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

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Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commission endorses e-bike proposal

The commission voted Wednesday to recommend that the city start a yearlong pilot program allowing two types of e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Steamboat Springs City Council considers lifting moratorium on public art

If the Steamboat Springs City Council’s recent discussion about revising a public art policy was a painting, it would have been a very splattered Jackson Pollock, not a neat, easy to understand Winslow Homer.

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Watts next? Proposal would allow e-bikes on Yampa River Core Trail

The city is considering allowing e-bikes, which give riders an assist via an electric motor, on the Yampa River Core Trail as a pilot program this summer.

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New Spring Creek Trail proposed for mountain bikers

The downhill-only trail could run from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass to the Spring Creek ponds.

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Outdoor Retailer trade show bailing on Utah after disagreement over public lands

Outdoor recreation business leaders are putting their money where their mouths are by taking their biggest trade show out of the state that has hosted it for 20 years following a political feud.

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Scott Franz: On patrol with Steamboat Springs Police Department

I didn’t get to help lure a duck to safety out of a quickly-freezing pond, or witness any dramatic chases and arrests that you see so often on "COPS." But my mostly uneventful ride-along with the Steamboat Springs Police Department last month still furthered my appreciation, and fascination, of the work our police do every day.

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West Steamboat housing proposal evokes strong reactions

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs are emerging as the most vocal supporters of a housing proposal that would add 450 units, including some for workers with lower incomes, to the west side of the city in the coming years.

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Lisel Petis appointed to Steamboat Springs City Council

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs have a new voice on the City Council.

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Steamboat Springs City Council not ready to endorse latest water proposal for housing development

The Steamboat Springs City Council thinks a developer’s latest water proposal for new neighborhoods on the west side of town still is too risky for the community and its taxpayers. But the council is resolved to trying to keep the housing proposal afloat in the coming weeks through some negotiations.

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A sign at the entrance of the Yampa River Core Trail warns that no motorized vehicles are allowed. The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has endorsed a proposal to allow e-bikes on the Core Trail during a pilot program.

Steamboat Springs Police Officer Cody Owens drives a patrol cruiser on Lincoln Avenue.

New Steamboat Springs City Council member Lisel Petis takes the oath of office administered by City Clerk Julie Franklin on Tuesday night.

The historic Rabbit Ears Motel sign was damaged by an unknown man who was seen climbing on top it of around 1:22 a.m. on Feb. 2. The damage includes broken neon around the rabbit's face and the word "Ears"

The latest novel from the Steamboat Springs City Council is an even longer sequel to this 680-page novel titled "Steamboat Springs City Council agenda, Feb. 11, 2014."

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