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Officers on alert to keep dogs safe

Hot dogs are perfect for barbecues but you do not want your dog to turn into one by leaving it in a scorching car, where temperatures can rocket well above 100 degrees.

Preliminary hearing again postponed for Johnsons

A preliminary hearing has been postponed again for the couple officials believe are responsible for the murder of Ed Zimmerman.

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Medical matrimony: Brian and Lori Harrington

With both having a connection to the U.S. Army, Dr. Brian Harrington thought he and his future wife, Lori Harrington, would have an immediate connection at Dartmouth Medical School. He was wrong. It was not until a snowshoe outing in February of their first year of med school that the two started dating. Then, after finishing their careers in the Army, Brian and Lori moved to Steamboat, where they’ve lived for the past 10 years.

With several small fires, caution urged

Local fire officials are urging people to use extreme caution this holiday weekend.

No serious injuries in Rabbit Ears Pass Crash

No one was seriously injured after a Wednesday afternoon crash on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Accused murderer told deputies he 'snapped'

Court records show Cole Pollard told deputies he “snapped,” choked Patricia Richmond to death and then raped her.

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Pollard being held on suspicion of murder

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins on Wednesday described a troubled young man who possibly made a series of decisions that ultimately led to the death of 22-year-old Patricia Richmond.

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Cole Pollard located, arrested, will likely face homicide charges

Cole Pollard has been taken into custody, and Sheriff Wiggins said Pollard will likely face charges related to the death of Patricia Richmond.

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Search on for 'person of interest' in Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says they have located Cole Pollard's vehicle above Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

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Homicide victim identified

Cole J. Pollard has been named as a person of interest in the death of Patricia Richmond, 22, who was found at 56730 Lupine Court east of Clark in North Routt County.

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Sheriff's Office looking for 'person of interest' in homicide

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is trying to find Cole J. Pollard. He has been named as a person of interest in the death of a 22-year-old woman found at 56730 Lupine Court east of Clark in North Routt County.

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Sheriff's Office investigating homicide in North Routt County

At about 7:15 p.m., emergency responders were called to a report of a woman who was discovered tied up and laying face down at a home at 56730 Lupine Court.

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Routt County Jail launching video conferencing for visits

The Routt County Jail is changing the way it allows inmates to visit with friends and loved ones on the outside.

Fifth excessive force lawsuit filed against Steamboat police officers

A Wyoming cowboy who competed in the July Fourth rodeo has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force by two Steamboat Springs police officers.

Bear, not dog, attacks another elk on Emerald Mountain

Wildlife officers Wednesday responded to a report of another dog attacking a calf elk on Emerald Mountain, but it was actually a bear that did the killing.

GOCO grants will fund rodeo arena improvements, protect open space

Parts of two South Routt County ranches will be protected from future development and the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs will get $150,000 in upgrades thanks to grants from the state of Colorado.

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Oak Creek uses grant for new ambulance

Because of its financial situation, the Oak Creek Fire Protection District was able to get a new $185,000 ambulance for $18,500.

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Photographer describes moose encounter with tubers in Steamboat

A wildlife official says he is thankful an encounter between moose and tubers last week did not escalate into a more dangerous situation.

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Volunteers work to reroute Hot Springs Trail

Routt County Riders volunteers and Smartwool employees got dirty and sweaty Friday to repair the popular Hot Springs Trail.

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Wildlife officials urge people to let baby animals be

Many people think they are doing the right thing by saving what they think is an abandoned animal, but in most instances, the animal is not truly abandoned.

Fire at medical marijuana growing facility raises concerns

A local official says the recent fire at a marijuana growing facility illustrates why regulations need to be put in place.

Dog owner cited after elk attack

A dog owner was cited Tuesday for allowing her off-leash dog to viciously attack an elk on Emerald Mountain.

Hayden to consider ballot questions

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider whether to put two questions on the November ballot.

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Officer Kristin Bantle put on paid leave

Kristin Bantle, the police officer who lost her job as the Steamboat Springs school resource officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Sheriff, deputy raised concerns about Steamboat school resource officer

The investigation into the conduct of school resource officer Kristin Bantle was prompted in part by Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and a deputy who have children in the schools.

