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Matt Stensland

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Snow in forecast for holiday weekend

A storm moving into the area Saturday night is not looking as promising as it once was, but some snow is expected through Monday to help freshen up conditions at Steamboat Ski Area.

Scammers in full force during tax season

Police and a local accountant are urging people to be cautious this tax season to keep from becoming the victim of a scam.

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Year One: Marijuana created 'modest boon' to tourism

Steamboat Springs visitors Erica Fischer and John Ihrig sat on the deck of their vacation rental condo taking turns slowly inhaling marijuana vapor from a plastic bag. Loaded in their vaporizer is a strain of weed called StarDawg. “You’re going to be so stoned,” Fischer said to Ihrig. Ihrig exhaled. “That’s why it’s there,” he said.

Q&A about pot with Steamboat Ski Area’s Rob Perlman

Q: What do you think the impact has been on Steamboat Ski Area? A: Despite significant news and conversation leading up to legalization in Colorado, along with a number of other states implementing similar laws, overall, the resort has experienced minimal effects from the new law.

Man suspected of making unwanted sexual advances

A 40-year-old man who was arrested Monday on suspicion of making unwanted sexual advances toward a woman told police he did it because he was “horny.”

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Steamboat youth honored for community service

A Steamboat Springs youth was honored this week at the Colorado State Capitol for the work he has done giving back to the community.

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Coal production down again at Twentymile Mine

Coal production at Routt County’s Twentymile Mine decreased again in 2014, along with the number of employees.

Steamboat man suffers serious injuries in head-on crash

A 64-year-old Steamboat Springs man involved in a head-on collision Thursday morning suffered serious injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

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Muzzleloading Biathlon in Steamboat a cherished tradition

After 40 years, Paul Yonekawa and Bob Brassell were not about to let this kooky tradition die.

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Winter Carnival 2015: Slalom on wheels

Bike race offers thrills and spills

Over the years, a few dozen local cyclists have perfected the art of riding the Poma lift at Howelsen Hill with a bike in tow.

Judge refuses to reconsider Rotary Club lawsuit

A judge has refused to reconsider her decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled former member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden superintendent returns to work

Hayden Superintendent Trudy Vader returned to work Tuesday and will be on probation for the remainder of her contract, which is up for renewal June 30.

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Twentymile again recognized for safety

For the third year in a row, Routt County's Twentymile Mine is being recognized for its safety record.

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Steamboat sees record-low January snowfall

It’s sadly official. The Steamboat Ski Area had the worst January in terms of snowfall.

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City workers improvising to get snow for Winter Carnival street events

City officials are confident they will be able to find enough snow to pack Lincoln Avenue for next weekend’s Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival street events.

Former Steamboat resident accused of child sex abuse

A former long-time Steamboat Springs resident faces charges in Arapahoe County related to child sex abuse of a girl.

Hayden superintended charged with DUI put on administrative leave

Trudy Vader, the Hayden School District superintendent charged with a DUI, was put on administrative leave with pay Friday.

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'Modest accumulations at best' with weekend storm

Hope is dying that January 2015 will be spared the reputation of being the driest January in the history of the Steamboat Ski Area, with records going back to 1979.

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$350,000 slated for upgrades at Routt County Jail

Upgrades will be done at the Routt County Jail, but it is going to cost more than expected.

Hayden superintendent arrested, suspected of DUI

Hayden School District superintendent Trudy Vader was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of DUI.

Steamboat still flirting with January record-low snowfall record

Snow totals this week will determine whether Steamboat Ski Area experiences its driest January on record.

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Hayden teachers focus on being mindful of stress

To create a better learning environment, Hayden Valley Elementary School teachers on Friday were learning how to cope with stress.

Animal cruelty case set for trial

Trial dates have been set for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.

Steamboat man charged with stalking

Charges have been filed against a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man who police believe was stalking a woman.

