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Michael Schrantz

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Shared office concept opens in West Steamboat Springs

Julie Niemi has taken the leap and opened co-working space Drop-In Desk in Curve Plaza in West Steamboat.

Business briefs: New auto shop slated for West Steamboat

A new auto repair shop is planned for West Steamboat along U.S. Highway 40.

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Smell That Bread Bakery opens in downtown Steamboat Springs

What started as an interest turned into a hobby and now has risen to the level of a full fledged bakery in downtown Steamboat Springs: Smell That Bread Bakery.

YVEA Caring Consumers program gives out $16,000 in grants

As part of its Caring Consumers program, Yampa Valley Electric Association recently awarded $16,000 to 17 community projects.

4 vie for lone Steamboat School Board vacancy

Four women have submitted letters of interest for the Steamboat Springs School Board’s lone vacancy since Rebecca Williams resigned June 16.

City of Steamboat Springs pays $1,000 deductible related to skier death lawsuit

To settle the wrongful death lawsuit of Ryan v. Steamboat Springs, the city only had to pay an insurance deductible of $1,000.

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Ranch Organics soap company opens downtown Steamboat location

Ranch Organics soaps and lotions are in 180 places across the country, but for Debbie Dygert, opening a storefront on Fifth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs felt like bringing her company back home.

Business briefs: Butcherknife Brewing Co. tap room is open; new beers released

Butcherknife Brewing Co. has launched four wholesale beer varieties and opened its tap room, according to a news release.

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Report examines commercial real estate trends in Western states

According to the study, demographic and consumer preference trends point toward more walkable neighborhoods and developments, making mixed-use key.

City of Steamboat Springs settles Howelsen Hill skier death lawsuit

The city of Steamboat Springs has agreed to settle in Howelsen Hill skier death lawsuit Ryan v. City of Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

Increased sawmill use passes Planning Commission

On Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved allowing Rogue Resources to expand its sawmill operation in an industrial part of West Steamboat from an accessory use on the property to a primary use.

Study: Visitors to Colorado drive mountain town marijuana demand

According to a study prepared for the Colorado Department of Revenue, about 90 percent of retail sales in "heavily visited mountain communities" come from out-of-state visitors.

1st Seminars at Steamboat event of summer to tackle inequality

The first Seminars at Steamboat event of the summer is supposed to be about income inequality, but the discussion Thursday night between Charles Murray and Timothy Smeeding might center more on whether or not the the rising disparity of incomes in the U.S. is the real threat to society.

Building figures in Routt County outpacing last year

Building in Routt County in the first half of 2014 has outpaced the same stretch of last year, with the number of permits and construction valuation up, according to the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Ptarmigan Inn redevelopment plan comes back to city

The same plan to turn the Ptarmigan Inn into a 72-unit condo development that drew the ire of its neighbors and tested a new city process in 2011 is coming back again after the project’s vesting expired last year.

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Tight market for single-family homes sometimes means 'sweetening the pot'

The market for single-family homes has been the most active of the year so far, so it’s no surprise that some of the choicest properties in the category are seeing multiple, competitive offers.

Plenty of visitors in store for Steamboat Springs this holiday weekend

According to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer, there could be fewer people in town the Saturday after the Fourth of July than the weekend before.

Virginia Rossi gathers family for Fourth of July parade in Yampa

This Fourth of July weekend has turned into a grand family reunion for South Routt County matriarch Virginia Rossi.

Steamboat City Council votes to keep deed restriction in place

After some discussion Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided, by a vote of 4-2, not to lift a deed restriction on a unit at Waterside Village in downtown.

Longstanding barbecue restaurant Steamboat Smokehouse gets new owners

Steamboat Smokehouse will be open Friday, serving brisket, St. Louis-style ribs and pulled pork for the first time in months and under a new set of owners.

San Francisco, Washington-Dulles added to Steamboat winter air service

For the 2014-15 ski season, winter air service into Steamboat Springs will add nonstop flights from San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in addition to expanding flights from Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Steamboat design, build professionals use online community to attract clients

The size and reach of Houzz has helped Steamboat Springs-based businesses that use the service to market to more people and generate clients in new ways.

Business briefs: Steamboat properties earn TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Highmark Steamboat Luxury Vacation Rentals and four Steamboat properties managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

City Market remodel in Steamboat to last until end of year

The City Market in Central Park Plaza currently is undergoing a remodel that will modernize the store and improve the experience for customers, according to spokeswoman Kelli McGannon.

Yampa Valley Electric Association cites aging infrastructure in raising rates

At Yampa Valley Electric Association’s annual meeting Thursday evening, General Manager Diane Johnson said the utility cooperative’s aging infrastructure is a major factor behind rate increases that will go into effect in August.

