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Michael Schrantz

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Oak Creek solicits feedback on recreation master plan update

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.

Business briefs: Rocky Peak Village sells 5th of newly built duplexes

The fifth of the newly built duplexes in Rocky Peak Village recently sold for $495,000, according to a news release.

City of Steamboat acquires Barn Village lot through foreclosure

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.

Republican and Democratic county caucuses scheduled for Tuesday

The Routt County Democratic and Republican parties are holding their caucuses Tuesday.

Trespassing case against Department of Natural Resources chief Mike King dismissed

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.

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Zola Windows designs European-style windows in Steamboat

Zola Windows is close to three years old but has only been headquartered in Steamboat Springs for a matter of months.

2013 lacks strong trend for Routt County Building Department

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.

Steamboat marijuana businesses navigate uncertain financial terrain

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 to challenge Rob Ryg for Routt County coroner

Darrel Levingston is once again challenging Rob Ryg for the office of Routt County coroner in November.

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Harvey Street neighborhood concept revises plans

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.

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Yampa Valley Data Partners projects continued retail sales growth

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.

Steamboat Planning Commission recommends vesting extensions

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.

Small-scale hydro bill passes state House

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.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority works to finance Fish Creek Mobile Home Park infrastructure project

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.

Mission trip brings letters from Soda Creek students to Malawi

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.

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Developer looks to move forward with 2nd phase of Wildhorse Marketplace

The next phase of Wildhorse Marketplace could be in place by late 2015 or early 2016.

Software, privatization discussed during Routt County Regional Building Department meeting

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.

Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman to speak Saturday in Steamboat

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.”

Committee will discuss privatizing Routt County Regional Building Department

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.

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Steamboat Coffee Roasters moves operation, opens shop

Angie Robinson wants a 5-pound bag of her high-altitude roasted, Rocky Mountain coffee in every independent coffee shop in the nation.

Oak Creek to consider land purchase for public works department

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.

Routt County health insurance costs tempered by regional grouping

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.

Recent snowfall increases avalanche risk in Steamboat zone

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche warning Monday morning for the Steamboat and Flat Tops Zone because of heavy snowfall and wind.

Steamboat condo market continues to shift

The condo market in Steamboat Springs has undergone several shifts since the boom times of 2007.

City of Steamboat, Routt County consider software upgrades

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.

Ski Town Computing provides another option in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs residents have another source for technology support in Ski Town Computing, which was started by Marcus Worthen this past year.

Former American Airlines executive talks loyalty at Steamboat Airline Partners Summit

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.

Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus meets for 1st time

The Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus met for the first time Monday, hosting a panel discussion about rural telecom issues.

Walton Village condos see increases in sales, prices

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.

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Winter Carnival: Carnival traditions steeped in Steamboat Springs history

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 trades below initial price after public offering

Intrawest’s initial public offering continued its downward slide Friday during its first day of public trading.

Business briefs: Steamboat home makes Wall Street Journal House of the Year list

A Lake Catamount home listed for $5.1 million dollars placed eighth in the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year list.

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Do-it-all Steamboat real estate company eyes growth

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.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voices concerns about business of recycling

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission held a work session Jan. 23 to discussion a draft of new regulations for recycling facilities in town.

Howelsen Hill skier death case has oral arguments before Colorado Court of Appeals

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.

Routt County real estate market suffers at end of 2013

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.

Storm could bring Steamboat powder days, avalanche danger

A winter storm moving through Colorado starting Wednesday should bring with it plenty of snow across the state heading into the weekend.

Steamboat Springs Planning Department works toward predictability in the process

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.

Purchase of Development Rights advisory board presents annual report

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 looks to net $43.6 million from IPO

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.

Business briefs: RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs adds Ryan Barclay

RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs has added Ryan Barclay to its company, according to a news release.

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Cook Chevrolet owner purchases Craig Ford dealership

The deal is nearly finished, and Cook is happy to buy a local dealership — ultimately expanding his business opportunities in Craig.

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Steamboat's The Hungry Dog opens new location in Breckenridge

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.

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Jeep commercial shot in Steamboat to air during X Games

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, sewer rates to rise in Yampa

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.

Business briefs: Steamboat passive house wins Professional Builder Design Award

The Superinsulated Mini passive house on Diagon Alley in downtown Steamboat took the bronze award for urban infill in the 2014 Professional Builder Design Awards.

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Developer proposes multifamily development at Chadwick Estates

On Thursday, the city of Steamboat Springs’ Planning Commission will consider a development plan for a 10-unit multifamily building and two duplexes that would be the most significant addition to Steamboat’s multifamily inventory in years.

Barn fire in Bailey puts Comcast Internet out in Steamboat

When a barn in Bailey burns, Steamboat Springs goes dark. About 13,000 Comcast customers in Steamboat were left without cable TV, Internet access or phone service Friday after a fiber line burned in a fire more than three hours away.

Double Diamonds Bar provides late-night option at base area

Double Diamonds Bar is open from après ski until 2 a.m. in the line of shops at the base of The Steamboat Grand across from the Gondola Transit Center.

Proposed bill would allow statutory cities to pay planning commissioners

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is sponsoring a bill in the Colorado Legislature that would allow statutory cities to pay planning commissioners.