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Michael Schrantz

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For rent by owner: How technology and familarity are changing the vacation rental landscape

The last time the city of Steamboat Springs rewrote its vacation rental permit process, it was 2007 — Apple had just debuted the iPhone and the for rent by owner website Airbnb still was a year away from its first listing. Since then, the technology surrounding short-term rentals has only become better and easier to use for owners and renters alike. Time and increased familiarity have made vacation rentals an attractive option for more people.

Business briefs: Downtown restaurant Aurum adds daily brunch service to offerings

Recently-opened Yampa Street restaurant Aurum is adding brunch service starting June 1, according to a news release. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days per week, the release states.

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Vista Verde Guest Ranch near Clark hits market for $19.9 million

Christy Belton, of Ranch Marketing Associates, has listed Vista Verde Guest Ranch in the upper Elk River Valley for $19.9 million.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush discusses water, transportation at town hall

About 25 people attended a town hall meeting with state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, on Thursday in the Board of County Commissioners' Hearing Room where water and transportation issues dominated the discussion.

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Room has power to change broadband access in Steamboat, Routt County

The carrier neutral location is enabling the Steamboat Springs School District, the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County to pay far less for more connectivity, but the hope is that the effects will trickle down to customers large and small across the region.

Chamber hosts Leadership Steamboat alumni event for advanced training

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting an advanced leadership training event Thursday, with guest speakers Steve Muntean and Greg Wooldridge.

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Memorial Day in Steamboat Springs honors service

Organizers of Monday’s Memorial Day service could not have wished for a better morning.

Colorado 'craft and draft' bar seeks to open in downtown Steamboat

Old Town Square in downtown Steamboat Springs will be home to a new bar concept this summer.

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Downtown Steamboat real estate sees active start to year

The single-family home market in the downtown area of Steamboat Springs has proved active through the first part of the year, with 11 sales, ranging from just more than $300,000 to $1.3 million.

Steamboat Planning Commission debates 'promise' to community

On Thursday evening, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission heard items for two projects, both of which were approved, though with varying degrees of support.

Routt County pursues grant funds to clear South Routt tire piles

Tires in the Oak Creek canyon were supposed to be disposed of last fall, but once Routt County was alerted to the situation, it discovered that new regulations prevented the operation from going forward as planned.

Steamboat City Council postpones resolution on Fish Creek Mobile Home Park debt

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has already brought Alpine Bank to the table to cover the debt to Wells Fargo, but it must also get the city to sign off on a deal that would factor in a new, third agency: the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board finalizes awards for upcoming year

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board has finalized the list of grant requests approved for the upcoming year, which total $2,857,691.

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Yampa Valley Sauce Co. blends flavors for unique, versatile results

Yampa Valley Sauce Co. was started to combine flavors that Clay Meers and Tami Summy wanted on their food but that were unavailable outside home concoctions.

Business briefs: First National Bank of the Rockies purchased by Glacier Bancorp

First National Bank of the Rockies, which is headquartered in Grand Junction and has an office in Steamboat Springs, recently was purchased by Glacier Bancorp, a Montana-based regional bank.

Land Title report shows slow 1st quarter for Routt County real estate

The Routt County real estate market’s first quarter was as unremarkable by its own standards as it was compared to the other mountain resort counties in Colorado.

Intrawest reports strong performance for Colorado, Steamboat

Steamboat Ski Area and Winter Park outperformed the rest of the Colorado mountain resort industry, according to Intrawest’s third-quarter earnings call.

Marijuana cultivation approved for Oak Creek's Main Street

The Oak Creek Town Board recently approved a land use change that would allow a retail marijuana cultivation facility on Main Street against the objections of some who thought the location was not suitable.

Mainstreet hosts BID fundraiser Wednesday at Schmiggity's

Event coincides with launch of downtown survey

New downtown music venue Schmiggity’s soft opening Wednesday coincides with a Mainstreet Steamboat Springs fundraiser for the business improvement district.

