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.
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.
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.
Zola Windows is close to three years old but has only been headquartered in Steamboat Springs for a matter of months.
The Routt County Regional Building Department saw the valuation of all new construction dip slightly from 2012 to 2013, from $78.8 million to $76.6 million, respectively.
The financial-sector hurdles that arise from the disconnect between state decriminalization and the list of federal Schedule I substances have stymied owners of marijuana-related businesses across the state.
Darrel Levingston is once again challenging Rob Ryg for the office of Routt County coroner in November.
The Harvey Street neighborhood concept planned for Anglers Drive underwent major changes in late 2013 and is preparing to enter the city of Steamboat Springs planning process with a new look.
Retail sales in the Yampa Valley increased heading into the end of last year, and Yampa Valley Data Partners projects more growth is in store for 2014.
At Thursday’s Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting, department director Tyler Gibbs presented language for a potential amendment to the city’s development code that would allow for greater vesting extensions by administrative approval.
The Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, that seeks to streamline the process for small-scale hydroelectric operations.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority continues to work toward a plan to replace the aging water and sewer infrastructure below Fish Creek Mobile Home Park, and on Thursday, executive director Jason Peasley updated the board on financing progress for the project.
By now, Madeleine Mason and her daughter, Liv, should have wrapped up two days of traveling that have brought them from Steamboat Springs to Monkey Bay, Malawi, Africa along with 16 other members of Steamboat Christian Center.
The next phase of Wildhorse Marketplace could be in place by late 2015 or early 2016.
During Friday’s Regional Building Department Oversight Committee meeting, county commissioner Tim Corrigan laid out the discussions from November 2012 through now about new software and possible privatization of the department — not to mention the retirement of the county’s chief building official, Carl Dunham, on March 5.
Through 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL, 10 years as an officer and a recovery from a severe injury, Jason Redman gleaned lessons in leadership that he poured into his book, “The Trident.”
At 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Regional Building Department Oversight Committee will meet in the commissioner’s hearing room to discuss the possible privatization of the department.
Angie Robinson wants a 5-pound bag of her high-altitude roasted, Rocky Mountain coffee in every independent coffee shop in the nation.
During its 6 p.m. Thursday meeting, the Oak Creek Town Board will hold an executive session to consider purchasing land at 24120 County Road 25 for the public works department.
Steamboat Springs might be one of the top ski resorts in Colorado, but for the purpose of the Affordable Care Act, Routt County is not a resort region.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche warning Monday morning for the Steamboat and Flat Tops Zone because of heavy snowfall and wind.
The condo market in Steamboat Springs has undergone several shifts since the boom times of 2007.
Instead of enjoying the fresh snow falling Friday, city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials spent eight hours in meetings listening to software presentations.
Steamboat Springs residents have another source for technology support in Ski Town Computing, which was started by Marcus Worthen this past year.
The first time a young Rob Friedman traveled to Steamboat Springs it was 14 hours facing backward in the third row of a station wagon.
The Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus met for the first time Monday, hosting a panel discussion about rural telecom issues.
More recently, Walton Village has seen an uptick in prices as the distressed units have been taken off the market and renovated units are making their way back into the inventory.
A lot of Steamboat Springs history is wrapped up in the traditions of the Winter Carnival. The Diamond Hitch Parade showcases the Yampa Valley’s ranching roots. The Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band helped put Ski Town USA on the map and give it its name. And the Lighted Man, snow sculptures and other events throughout the weekend all add to the charm of the Winter Carnival and Steamboat Springs.
Intrawest’s initial public offering continued its downward slide Friday during its first day of public trading.
A Lake Catamount home listed for $5.1 million dollars placed eighth in the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year list.
Niffy McNiff Bube and her husband, Chris, have been building their own type of do-it-all real estate business in Routt County for the past couple years.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission held a work session Jan. 23 to discussion a draft of new regulations for recycling facilities in town.
The parties in the case of Cooper Larsh’s 2011 death at Howelsen Hill made their oral arguments in from of the Colorado Court of Appeal on Jan. 22.
When it turns cold and 60.25 inches of snow falls in December at Steamboat Ski Area, it’s cause for celebration here. Routt County’s real estate market, however, was not as enthused.
A winter storm moving through Colorado starting Wednesday should bring with it plenty of snow across the state heading into the weekend.
The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department and the Planning Commission have been involved in the process of tweaking parts of the community development code for a while now.
The program completed two projects in 2013, conserving 357.5 acres of land worth about $3.5 million while spending $580,000 of taxpayer money.
Intrawest hopes to net about $43.6 million from its initial public offering after covering the expenses of the process, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs has added Ryan Barclay to its company, according to a news release.
The deal is nearly finished, and Cook is happy to buy a local dealership — ultimately expanding his business opportunities in Craig.
Brad Somers took over The Sloppy Dog in Breckenridge after Christmas and expanded his brand, which has downtown and base area stands in Steamboat, into another ski town.
A Jeep commercial shot in and around Steamboat Springs was shown during the weekend’s football games and will continue to run throughout the X Games this upcoming weekend.
Water service will increase from $28.60 to $32 per month, and sewer will increase from $31.60 to $33 per month, for a total monthly bill of $65.