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Matt Stensland

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Competitors bring the family to 23rd Steamboat Pentathlon

Aside from pure athleticism, aerodynamic handlebars on the bike and finely tuned skate skis are the little details that give racers an edge in the Steamboat Pentathlon. For three competitors, it was not about efficiency or getting the best time. If it was, they would not have brought their young children and pulled and pushed them around in a carriage.

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Yampatika honored by Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife

Yampatika was named Partner of the Year for the Northwest Colorado region during the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife Partnership Conference on Feb. 21 in Colorado Springs.

Steamboat police say pot was being shipped to Illinois in pounds

All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force members Thursday executed three searches related to an investigation of the illegal mailing of dozens of pounds of marijuana to Lake County, Ill., in suburban Chicago.

Steamboat police chief wants more of state's marijuana tax revenues

A letter dated Monday from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police asks Hickenlooper to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the state's marijuana revenues for local law enforcement.

Sheriff's Office investigating rash of thefts near Steamboat Springs

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries and an apparent related theft that occurred Tuesday just north of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden officials to consider June cycling event

Hayden Town Council members Thursday night will consider allowing use of town streets for a cycling event in June.

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Hayden students eye tiger statue to show pride

While most elementary school student councils campaign for better food in the lunchroom, a group of Hayden fifth-graders wants to give back to their community.

Snow persists despite warmer weather

The temperature in Steamboat Springs is expected to reach 50 degrees Thursday, but winter is far from over.

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New Routt County chief deputy district attorney settling in

In the past year, there has been a complete turnover in prosecutors in the Routt County office. Matt Karzen is one of the three attorneys who District Attorney Brett Barkey hired to fill those positions. Karzen will head up the 14th Judicial District’s Routt County office.

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Failed negotiations lead to trials, with mixed success in Colorado's 14th Judicial District

Nine months into his first elected term as district attorney, Brett Barkey put defense attorneys on notice that felony plea deals would no longer be bargains. Local defense attorneys took Barkey’s comments to mean one thing. With non-negotiable plea offers that mandated years in prison, more cases were going to trial. But how many trials had the DA’s office actually won?

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Lesyshen takes insanity defense in son's shooting

The Routt County woman accused of shooting and killing her 9-year-old son pleaded not guilty, by reason of insanity, during her arraignment Thursday in Denver.

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Sarah Floyd honored to receive Hazie Werner Award

The recipient of this year's Hazie Werner Award for Excellence is a longtime Steamboat Springs resident who has helped the community’s youth excel in athletics, as well as life.

Arraignment is Thursday for Lisa Lesyshen

Lisa Lesyshen, the Stagecoach woman accused of murdering her 9-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, is expected to enter a plea during her arraignment Thursday in Denver.

Hayden Town Council to discuss funding studies

The Hayden Town Council will meet Thursday night to discuss funding for two studies that will look at signage and parking.

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Dogs and wildlife a dangerous combination, officials say

In the wake of two recent incidents involving wildlife and dogs, officials are urging people to keep their pets under control.

Another woman injured in moose attack near Steamboat

Steamboat Springs wildlife officers are investigating another moose attack where a woman was injured while walking her dogs.

Trial scheduled for case involving motorcyclist death

A two-day trial has been scheduled for the man accused of careless driving resulting in the death of a 60-year-old German man riding a motorcycle July 2 on Lincoln Avenue.

Chocolate Extravaganza, turkey bowling planned for Hayden

When Hayden restaurateur Charlie Epp tells people he is dishing up Charlie’s Chocolate Chili, the response is usually a laugh with a tone of disbelief.

Steamboat officials recommend denying Golden Leaf recreational marijuana license because of co-owner's 'moral character'

More problems have surfaced for a medical marijuana dispensary in Steamboat Springs wanting to begin selling marijuana for recreational use.

Ski area employee suspected of damaging wall, then skiing drunk to work

A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employee remained in jail Tuesday after he reportedly punched a hole in a wall and skied drunk to work on the mountain Sunday morning.

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New gym promoting fitness in Hayden

When you live in a small town like Hayden, the options can be limited.

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Winter Carnival street events keep traditions alive in Steamboat

Even after 101 years, some things never change at the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.

Man with strong ties to Steamboat returns to be chief deputy district attorney

A new chief deputy district attorney has been named in Routt County. Matt Karzen started work Monday and was hired by Brett Barkey, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

Lesyshen arraignment rescheduled for Feb. 20 in Denver

A new arraignment date has been set for Lisa Lesyshen, the Stagecoach woman accused of murdering her 9-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan.