DA: Arrest 'not directly related' to Blee disappearance

The grand jury for the 14th Judicial District indicted Doolin on May 29 on a first-degree kidnapping charge, a Class 1 felony. He was taken into custody in Alaska on Tuesday.

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Zimmerman body found in shed at Johnson residence

Court records unsealed Friday disclose Edward Zimmerman’s body was found in a shed at a rural Steamboat Springs home rented by Lucas Johnson and his wife, Kristen.

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Unclear whether kidnapping arrest related to Marie Blee cold case

A man who has been a suspect in the disappearance 35 years ago of Hayden teenager Marie Blee has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping.

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Ski Corp.'s Jim Snyder tapped to oversee Intrawest food and beverage

Perhaps Winter Park could learn something from the Four Points Lodge’s Bloody Mary enjoyed by skiers atop the Steamboat Ski Area.

Judge orders Zimmerman homicide court records to be unsealed

Judge Shelley Hill on Tuesday ordered that affidavits related to the Edward Zimmerman homicide be made available to the public.

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Steamboat Mountain School graduates eager to apply learning to life

This year SMS graduated nine seniors, who were eager to apply what they learned at the private school in the woods just north of Steamboat Springs.

Trial delayed for man accused of shooting bulls

A trial has been postponed for a for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.

Hayden planning commission recommends not allowing marijuana grows

The Hayden Town Council will ultimately decide whether to allow marijuana grows in the town.

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Chemical spill clean-up complete on Rabbit Ears Pass

In total, 5,880 tons of soil was removed from the area by Custom Environmental Services and disposed of at the Twin Enviro landfill in Milner.

May rainfall record broken

According to Matthew Aleksa, at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, 6.37 inches of rain have been recorded at the official measuring station in Steamboat.

Hayden Planning Commission to further explore allowing marijuana grows

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday is expected to decide whether to recommend allowing marijuana grow facilities to the town council.

Judge considers releasing documents related to Zimmerman homicide

During a hearing Wednesday, Judge Shelley Hill again expressed her desire to unseal records related to the Ed Zimmerman homicide case.

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A cleaner coal

A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition.

Campers brave conditions for Memorial Day weekend

Despite the damp weather, people were filling up propane tanks, and campers were rolling into Routt County for Memorial Day weekend.

Vehicle repairs adding up after fuel contamination in Steamboat

Bad fuel is suspected of sending numerous cars to local mechanics this week, each one requiring hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs.

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It's unclear what will be released from investigator's report

It is unclear whether a final report will be made public related to the investigation into accusations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

Hayden officials to discuss water tank, mosquito spraying

Hayden officials Thursday will be updated on the Seneca Hill water tank project and will discuss whether to stop spraying for mosquitos.

Hearing set to determine whether to unseal documents in Zimmerman homicide case

A hearing has been scheduled to determine whether documents currently sealed in the Ed Zimmerman homicide case should be unsealed.

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Council members satisfied with marijuana status quo

A strong majority of Steamboat Springs City Council members are not interested in allowing any more marijuana dispensaries.

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Hayden sends off 31 graduates

Hayden teacher, coach and rancher Ty Zabel wasted no words telling the class of 2015 what lies ahead.

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Donations being accepted for couples displaced by Steamboat fire

Fundraising websites have been set up for the two couples who were displaced by a fire that destroyed their home Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

Coroner still awaiting final Zimmerman autopsy report

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg still has not yet received a final autopsy report for Steamboat Springs resident Ed Zimmerman, a suspected murder victim whose body was found March 4.

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Steamboat City Council to review marijuana rules

Steamboat Springs leaders on Tuesday will discuss whether the city’s current regulations for marijuana businesses are working.

High school student suspected of distributing marijuana-infused candy

The Steamboat Springs Police Department charged a Steamboat Springs High School student on suspicion of distributing marijuana after an incident Wednesday.

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Fire destroys Steamboat Springs home

No one was seriously injured in a fire that destroyed a Steamboat Springs home Thursday.