Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

Email: scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4210

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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.

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As more tubers are shuttled to Yampa River, some parks and rec commissioners eye new regulations

Craig Robinson, the city's parks, open space and trails manager, told the commission on Wednesday night that some property management companies are shuttling tubers to the river in places where the city discourages tubing, such as Rotary Park.

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City manager wants public to have summary of police investigation

As of last week, $18,000 has been spent for the investigation, and $12,000 for the services of the interim chief.

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Elected officials start to weigh in on idea of shared public safety facility

Several elected officials in Routt County are open to the idea of building a combined public safety facility in west Steamboat, but some are stressing the devil is in the detail and others want to keep all options on the table.

Local Humane Society to celebrate milestones at open house on Saturday

When it welcomes community members to the public open house, the Humane Society will get to show off the animal shelter it recently assumed management of.

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Ciao Gelato opening in new Lincoln Avenue location on Friday

A quick glance at Ciao Gelato's Facebook page this week reveals just how excited Steamboat Springs residents and visitors are to see the local eatery and hangout back in business.

Steamboat City Council to talk Emerald Park history, field usage on Tuesday

The discussion comes as the city negotiates a new five-year contract with Triple Crown that could allow the games at Emerald for the first time.

City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

A series of one-on-one meetings between Steamboat Springs City Council members and the head of the city's parks and community services department were cancelled last week after two council members expressed concern the meetings could violate open meetings laws.

City council satisfied with city manager's work performance

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark continues to have the support of five of her seven bosses.

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Steamboat City Council moves to restore winter bus service

However, the city's bus lines that are the least utilized during the year, including the yellow and purple lines, could continue to see some tweaks or cuts.

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Local Scout places bronze markers at veterans' graves in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

In the past, when the American flags were removed from James Albert Chew’s grave after Memorial Day ceremonies, all of the visible reminders of the man’s military service disappeared from the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

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Rye Kirchner places a bronze marker in front of a veteran's grave at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery on Monday.

Bronze markers now adorn the graves of veterans in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery who do not have military headstones.

Steamboat Springs Transit plans to replace two thirds of its fleet from 2019-2024.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus zooms through downtown Steamboat. The bus service ended the winter service with an on-time performance of 76 percent.

Although residents complained about the pared-down winter bus service this winter, many were quick to praise the bus drivers and transit staff for making the best of a tough situation.

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