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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Beer leftovers are a treat for pigs and cows in Routt County

There's a good chance the next piece of pork you eat at Creekside Cafe owes some of its good taste to the spent grains the pig ate from a local brewery in Steamboat Springs.

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As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort found housing for dozens of its seasonal workers by leasing out 23 rooms in the city's defunct Iron Horse Inn close to downtown. In a similar arrangement, Resort Group secured housing by leasing out the empty Alpiner Lodge on Lincoln Avenue.

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Hometown astronaut Steve Swanson to share space stories Sunday night in Steamboat

It won't be a trip to the International Space Station, but it will be as close to one as you can get right now here on Earth.

Downtown URA plan gets strong support from local business community

The Steamboat Springs City Council made it clear Tuesday night that it wants to soon invest in some major improvements like sidewalks and lighting in downtown Steamboat.

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Free Summer Concert Series funding cut doesn't sit well with some City Council members

Although the cut was "disappointing," a majority of the council agreed it should respect the city's grant vetting process that led to the reduced funding and not invest any more city dollars in the series of concerts this year.

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Steamboat City Council backs city manager after two members seek her resignation

Council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys made it clear they want the council to consider starting a search for a new city manager.

Alaskan tourism companies will be in Steamboat Friday to recruit summer bus drivers

A recruiter from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises will be at Stock Bridge Transit Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday seeking drivers who want to spend their summer in Alaska or the Yukon.

Affordable housing, URA proposal headline Steamboat Springs City Council agenda

The council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Citizens Hall. Public comment is accepted on each agenda item. General public comment on items not on the agenda is accepted at 7 p.m. or at the end of the meeting, whichever comes first

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Steamboat City Council appears ready to ask public for help with police station planning

Based on recent comments from council members, a public vote on the station appears to be unlikely, but there are several members who are open to the idea of forming a citizens committee to recommend building sites.

Steamboat City Council member pushes for more transparency after city's hiring of his relative stirs controversy

Tony Connell is now proposing that the council consider using a new written conflict of interest disclosure form to be more transparent and avoid similar situations and controversies in the future.

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A drove of pigs follows Happy Zacharda, of Yampa Valley Farms, during feeding time on a farm in Milner. The pigs eat spent grain from Butcherknife Brewing Co.

A drove of pigs waits to be fed by Happy Zacharda, of Yampa Valley Farms, on a farm in Milner. The pigs eat spent grain from Butcherknife Brewing Co.

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus picks up passengers at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The new West End Shuttle will run 20 minute loops between the Stockbridge Transit Center and the KOA Campground and make it easier for riders to commute between the west end and the mountain.

A long line of riders waits to board a Steamboat Springs Transit bus at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday afternoon.

Bus riders at the Gondola Transit Center board a Blue Line on Friday afternoon. The city of Steamboat Springs is pursuing a number of things to improve a pared down bus system that is being criticized by many local riders.

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