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Oak Creek bottle bomber sentenced to 18 months in community corrections

A man who set off bottle bombs in Oak Creek in November has been sentenced to serve 18 months at Mesa County Community Corrections.

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Steamboat police use pumpkin to link man to graffiti

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers used graffiti on a pumpkin to link a man to several cases of tagging that occurred Tuesday night.

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Hayden School Board candidates discuss standardized testing, school calendar during forum

Three Hayden School Board candidates agreed Tuesday that educating families about the importance of education is crucial for the district and students to succeed.

Steamboat Springs man issued summons for careless driving resulting in death

The Steamboat Springs man related to the crash that killed a 60-year-old German man riding a motorcycle July 2 on Lincoln Avenue has been charged in Routt County Court with careless driving resulting in death.

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More than 85 pounds of drugs collected during take-back campaign in Steamboat Springs

Survey results from last winter showed fewer Routt County youth have abused prescription drugs, and the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition hopes that trend continues.

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Woman involved in Steamboat Springs car crash dies

The woman who police said caused a serious car crash Thursday afternoon on South Lincoln Avenue died, and an autopsy to determine the cause of her death is pending.

Routt County paying $8,500 to settle discrimination claim from former deputy

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to settle a discrimination claim for $8,500 that involved a former female Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

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Steamboat Fire Rescue responds to two-car crash on Anglers Drive

Members of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue worked to remove a person from a Ford Explorer at Anglers Drive and U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday evening after a two-car crash.

Steamboat police officer says he was charged by man holding large beer bottle

A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he threatened an officer with a 40-ounce glass beer bottle.

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Man acquitted of attempted murder charges in Steamboat Springs

After hearing three days of testimony, a Routt County jury acquitted Steven Torres of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and illegally discharging a firearm. Instead, the jury found Torres guilty of felony menacing and three counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

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Jury to begin deliberations in Steamboat Springs attempted murder trial

A Routt County jury will begin deliberating Wednesday morning to decide the fate of a man accused of attempting to murder three people at a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

County commissioners approve raises for District Attorney's Office employees

Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey on Tuesday successfully lobbied regional politicians to give raises to his employees.

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Steamboat public defender argues man charged with attempted murder 'shot to scare'

The defense strategy became clear during opening statements Friday at the attempted-murder trial of Steven Torres. Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann told the jury, “The shot that Mr. Torres fired at the Tap House bar was a shot to scare. It wasn’t a shot to kill.”

FBI arrests man believed to have threatened Steamboat school

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Friday night that 27-year-old Nicolaus House Demetrian was apprehended by FBI agents while he was having a drink at a bar in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jury seated for attempted murder trial in Steamboat Springs

After a full day of questioning Thursday, Judge Shelley Hill was able to scrape together a 12-member jury.

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Lowell Whiteman School near Steamboat Springs evacuated after threat

The Lowell Whiteman School near Steamboat Springs was evacuated Wednesday evening because of a threat, and classes were canceled Thursday and Friday.

Steamboat Springs cocaine dealer to serve at least 4 years in prison

Rather than taking his chances at trial, a former Steamboat Springs resident on Wednesday pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and will serve a minimum of four years in prison.

Hayden officials to review Internet infrastructure

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to hear from an EAGLE-Net representative about the future of high-speed Internet access in the town.

The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

2:02 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of two people arguing in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane.

Election Guide 2013: Through Referendum 5B, West Routt Fire Protection District seeks mill levy increase

After an unsuccessful ballot initiative in November 2011, the West Routt Fire Protection District is going back to voters with a more modest proposal. The fire district’s board decided in August to ask voters to increase the mill levy by 1.5 mills.

Hayden announces 5 police chief finalists

Residents are invited to come meet the five finalists chosen to interview for the job of police chief in Hayden.

7-day attempted murder trial slated to begin Thursday in Steamboat Springs

In preparation, 150 people have been told to show up that morning to possibly serve on the 12-member jury.

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Motorcycle driver from Texas dies after hitting deer in Routt County

A 61-year-old Texas man died Saturday after the motorcycle he was driving hit a deer.

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Steamboat Ski Area works on tight timeline to install night skiing lights

A $1 million project to light parts of the lower mountain at Steamboat Ski Area is on schedule, ski area officials said.

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Preliminary hearing scheduled for Routt County woman accused of killing son

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Denver for the Routt County woman who is accused of killing her 9-year-old son before attempting suicide.

Routt County DA: Felony plea deals no longer will be bargains

District Attorney Brett Barkey put defense attorneys and accused felons on notice Thursday that plea offers going forward may no longer be the sweet deals they are used to.

