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.

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City of Steamboat is updating its sidewalk master plan

City Manager Deb Hinsvark also recently updated the council on the city's desire to start using local improvement districts to fill in some sidewalk gaps around the city.

Steamboat City Council uses new method to set city funding total for nonprofits

The current council chose to make the allocation to non-profits based on a certain percentage of the city's general fund budget, excluding transfers, capital and debt service payments.

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Steamboat City Council wants city to keep negotiating with Routt County Humane Society over control of animal shelter

The city reached out to the Humane Society last year to see if it would be interested in taking over the shelter and to propose a business plan. However, the city passed on the plan because it concluded it would have cost the city more money than it currently is paying to run the shelter.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after firing bullet into wife's truck

The bullet ended up in the radiator of the truck and did not cause any injuries. Police arrested Steamboat resident Jeffrey Scott Buck, 52, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm, criminal mischief, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

Casey's Pond employees ask Steamboat City Council to delay parking enforcement on Owl Hoot Trail

Casey's Pond employees and visitors don't want to have to ride a shuttle or walk across a highway in the snow this winter to get to and from the senior living center every day.

Steamboat City Council narrowly rejects proposal to restore $264,000 worth of pay raises for city employees

City Council President Bart Kounovsky floated a compromise plan that would have restored the pay raises that council cut from the 2015 budget last week, but with two caveats.

Steamboat police arrest man suspected of firing bullet through neighbor's bedroom wall while intoxicated

The arrest of Michael Amendt, 23, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm in the Eaglepointe Townhomes marks the second time this month someone has been arrested in the city for allegedly firing a gun inside a residence and placing a bullet dangerously close to others.

Election Guide 2014: Former state senator challenges 2-term incumbent for 3rd Congressional District

Abel Tapia is running against Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat.

Driver causes 3-car crash and minor injuries Sunday after falling asleep at the wheel near Hayden

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Craig resident Jesse Decker, 18, was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 7:40 a.m. when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2007 Ford Focus and drifted into the opposite lane of the highway on a right turn. Two people involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.

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Steamboat City Council to decide whether old house on Yampa Street should be razed to make way for new park

The council Tuesday night will consider the first reading of a contract to purchase the Workman house at 603 Yampa St. for $617,000.

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Jeff and Kristi Brown are planning to open a breakfast place and a pizzeria in their Village Center property that used to house The Market on the Mountain.

Historic downtown Steamboat Springs.

The city's proposed budget includes the hiring of two new employees who would aim to improve the city's response to a rising number development proposals. Above, a new hangar is under construction by a private developer at Steamboat Springs Airport.

David Belin, of the research and consulting firm RRC Associates, talks to Steamboat Economic Summit attendees about how Steamboat Springs' economy has recovered since the Great Recession.

Futurist Thomas Frey speaks to attendees of the Steamboat Springs Economic Summit on Friday at Colorado Mountain College.

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