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Matt Stensland

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Forest pot growers sentenced to federal prison

Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa, Mexican nationals who were in the country illegally, were arrested after authorities found the 3/4-acre grow site in the Buffalo Pass area. There were 926 plants seized.

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One pint at a time

The craft brewing industry in Routt County is booming, but it has not always been that way.

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Police chief working to fill ranks at department

A Steamboat Springs High School graduate who has spent the past 14 years at the Steamboat Police Department has been promoted to sergeant.

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Man still critical after sledding accident

The 25-year-old man involved in a sledding accident early Saturday morning at Howelsen Hill remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, but family members were telling friends in Steamboat that Nathan Kane was improving.

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Peabody tries to reassure mine employees

Peabody Energy, owner of the Twentymile Mine in Routt County, delayed paying $71.1 million in debt payments Tuesday, fueling speculation that the largest coal producer in the United States is headed toward bankruptcy.

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Child molester sentenced to prison

A convicted Steamboat Springs child molester was sentenced Tuesday to two years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Sledding accident at Howelsen Hill sends man to Front Range hospital

A man was flown to a Front Range hospital Saturday morning after sledding into a parked snowcat at Howelsen Hill.

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Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of March 3 to March 9, 2016

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

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Man found unconscious, suspected of dealing drugs

At about 12:45 p.m., police officers and firefighters were called to Torium Plum, where Nicholas J. Mangione was found unconscious in a public bathroom, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

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Man suspected of sexual assault

A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday in relation to a Steamboat Springs rape case going back to 2014.

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Steamboat ski passes go on sale for 2016-17 season

Steamboat ski passes now on sale for 2016-17 season

Steamboat Ski Area season pass holders will pay 5 percent more for the 2016-17 season.

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Officials urge property owners to keep gas meters clear

A big snow year has wreaked havoc on a large number of natural gas lines in recent weeks, and officials urge residents to keep their meters accessible.

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Teen suspects to return to Aurora

The Routt County District Attorney's Office, for now, will not be pursuing charges against the three male juveniles suspected of an armed carjacking in Aurora.

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Police looking for ski shop burglary suspect

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the person who robbed a ski shop in Gondola Square early Friday morning.

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High participation in 25th annual Steamboat Pentathlon

Nearly 200 participate in 25th annual event at Howelsen Hill

Nearly 200 people participated in the event put on by the city of Steamboat Springs, including nearly 50 athletes from Manic Training.

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Standoff ends peacefully; three suspects arrested

Teenage carjacking subjects arrested near Yampa

A standoff with police near Yampa involving three juveniles wanted for a carjacking in Aurora ended peacefully Friday morning.

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Steamboat police roll out policy manual

As promised, all Steamboat Springs residents have access to the policies and procedures police officers abide by.

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Local police on the lookout for carjacking suspects

Local police have reason to think three teenagers wanted in connection to a carjacking early Thursday morning in Aurora may have traveled to Routt County.

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New Steamboat Ski Area trail names explained

The renaming of a ski run at Steamboat Ski Area pays homage to a filmmaker who has repeatedly helped put Steamboat Springs on the map.

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Forecasters predict return to winter conditions

On Tuesday morning, Joel Gratz's daily blog post was titled "There goes the sun."

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Michigan man suspected of sex assault

On Saturday, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities was contacted by a Routt County woman who said she had been raped. The woman wanted to report the incident to police.

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City: Water issue posed no immediate health risk

The city of Steamboat Springs was notifying its water customers this week that a problem with the drinking water at the Steamboat Springs Airport did not pose an immediate health risk.

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Future of Winter Carnival snow sculptures discussed

Some Steamboat Springs community members are intent on ensuring snow sculptures return to Lincoln Avenue for next year's Winter Carnival.

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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.