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Hayden town manager takes job in Delta

Hayden Town Manager David Torgler is headed west to a milder climate to be the new city manager for the city of Delta.

Man accepts plea deal in animal cruelty case

A fifth-generation Routt County rancher has accepted a plea deal related to an animal cruelty case.

Snow returns to the forecast

Winter air service begins Dec. 17, and the first Steamboat Springs visitors likely will be welcomed by fresh snow at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Three of six excessive force lawsuits now settled

The city of Steamboat Springs has now settled three of the six lawsuits filed in recents years by people claiming police used excessive force.

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Grow operations debated at Hayden forum

For such a divisive issue, a civil discussion was held Monday night in Hayden to talk about marijuana grow facilities being allowed in the town.

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CSP identifies crash victim

The Colorado State Patrol on Monday released the name of the woman killed Sunday in a car crash on U.S. Highway 40 about two miles east of Milner.

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Hayden Holiday Stroll a tradition

The sixth annual Hayden Holiday Stroll will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday and go until 4 p.m.

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Former Steamboat police officer exonerated

It took less than two hours for a jury to find former Steamboat Springs Police officer Kristin Bantle not guilty of felony attempt to influence a public servant.

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Kristin Bantle takes stand

Kristin Bantle chose to testify in her own defense Wednesday and could not tell a jury why she omitted information on a questionnaire that included questions about her past drug use.

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Sheriff’s story questioned during Bantle trial

Trial of former Steamboat police officer expected to last 3 days

The grilling started quickly during the first day of the Kristin Bantle trial Tuesday when defense attorney Matthew Tjosvold cross-examined Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins.

Man suspected of sexual assault

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old Routt County man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

Forum will discuss marijuana-growing operations in Hayden

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a forum to discuss the positives and negatives of allowing marijuana growing operations in Hayden.

Officials address cannabis and detox

Routt County's detox facility is intended for alcohol only, but a need also exists for people who have ingested too much cannabis.

Rabbit Ears Pass sees above average snowpack

Recent storms have helped build an above average snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Cause of death determined for missing hunter

On Sept. 7, Harkins was not feeling well and chose to stay at camp while the four people he was hunting with headed out to hunt. When the hunters returned, Harkins was gone.

Judge dismisses Class 1 felony kidnapping case

A judge has dismissed the case against a 54-year-old Craig man accused of kidnapping related to an incident in the late 1970s.

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Officials view coal mine sale as positive

Routt County officials view the anticipated sale of Twentymile Coal Co. to Bowie Resource Partners as a positive development.

Chance for snow returns to Steamboat area

Weather forecasters are calling for snow, but perhaps not as much as they initially thought.

Cellphone policies vary among high schools

They are powerful tools, and policies related to cellphone use vary throughout Routt County's high schools.

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Twentymile Mine being sold to Bowie Resource Partners

Peabody Energy on Friday announced it is selling Routt County's Twentymile mine to Bowie Resource Partners.

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Police department looking forward with new chief

The Steamboat Springs Police Department turned a new page Friday with the swearing in of its new chief, Cory Christensen.

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Christmas tree permits available

The holiday tradition of cutting down the annual Christmas tree is quickly approaching.

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Hayden granary placed on national historic register

The Delaney family in Hayden is now the proud owner of two properties listed on the National Register of Historic places.

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No opening day the same at Steamboat Ski Area

The last time the ski area decided to open early was on Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, five days in advance of the originally scheduled opening date. That morning, the first 70 skiers who arrived were greeted with breakfast burritos prepared by a group of local residents.

Hayden Town Council to consider hearing date for budget

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider setting a public hearing date for its proposed budget and capital projects program.

20 crashes occurred during Monday storm

Routt County drivers got a crash course in winter driving Monday as snow fell throughout the day.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open early

Steamboat Ski Area to open early for first time in 13 years

With 41 inches of natural snowfall at mid-mountain, sustained cold temperatures, aggressive snowmaking efforts and additional snow in the forecast, Steamboat Ski Area announced an early opening to the 2015-16 winter season.

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Community celebrates business leaders

During an emotional night, Steamboat Springs business leaders honored two men and a group of restaurants, as well a downtown advocate for their contributions to the community.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

11:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person with abdominal pain in the 900 block of Pine Grove Circle.

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Winter arrives in full force

Storms this week packed a punch for the Steamboat Ski Area, where 17 inches of snow fell at mid-mountain in a 48-hour period.

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Kristen Johnson exonerated of murder

Kristen Johnson has been exonerated of being an accomplice to murder, related to the death of Steamboat Springs resident Ed Zimmerman.

Former county employee pleads not guilty

A former Routt County Treasurer's Office employee pleaded not guilty Thursday to 157 charges related to the embezzlement of public money.

Two suspected of possessing crystal meth

Two women face felony drug possession charges after a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Ski Corp. fills gaps in leadership team

Karen Schneider has been named the new director of sales at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Hayden officials to consider trash collection rate increase

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider a modest rate increase for residential trash and recycling collection service.

Hayden residents approve marijuana tax, will keep fluoride in water

Hayden residents have voted to tax wholesale sales of marijuana that is grown to be sold to retail stores.

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Navigator Awards: Giving back to build a community

This year's Navigator Award winners do not measure success in dollars and profits. Giving back counts, and each of these individuals and organizations have found ways to make the Steamboat Springs community stronger.

8 youth face charges after house break-in

Two 18-year-olds and six juveniles face charges after they admitted to breaking into a North Routt County home and partying Friday night.

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Sailors sink Tigers for senior night

Hollering could be heard from outside the locker room after the Sailors’ victory over the Summit County Tigers on Friday night.

Judge rules on issues in Bantle case

In preparation for trial, a motions hearing was held Friday for the former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer charged with felony attempting to influence a public servant.

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FBI, Sheriff's Office investigating explosive device found at Steamboat Ski Area

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Routt County Sheriff's Office are trying to find the person responsible for an explosive device found at Steamboat Ski Area.

Caution urged as temperatures drop

With four chimney and heater-related fires already this fall, Routt County fire chiefs are reminding residents to take precautions.

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Ski area prepares for season by firing up snow guns

A white strip of snow going down the Steamboat Ski Area Wednesday morning signaled the beginning of snowmaking operations.

Kremmling boy dies in crash

A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday night on icy roads between Rabbit Ears Pass and Kremmling.

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REPS conference focuses on wellness

More than 150 community members and health professionals dove into the topic of mental health Friday during the fifth annual Yampa Valley Wellness Conference.

Preliminary hearing cancelled in homicide case

A preliminary hearing has been cancelled for Cole Pollard, the man accused of murdering Patricia Richmond in North Routt County.

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Motorist has scary encounter with mountain lion

An adult female mountain lion was hit by a van and died Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Second annual Hayden cemetery features living history

Following a sold out event in 2014, tickets are still available for this year's living history tours at the Hayden Cemetery.

Monopoly hat, shank suspected as being part of escape attempt at Routt County Jail

Lucas Johnson now faces escape charges after deputies discovered a shank in his jail cell, as well as a hole in the cinder block wall.

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Sustainability on display during Green Tour

The latest and greatest in green building technologies will be on display Oct. 25 during a tour of three Steamboat Springs homes and the Routt County Justice Center.