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Sweet Pea restaurant scores top chef from Denver

Pete List, previously of Beatrice & Woodsley in Denver, has made the move to Steamboat Springs to be the new executive chef of Sweet Pea Market and Restaurant on Yampa Street.

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Price trend is positive for Routt County real estate

Things are looking up for property values in Routt County as the Assessor’s Office prepares for the upcoming assessment period.

Business briefs: Downtown retailer Zirkel Trading has expanded to include women’s apparel

Downtown apparel retailer Zirkel Trading recently expanded its selection to include women’s clothing.

Routt County Republican's Lincoln Day lunch set for Saturday

Routt County Republicans will be meeting for their annual Lincoln Day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Planning Commission recommends new portable sign rules

After last summer’s dry run with allowing some portable signs in downtown Steamboat, the city Planning Department is moving forward with making the change permanent.

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New restaurant Aurum opens Friday along banks of Yampa River

Aurum opens to everyone Friday, and the locals hanging around during mud season will recognize most of the bones of Sweetwater Grill, which previously occupied the space, but face an entirely new dining experience.

Potential for harm: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users

Opponents of Senate Bill 23 have warned that transfers to the Colorado Water Conservation Board could harm upstream users.

Potential for harm: Western Slope water bill draws opposition

Senate Bill 23 is on its way to the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and prompted warnings that its consequences could be much broader than intended.

Website post shows true cost of speeding ticket varies by city in Colorado

The cost of a speeding ticket in Colorado is generally a standard $232 for going 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, but the true cost of the traffic violation can be much more.

Routt County sees increase in Christmas tree farms

Whether that increase is because of a spike in holiday spirit or economic motivations is hard to discern.

Business briefs: Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club adds Cheryl Krumrie as sales associate

Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club has added Cheryl Krumrie as sales associate for the luxury real estate development south of Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

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Census of Agriculture shows positive signs for Routt County

Routt County has more farms, more acreage in farms and greater total sales of agricultural products produced here in 2012 than 2007, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture.

Peabody earnings report details continued capital discipline

Peabody Energy, which operates Twentymile Mine in Routt County, continues to focus on capital discipline and cost containment, according to the energy and mining company’s first quarter earnings report for 2014.

Market on the Mountain suddenly closes its doors

The space at the corner of Après Ski Way and Village Drive that the longtime deli and grocery occupied is bare and the windows vacant.

Benefit dinner planned for South Routt resident with lyme disease

The Soroco High School Student Council is organizing a potluck benefit dinner May 14 to help Dave Cabell pursue his best chance at relief from lyme disease.

Oak Creek businesses eligible for grant funding

The town of Oak Creek is one of 35 rural communities in Colorado eligible for $1.7 million in grant funding from the Rural Economic Development Initiative program.

Report details irregular transactions in Routt County Treasurer's Office

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted and made public a report that summarized a nearly year-long investigation of whether funds collected by the Treasurer’s Office were deposited into Routt County bank accounts.

Real estate report details 1st quarter results for Colorado mountain region

Colorado real estate inventory increased while sales slowed during the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from the Colorado Association of Realtors.

Business briefs: Edward Jones named among best places to work by Fortune Magazine

Edward Jones was ranked No. 4 overall in Fortune Magazine’s 2014 list of the best 100 companies to work for, according to a news release.

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Fewer deeds of trust being released in Routt County

The number of deeds of trust being released is an indicator of activity in the real estate market, and that number is significantly down in the first quarter of 2014 across Colorado, including Routt County.

Steamboat Planning Commission OKs retail marijuana plan for Natural Choice

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening lasted only a few minutes.

What you need to make to rent in Routt County

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog published a map Tuesday that shows the hourly wage needed to afford a typical one-bedroom unit in each county across the nation.

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Steamboat Planning Department launches new website features

The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department has launched new features on the city’s website after making changes to its public notice requirements.

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Hayden Station coal power plant to get emissions reduction upgrades

The Hayden Station coal-fired power plant is getting $160 million worth of emissions-reducing upgrades as part of a larger $1 billion push by Xcel Energy.

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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.