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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.

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Steamboat Ski Area logs 22.5 inches of snow over 3 days

If 22.5 inches of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area in 72 hours was not enough, weather forecasters say more is on the way.

Man suspected of sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

Hayden police arrested a 37-year-old man Monday that they believe sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

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Routt County youths shop with cops

Corporal Ryan Adrian with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office organized the inaugural Shop With a Cop event, which paired the youth with a deputy or Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer.

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Standoff with police ends peacefully in Steamboat Springs

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

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College mascots hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area

College mascots, additional terrain and night skiing arrived at the Steamboat Ski Area on Friday.

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Standoff with police ends peacefully in Steamboat Springs

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

Judge throws out lawsuit against Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs

A lawsuit filed by a woman after she got booted from the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has been dismissed by a District Court judge.

Hayden superintendent hosting discussion about schools

Anyone interested in Hayden schools is invited to visit with Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader at 11 a.m. Friday at Hayden Public Library.

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Lottery proceeds awarded for Routt County projects

Colorado Lottery proceeds will be used to work on Steamboat Springs trails and protect a piece of agricultural land from future development.

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Yampa Valley Gives nets $370,974 for nonprofits

Yampa Valley residents gave big Tuesday with nearly $371,000 in donations to local nonprofits.

Steamboat Ski Area combats the crust

To combat the crust that was formed after freezing rain fell on untouched Champagne powder in November, Steamboat Ski Area employees were recruited to help break up the crust on trails by stepping down the sides of the trails in their skis.

Caring for convicted murderer costs Routt County $267,234

Taking care of the paralyzed Routt County woman who killed her 9-year-old son came with a hefty price tag.

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Crust persists at higher elevations

Wildlife seem to be coping with the ice, but avalanche observers continue to have long-term concerns about avalanche danger in the backcountry.

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New Mexican restaurant coming to Hayden

Hayden residents and visitors will soon have convenient access to Margarita Gomez’s authentic Mexican food.

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Investigators think drugs contributed to fatal crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

According to a Grand County autopsy report, Debra Emal, 61, of Fraser, had not been drinking alcohol, but she had painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs in her system. She also was under the influence of marijuana.

Hayden Town Council to consider slight water rate increase

The town's staff members will deliver their reports to the council beginning at 7 p.m. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

2 events Sunday will celebrate Page Stockdale's life

Two events on Sunday will celebrate the life of Page Stockdale, the Steamboat Springs woman who was found dead Nov. 22 in the back of a truck at the Sarvis Creek parking area.

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Residents recognized for sustainability efforts

Several people were honored Wednesday during the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual awards during a lunch meeting at Centennial Hall.

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Routt County Sheriff's Office secures funding for K-9 unit

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office hopes its newest recruit will help deputies sniff out narcotics and search for missing people.

Bears poach hot tub area at Steamboat condo complex

The concern is that the bears will get too comfortable and make the area underneath the decking their winter home.

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Steamboat astronaut to visit troops in Middle East

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson is preparing for another important mission, this time to visit troops overseas.

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US Forest Service again selling Christmas tree permits

It is that time of year again when Routt County families will head out into the forest to find that perfect Christmas tree. Or maybe a not-so-perfect tree.

Craigslist scam results in arrest

A woman arrested Tuesday is suspected of bilking a Routt County couple out of $17,900 in a Craigslist scam.

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Parking restrictions aid plow operations

As the community digs out, Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are reminding people to keep plow drivers in mind.

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Steamboat Ski Area announces Scholarship Day terrain

Powder should be aplenty Wednesday morning when Steamboat Ski Area opens for the 2014-15 season.

Man suspected of burglarizing Steamboat Springs car wash

Steamboat Springs police have arrested a man they think broke into a car wash and stole money.

Steamboat Springs man suspected of possessing child pornography

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Friday arrested a 46-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of charges related to child pornography.

Autopsies performed on 2 missing people found dead Saturday

Police say no significant discoveries were made during the autopsies that were performed Monday on the two Steamboat residents found dead in the back of a pickup Saturday.

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Police think carbon monoxide poisoning was a factor in deaths

Police confirmed Saturday that they found the bodies of Page Stockdale and Mark Schiebel in the back of a pickup in the Sarvis Creek parking area south of Steamboat Springs.

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Missing Steamboat Springs woman's body found

A close friend of missing Steamboat Springs woman Page Stockdale has confirmed that she was found dead Saturday morning in Routt County.

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Third marijuana dispensary opens in Steamboat Springs

Natural Choice started selling marijuana products for medicinal purposes in 2010, but on Thursday, the business opened shop for retail sales.

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Police continue search for missing Steamboat Springs woman

Police on Friday evening searched the home of the man they believe might have been with Steamboat Springs resident Page Stockdale when she disappeared.

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Police ask for help in finding missing Steamboat Springs resident

A man reported Page Stockdale missing after Stockdale did not show up for a 6 p.m. dinner date Tuesday. Stockdale also missed a physical therapy appointment and did not show up for a flight to Denver.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

10:57 a.m. Officers were called to a report of 40 pounds of processed venison meat stolen from the bed of someone’s pickup in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Everything is fine following a lockdown at Soroco High School

Undersheriff Ray Birch said there was a female student who was creating a disturbance outside the school.

Faith groups to gather to show gratitude

Residents with a variety of religious backgrounds will come together Friday to express gratitude during the Thanksgiving season.

Hayden officials to consider adopting tight budget

Despite a tight budget, officials in Hayden do not foresee making cuts, and they plan to give raises to staff members.

Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer

“Normally we expect a couple different things,” Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said. “Chimney fires and carbon monoxide alarms.”

Hayden School District to embark on long-term planning process

With local tax revenues guaranteed for the next five years, the Hayden School District is moving forward with its long-term planning.

Man suspected of possessing heroin

Joshua Madsen’s arrest came after officers from the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force and the Steamboat Springs Police Department searched his home Thursday morning at 367 Third St.

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Settlement reached in Ski Town U.S.A. lawsuit

The feud between Ski Town USA and Ski City USA is over. On Friday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced it has settled a lawsuit against Visit Salt Lake involving Steamboat's trademarked Ski Town USA brand.