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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Park ranger proposal gets tepid response from Steamboat Springs City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council isn't convinced a new park ranger program is the best investment the city can make to keep the Yampa River from being loved to death.

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Interim police chief discusses recruiting challenges

Jerry DeLong told the council the police department is still down three officers, and recruiting efforts are ongoing.

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Howelsen Hill repair project put on hold

The council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove the $880,000 worth of stabilization work city staff wanted to do over the next two years on Howelsen from the city's capital improvement program.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh in on $56 million budget proposal

Council President Bart Kounovsky said as he was reviewing the 281-page budget book this weekend, it was the city's proposal to increase its workforce by nearly 10 full-time equivalents that stood out the most.

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2015 economic summit to showcase local business innovations

In one presentation, attendees of the 2015 Economic Summit will see how a medical technology company, a farm, an outdoor retail manufacturer and a high school teacher have innovated their businesses in Steamboat Springs.

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Moots Cycles has a new owner

Brent Whittington's path to purchasing a titanium bicycle manufacturing company in Steamboat Springs started in June when he picked up a brochure at the city's visitor center.

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Interim city manager starts Monday

Gary Suiter will have a busy first week as interim city manager in Steamboat Springs.

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I-70 winter tire bill to return

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, plan to again introduce a bill that would require drivers of passenger vehicles to have chains or winter tires with adaquate tread whenever there is snow and ice on I-70 between Morrison and Dotsero.

Police seek email scammer who tried to steal $21k from City Hall

According to a search warrant at the Routt County Courthouse, an accountant at the city recently received an email that was made to look as though it was from Finance Director Kim Weber.

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Bus riders in Steamboat Springs poised to avoid repeat of service cuts this winter

With an early funding commitment from the Steamboat Springs City Council and improved driver recruiting efforts, the transit service plans to avoid a repeat of the major cuts and changes that left many riders frustrated last year.

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Crews work to stabilize a part of Howelsen Hill that was damaged in the spring by a mudslide. The city's 2016 budget includes $750,000 in additional stabilization efforts on the ski hill.

Brent Whittington, an avid cyclist and former telecommunications executive, purchased Moots Cycles from longtime owner Chris Miller. Moots was founded in Steamboat in 1981.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus picks up passengers Wednesday on Pine Grove Road. The city is proposing to bring back bus lines that were cut or scaled back last winter.

Traffic waits at the intersection of Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 on Tuesday. The Steamboat Springs School District plans to partner with the city to improve intersections that would see extra traffic if voters approve a bond to construct a new high school on the west side of the city.

Patrick Sullivan takes in the view of Steamboat Springs from a trail on Emerald Mountain Monday afternoon. A new endowment fund could help support the maintenance of trails on public lands.

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