Man accused of sexually assaulting child

Bond has been set at $1 million for a 67-year-old man who is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile girl on four occasions in 2012.

Salmonella fears prompt grocery stores to pull some chicken from shelves

All City Market and King Soopers stores in Colorado, including those in Craig and Steamboat Springs, have voluntarily stopped selling potentially dangerous chicken.

Prindle parts ways with Routt County District Attorney's Office

Rusty Prindle, who has prosecuted cases in Routt County for the past 5 1/2 years, has parted ways with the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.

Man remains in custody after hotel standoff

The man who was arrested after a standoff at a Steamboat Springs hotel early Sunday morning had been arrested two other times in recent months.

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Yampa River restoration project begins at Dr. Rich Weiss Park

The work is taking place along 210 feet of the Yampa River at the Dr. Rich Weiss Park located next to the Rabbit Ears Motel.

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Steamboat Springs wildlife officer ends storied career

Those who deal with wildlife for a living have some great stories to tell. Mike Middleton is no exception. He retired in August after 33 years of chasing bears, working with ranchers and helping manage the largest elk herd in North America.

Registration open for Economic Summit 2013 in Steamboat Springs

As Neeli Bendapudi explains, for businesses to be successful, they need to continue to innovate by truly understanding what their customers’ needs are.

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Routt County Jail celebrates 1st GED graduates

Sam Wisecup Jr. and fellow inmate Oswaldo Solano Ortíz passed the five required GED tests, making them the jail’s first class of graduates. Their accomplishments would not have been possible without retired teacher Fran Conlon.

The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

3:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help an elderly person who fell and needed help getting up in the 900 block of Pine Grove Circle.

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Steamboat Springs woman recovering after moose attack

A Steamboat Springs woman is expected to be OK after apparently being attacked by a moose Sunday near the water treatment plant east of The Sanctuary subdivision.

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Advocates celebrates 30 years with art installation in Steamboat Springs

When Diane Moore looks at the flock of 7,000 paper doves hanging from the ceiling at Yampa Valley Medical Center, the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities executive director remembers many stories of courage and resiliency. Each of the doves represent a victim who has been served by Advocates in its 30 years in existence.

Nominees sought for Navigator Awards

Nominees are being solicited for this year’s businessperson, business and young professional of the year.

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Military families seek safe place to heal in Steamboat Springs

More than 200 photos on display at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort served as a solemn reminder of the ultimate sacrifices made by Colorado soldiers.

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Answering the call: How Routt County fire departments are coping with dwindling staffing levels

Across the United States, fire departments that rely on volunteers and minimally paid firefighters are struggling to fill their ranks. It is no different here in Routt County, and local officials increasingly are growing concerned. They said local staffing levels not only put their firefighters at risk, they also increase response times, putting lives and property at risk.

Answering the call: Routt County firefighters receive grants

Colorado State Fire Chiefs along with the Colorado State Firefighters Association earlier this year learned they had received two federal grants worth $3.3 million to address retention and recruitment problems.

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Students tackle 5K, raise money for Steamboat schools

There were no official winners or losers at Saturday's running race in Steamboat Springs, but there were a lot of tired kids and parents.

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Rabbit Ears Pass closed for nearly 2 hours Friday as wintry weather arrives

U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for nearly two hours Friday because of difficulties in removing a semitrailer that had gone off the road.

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Sundbergs in Hayden honored for 41 years of volunteer weather observing

For the past 41 years, the Hayden couple has been responsible for calling in daily 6 p.m. weather observations to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

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Grant expands educational opportunities in Hayden

It might not look like much right now, but a $25,000 grant is going to allow area students to learn what it takes to turn a beat-up 1953 Chevrolet farm truck into a hot rod.

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Business roundup: E3 Steakhouse planned for old Cottonwood Grill space; Blue Sage Pizza plans dual locations

There’s also a buzz this week about the LaRoche brothers’ plans for a new signature restaurant in downtown Steamboat: E3 Steakhouse, which is planned for the former Cottonwood Grill building, 701 Yampa St.

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Firefighters rescue dog from rollover crash in South Routt

A dog and its owner were not injured after being involved in a crash Thursday morning in South Routt County.

Employee accused of stealing from donation boxes at Steamboat Springs gas station

An employee who had just completed his first two-hour shift at a new job is suspected of illegally going back into the gas station when it was closed and stealing $85 from two donation boxes.

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Tours take off at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

This is the slow season, but there still is a lot to see and do during a behind-the-scenes tour at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Court roundup: 2 Steamboat men face felonies related to separate incidents

After a joint investigation by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department, a 23-year-old Steamboat man was arrested after officials say he broke into at least one car and spent nearly $900 with a stolen credit card.