Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

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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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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Lodging tax revenue used to install enhanced pedestrian crossings, make Lower Spring Creek Trail safer

A trio of enhanced pedestrian crossings and a safer Lower Spring Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs are the first signs that hundreds of thousands of lodging tax dollars are starting to be being spent to improve local trail systems.

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Steamboat Springs seeing lowest November gas prices since 2010

It will cost local farmer Mike Arroyo significantly less this holiday season to gas up his Ford F250 Super Duty pickup and make the regular 192-mile drive to Grand Junction to visit his daughter.

Local finding it hard to park Greek food wagon at base of Steamboat Ski Area

Cynthia Pougiales' quest to park her new Greek food wagon at the base of Mount Werner has been so difficult in recent weeks, she and her friends have pondered the idea of instead having two donkeys pull the wagon around to make mobile sales.

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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.

A driver passes a sign showing gas prices at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road on Monday afternoon. The average price for a gallon of unleaded fuel in Steamboat Springs is about 40 cents cheaper than it was on the same day last year.

Drew Koehler poses with one of the Volcano vaporizers he is renting out through his company, Steamboat420.

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