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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Steamboat City Council to hear Yampa Street park proposal Tuesday

City staff will present the council with an option to fast track the conversion of the Workman home site into a public park with river access.

Grant from EPA will help Steamboat Springs develop green strategies

Steamboat is one of 22 communities around the nation that has earned a grant from the EPA this year to help advance its environmental sustainability efforts.

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River ranger and fees among the ideas floated to improve stewardship of Yampa River

River users in Steamboat Springs are brainstorming ways to limit the negative impacts from all the summer fun on the Yampa River.

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Flotation therapy coming to Steamboat Springs

Valerie McCarthy and Brian Savoie are introducing a new spa treatment to Steamboat Springs that involves getting into a futuristic looking flotation tank filled with 10 inches of water and more than 800 pounds of Epsom salts.

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Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

After failing to get any consensus on the best place to build the station Jan. 7, the council last week voted unanimously to soon discuss the possible formation of a citizens committee to help plan for the new public safety facility.

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Parks and rec commission to discuss Yampa River Management Plan

The commission also will learn that 13 commercial river outfitters sent 14,791 tubers, 529 anglers, 419 kayakers, 815 stand-up paddle boarders and 802 rafters and canoeists to the town stretch of the Yampa River during the most recent summer season.

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City of Steamboat finalizes purchase of Yampa Street property

The sale of 603 Yampa St., also known as the Workman property, closed Jan. 16 for $610,000. It was purchased from Leland and Linda Workman with the lodging tax revenue that voters dedicated to Yampa Street improvements.

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Plane crash survivor doing 'amazingly well' at Denver hospital

After Darling's plane crashed Sunday morning south of Rabbit Ears Pass, Darling climbed out of the wreckage of his mangled Cessna and lit a pool of spilled fuel to stay warm until rescuers reached him in a remote part of the woods.

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Beer leftovers are a treat for pigs and cows in Routt County

There's a good chance the next piece of pork you eat at Creekside Cafe owes some of its good taste to the spent grains the pig ate from a local brewery in Steamboat Springs.

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As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort found housing for dozens of its seasonal workers by leasing out 23 rooms in the city's defunct Iron Horse Inn close to downtown. In a similar arrangement, Resort Group secured housing by leasing out the empty Alpiner Lodge on Lincoln Avenue.

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A drove of pigs follows Happy Zacharda, of Yampa Valley Farms, during feeding time on a farm in Milner. The pigs eat spent grain from Butcherknife Brewing Co.

A drove of pigs waits to be fed by Happy Zacharda, of Yampa Valley Farms, on a farm in Milner. The pigs eat spent grain from Butcherknife Brewing Co.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus picks up passengers at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The new West End Shuttle will run 20 minute loops between the Stockbridge Transit Center and the KOA Campground and make it easier for riders to commute between the west end and the mountain.

A long line of riders waits to board a Steamboat Springs Transit bus at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday afternoon.

Bus riders at the Gondola Transit Center board a Blue Line on Friday afternoon. The city of Steamboat Springs is pursuing a number of things to improve a pared down bus system that is being criticized by many local riders.

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