Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and health care reporter

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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Rockslide hits Mad Creek Trail, making it impassable for horses

Hikers and cyclists can continue using the trail but will have to hobble over the boulders about 1/2 a mile past the start of the trail.

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Steamboat astronaut will run in relay race from International Space Station

When Steve Swanson needs to either grab or pass the baton in the Wild West Relay race this weekend, things could get complicated.

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Future of U.S. Forest Service trails will be focus of upcoming meeting in Steamboat Springs

There are lots of dreams and visions floating around about the future of trails in the Routt National Forest surrounding Steamboat Springs. The challenge? There likely isn't enough money or manpower to build and maintain all of the proposed mileage.

Heavy rain subdues wildfire in Zirkel Wilderness Area

Trail closures in the area have now been lifted by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Parking consultant says Steamboat Springs doesn't have a 'big' downtown parking problem, but challenges remain

The ideas community members offered up at a forum focused on downtown parking improvements ranged from the grandiose and futuristic to the plain and simple.

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Major road construction project set to start Thursday in Steamboat Springs

Drivers should expect to see traffic go down to one lane near Pine Grove Road on the east side of town and near Elk River Road to the west.

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Community members can weigh in on downtown parking at Tuesday night forum

Will the issues with Steamboat's downtown parking soon warrant a big investment or change? That's a question parking consultants and community members could start to help answer Tuesday night at a parking forum at the community center.

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Firefighters continue to baby-sit small Zirkel Wilderness fire

Meanwhile, crews over in Moffat County are gaining control of some big blazes.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs on verge of one of its biggest makeovers in years

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett is used to things being busy downtown.

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City learns the cost of repairing Howelsen Hill mudslide damage

City officials reported this week that they anticipate the latest repair bill to fix the deep scars left by a spring mudslide won't be as substantial as some of the six-figure repair bills of past years.

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A grasshopper clings to the side of a picture frame that was on display in July at Art in the Park near downtown Steamboat Springs.

A cyclist zips down a trail near Spring Creek. The U.S. Forest Service next week is hosting a meeting to discuss the future of its multi-use trails in the area.

Raindrops cling to a flower petal Wednesday afternoon in the Yampa River Botanic Park.

A wasp rides out a rainstorm in the middle of a flower near Emerald Mountain Park.

Traffic backs up on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon due to utility work along the road. Traffic is expected to get worse in the area Thursday when a major road construction project kicks off on both sides of the city.

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