Michael Schrantz is the online editor as well as the business, real estate and South Routt reporter for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Before coming to Steamboat, he worked at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska. Michael has degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Routt County is not alone in its efforts to balance new growth with preservation of working agriculture. Multiple counties across Colorado are experimenting with land-use tools and voter-approved programs to direct tax dollars toward land preservation. Among these is Gunnison County.
Saving the ranches: Routt County has been able to counter the fragmentation of agricultural land with conservation and land-use tools
You can measure Bobby George’s ambition in acres. The 1,700-acre parcel, the 235-acre tract, 420 more acres and finally another piece that’s about 480 acres in size. “I’m really a go-getter,” the fifth-generation Routt County rancher said. Part of what’s sparked his ambition is the money he, his mother, Rita Nelson, and the rest of his family have been able to realize from placing conservation easements on their property.
When juxtaposed with the recoveries underway in other mountain communities, Routt County has some catching up to do.
Steamboat’s Sue Birch was given the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service for her work as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tyler Gibbs is in the early stages of planning a housing roundtable or forum for June that will gather local stakeholders and experts from outside Steamboat to address the issue of housing.
Oak Creek is wrapping up the community feedback portion of its work to build a new recreation master plan, but there’s still time to stop by town offices and check out the progress.
The fifth of the newly built duplexes in Rocky Peak Village recently sold for $495,000, according to a news release.
The city of Steamboat Springs has claimed a lot in Barn Village at Steamboat that the original developer of the subdivision put up as collateral for his community housing requirement.
The Routt County Democratic and Republican parties are holding their caucuses Tuesday.
Colorado Department of Natural Resources executive director Mike King's court trial for trespassing lasted just minutes Wednesday afternoon, but it might not be entirely a dead issue.