Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

Email: 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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CDOT makes significant changes to Pine Grove Road intersection to make it safer

By changing the light configuration and geometry of the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Steamboat Springs are aiming to prevent tragedies like the death of Robert "Bob" Bear.

Steamboat City Council approves 1st reading of stricter trash rules to prevent wildlife conflicts

City officials, local trash haulers and representatives from Colorado Parks and Wildlife think the new rules will go a long way to help prevent encounters and problems with black bears.

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Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

Critics of the new service got the attention of the City Council, which broke its norm of not responding to public comment by asking its city manager what was going to be done about it.

Live updates from the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

City reporter Scott Franz will provide live news updates from tonight's Steamboat Springs CIty Council meeting. A strengthening of the city's trash rules to prevent problems with wildlife headlines the agenda.

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Tougher trash ordinance from city would require more Steamboat residents to buy wildlife-proof containers

The city's proposed ordinance would require all residents to use an approved wildlife-resistant trash container outdoors regardless of what time they put out their trash to be collected.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center withdraws from police station real estate talks

The hospital's decision leaves the city without one of the Steamboat Springs City Council's top three potential building sites for the station and will delay the council's consideration of building locations until at least January.

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New map lets you track Steamboat Springs Transit buses in real time

The service provided from RouteMatch also allows bus riders to use their computers and smartphones and an app called RouteShout to find the bus stops closest to them and see when buses are set to arrive.

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Routt County Humane Society poised to take over control of Steamboat's animal shelter in May

Under the new arrangement, the Humane Society plans to expand services like behavioral training for animals, add new staff and stay open the additional hours.

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After dog is shocked, city of Steamboat pulls plug on downtown holiday tree lights

The danger of the lighting system was on display recently when a dog was shocked by a metal grate below one of the trees due to the current from the tree lights.

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Butcherknife Brewing Co. expanding to more taps in Routt County and beyond

From the base of Hahn's Peak to the bars in the neighborhood of Coors Field in Denver, more and more people in Colorado are now able to grab a cold pint of Butcherknife beer and learn about an up and coming brewery in Steamboat Springs.

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Traffic moves through the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday afternoon. The traffic lights at the busy intersection were changed to improve pedestrian safety.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus carries passengers near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday afternoon. The Steamboat Springs City Council got an earful on Tuesday night about the recent cuts and changes to the city's free bus service.

The aftermath of a bear's late-night dumpster-diving session was on full display this summer on Eaglepointe Court in Steamboat Springs.

Holiday lights grace downtown Steamboat Springs in February as traffic moves along Lincoln Avenue. The city had to pull the plug on the holiday tree lights this season because of an electrical problem.

Butcherknife Brewing Co.'s Amputator IPA is poured at the brewery's tap room in Steamboat Springs. Butcherknife is shipping more beer to more bars and restaurants including some in the Denver metro area.

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