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.

Recent Stories

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Yampa River cleanup day removes beers, flip flops, undies and a computer monitor from water

The volunteers who spent hours cleaning up the Yampa River after the busy Fourth of July weekend will likely never know how that computer monitor got into the water.

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Residents urge City Council to make Steamboat more dog friendly

Former city councilwoman Kathy Connell is one of the residents urging the city to create more dog parks and tweak its ordinances to make them friendlier to dog owners.

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City kicks off 2017 budget season banking on 3 percent gain in sales tax revenue

Council members got a preview of the 2017 budget Tuesday night.

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Geologists start new survey of Howelsen Hill

"This is a very complex little spot," city facilities manager Steve Hoots said Monday.

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The Mighty Zirkel: Take a hike to the tallest peak in Routt County

The hardest part of summiting Mount Zirkel wasn’t the daring leap over a raging, ice-cold creek on the trek up Red Dirt Pass.

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Resident drops ethics complaint against Steamboat Springs City Council president

A Steamboat Springs resident who accused City Council President Walter Magill of corrupting and improperly influencing a variance hearing in January has dropped his code of ethics complaint against the elected official.

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Man dies in motorcycle crash west of Steamboat Springs

The man was driving the motorcycle with a female passenger when the motorcycle crashed and came to rest in a ditch.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Charlie MacArthur

He helped picked the city's new police chief and he helped build the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College. And those are just two of the many big things Charlie MacArthur has done in the community in recent years.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Geoff Petis

Downtown Steamboat residents who are sleeping more soundly these days (and not being awoken by street sweepers) can thank the city's bow tie-wearing lawyer. Geoff Petis, 35, has been in Steamboat for just two years, but he's already made quite the impact on our community.

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City Council members express interest in proposing additional taxes on marijuana, alcohol

The Steamboat Springs City Council in November could ask voters to consider putting an additional tax on the sales of alcohol, marijuana and possibly tobacco in the city as a way to boost substance abuse prevention and treatment in the Yampa Valley.

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Cody Bye, of Seattle, Washington, tubes the Yampa River on Thursday. Bye made sure he didn't turn into a litterbug by wearing river shoes instead of flip flops on the river. During a recent cleanup day, volunteers recovered 115 flip flops from the Yampa.

A runner on the Yampa River Core Trail appears dwarfed by her own shadow when photographed from the basket of a hot air balloon.

Teren and Sean Grey enjoy reading books at the new Workman Park on Yampa Street. The riverside park is seeing a variety of users.

A herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep stare down from a hillside near the summit of Mount Zirkel. The bighorns residing along the Continental Divide in the Park Range are the result of a reintroduction project where 41 bighorns were released into Red Canyon in 2005, about 20 miles west of Walden in Jackson County.

A Classic Air helicopter takes off from the scene of a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 40 on July 15. The man who was driving the motorcycle was airlifted to Yampa Valley Medical Center in critical condition, where he later died.

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