Steamboat man's weed expertise tapped for Boston operations

Kevin Fisher, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Remedies in Steamboat Springs, has won approval to open two new medical marijuana dispensaries in the Boston area.

Heroin also on the radar for Steamboat police

Like other Colorado communities, Steamboat Springs has seen an increase in the presence of heroin, Police Chief Joel Rae said.

2 flash mob community dances planned for Winter Carnival

There are two more opportunities this weekend to participate in a community flash mob dance routine.

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Winter Carnival: Western lifestyle, skiing mix in fun street events

Local radio personality Brian Harvey calls the street events “the ultimate community event,” and there are a lot of highlights for the spectators who line Lincoln Avenue five or six people deep.

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Retiring Hayden fire chief reflects on emotional career

The photos that line the walls inside the West Routt Fire Protection District headquarters help illustrate Bryan Rickman’s storied career — the highs and the lows.

Routt County candidates eying November election

Several people have already declared their intentions to run for Routt County political offices in the Nov. 4 election.

The Record for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious man sitting outside a house in the 200 block of Hill Street. The man was drunken and taken to detox.

Couple suspected to have been squatting in South Routt County cabin

A couple who claimed they were being chased and needed a place to hide were arrested after authorities believed they were squatting in a cabin.

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Runners strap on snowshoes for 1st race of series in Steamboat

Running in snowshoes presented a unique set of challenges for about 15 competitors Saturday during the first race in a three-part race series.

Flash mob dance opportunity returns to Steamboat Springs

There is still time for residents and visitors to learn the flash mob dance routine that will take center stage during Saturday’s Olympic send-off and the Winter Carnival in February.

Snowboarder with extreme hypothermia rescued outside Steamboat Ski Area

A snowboarder who spent Wednesday night in Steamboat Ski Area sidecountry was found Thursday morning with what rescuers described as extreme hypothermia.

Snowshoe, bike and triathlon races Friday and Saturday

A three-part race series beginning Saturday will have athletes competing for an entry into the Xterra Trail Run National Championship in Utah.

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Ski resorts share strategies in Steamboat for wildfire preparedness

In the middle of the ski season, wildfire preparedness was a hot topic among ski area executives Wednesday in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat man gets 8 years for cocaine conviction

Anthony Tate, 58, tried to mail more than 4 ounces of cocaine to Pennsylvania via FedEx from the Steamboat PostNet in March. When police searched his home, they found about another five ounces of cocaine.

Psychological evaluation ordered for former student suspected of sending death threats to school near Steamboat

A federal judge has ordered a psychological evaluation be completed by Saturday for the man accused of sending death threats to his former school, The Lowell Whiteman School near Steamboat Springs.

Golden Leaf experiences delay in offering recreational marijuana sales

Rocky Mountain Remedies for at least a little longer will remain as the sole place to legally buy recreational marijuana in Steamboat Springs.

Wyoming authorities looking for missing woman possibly in Steamboat

According to the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, Ashley Ann Freudenstein was last know to be in the Casper, Wyoming area, and she may be traveling with two unknown males.

Man arrested on suspicion of felony identity theft

Police used a liquor store scotch purchase to track down the man they think stole electronics from an unlocked car Tuesday.

Man gets 5 years after being convicted for distributing cocaine

A 28-year-old former Steamboat Springs resident was sentenced to five years in the Colorado Department of Corrections followed by five years of parole.

Trial rescheduled, defendant set free

The former Christian school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a boy has been set free because of a mistake made by the Routt County District Attorney's Office.

Police chief says 'minimal problems' during 1st week of pot sales in Steamboat

While it has garnered a significant amount of publicity, police say the first week of recreational marijuana sales in Steamboat Springs has gone smoothly.

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Routt County communications director stepping down

Routt County has begun searching for a new person to lead its communications and 911 dispatch center.

Rabbit Ears Pass reopens following 18-hour closure

U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling reopened late Tuesday afternoon following an 18-hour closure.

Steamboat police receive additional training to spot impaired drivers

With marijuana now legally sold for recreational use in Steamboat Springs, police are receiving more training to identify drivers who might be under the influence of drugs.

Woman rescued after crashing snowmobile on Rabbit Ears Pass

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers worked in harsh conditions to evacuate a woman who had been injured after crashing her snowmobile Monday afternoon.

Hayden Town Council to meet Monday

Instead of meeting Thursday, the Hayden Town Council will meet Monday this week.