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Matt Stensland

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Convicted Steamboat murderer wins another appeal

The man convicted of murdering a Steamboat Springs woman in May 2000 has won an appeal and has been granted a new trial, again.

Bear euthanized, suspected of ripping through shed door in Steamboat

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers chose to euthanize a problem bear that was caught in a trap Monday night in Steamboat Springs.

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Runners take first Cog Run wins

A couple of newcomers walked away with top finishes Saturday during the Hayden Cog Run.

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Mitsch Bush gives an update to constituents

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush visited with constituents Friday evening to chat about laws that were passed and not passed in the past year.

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Forest Service seeks feedback on new Buffalo Pass trails

Big changes are envisioned for the Buffalo Pass area, and the U.S. Forest Service is accepting feedback on a plan to build or designate more than 42 miles of trails.

Hayden to consider fee for vacant lot owners

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider imposing a fee on vacant lot owners not currently connected to the town's water system.

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Hayden hires new superintendent

The Hayden School District’s new superintendent describes himself as someone who enjoys people, loves kids and is dedicated to education.

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Hayden students seek justice for Syrian children

A motivated group of Hayden High School students is trying to make a big difference in a war-torn region 6,500 miles away.

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Routt County Search and Rescue seeks new volunteers

Routt County Search and Rescue is looking for dedicated people to join their existing team of 25 volunteers.

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Chili galore at North Routt cook-off Sunday

The famed 13th Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse on Routt County Road 129 near Steamboat Lake.

Man suspected of making marijuana concentrate

Charles J. Douglas was being held on suspicion of felony unlawful manufacturing of marijuana concentrate and reckless endangerment.

Hayden School Board interviews superintendent candidates

After a full day of interviews with three candidates Thursday, the Hayden School Board is moving forward with negotiations for a new superintendent.

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New trail debuts at Stagecoach State Park

The Pinnacle Peak Trail was built using a $15,000 grant from the state. It is about ½ mile long and loops around the scenic peak next to the campgrounds.

Hayden horse sale cancelled

A horse sale scheduled for Saturday in Hayden has been cancelled.

Fourth excessive force lawsuit filed against city

For the fourth time in four years, the city of Steamboat Springs is being sued by people who claim excessive force was used by police officers.

Felony menacing charge dismissed against Steamboat man

Charges have been dropped against Jason T. Leuthold, a Steamboat man who was arrested April 7 on suspicion of felony menacing.

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Road construction to resume Monday on South Lincoln Avenue.

Road Construction season is ramping up, and work will begin Monday to finish up a Lincoln Avenue project.

Two more men suspected of selling heroin in Steamboat

Jeffrey S. Truslow, 25, and Steven L. Truslow, 29, had warrants out for their arrests and were booked into Routt County Jail Friday.

Hayden superintendent finalists named

The Hayden School District has announced its finalists for a new superintendent.

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Registration opens for Cog Ride in Hayden

Warm weather has meant cycling season is already underway, and registration has opened for a May 16 charity ride in Hayden.

Police chief, deputy chief investigation expected to last into June

An investigation is expected to be completed in June related to accusations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, who are on administrative leave.

Aspen man charged with three felonies

An Aspen man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of charges related to interfering with an investigation by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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In an instant: Reuniting after eight years

When Andrew "Hondo" Sanders woke up from a coma, all he could do was blink once for “yes” and twice for “no.”

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Boomer joins ranks at Sheriff's Office

Boomer, a 16-month-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix from the Czech Republic, began duty three weeks ago. Already, he is being credited with four heroin arrests.

Steamboat man suspected of dealing heroin

Cody Greatbatch has been charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of heroin, a Class 3 drug felony. He has also been charged with two counts of distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class 1 drug felony.

Steamboat, other mountain communities yield strong winter tax revenues

The city of Steamboat Springs in February again saw a strong month of sales tax revenues.

Water restrictions begin May 1

With snowpack at levels well below average, local water providers Wednesday announced water restrictions that will go into place May 1.

Hayden Town Council to consider purchasing body cameras for officers

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider purchasing body cameras to be worn by the town's police officers.

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Steamboat Ski Patrol member dies after last week’s crash

The Steamboat Ski Patrol member who sustained serious injuries in an accident Thursday at Steamboat Ski Area died Tuesday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center.

Two-month closure begins at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

A $16.6 million construction project is under way at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Bear season arrives, Steamboat police stepping up enforcement of trash rules

In light of increasing amounts of bear problems, the Steamboat Springs Police Department is stepping up enforcement related to trash rules.

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City manager no longer overseeing investigation into police department

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark is no longer overseeing the investigation into allegations against Police Chief Joel Rae and Bob DelValle.

Information sessions will focus on cybercrime

A series of upcoming information sessions aim to teach businesses and consumers how to protect themselves from credit card fraud.

Hayden officials open to marijuana growing operation

There were very few objections Thursday night to allowing commercial marijuana growing operations in Hayden.

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Early-season ice crust might have salvaged Steamboat ski season

Early-season ice crust might have salvaged Steamboat ski season

Steamboat ski patrol member suffers serious injuries in fall

The Routt County Sheriff's Office says a Steamboat ski patrol member suffered serious injuries Thursday after an incident at the ski area.

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Officials prepare for wildfire season

Routt County and Colorado is once again on high alert as a dry winter gives way to wildfire season.

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YVMC honored for support of military service

Six weeks after starting his job as an emergency room technician at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Bret Martin was called to serve.

Hayden resident wants to start marijuana growing operation

Rodney McGowen says he has never smoked pot and twice voted against legalizing it, but now the Hayden resident wants to grow it commercially.

Man suing Steamboat police department arrested for theft, forgery

A man who is suing the Steamboat Springs Police Department for excessive use of force was arrested last week.

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Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

During the past two years, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been subject to three federal lawsuits from people claiming excessive use of force by officers. A fourth lawsuit is expected to be filed soon. City officials have not commented on the lawsuits because of the pending litigation, but an audio recording from a police department staff meeting in October offers some insight.

Police sergeant: Patrol division ‘wholeheartedly’ supportive of Rae, DelValle

Despite accusations against Steamboat Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, the patrol division at the department is “wholeheartedly” supportive of their leaders, according to a sergeant.

May horse sale planned in Hayden

According to Hayden resident Medora Fralick, there are a lot of people looking for horses right now, so it's a great time to sell.

Coogan out, new police investigator named

Steamboat Springs city officials announced Thursday night they have chosen a new investigator to look into allegations against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

Water samples at Rabbit Ears Pass spill site similar to other test sites

A company hired to do water quality sampling in the area where a chemical spill occurred March 13 on Rabbit Ears Pass has some good news.

Man suspected of stealing car, possessing drugs

A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of stealing a car, possessing drugs and introducing contraband into the Routt County Jail.

Preliminary hearing dates set for woman charged with murder

Kristen Johnson appeared in court Wednesday. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28-29.

Hayden Town Council to consider request pertaining to garage sales

A Hayden resident is asking the Hayden Town Council to consider the impacts of some regularly-occurring garage sales in town.

Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers this week will be on the lookout for drivers who are not buckled up.

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Steamboat police chief, deputy chief put on paid administrative leave

Steamboat Springs City Administrator Deb Hinsvark announced Friday afternoon that Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle have been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into serious allegations by former detective Dave Kleiber.