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

Unique exercise device takes top prize in local business plan competition

Elk River Valley residents Jim and Jo Lauter have created an exercise device that allows anyone to mimic the sport of horseback riding from the comfort of their living room.

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New restaurant and bar opening this winter in iconic Tugboat building

When music and beer return to the iconic restaurant building near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, the new establishment will fittingly be known as The Wreck.

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New restaurant and alcohol delivery service up and running in Steamboat Springs

From an exhausted skier to a family that doesn't want to pack into a car on a snowy night to that man who doesn't want to make the trip to the grocery store, Wunder can think of a number of different people who will use her new delivery business.

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Tight rental market, limited labor force are challenging employers in Steamboat Springs

As thousands of visitors prepare to take their winter vacations here, some employers are scrambling to find the employees that will keep the city's restaurants, hotels and small businesses humming.

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Jensen steps down as Intrawest CEO

Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen replaced by Thomas Marano.

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Parking time limit extended in lot at Eighth and Oak streets

The change could be useful for some long term-downtown parkers especially when the city rolls out new license plate reading technology to improve parking enforcement or if parking meters are installed downtown.

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Steamboat Springs Transit releases new winter schedule, prepares to launch GPS tracking system

The launch of the new daytime winter schedule on Dec. 7 will coincide with the launch of a new GPS tracking service that will allow riders to use their smartphones to track buses in real time and see exactly when a bus is due to arrive at any of the bus stops in the city.

City of Steamboat's ice arena and recreation managers resign

Susan Petersen, the city's longtime recreation manager, recently resigned to take another career opportunity here in Steamboat. Mike Albrecht, who has supervised the Howlesen Ice Arena for the last six years, also is leaving his post.

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Steamboat Springs City Council debates how involved police chief should be in police station planning

Some members felt public safety director Joel Rae's leadership role in the project is appropriate given his many years of experience with the police department. But other members felt it wouldn't be appropriate for Rae to continue being a point person on the station planning because they felt the proposal is controversial and Rae's involvement could end up damaging his reputation.

Steamboat City Council asked to consider changing pot rules to allow hash oil production company

Magill told his fellow council members that a prospective operator of such a business approached him and said he or she would look to possibly start the company in Oak Creek if the rules here weren't changed.

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Recent photos

Morgan and Ainsley Ochoa sled at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday afternoon as mountain crews make final preparations for Scholarship Day. The ski area is opening 655 acres, which encompasses 22 percent of the ski area's terrain.

First it was The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Now it is becoming The Wreck. Local restaurateur Chad Gagliano is opening a new bar and restaurant in the Tugboat space in Ski Time Square this winter.

A large "Now Hiring" banner is displayed above Riggio's Italian restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs. A lower unemployment rate and higher housing prices are creating challenges for local employers.

The parking time limit in a lot at Eighth and Oak streets recently was increased from two hours to eight hours.

Snow guns create a large cloud behind Steamboat's More Barn on Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast is calling for more sunny but cold days before a chance of snow returns Friday and Saturday.

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