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.

Recent Stories

Steamboat Parks and Recreation Commission candidates talk about city funding challenges

City Council members asked prospective commission members about their view on such things as a possible parks and recreation taxing district and whether they'd want the commission to dive back into master plans for Rita Valentine and Bear River parks.

Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

City staff has since last year considered privatizing the department as a way to make it more efficient, but Routt County officials earlier this month indicated they would reject such a proposal.

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Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

Cities including Steamboat see these URAs as an important tool to restore run-down or "blighted" areas, while some counties see them as an abused tool that has diverted millions of dollars' worth of property taxes away from counties, school districts and other entities.

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New support group for teenagers grieving loss of a loved one being formed in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting the group for 12- to 15-year-olds.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss future of fire and ambulance services Tuesday

The strategic plan addresses staffing and equipment needs through 2020 and discusses possible goals that include establishing a new fire station west of town, increasing staffing to meet a higher demand of emergency calls and moving administrators and other services to a central fire station downtown.

City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for spring runoff

In a news release, city officials say the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast in Colorado calls for above average river flows from April Through July.

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Steamboat Springs' list of parked capital projects totals more than $128 million

Some projects, such as a 9,000-square-foot expansion at the Howelsen Ice Arena, could be considered wants. Others, such as the $3.2 million worth of water main upgrades and replacements, someday will be needs.

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Joe Zimmerman, a steward of Steamboat Springs' stellar water system, retires after 39-year career

For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.

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Yampa Street lodging tax committee regroups to explore other ways to improve riverside roadway

A day after the Steamboat City Council didn't bite at the group's recommendation to use the lodging tax dollars to purchase a riverside lot at Seventh and Yampa, the seven volunteers regrouped with city staff to start vetting other options.

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Erik Besselman battles the swift current of the Yampa River last week in his kayak near downtown Steamboat Springs. The river still was flowing at 1,030 cubic feet per second Monday afternoon, more than twice the median flow for the date of 461 cfs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Grief counselor Katy Thiel poses with some of the artwork local children have made to help cope with the loss of a loved one. Thiel and other counselors with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association are starting a new support group for 12- to 15-year-olds who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Joe Zimmerman, a steward of the city's stellar water system, is retiring after 39 years with the city of Steamboat Springs.

Casey Durbin battles the swift current of the Yampa River on Tuesday near downtown Steamboat Springs.

Crews with Duckels Construction work on Monday to install new sidewalks from Sweetwater Grill to Backdoor Sports. The Yampa Street lodging tax committee is starting to look into the possibility of repurposing a lot on Ninth and Yampa streets into a park.

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