Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and health care reporter

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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.

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Steamboat City Council approves operating plan for winter air service program

The flight plan for Steamboat Springs' upcoming winter air service program will grow the program's number of round trip seats by 8 percent, expand flights to and from some west coast destinations and dedicate $250,000 to spend on the marketing of winter flights.

Year of public meetings culminates in changes to urban growth boundary amendment process

After 14 public meetings, some significant compromises and 18 "yes" votes from the members of four government bodies in Routt County, Steamboat Springs' hard urban growth boundary could be easier to move.

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Steamboat City Council to weigh sustainability plan Tuesday

City staff on Tuesday night will outline its plan to revive and repurpose the city's green team that used to spearhead sustainability initiatives at the city ranging from a bike sharing program to composting at some city facilities.

Intrawest acquiring remaining interest in one of Canada's busiest ski resorts

Company also discusses latest earnings report

Intrawest acquired its first 50 percent interest at Blue Mountain in 1999 and has operated it as a joint venture with Blue Mountain Resorts Holdings Inc. ever since.

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With new faces and energy, Steamboat's Parks and Recreation Commission hashes out 2015 priorities

There's something very different about Steamboat's current parks and recreation commission.

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Summer survey finds river otters continue to thrive on the Yampa River after successful reintroduction

The early 1900s weren't a good time to be a river otter in the state of Colorado. Today, wildlife biologists here in Northwest Colorado are confirming it's a whole different story.

City sales tax collections were up big in July

Sales tax collections were thought to get a boost from the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Friday.

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City of Steamboat makes data more accessible with new Web page

Community members who want to track the number of flights at Steamboat Springs Airport each month or see how many graffiti removal requests the city's parks department gets each year can find that information on a new city Web page.

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Tax proposal would generate $190K for maintenance, marketing in downtown Steamboat Springs

In November, commercial property owners, landlords and tenants will decide whether to impose an additional property tax of up to 4 mills on themselves to generate that funding for the improvements.

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City of Steamboat has game plan to improve future wildlife closures

The city is acting on calls from its parks and recreation commission to improve enforcement of any future closures after an orphan calf elk died last month after being separated from its mother in a local park.

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A United plane arrives at Yampa Valley Regional Airport during the holiday season in 2013. The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night signed off on the operating budget for the upcoming winter air service program.

Construction crews work to build one of the new executive hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport on Tuesday. The hangars range in cost from about $500,000 to $650,000.

Matt Gerzina rides on Emerald Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Some Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commissioners listed better trail maintenance as one of thier priorities for 2015.

Birdwatchers watch sandhill cranes during the first Yampa Valley Crane Festival. This year's festival starts Thursday and goes through Monday this year.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus travels through downtown Steamboat Springs. A new dashboard on the city's website provides a range of data, including monthly bus ridership on SST.

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