all the runners, including nine-mile course winners Gabriel Small and Emily Harrison, as they sprinted down the Spring Creek course Saturday.

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900 participate in Tour de Steamboat

The ride might be longer, and there are a lot more riders, but Scott Fleming says the Tour de Steamboat is shockingly similar to how it was 41 years ago.

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Suicidal man charged with arson

A 55-year-old man has been charged with felony fourth-degree arson after investigators say he tried to commit suicide by blowing himself up.

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Police investigate whether fire was intentionally set

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a fire that occurred Wednesday morning as a possible arson.

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Colorado sees spike in motorcyclist deaths

So far this year, there have been 58 deaths involving a motorcycle rider, a 14 percent increase compared to the same time period last year.

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Firefighters gain priceless experience

Local firefighters are gaining experience at the Beaver Creek Fire that could prove valuable if a large wildfire were to occur in Routt County.

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Community says goodbye to Gavin Stiles

Gavin's memorial service was held Wednesday at the Steamboat Christian Center.

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Fire damage at Steamboat Springs business estimated at more than $500,000

Vaussa occupies the building. The company does custom design, cabinetry and millwork.

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Steamboat attorneys establish foundation

Geoff and Lisel Petis have always had a charitable side to them.

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Steamboat Lake Triathlon a family affair

About 160 people trekked to scenic North Routt County for the sixth annual Steamboat Lake Triathlon on Sunday.

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7-year-old falls from balcony

A 7-year-old child fell from a second-story balcony at the Kutuk Condominiums on Ski Time Square Drive on Saturday.

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3-year-old shooting victim identified as Gavin Stiles

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Friday continued to investigate the accidental shooting of 3-year-old Gavin Stiles, son of Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Michael Stiles and Joni Stiles.

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Steamboat Springs Police Department assigns school resource officer

Now fully staffed, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been able to assign a school resource officer for the upcoming school year.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Nate Bird

Twelve years ago, Nate Bird found himself on the ground floor of what would become one of the most successful energy food companies in the United States. Today, the 37-year-old oversees eight people at Honey Stinger, where he is the sales manager for the sports and outdoors division, while still finding the time to give back to his beloved Steamboat community.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Josh Carrell

Hard work has payed off for Steamboat Springs native Josh Carrell. "I realized Steamboat was a real special place to grow up in and how lucky I was to have that as a youth," Carrell says. "I wanted to make that opportunity available to others."

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Accidental gun discharge kills police officer's son

The 3-year-old child of a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer was killed after a gun accidentally discharged Thursday morning.

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Training aims to save lives of domestic violence victims

Local police and domestic violence advocates are hoping a new tool will help them detect whether a victim's life is at risk.

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Hayden Daze back again

A zipline, live music, cornhole, disc golf and fun runs for adults and kids are among the events at this year’s third annual Hayden Daze.

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Steamboat man faces felony DUI charge

A Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after being arrested on suspicion of a DUI-related charge for the fourth time.

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Cowpie draws a crowd

Traditional rugby tournament supplies plenty of entertainment

Despite losses for the men and the women, there was no shortage of entertainment during Saturday’s Cowpie Classic rugby tournament at Ski Town Fields.

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DA will not prosecute former SSPD detective

District Attorney Brett Barkey has decided not to prosecute a whistleblower, whose community letter led to resignations and new leadership at the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

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Emerald Mountain logging operations begin today

Emerald Mountain users can expect to encounter trail closures beginning Monday as the city embarks on a summer-long project to remove hazardous trees.

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Hayden Town Council approves marijuana-grow facility

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night gave the green light to the town’s first marijuana-growing facility.

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Adventure of the week: Going from nirvana to hell

The thought of navigating 50 miles of some of Routt County’s narliest dirt roads on a road bike can be a little daunting to those used to cruising on smooth pavement.

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Trash haulers stocked and ready to go

Local trash haulers are stocked up with bear-resistant trash cans. Now, they are hoping customers will buy or rent them.

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Fire holding steady at 13,275 acres

The large plume of smoke alarmed some people last week, but officials say the Beaver Creek Fire burning over the Continental Divide does not threaten recreation areas typically accessed from the Steamboat Springs area.

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Former Colorado official pleads guilty to hunting misdemeanor in Routt County

The former executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has pleaded guilty to a hunting-related misdemeanor in Routt County.

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Jim Haskins bids farewell after rewarding career

After 37 years, Jim Haskins has earned the reputation of being a loyal state employee who is eager to do the right thing with a fire in his belly.

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YVEA retains board members

The incumbents have prevailed in the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors election.

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Trailhead vandalism repairs completed

Work has been completed to repair vandalism at the new trailhead parking area on the back of Emerald Mountain.

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Trailhead vandals plead guilty

Two men suspected of causing between $80,000 and $100,000 worth of damage at an Emerald Mountain trailhead in September have pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

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Fireworks shows get green light

The Fourth of July Steamboat Springs fireworks show is a go, Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart proclaimed Wednesday.

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Philanthropists honored for commitment to community

Philanthropy does not go unnoticed in Routt County, and for the 19th year, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation honored a handful of individuals who put their community first.

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Steamboat firefighters join fray

Beaver Creek Fire continues to push east

Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters Julie Wernig and Matt Mathison have been assigned to protect structures and are scheduled to return to Steamboat on Sunday. They join the 150 people that are working the fire.

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Woman rescued from Fish Creek trail

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers helped rescue a woman with a broken ankle on the Fish Creek trail Wednesday afternoon.

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Community invited to see new fire engine

The North Routt Fire Protection District is inviting community members to an open house to check out the fire department's new engine.