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Routt County real estate market has strong May performance

At more than $56 million, it was the largest monthly dollar volume in more than a year and the best May total since 2008, according to a report from Land Title Guarantee Co.

Colorado vacancy, rent survey reduces Steamboat report to once per year

A report from the Colorado Division of Housing showed that multifamily rents on the Front Range have reached all-time highs in the first quarter of 2014, but for the first time, information about Steamboat Springs is missing from the report.

Steamboat City Council to hear request to lift deed restriction on downtown condo

The Steamboat Springs City Council soon will consider a request to release a deed restriction on a downtown condo that was built under the city’s previous inclusionary zoning regulations.

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Report: Rocky Mountain West follows nationwide housing preference trends

The Sonoran Institute works with cities and counties across the West trying to grapple with questions surrounding growth, Clark Anderson said, introducing himself and his organization to those gathered for an all-day forum about housing issues in Steamboat Springs.

Business briefs: Steamboat designer returns after year spent studying in Italy

Steamboat designer Valerie Stafford, a partner at Rumor Design, recently returned from a year spent studying in Italy at the Florence Design Academy, according to a news release.

Cannabis credit co-ops unlikely to gain traction without federal signoff

The most recent attempt by Colorado legislators to allow marijuana businesses access to financial services is a nice token gesture, according to those in the industry, but in reality will do little to change the status quo of secretive bank accounts and large amounts of cash changing hands.

Butcherknife Brewing in Steamboat to participate in Simultaneous Collaboration Brew

As the crew at Butcherknife Brewing Co. in Steamboat Springs starts to heat mash tuns and mill grain Thursday morning to make a saison, they won’t be alone.

Primary date nears for Routt County voters

Voters planning to participate in primary elections need to have their ballots turned in by 7 p.m. June 24.

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Lodging occupancy up across Colorado; Steamboat results mixed so far

According to travel research firm DestiMetrics, lodging already booked for the summer is up 6.8 percent in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming among the properties that participate in its figures.

Ag Census cattle figures for Routt County difficult to explain

The 2012 Census showed a dramatic increase in cattle in Routt County, from 22,397 in 2007 to 37,231 in 2012, but Routt County Extension Office staff had difficulty accounting for such a huge jump in cattle during that year’s historic drought.

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Housing forum keynote speaker shares affordable project experience

The challenge of providing affordable or workforce housing isn’t unique to resort communities or Colorado, said James DeFrancia, the keynote speaker of Friday’s housing forum at Citizen’s Hall, but a smaller employment and tax base could mean greater struggles for a municipality the size of Steamboat Springs.

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All-day forum in Steamboat Springs seeks housing solutions for locals

The forum invited experts in all segments of housing to come together Friday in Citizen’s Hall to come up with solutions for locals.

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Business briefs: Snow Bowl gets new management

Nic Dottore has taken over the general manager role at Snow Bowl in west Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Ski Area gets planning OK for new race-specific trail

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s plan to build a new race-specific trail for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club received a unanimous recommendation Thursday night from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

Senate Bill 23 veto reopens conversation on water efficiency measures

Senate Bill 23, which provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures, will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session.

Mountain Massage Institute recruiting for classes in Steamboat

A new massage school opening in Steamboat Springs plans to blend online curriculum with hands-on learning to make it easier for students to complete the training required to be a massage therapist.

Classic burger joint Back Door Grill opens takeout window

Steamboat can now grab classic burger fare out of the takeout window in the Ghost Ranch’s building on Seventh Street.

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Longtime Steamboat banker Paul Clavadetscher retires from Centennial Bank

Paul Clavadetscher retired from being president of Centennial Bank on May 30 — 21 years to the day after he started working in Steamboat Springs on June 1, 1993.

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Rocket Fizz candy store preps for grand opening celebration

Friday night into Saturday morning, Patrick Evans will be working to install neon signage above his RocketFizz location on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Friday last day to take business improvement district survey

Friday is the last day for downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders to take a survey about what projects or items they’d like to see they business improvement district take on.

Uber's transportation service makes it to Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs quietly moved into the world of smartphone-based, on-demand transportation this past winter with two licensed charter operations signing on with the Uber service.

Oak Street Holistic Health Fair offers gamut of healers

From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, members of the public were invited to visit with more than 20 practitioners across nine locations along Oak Street as part of a Holistic Health Fair.

Oak Street Holistic Health Fair planned for Tuesday evening in downtown Steamboat

Health and wellness providers on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs are hosting a Holistic Health Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Steamboat's PowerIce approved for $500,000 in job credits

Steamboat Springs-based company PowerIce has been approved for more than $500,000 in state tax credits to add up to 100 jobs during the next five years.

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GoldRush Rally drivers head through Steamboat Springs

If you were wondering why there was an inordinate number of luxury cars in Steamboat Springs on Monday, the goldRush Rally swept through town on its way from Park City, Utah, to Denver.