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Matt Stensland

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VeDepo retires after keeping the record for 35 years

Stenographer retires from 14th Judicial District after 3 decades of service

After her last court hearing Thursday morning at the Routt County Justice Center, stenographer Lynn VeDepo teared up as she looked back on her 35-year career.

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Murder trial to be held in Routt County

Johnson appeared in court Thursday, where Fourteenth Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O'Hara was expected to hear arguments for why or why not the three-week trial should be held in Routt County. Ultimately, Johnson did not object to the trial being held here.

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Demolition gives way to revitalization on Yampa Street

Demolition makes way for revitalization on Yampa Street

An old Yampa Street home was demolished this week to make way for a modern, three-story multi-use building.

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Environmental group plans to sue Peabody

Fearing bankruptcy, an environmental group is acting quickly to ensure Peabody Energy has the money necessary to clean up its mining sites.

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Coal production down at Twentymile Mine

Production in Colorado was down 18.5 percent with 18.7 million tons. It is the lowest amount of coal mined in 23 years.

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Cornhole tournament will raise funds for $500,000 playground in Hayden

The town of Hayden has set an ambitious goal of raising $150,000 to build a playground at Dry Creek Park.

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Environmental group claims Peabody Energy not following laws

The WildEarth Guardians environmental group has filed a complaint with regulators alleging Peabody Energy is not following federal laws at its mines in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, including Twentymile Mine in Routt County.

Hayden Town Council to consider rate increases

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will do the final reading of an ordinance that would raise water and sewer rates for residents.

Drug task force makes second arrest

The All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force made another arrest Tuesday, this time involving methamphetamine.

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Firefighters think snow slide triggered explosion

It is thought that snow falling from a roof triggered an explosion at a Steamboat Springs duplex Tuesday.

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No injuries after explosion at Steamboat Springs duplex

"Just heard a 'boom' sound like ice coming off the roof," neighbor Peter Hunter said. "I saw flames coming out of the house and called 911."

Man suspected of dealing cocaine

A traffic stop outside of Steamboat Springs led to the arrest of a 49-year-old man suspected of dealing cocaine.

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Steamboat police step up leash law enforcement

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is stepping up leash-law enforcement in an effort to curb any more conflicts between humans and moose.

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Discounts available for World Spay Day

The Routt County Humane Society is doing its part to help control the world's pet population.

Snow returns to forecast

With clear skies this week, skiers and riders got a taste of spring conditions, and snow has returned to the forecast.

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Officials discuss detox security concerns

In the wake of an attack of a Steamboat Springs detox facility worker, officials met this week to discuss how to step up security.

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Intrawest eyes real estate development

Intrawest, parent company of Steamboat Ski Area, is telling its investors there is an opportunity to restart real estate development at its resort properties.

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Tree well danger still exists at ski area

With sunshine and warmer temperatures, spring skiing conditions are taking shape at the Steamboat Ski Area, but the tree well danger still exists.

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Steamboat police chief gives update on department

Being down three sworn officers continues to present challenges for the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Chief Cory Christensen told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.

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Lost snowboarder travels more than three miles before being found by rescuers

One snowboarder got very, very lost Tuesday after unintentionally going out of bounds at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Marijuana store seeking more visible retail space

A local marijuana business has proposed moving its retail operations to a more visible location at Curve Plaza between two restaurants and a liquor store.

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Fire destroys Oak Creek home

No one was hurt Friday night when a fire destroyed an Oak Creek home.

Steamboat marijuana sales up 35 percent in 2015

The pot industry continued to explode in 2015, with more than $9.1 million in sales in Steamboat Springs.

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Ski patrol members on Chinese exchange

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has sent three of its veteran ski patrol managers to China for two weeks to share their expertise.