Snow dance may be in order as mid-season approaches

Steamboat Ski Area needs to get 6.5 inches of snow in the next 11 days if it wants to just tie the single worst January in the resort's history of record keeping going back to 1979.

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Card fraud blamed on cyber attack on 8 local businesses

After a cyber attack, Routt County has learned a big lesson when it comes to credit and debit card fraud.

Police investigating theft at Hayden museum

The Hayden Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at the Hayden Heritage Museum.

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Police investigate alarming rates of credit card fraud

Police feel there may be a common link between what has developed into widespread reports of fraudulent credit card charges.

Steamboat man given 60 days jail for firing bullet through neighbor's wall

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 60 days in Routt County Jail Tuesday for firing a bullet through his neighbor's wall while intoxicated.

Hayden Town Council meets Thursday night

The council will review the town's monthly finance report and will also consider correcting an issue with right-of-way for an alley at the Lake Village subdivision.

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Fundraiser benefits those who want to be active and manage Parkinson's disease

On Saturday, Steamboat Springs residents again proved they will stand behind a good cause.

Coroner concludes Steamboat residents had suicide pact

Lab tests confirm Page Stockdale and Mark Schiebel died from carbon monoxide poisoning, voluntarily-committed suicide.

Police think Hayden man was high on meth when he reported burglary

Police believe a Hayden man was hallucinating and high on methamphetamine when he called police Monday morning to report his home was being burglarized.

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Why Steamboat City Council baulked on bear-resistant trash mandate

After receiving feedback from the public, most Steamboat Springs City Council members now are against requiring residents to buy pricey, bear-resistant trash containers.

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Steamboat woman in critical condition after crash

The Steamboat Springs woman who was pinned under her car Tuesday morning on the west side of the city was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon.

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Woman seriously injured in Tuesday morning crash

Police and witnesses worked together to lift a car off a pinned Steamboat Springs woman Tuesday morning.

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2014 Year in Review: Top news stories

From problem bears poaching food from trash cans and sneaking into condominium hot tubs to Steamboat’s first foray into recreational pot sales, 2014 was a year to remember.

Advocates serves more victims of abuse in 2014

A local nonprofit organization that helps victims of abuse saw an increase in its numbers in 2014.

More snow in the forecast for Steamboat

Snow was expected to begin falling Saturday morning ahead of a cold front that will result in a forecasted high of 20 degrees on Saturday and 25 degrees Sunday.

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Hayden gym expands offerings in 2015

A gym in Hayden has expanded its offerings for those wanting to make health a focus in 2015.

Local banks see surge in fraud cases

With a surge in fraud, local banks are advising customers to take a close look at their credit and debit card accounts.

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Rescuers tackle chilly mission Tuesday night

Rescuers endured minus-25 degree temperatures Tuesday night to help two men stranded in a snowcat in northwest Routt County.

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Steamboat Ace Hardware manager pedals to retirement

On Tuesday afternoon, it was very clear that Scott Schlapkohl will be missed by the Steamboat Springs Ace Hardware community.

Steamboat police preparing for another busy New Year's Eve

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is upping its staffing for Wednesday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

Property managers cleaning up after fire sprinkler goes off

Christmas Day quickly turned a little less merry when a fire sprinkler head broke inside a Trailhead Lodge condo unit in Steamboat Springs.

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Anglers will compete for biggest fish at tournament

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the fourth annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Stagecoach State Park.

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Volunteers dish up Community Christmas Dinner in Steamboat

As snow blanketed Steamboat Springs on Thursday, about 100 volunteers made sure community members were well fed and jolly on Christmas.

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Forest Service closures aimed at protecting wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service and a local wildlife official is again urging people to stay out of areas where wildlife hunker down for the winter.

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Crash snarls traffic on US 40 near Steamboat Springs

Icy roads resulted in a three-car crash Tuesday morning that snarled traffic just south of Steamboat Springs.

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South Routt fire departments seek new volunteers

The Oak Creek and Yampa fire departments are looking for new recruits.