Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

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Scott Franz is a reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He interned as a reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera and as a photographer at Rich Clarkson and Associates in Denver.
Scott grew up in Austin, Texas, and plans to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Steamboat has to offer … and all of the days that don’t reach 100 degrees.

Recent Stories

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Adventure of the week: Searching for gold in the Flat Tops

I finally had my camera all dialed in to take the perfect photo of my tent glowing under the stars and golden aspens on Dunkley Pass last Saturday night when I heard something large moving in the bushes behind me around 9 p.m.

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Steamboat Springs resident asks City Council to allow small pigs as pets

“Pigs are incredibly smart, and they’re wonderful companions,” Rory Clow said before listing the other benefits of having small pigs as pets.

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City Council weighs in on capital improvement plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council is poised to soon debate the future of Spring Creek Park, the timing of the construction of a new fire station and whether to add seat belts to regional buses in the wake of a city bus crash that sent several people to the hospital.

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New Emerald Park access slowly chugging along

The city of Steamboat Springs is now hoping to have the new and much-anticipated entrance to Emerald Park open by fall 2017 or spring 2018. But the schedule for the new access remains at the mercy of the railroad.

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City's 4-year-old quest to build new police station nearing finish line?

City, county resolve to reach agreement over shared law enforcement facility

When Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council members sit down at their Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, they could be saying they are thankful for successfully negotiating a deal to build a shared law enforcement facility that could save taxpayers more than $1 million.

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City, county to discuss shared law enforcement facility plans on Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to decide whether to keep moving forward with plans for a shared law enforcement facility on the west side of the city.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members raised concerns about ski pass perk, emails show

The discussion occurred following a ski season when two of the ski passes went missing and one councilman caught some flak for his frequent use of the city benefit.

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City's proposed capital plan includes new traffic signals, police and fire facilities and seat belts on regional buses

A new police station and a new fire station remain on the list for possible construction in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

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Yampa Street sees big sales gains in July despite construction

Construction cones, noisy trucks and more limited parking didn’t stop residents and visitors from spending more money on Yampa Street at the peak of the summer tourist season.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president stands by approval of controversial apartment project

“At this point, I’m not willing to reconsider it,” Walter Magill said Thursday. “I’ll be interested in hearing what the court has to say. We looked at each of the variances and had a dialogue on it” before we approved those variances.

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Stop along the Flat Tops byway to camp below the stars and golden aspens. There's also a chance you'll get a visit from a bull moose.

Drivers who take the trek to Ripple Creek Pass this time of year are rewarded with panoramic views of fall colors.

Trappers Lake is worth a short detour off of the byway between Yampa and Meeker.

A newborn piglet keeps warm on a farm in Milner last year. While this pig likely grew up to be too large to be a pet, Rory Clow is asking the City Council to allow residents to have mini-pigs that are 200 pounds or less as pets in the city limits.

Construction crews work on the new affordable housing project, called the Reserves at Steamboat Springs, on Thursday afternoon. The project is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road.

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