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New lift, mountain coaster, mini golf slated for Steamboat Ski Area

Intrawest CEO Tom Marano announced Wednesday morning that a mountain coaster, mini golf course and new Elkhead lift will be built this year at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Man arrested after detox worker assaulted

Law enforcement officials are concerned after a 59-year-old woman working at Routt County’s alcohol detox facility was assaulted Friday night while taking care of a man who had been brought in after officers investigated a fight in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Charges dismissed against former Routt County employee accused of embezzlement

After paying $10,000 to the taxpayers of Routt County, criminal charges have been dropped against a former Routt County Treasurer's Office employee faced with 157 charges related to embezzlement of public money.

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2016 Winter Carnival: Night Extravaganza to feature BIG firework

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified, and Steamboat Springs fireworks fanatic Tim Borden is ready to launch his giant 48-inch-diameter firework into the Steamboat Springs sky.

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Grant provides money for solar array to benefit low-income residents

Yampa Valley Electric Association is partnering with a nonprofit organization to build a solar array that will lower the electric bills of qualified low-income residents.

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Fire at Steamboat townhome displaces residents

The occupants of a Whistler Village townhome were displaced Thursday night after a fire was discovered in the walls and ceiling.

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Aerial surveying takes pulse of Colorado forests

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service gives a glimpse at the health of Colorado's forests, including those in Routt County.

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Winter Sports Club to celebrate new Alpine training venue

Following a monumental, $2.4 million fundraising campaign, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Saturday will formally celebrate the new Alpine training facility at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Hayden voters say 'yes' to marijuana grow operations

A new industry was born in Hayden Tuesday night when residents voted to allow marijuana growing operations.

City, county threatened with Bantle lawsuit

Former Steamboat Springs police officer Kristin Bantle has formally threatened to file a lawsuit against the city and Routt County.

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Sheep rescued from Steamboat Ski Area

People intervened last week to rescue a sheep stranded in deep snow at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Plane loses power, crashes near Steamboat Springs Airport

A fixed-wing, single-engine airplane crashed just off the north end of the runway at Steamboat Springs Airport in Steamboat Springs Friday afternoon.

Man arrested after Dream Island fight

A Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after a fight Wednesday night involving a broken beer bottle at Dream Island Mobile Home Park.

Steamboat police seeking leads in shooting

Steamboat Springs police have hit a dead end and are asking for help in finding the person who fired a bullet into a townhome Jan. 10.

Extra DUI patrols Saturday

The Colorado State Patrol is urging drivers to be safe, and troopers will be doing extra patrols in Routt County on Saturday looking for impaired drivers.

Hayden residents voting on marijuana grow operations

Town Clerk Sharon Johnson said more than 1,100 ballots were mailed to voters who live within town limits.

Hayden Town Council to discuss town manager recruitment

The Hayden Town Council of Thursday will takes steps toward hiring its next town manager.

Mountain lions concern Lake Catamount residents

Residents in the area of Lake Catamount this week have been trying to deter four mountain lions from calling the scenic area home.

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The hunt for the next big tree

Routt County is home to many large aspen trees but it can now boast being home to a big — if not the biggest — known aspen tree in Colorado. The story of the tree is one of resiliency, and a bit of luck.

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Fire displaces Edgemont visitors

Dozens of Steamboat Springs visitors were displaced Friday night when a fire broke out in a chimney at the Edgemont condominiums at the base of the ski area.

Ski Corp. parent company buying back stock

Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., has enough cash on hand that it intends to spend $50 million to buy back shares of its own stock.

Hayden School District plans for staffing cuts

The Hayden School District is planning for staffing cuts in an effort to not further drain the district’s savings.

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Former cops respond to new investigation summary

Two former Steamboat Springs Police Department officers critical of department leadership have responded positively to a new summary of a months-long internal investigation.

District attorney formally announces re-election bid

No other candidates have announced they will be running against Brett Barkey in the November election.

Man suspected of threatening officer, damaging car

A homeless man known for yelling and screaming at people in Steamboat Springs was arrested Tuesday and faces a felony charge.

Some snowmobilers not following rules

U.S. Forest Service officials have seen an early-season surge in the number of snowmobilers not following the rules.