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Michael Schrantz

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Developer outlines plans for historic YVEA building

At an informal meeting of the city of Steamboat Springs’ Historic Preservation Commission, Steve Shelesky laid out some early plans for the future of Yampa Valley Electric Association’s downtown building.

City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements

The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes.

Business briefs: P. Elizabeth Wittemyer joins Feldmann-Nagel’s law offices

P. Elizabeth Wittemyer has joined Feldmann-Nagel’s offices in Steamboat Springs and Denver, according to a news release.

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Steamboat single-family home supply low under $450,000

In Steamboat Springs, prices for single family homes have faced upward pressure in the past year and increasingly are concentrated above the threshold for what’s considered affordable.

Chelsea's Chinese restaurant makes mountain comeback

Daryl Levin sold Chelsea’s in the late-1990s, but he’s now looking to resurrect the Chinese-food restaurant and its reputation of cuisine worth traveling for.

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Lost Steamboat exhibit opens in May at Tread of Pioneers

Lost Steamboat shows glimpses of the town as it once was through 12 photographs of buildings that are no longer standing.

Republican primary set for Colorado House District 26

Routt County residents Dave Moloney and Chuck McConnell made the ballot during Friday’s district assembly in Denver.

Business briefs: Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty participates in conference

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty co-owners Pam Vanatta and Cam Boyd participated in the 2014 Sotheby’s International Realty Leadership Forum, according to a news release.

Steamboat real estate market sees 1st quarter shift in single-family homes

The numbers are in for the Steamboat real estate market’s first quarter of 2014, and while there were the same number of transactions as in 2013, the composition is markedly different a year later.

Steamboat, Routt County planning commissions discuss urban growth boundary

The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County planning commissions met Thursday night to continue discussions about how changes are made to the urban growth boundary.

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Karma Bar and Lounge hosts grand opening in downtown Steamboat

Karma Bar and Lounge will have its grand opening Friday in the basement space under Rootz on Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat Institute looks to fill Tony Blankley fellowship

The Tony Blankley fellowship officially kicked off in August 2012, and the Steamboat Institute has been working from then till now to raise funds and put together a selection committee.

Staples location in Steamboat Springs to close

The Staples location in Steamboat Springs, which opened in late 2006, will close its doors May 17.

Steamboat sales tax increases place among middle of Colorado mountain towns

Steamboat Springs sales tax collections have been trending up since their most recent low point in 2010, but among other mountain communities, the city’s increase in 2013 placed in the middle of the pack.

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Mediterranean street food concept going in on Yampa Street

Collin and Noella Kelley are planning to open their newest dining venture right next door to their original restaurant, Carl’s Tavern, but the concepts couldn’t be farther apart.

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Property for Harvey Street project falls out of contract

The Harvey Street development planned along Anglers Drive across from Sundance at Fish Creek plaza has hit a snag.

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South Routt Medical Center prepares to move into renovated building

Members of the South Routt Medical Center board showed off the organization’s new building Friday to officials with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Seminars at Steamboat announces 2 more speakers

Rounding out the slate of four scheduled seminars are Matthew Rojansky, an expert on U.S. relations with former Soviet Union states such as Ukraine, and Richard Danzing, former Secretary of the Navy and Chair of the Board at the Center for New American Security.

Routt County Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner slated for Saturday

The fundraiser is open to everyone, with attendees asked to bring their favorite potluck dish and a $25 suggested donation for adults and a $15 suggested donation for students. Children under 18 years old are free.

Contests set for Routt County offices in November general election

The slate of major party candidates for Routt County office is set, with three contested general election races in November.

Routt County categorized as high risk for radon exposure

With 11 other counties also added, all of Colorado now is categorized as high risk, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

1st session of new Steamboat Chamber customer service training nears end

The objective of the Service Excellence program is to eventually bring the training to as much of Steamboat Springs as possible with the hope of boosting the city’s reputation for customer service as measured by the net promoter score.

Routt County real estate market sees improvement in February

The real estate market in Routt County continues to lag national trends, showing an uptick in February sales and continued interest from cash buyers.

Business briefs: Ciao Gelato is moving to Seventh Street in downtown Steamboat

Ciao Gelato will be moving from its Yampa Street location to a spot around the corner on Seventh Street but still in the Howelsen Place building.

Steamboat Planning Commission approves Rocky Mountain Remedies' cultivation expansion

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Rocky Mountain Remedies’ plans to expand its marijuana cultivation.

Yampa considers legal notice change to save money

At Yampa’s April 1 municipal election, voters will decide whether or not to allow the town to publish the titles of ordinances rather than their whole text in required legal notices.

Planner, author Jeff Speck shows Colorado communities what makes a city walkable

The Colorado Main Street Program, which is part of the Department of Local Affairs, organized a walkability webinar for its member communities.

Oak Creek considers annexation of newly purchased property

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday will consider the first step in the annexation process for a piece of land it has agreed to buy.

Snow, rain on horizon for Steamboat Springs

Two storms will move through Steamboat Springs starting Wednesday, leaving rain and snow in their wakes.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs hosts retail workshop

Steamboat Springs retailers filed into Centennial Hall on Monday morning for a workshop about reinventing or resurrecting their businesses.

Business briefs: Maddie Renninger joins Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Maddie Renninger is Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty’s newest agent, according to a news release.

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Red Bell Ranch in Strawberry Park sells for $5.7 million

In one of the largest real estate transactions in the past couple of years, Red Bell Ranch in Strawberry Park recently sold for $5.7 million.

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Winter airline program projected to be $1 million under cap

With information available for about half of ski season, the program that attracts flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport is projected to be about $1 million under its cap of $4.78 million for revenue guarantees.

City of Steamboat appeal denied in Howelsen Hill skier death case

The Colorado Court of Appeals has decided that the city of Steamboat Springs waived its governmental immunity in the 2011 death of Cooper Larsh on Howelsen Hill.

Business improvement district board works to create survey

The newly revived board of the business improvement district in downtown Steamboat Springs continues to work toward getting a funding question on November’s ballot.

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Sweetwater Grill is sold; new concept to open in May

The lineup of restaurants on Yampa Street is undergoing another major shift, with Sweetwater Grill being sold and a new concept set to open in the riverside space in May.

Alpen Glow building gets facelift, new tenant

The alterations to the front of the Alpen Glow building on Lincoln Avenue are being done to make it easier to see into the commercial space, but they also coincide with a new tenant for the building.

Atmos looks to raise rates to compensate for increased gas costs

Atmos Energy has filed an application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to raise its natural gas rates for Northwest Colorado effective April 1.

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Intrawest looks to use liquidity for acquisitions, real estate development

Intrawest, which owns Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., released its earnings report Monday for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.

South Routt School District conducts budget survey

The South Routt School District is conducting a survey to gauge the community’s priorities for the upcoming budget cycle.

Success Steps business seminar to focus on growth

On Thursday, Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE will host a talk by Steve Muntean, of Muntean Leadership Group, as part of the Success Steps Seminar Series.

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Emerald Heights townhome project sees 1st contract

The first building of six planned at Emerald Heights is nearing completion, with the prices for the initial four units to be set between $569,000 and $589,000, according to developer Jon Peddie.

The Bakery restaurant in downtown Steamboat closing because of back taxes

The Bakery restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs was seized by the Colorado Department of Revenue for back sales taxes.

Saketumi sushi restaurant moving to location on Yampa River

Saketumi will open in the space The Boathouse Pub now occupies on Yampa Street by mid-May.

Steamboat City Council clears way to lift deed restrictions at Sunray Meadows

At its last meeting, the Steamboat Springs City Council paved the way for an easier process to lift deed restrictions from residential properties, but it remains to be seen how wide the application might be.

Steamboat Chamber to pursue revolving loan fund for area businesses

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is starting initial discussions about starting a revolving loan fund for area businesses.

South Routt School Board to consider structure of superintendent position

As South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader prepares to leave at the end of the school year, the district’s school board will reconsider the position of superintendent and see if there are better options for the district.

Fate of Steamboat Staples location uncertain after corporate announcement

In just less than two years, Staples will close 225 stores in North America, according to a news release from the company last week.

Finding balance: Gunnison County has experience with land preservation tools

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.

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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.

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